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Meet Trailblazer Ariel “The Mogul” Rainey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariel “The Mogul” Rainey.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The Hustle Mommies nonprofit organization was started as a movement to provide resources to moms in inner cities and urban environments by giving them the tools needed to thrive in their careers/businesses, home, and their communities. This story was started as a personal revelation when I moved to California in 2012 while my Mom kept my kids in Chicago, so I could pursue my career goal of being an executive in the entertainment industry. It was in LA where I met many moms that were on my same journey who had little to no help while raising kids and trying to make their dreams come true. Fast forward almost 6 years later and we are a movement that has tribes (chapters) in LA, New York, Chicago and Atlanta where our focus is to bring programs and resources for our three focus areas which are mental health and awareness, effective parenting skills as well as career/entrepreneurship development.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road have not been smooth as during this process I had to grow and become better as a Mom and Leader! During this journey, the movement has grown with me and we are both matured to a point where we are in a position to make an even bigger impact in the Chicagoland area and beyond by helping moms who are often overshadowed have a voice in policy decision making and funding opportunities for their communities. My advice for young women starting their journey is to really pay attention to every decision you make (good or bad) and use every moment as a teaching opportunity. Pay attention to people in your circle and really surround yourself with people who are greater than you and add to you.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Hustle Mommies – what should we know?
Hustle Mommies have received awards from the Mayor of Compton and the Brooklyn Borough President for our work in helping moms in their communities thrive and grow. We are known for hosting Mommy Makeovers where we have worked with many celeb moms on empowering moms in need. What separates us from other mom movements is that we are focusing on a demographic of moms that are not ideal and not often celebrated in the mom community.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I am loving that more black women (especially ones who are moms) are getting more political positions of power and climbing the corporate ladders. This is very important for women as we see movements such as the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement gain more power. I think this is important for all women as we continue to demand seats at the table where decisions are often made for us without our input.

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