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Boss Mom of the Week: Tara Newman

Tara Newman
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Tara Newman is a Business and Leadership Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who are ready to change they way they think about work so they can build businesses that last, live extraordinary lives and do it without burning out.

Tara Newman Because leaders need the endurance to make a big impact.

With a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology, Tara’s been developing leaders to thrive in an ever changing, noisy and overwhelming business landscape for almost two decades (18 years).

She is passionate about simple business strategy, doing the deep inner work, and bold leadership as a means to performing our best every day.

Tara and her clients are passionate about doing work that matters, making an impact, and living fulfilling lives.

Overcoming a serious health crisis has become a foundational part of her message. Tara lives by and teaches the philosophy that we can do big, purposeful things without losing our health, sanity or family.

Creating success, wealth, and impact with ease is an authentic and sustainable framework she embodies. Tara is passionate about leading wholeheartedly from a place of strength and transparency.

She is a mom to two crazy active kids and married to the love of her life John — who is a competitive age group triathlete and entrepreneur. Tara is an avid reader, expert skiier, and wannabe badass mountain biker.

Tell us a little bit about your family and your Boss Mom journey. 

My husband, John and I have been together for 21 years and married for 16. We have two kids, a boy and a girl, ages 10 and 7. We enjoy being active. John is a competitive age-group triathlete and his drive has been a catalyst for me. When he completed Ironman Lake Placid in 2014 it became a sign for me as to how small I had been playing in my own life. That’s when I decided to start my own business and make a REAL plan to leave my corporate job.

I’ve been a boss mom for 10 years when I had to return to work after 3 months maternity leave when I had my son. I’ve had many ups and downs along the way experiencing what many of us working mommas do — the struggle with the juggle. Being a Boss Mom has transformed the way I lead, live, and love. My recent transition from being a work outside the home mom to a run a business from the home mom had a few unexpected hiccups. I had to really challenge the way I was doing things and make some changes.

What are some of your favorite go to meals when time is tight and dinner MUST get on the table?

I’m lucky to shop at Trader Joe’s every week and they have some great grab and go stuff or frozen meals. We all eat different in my house and it’s become an increasing source of frustration. I’d like to say I’m the Mom who says “this is what we’re having and that’s that” but my kids are strong-willed. I have always been loathe to turn dinner into a show down. After working a full day and being away from the kids, I would like to enjoy each other in peace. This is now made easier because my 10 year old likes to cook. He usually makes dinner for him and his sister a few nights a week. Dinner is a bit chaotic in my house with everyone’s different schedules. I just breathe it all in and love it all out.

Tara Newman Family Photo

Where do you go for inspiration?

I’m an avid reader so a lot of my inspiration comes from books. Podcasts and Youtube are also becoming favorite places of mine. You will always find a copy of Harvard Business Review, Success Magazine and Fast Company in my house. With two entrepreneurs under one roof it’s a never ending business strategy session over here. #nerdalert

What are you currently reading or listening to (podcasts, books, blogs etc)?

I’m re-reading both Essentialism by Greg McKeown and Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. I believe transformation over information and often read books until the concepts are mastered. Podcasts — This is Your Life, Boss Mom, The School of Self-Mastery, The Enoughness Revolution, All up in Your Lady Business. The list goes on and on.

What is one piece of business advice that you’d give to a mom just starting out?

Master what’s in front of you. Don’t try to jump ahead because you’re comparing yourself to someone else’s journey. This really comes down to personal leadership.

I’ll use me as an example. Before I was even able to set audacious goals, I need to clear the space to have goals. I needed to ask for help, get better organized, and stop doing a lot of “mommy stuff’ that didn’t yield the result I wanted. When I first had my children, new motherhood wasn’t kind to me. I was depressed and felt like motherhood was the place your ambitions went to die. I know…soo dramatic. I needed to change my mindset first.

What are some of your favorite quotes or words to live by?

“We rise by lifting others.” by Robert Ingersoll is pretty my my life’s mission in five words.

In one word, sum up your life as a Boss Mom.


What are three core values of your business and how do those values relate to your motherhood?

Leadership — lead from the front, be the light, serve from the heart. That’s pretty much my definition of motherhood.

Simplicity — Less is more. Do less but better. Focus on the critical few. This is how I run my home and how I view my role as a mom. In a world where kids are overstimulated and cognitively overloaded, I place a tremendous amount of importance on keeping it simple and not over scheduling my kids. Plenty of down time and white space for their little minds to grow.

Integrity — knowing my values and allowing them to guide me. Taking a stand for what I believe in. Being transparent. To me, this is how you build trust as a leader. Doing what you say. Keeping commitments, Taking personal responsibility. Character is important. This is an every single day conversation in our house and as parents when WE mess up — we own it. Lead by example.

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Connect with Tara through her website and social media.

Website / Facebook Page / The Bold Leadership Collective Facebook Group  / Instagram 

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Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff is the Founder of Boss Mom and creator Nurture to Convert.
She is a mother, author, speaker, messaging strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She believes that too many brilliant moms are struggling to figure out how to grow their business while balancing all that is required to be a good mom, partner, and woman. So many moms are trying to grow their business using trends that feel inauthentic and aren't realistic for their inconsistent schedules. She has helped thousands of women become known for their brain and not their dance moves

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