Listen to how this mom of three built her mega brownie business from the ground up, survived a divorce, and her journey from truly believing that she was ugly, to speaking around the world with the Dove Pro-Age Campaign, teaching women to learn how to love their selves and see the beauty that lies with in!

 

Welcome to Motivating Other Moms Podcast series.  Podcast with A Purpose!!

Podcast with A Purpose

This is one of 4 episodes of mompreneurs making a difference in the world and their communities.  My hope is that these podcassts will leave you ispired to make a difference by donating and supporting one of these organizations and possibly creating a fund of your own for your business.  There is no better feeling than to know you’ve made a difference in someone else’s life!

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M.O.M. Radio – EP # 46 – Athena Uslander – Silverland  Bakery

Athena Uslander is the President and Founder of Silverland Bakery, a Chicago-based wholesaler and retailer of baked goods. Silverland supplies all natural, hand-crafted brownies, cookies, food bars and other baked goods to more than 500 stores nationwide. Clients include Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Ghirardelli Chocolate Shops, Nordstrom and Argo Tea. Soon after receiving BS and MS Engineering Degrees in Mechanics and Materials from Southern Illinois University, Athena realized that she had a passion for entrepreneurship and baking, not structural engineering. Today, Silverland produces in excess of 25,000 brownies and 12,000 cookies per day. Athena’s Caramel Pecan brownies received the Outstanding Food Award from the National Food Association. FINE LIVING listed her Brownies in the “Top Ten Mail Order Desserts”. She has been featured on Oprah, The Food Network, The Travel Channel, ABC, The Today Show, and USA Today. In 2007, Athena appeared in the Dove Pro-Age Campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz. This international TV, print and Internet campaign featured women ages 47-62 naked, promoting confidence in the 50+ set. Athena is a philanthropist, having sponsored a Cambodian village through World Vision and developed the Athena Fund to help local women in need. She has three children and speaks Persian, English and Spanish. – See more at: http://www.iawfoundation.org/community/athena-uslander/profile/#sthash.1C0cZj66.dpuf

Athena Uslander is the President and Founder of Silverland Bakery, a Chicago-based wholesaler and retailer of baked goods. Silverland supplies all natural, hand-crafted brownies, cookies, food bars and other baked goods to more than 500 stores nationwide. Clients include Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Ghirardelli Chocolate Shops, Nordstrom and Argo Tea. Soon after receiving BS and MS Engineering Degrees in Mechanics and Materials from Southern Illinois University, Athena realized that she had a passion for entrepreneurship and baking, not structural engineering. Today, Silverland produces in excess of 25,000 brownies and 12,000 cookies per day. Athena’s Caramel Pecan brownies received the Outstanding Food Award from the National Food Association. FINE LIVING listed her Brownies in the “Top Ten Mail Order Desserts”. She has been featured on Oprah, The Food Network, The Travel Channel, ABC, The Today Show, and USA Today. In 2007, Athena appeared in the Dove Pro-Age Campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz. This international TV, print and Internet campaign featured women ages 47-62 naked, promoting confidence in the 50+ set. Athena is a philanthropist, having sponsored a Cambodian village through World Vision and developed the Athena Fund to help local women in need. She has three children and speaks Persian, English and Spanish. – See more at: http://www.iawfoundation.org/community/athena-uslander/profile/#sthash.1C0cZj66.dpuf

 

Top Tip From The Show

We have one life to live, if there is a dream, if there is something you really want to do, you have to do it! You can’t not do it because you have kids. Because when you are older, then your going to blame it all on your kids.

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If there is something you really want to do, you have to do it! You can’t not do it because you have kids.  
 

Mompreneur Ah Ha Moment

The more I talked to women from all over the world. We are all in the same boat and have the same issues with our image.

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Her grandmother told her she was so ugly that she would never find a man to marry her.

Athena shares her life transforming story from her tour with Dove Pro-Age Campaign and why she started her fund.

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Links Mentioned

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Click here to order amazing gifts for your friends, family, and clients!  Silverland Bakery

Click here to learn more about Ahtena’s Fund For Women and Girls  and here to donate 

Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation 

You can connect with Athena at Athena@sliverlanddesserts.com  

 

Also mentioned in this show:
Silverland wine and bars gift box

estancia wine-infused bakery box 

and check out M.O.M. Radio Episode # 45 with Laurie Forester, The Wine Coach    Learn how to turn this box in to a wine party for you and your friends!

 

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