Mocha Moms Are More Than Just Mothers

Group is dedicated to helping women to re-define their power after leaving careers in corporate America

Mocha Moms’ DeeDeeJackson

"Live every day of your life with passion," recommends Mocha Moms President Dee Dee Jackson

Mocha moms of the world unite; we are a movement transforming the home, marketplace and most importantly — self. A mocha mom is a woman of color who has chosen to make parenting and family a priority. She may alter her career, work schedule, or eliminate working outside the home all together to focus on providing the best care for her children — mother care.

And while there are many lower-case mocha moms, there is also the upper-case Mocha Moms Inc., an organization for women learning to re-define their power as it relates to family, community, and self through sisterhood upon leaving their successful careers in corporate America.

Recently I attended the Mocha Moms Inc., regional conference in Hartford, Connecticut. The energy of the congregation (nearly 100 attendees) was infectious, energetic, loving and practical.

President Dee Dee Jackson spoke openly with the moms about making self a priority, recognizing our power as influencers, getting healthy, becoming financially savvy, being a leader in the community, and encouraging one’s respective partner daily. “Mochas recognize the sacrifice your husband/mate has made for you to live the life you lead,” said Jackson, who was a director for a national HMO before retiring to be home for her children and husband over 10 years ago.

Mocha Moms are all of us — mothers yearning for a better tomorrow for the next generation. Mochas are a force bringing about change and re-defining a “brand” new lifestyle.

Dee Dee Jackson’s nine gems to empower all Mochas to live a fulfilled life:

1. To thine own self be true.

2. Foster loving relationships.

3. Seek peace of mind.

4. Live a healthy lifestyle.

5. Prepare for financial freedom, live debt free, and leave a financial legacy for generations to come.

6. Have worthy goals you are working toward and write them down.

7. Treat everyone with respect and be of service where you can.

8. Live every day of your life with passion and make your desires and dreams a reality.

9. Live YOUR best life without regret – on purpose!

How will you use Dee Dee’s tips to live a more balanced life? What are your thoughts about moms re-defining their role and career as it relates to parenting?

To read my daily tips about mom’s renewing and re-defining their role, follow me on twitter at @TheBrandNewMom.

Karen Taylor Bass, The PR Expert, provides entrepreneurs, corporations, and mompreneurs with essential branding, marketing, and public relations coaching; and

  • This is a brilliant program Miss Dee Dee! I love to hear of women (and men) taking control of their destinies and finding a higher purpose in life. Now, even though these women are making the transition out of Corporate America back to the basic of home & family as priority #1, many of them may find themselves with lots of “extra” time on hand in comparison to their days in the corporate sector.

    I would suggest that these women use the leverage and power of the internet to pursue other readily available options to generate income from home and discover new ways to build coalitions & network with like minded individuals.

    One of the scariest things of leaving the corporate sector to being home based is the idea your no longer as social or active in your community as you once were. With the leverage of the internet, WiFi, and a periodic visit to Starbucks or a Local Library this can cut off the possibility of depression or isolation settling in.

    Their is great potential from being out of the corporate sector and making home & family #1 and this should not mean with this new found Freedom life is a dead end of some sort.

    Great Post Taylor!

  • ana

    This is great information! Thank You!

  • Thank you Mocha Dee Dee and Mocha Karen for continuing to uplift and encourage Mocha Moms everywhere! Motherhood is definitely a full time job even if you do earn an income in another career!!

  • This was a great post. Motherhood is our MOST IMPORTANT “JOB”….THANKS KAREN.

  • Andrew Bass

    It’s great to see groups like Mocha Moms because many black mothers need support and knowledge from one another so this is a great information outlet. Now only if we can get something like this off the great for black dads. Keep giving us all these powerful nuggets of community.

  • Tina

    Great article! I love Dee Dee’s 9 gems to empowerment. I have personally gained so much from being a part of the Mocha Mom community. Thank you Dee Dee!! MML, Tina C.

  • I loved reading this article! It is phenomenally on point! And as a brand new Mocha Mom I’m looking forward to connecting and becoming involved in my new community . The 9 Gems are definately keepers! Thanks Ms. Dee Dee @ Shawn, you hit on some true points as well particularly regarding depression and isolation. Those are a set of pitfalls that I was not aware of when my husband and I made the choice for me to become a stay at home mom. I’m looking forward to re-defining who I am as a woman!