Finding work that is gratifying

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Finding work that is gratifying

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You know, I used to work as a television director and it was fine and it was fun. But after I had children, my priorities changed and I thought, “Why am I working 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for something that I don’t believe in?” And when I started Mothers 2 Mothers, my whole life changed, because I was inspired every day by the women that I was with and they were heroes to me. And truly not a day goes by still – and this was back in 2004 that we started – not a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful and inspired by the women that show me every day what it’s like to live your life with courage and spirit. And whatever I can do to help them to create equality so that they can have healthy children and stay alive to raise their babies is enormously gratifying.

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Robin Smalley

Parent with a Purpose & Co-Founder of mothers2mothers

After a successful Emmy Award-winning career as a television producer/director, Robin Smalley co-founded mothers2mothers, a Cape Town-based NGO providing education, empowerment and suppport for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV/AIDS. m2m reaches these women with a unique approach, by employing and professionalizing lay people living with HIV (Mentor Mothers). As role models in their communities, Mentor Mothers fight stigma as valued members of prenatal care teams that have traditionally been populated by dwindling numbers of overworked and overstressed doctors and nurses. As m2m’s first executive director and current International Director, Robin has guided the organization through a period of extraordinary growth. A tiny grassroots endeavor established in 2001, m2m is now a pivotal part of the Global Plan to eliminate pediatric AIDS by 2015, operating in more than 400 sites in seven African countries and employing nearly 1,000 HIV-positive mothers. m2m has been honored at the White House, is the recipient of the Skoll Entrepreneurial Award, the Schwab Entrepreneurial Award, the Global Health Council Best Practices Award, and the Henry Kravis Leadership Award. Robin is married to architect Jeffrey Smalley and has two daughters, Hannah and Sophia. She continues to maintain membership in the Directors and Writers Guilds of America. 

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