Paying It Forward with LIVE Shorty Awards Finalist Q&A
Jan22

Paying It Forward with LIVE Shorty Awards Finalist Q&A

By Kathy Zucker • Wednesday, January 22, 2014 During last year’s Shorty Awards competition, I got incredibly helpful and timely advice from a previous year finalist. Now I am repaying the favor by hosting a hangout tomorrow morning – bring your questions for Shorty Awards finalists, a winner and a judge (yours truly). People compete in the Shorty Awards for many reasons, but most do not do it solely because of the trophy. The #1 reason I have heard about why people are participating is because of the opportunities for media exposure for their cause. Last year, after I participated in a finalist interview, my websites all repeatedly crashed because of the heavy traffic volume coming in from three continents. ’13 finalist Adam Cohen (@dadarocks), ’12 finalist Kristen Daukas (@4hensandrooster) and I will be hanging out tomorrow, Thursday 1/22 from 9 am-10 am EST. You can watch the video action here: Or participate live at https://plus.google.com/events/cr1j76ia0rvprvjia4dkogf61tg I have loved every single moment I have spent with the Shorty Awards team and have made some amazing connections through the international exposure I received during the 2013 competition. If you have made an impact on people’s lives in 2013, the Shorty Awards are a great way to showcase your work to the world. There are over 100 official categories, or you can create your own. Related – Career, Take Four. This Time, With Cookies Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network and Managing Editor of Metro Mom Magazine, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. She blogs at MomCondoLiving.com, tweets @KathyZucker, posts pics on Instagram, gets down to business at LinkedIn, cracks jokes on Facebook and gets outdoors on Youtube. Email is Kathy@MetroMoms.Net but the fastest way to get in touch is Twitter or...

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Career, Take Four. This Time, With Cookies
Jan18

Career, Take Four. This Time, With Cookies

By Kathy Zucker • Saturday, January 18, 2014 Every time I have a baby, I destroy my career. What does it mean to destroy a career? Simply, whatever job I was doing before I became pregnant is no longer there when I return. Prior to baby #1, I was a marketing director for a hospital that closed. For baby #2, I was the executive director of a healthcare advocacy group. And for #3, I was the marketing director for a beverage company. Why does each career end? Because I hand off my clients. I have horrible pregnancies (and yet, I have three kids – all planned). Bed rest, medical complications, you name it. Mercifully, the recoveries keep getting easier. Even with my body bouncing back quickly, adding a new member causes a seismic shift in family dynamics. Sleep deprivation, mom disappearing after 8 pm to breastfeed all night, dad winding up with more and more kids on his hands for the overnight shift. It takes about a year after each birth for my family to adapt. Meanwhile, work waits for no one. By the time I resurface, recharged and ready to take on the world, my clients have all moved on. It makes total sense – you can’t disappear for 18 months and expect to pick up where you left off. So how do I resurrect my career each time? With cookies. My kids will tell you I bake AMAZING chocolate chip cookies. And before you ask, no, I don’t have extras lying around. Between my marketing clients, school lunches, and spousal raids, triple batches of cookies disappear in record time. I’ve taken to hiding them in a cooler on our balcony – thanks, polar vortex for freezing more than just traffic lights! via @kathyzucker: #PolarVortex stops traffic in downtown #Hoboken, NJ. VIDEO of frozen traffic light at http://t.co/K1axsnu5au #hudsoncounty — Hudson County News (@HudsonCtyNews) January 7, 2014 Cookies are conversation starters. Nobody can ever stay stressed nibbling on the lacy browned edges of a homemade cookie (I put less flour and sugar in than the Tollhouse recipe calls for because we like the way it tastes).  Time after time, I see a client’s eyes close in bliss and his troubles slip away for just a moment as the taste hits his tongue. And yes, it’s always a guy eating my cookies. The women are on diets. And then, when the client is relaxed, we talk. And catch up. We talk about kids, money, real estate. Whatever is at the top of our minds that day. And people tell me what their plans are. So when I was thinking...

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I Posted the Short Hills Shooting Victim’s Address. And I’d Do It Again
Dec16

I Posted the Short Hills Shooting Victim’s Address. And I’d Do It Again

By Kathy Zucker • Monday, December 16, 2013 This morning, I posted on social media the name and address of the shooting victim from last night’s carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills. I can hear you asking right now, why would you violate the privacy of an utterly blameless 30 year old attorney and his newlywed wife? I did it to show exactly how easy it is to find someone’s public information. I have my privacy violated constantly. Anonymous letters mailed to the home where I live with my three children, ages 7, 5 and 1 – and I do not publish my address on any of my websites. Emails to clients – who has the time to go digging through my blog to find the names of professional organizations, go to their websites and track down the contact information for the founder? What exactly is the purpose behind this, except to destroy my business and the businesses of people who I know and trust? Do these people honestly think I would fire contractors based on anonymous tips that inevitably fail to hold water? Whenever I tell someone about these privacy violations, the reaction I always receive is, “You deserve it because you are a public figure.” Apparently if you have your writing published even once in a media outlet that means it is open season for all the world on every aspect of your life and those of your family members. Forever. Better watch out, writers of letters to the editor. Kim Kardashian gets this treatment every time she changes her clothes, and we justify it because she is a celebrity with lucrative endorsements based on her lifestyle. In this instance, we have someone who wasn’t even on social media, except for Facebook and LinkedIn, and isn’t everyone? He was in no way in the public eye, yet he is receiving the Kardashian treatment. The media is camped out at his door, to the point where the building has been vacated and police are barricading the entrance. The press has been camped outside the #Hoboken home of Dustin Friedland all day. : http://t.co/SOeMtXiSh2 — Kathryn Brenzel (@katiebrenzel) December 16, 2013 It took me 39 seconds to locate the address for Dustin Friedland in the New Jersey homeowner database. And no, you cannot suppress information in public records. If you want to get angry, don’t waste your time trying to change the behavior of the media. They are a symptom of a problem that has caused egregious privacy violations again and again, not the problem itself. We are all part of the problem – every time a sensational...

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Small Business Saturday in Hoboken and Jersey City
Nov30

Small Business Saturday in Hoboken and Jersey City

By Kathy Zucker • Saturday, November 30, 2013 Photo credit: Choc O Pain French Bakery & Café Today is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, making it the fourth annual Small Business Saturday. Intended to encourage American Express cardholders to shop at local small businesses by registering their cards to receive a credit on purchases made November 30th at participating businesses, the event has generated some controversy this year over high fees. Local businesses accepting AMEX had the option to include their locations in the Small Business Saturday map. Which Hoboken merchants are participating? When I entered “07030” into the interactive online map, the site showed 100 merchants in each of the five categories – Dining, Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Services. Perennial family favorites Elysian Cafe and both locations for Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria were included, as well as surprises such as Prime Time Early Learning Center (charge your latest daycare bill to score a $10 statement credit.) The map also allows searches for individual merchants. 100 #Hoboken restaurants on @shopsmall Small Business Saturday map – search for faves at http://t.co/eNQjVA9acT pic.twitter.com/hiqeRABJba — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) November 30, 2013   It’s not too late to register for Small Business Saturday. Just registered my AMEX for Small Business Saturday $10 credit. https://t.co/W6g66lsoLL Participating merchant list @shopsmall — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) November 30, 2013 Here’s where I am going to be shopping this Saturday. This small business Saturday, #shopsmall at mom-owned businesses @Chocopainbakery @kckidshoboken @BambinoChef_bam #hoboken/#JerseyCity — Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) November 30, 2013 If you were hoarding AMEX rewards points, now is the time to splurge. AMEX is offering 30% off many gift cards, with face values starting at the $25 American Express® Shop Small® Gift Card. More – Revisit the Familiar to See the Unique – Liberty Science Center Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), watch her on Instagram, friend her on Facebook and get moving with...

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Haircut Help at Just 4 Kids Salon – Hoboken, NJ
Nov20

Haircut Help at Just 4 Kids Salon – Hoboken, NJ

By Kathy Zucker • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Last week, we had a haircut debacle in the Zucker household. It took two days to get an appointment, but Just 4 Kids Salon did a great job fixing my son’s hair. Eh, he was due for a haircut anyway. My seven year old is now begging to have her birthday party at Just 4 Kids. To satisfy my daughter’s inner stylist, I got her a 4M Princess Doll Making Kit. Hopefully cutting the removable hair will help keep her paws off her baby sister’s curls. Deal Alert: Get $5 off all haircut appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Just 4 Kids Salon. Call 201-653-5887 to book and mention “Metro Moms” to snag your savings! Offer valid through December 2013. More – Load Up On Indoor Foul Weather Fun Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on Youtube....

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Rush Hour Rescheduled by Train Delays in Hoboken – October 21, 2013
Oct22

Rush Hour Rescheduled by Train Delays in Hoboken – October 21, 2013

By Kathy Zucker • Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Hoboken, NJ is renowned for its numerous mass transit options. It is also renowned for rush hour traffic that can make walking the most speedy option. Yesterday, Monday, October 21st, PATH and NJ Transit train delays led to crowded stations and passengers trapped underground for over an hour. Where to find the most accurate, up-to-the-minute information? Social media. [View the story “How to Use Social Media To Check Your Commute For Delays” on Storify] More – Hoboken Hot House Opens Its Doors in the Southwest Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award winner and judge, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Read her MomCondoLiving blog, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), friend her on Facebook and watch her on...

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