Six Degrees Society NYC and Trellis Studio Present: "The Mother Load" with Deepti Sharma – Real Talk, Real Solutions for Planning for Motherhood AND Career Success


About this class

What's Happening:

Working moms is definitely the new normal. Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 are working moms. Over 75 percent of those working moms are employed full-time. We’ve come a long way from 1960, when mothers were the primary or sole earners for only 11 percent of households with children (today, it’s 40 percent), but have we come far enough?

Better question: Has workplace culture and policies evolved enough to embrace this new normal?

Short answer is no. It’s no secret that working women today still face new – yet equally enraging – challenges when it comes to succeeding in their career and having a family. Mom-bias is real. Really real. Many women are owning the decision to plan for motherhood later in life with technologies like egg freezing available. Many feel pressure to work harder, faster, and longer to prove their worth, and that pressure is often magnified by motherhood.

So what can we do to bring the workplace up to speed? First step, is talking about the problem. Second, is educating young women – mothers, mothers-to-be, AND those still undecided – about what their options are and how to advocate for themselves and others.

Join Six Degrees Society, in partnership with the fabulous folks at Trellis, the women's egg freezing studio, for a candid and necessary discussion about how women today are redefining the role of “mom.” We’ll be joined by five standout mamas who are at different stages of both their careers and motherhood. Together, they’ll discuss their decision to become moms the challenges they have personally faced with regard to intentional and unintentional mom-bias in and out of the workplace. They’ll share how they are addressing it and explore solutions for how we can and should evolve as a society.

Who Should Attend:
All are welcome and encouraged to come learn more about this topic...whether you’re already a mom, a mom-to-be, thinking about motherhood, delaying motherhood or are still deciding.

Curated Matches:
Before we sit down for our programming, each guest will get ONE curated 15 minute connection, handpicked just for them based on bios submitted pre-event here: . Alternatively, you can make sure to update your profile in your app with your most recent bio or email with a copy.

FREE Fertility Consults
Includes bloodwork for key markers of your fertility and walk-through of Trellis Studio services and empowered egg freezing.
*please arrive early (6:30pm) to take full advantage!

Wednesday, May 29th
6:30 - 9pm
*programming starts at 7:15, but get there early to take advantage of a FREE fertility screening from Trellis

Trellis Studio
7 West 18th Street, 9th Floor,
New York, NY 10011

$35 for single ticket
FREE for Six Degrees Society members



Moderator – Deepti Sharma, Founder + CEO of FoodtoEat
Deepti Sharma is on a mission to create the conditions for underrepresented people to flourish. She is an entrepreneur, small business champion and first-generation American who has dedicated her career to growing the communities she works and lives in. A lifelong entrepreneur, Deepti is the CEO and Founder of FoodtoEat, a community-minded catering service. She started FoodtoEat in 2011 to connect immigrant and minority-owned food vendors to opportunities for growth – ultimately helping them strengthen their own business skills. She is also a Co-Founder of Bikky, a platform solving customer engagement for restaurants. As a mother and small business owner, Deepti is a vocal advocate for policies that benefit these communities. She serves on the Board for the Business Center for New Americans, a non-profit that encourages immigrant entrepreneurship by providing micro-loans and financial education. She also writes about how companies can modernize motherhood in the workplace, and mentors female entrepreneurs as part of the NYC Mayor’s WE NYC initiative. Deepti is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumnae, and an avid runner. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.

Panelist – Pam Schumann, Chief Development Officer, Trellis Studio
Making fertility treatments more affordable and accessible is Pam’s true calling. She has logged a decade-plus on IntegraMed’s executive team, focused on improving the patient experience and establishing the company as the largest administrator of IVF payment programs in the United States. Additionally, she is the founder of IntegraMed’s Attain Fertility Division, which is dedicated to helping patients pay for IVF in the smartest way possible, and also sits on the board of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Pam, who obtained her BA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, maintains her roles at IntegraMed and RESOLVE, while also stepping into the role of Chief Development Officer at Trellis. Pam underwent fertility treatments before starting her family, and they were anything but easy. Throughout the process, she couldn’t help but feel there could be a better experience for consumers, particularly in regard to pricing. Trellis’s mission to improve client experience and provide resources and financing for women embarking on the egg freezing process was something she was driven to be part of.

Panelist – Marisol Fortea Morley, Founder of Tiny Kitchen Treats
Marisol Morley is a first-generation, born-and-bred New Yorker. She grew up in the heart of the Upper East Side, in a fourth floor walkup, with her parents, two siblings, and one tiny kitchen. There she learned that limited space was never an excuse for quality or quantity. Marisol was five when she asked her mother to teach her to make a cake. Pretty soon she was making meringues, coconut ice cream, Colombian parva cookies and flan. Twenty-five years, a career in the music industry, and many other jobs later, she went back to her roots. What started as a pastime of making cookie boxes as gifts for friends and family, lead to the birth of Tiny Kitchen Treats. In 2017, Marisol moved the team into their little bakeshop in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Today, Tiny Kitchen Treats are in HIGH demand – even by Meghan Markle, who served Marisol's cookies at her Royal Baby Shower! Even though the kitchen is much bigger nowadays- Marisol still lives on the Upper East side with her husband, their two kids, and her not-so-tiny dream.

Panelist - Lisa Smith, Co-Founder of PR Net
New Zealand native Lisa Smith has a unique work history, blending entrepreneurship in communications and marketing, publishing, online retail and networking. At 25, Lisa started a PR agency in Sydney, which she ran for several years then subsequently sold. She authored a coffee table boo, founded and ran a fashion e-commerce business, and upon moving to the US, consulted on communications and marketing to brands and agencies in New York City. This experience was the catalyst for her starting The PR Net, a members’ network for marketers, event planners, communicators, creative entrepreneurs and media, drawn from the leading brands and agencies in the US. Lisa is a mother of two young children (aged 3 and 1).

Panelist - NishaVedi Pawar, Creator of Love Laugh Mirch
Nisha Vedi Pawar is a food and lifestyle blogger, and the creator of Love Laugh Mirch, a digital platform for (mostly!) women to find interesting and valuable information on all things related to culture, family, food and day-to-day life. While Nisha takes her role as mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend very seriously, she weaves humor and emotion into her storytelling in the concerted effort to bring her audience along on her journey, and to make them feel like a part of her extended family. Love Laugh Mirch started as a way of celebrating Nisha's love for cooking, to replicate the flavors her mother brought her up with, and evolved into a journey of motherhood, cultural immersion and exploration. Over the years she has partnered with global brands to drive awareness and share diversity campaigns. Her recipes have been featured in several magazines around the globe including, ScoopWhoop and ParentsCircle. In addition to being a freelance food writer Nisha also runs a property management company with her husband.

About Trellis Studio:
The women behind Trellis are just like you: super-motivated to make sure our personal lives are every bit as incredible as our careers. They created Trellis for women who want to get a head start on their future family while they're still busy designing and creating the other parts of their lives.

Trellis’ core belief is that wellness is integral to fertile health. They provide a customized client-first approach including 1:1 sessions with complimentary fertile health education, fertility coaches, convenient hours, transparent pricing and mobile-enabled medication updates. A supportive, modern new approach to planning for your future family.

Trellis is a division of IntegraMed Fertility, the largest network of fertility clinics in North America. With 28 partner fertility practices, we have access to top-tier fertility doctors, scientific advances and proven cryostorage. In New York City, Dr. Drew Tortoriello, an award-winning egg-freezing NYC fertility doctor, serves as the medical director.
Cancellation Policy: We have a 12 hour cancellation policy for our events. Please cancel directly in the app, otherwise you will not receive a refund. For members, please note that a no-show or cancellation (less than 12 hours before an event) will result in being charged a $12 fee. Remember, last-minute cancellations effect the people you're matched with – we appreciate your cooperation to ensure everyone has the best experience possible!


Trellis Egg Freezing Studio, Trellis Fertility Studio, West 18th Street, New York, NY, USA

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