The Rise of the Working Mother

I'm on a mission to capture the challenges that working moms face while seeking to thrive in their career and maintain balance at home.

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Documentary Synopsis:

 

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The Rise of the Working Mother documentary, captured mostly in Nashville, TN digs deep into the challenges that working mothers face while trying to grow in their career, accomplish personal goals and maintain balance in their home life.

The Rise of the Working Mother candidly explores the lives of four professional working mothers over the course of 6 months as they grapple with balancing work and home while pursuing their personal passions and climbing the corporate ladder. It uncovers their fears, their insecurities and the reasons they find it difficult to reach their best to live a life truly fulfilled. The goal is for The Rise of the Working Mother to shed light on these issues and give ambitious working mothers a voice. The documentary will also capture viable solutions for work-life integration with key experts and industry leaders.

 

 

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Who am I?

I am Domonique Townsend, a native Nashvillian who is a wife, mom, engineer, business owner. I enjoy empowering other people. I am a full time working mother who seeks to find answers to the mystery of the modern day workplace. I am the founder of Meltdown Momma, a business that focuses on integrating work and life principles for ambitious working mothers to be confident and successful in reaching personal goals and raising their family. By day I manage projects whose end goal is to increase the value of processes performed and improve overall customer satisfaction. I am an author, a speaker and lover of the community. I lead a venture entitled, Engineered 2 Succeed which strives to help maintain and increase the retention rate of minorities who seek to receive their engineering degree.

Why is creating this documentary important?

 

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What brings me to you is my passion to create a documentary to capture the evolution of the working mother in the workplace. Over the past few decades there has been a significant increase in the number of working mothers who have higher level of educations and are choosing to stay in the workplace after having children. These mothers have ambitious goals and increased demand to reach new heights in their career. It seems that the makeup of existing beliefs and standards does not match up to the rise of our today’s working mothers. We are essentially in a modern America with old traditional flows of what is perceived to be effective in the workplace. I want to capture the bottlenecks that are preventing workplaces from adapting an environment that allows for success in work life integration. With existing construct of today’s work environment, it lacks the evolution needed to support the rise of the working mother.

We must change the perception that working mothers are seeking special privileges when looking for flexibility. The working day must evolve and reevaluate the traditional working day for everyone and consider what yields more productive people. That’s why I’m doing this documentary. I want to shed light on these issues, give ambitious working mothers a real voice, share viable solutions to successfully integrate work and home, AND be on top of your game while at work.

What problem does it solve?  

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We will be creating a production that will help transform the construct of today's working day and match them to grow with the growth of working mothers who are increasingly becoming more involved in their career but still seek the flexibility to be there for their family.

 

How am I qualified to produce this documentary?

 

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I represent today’s working mother who has dreams and ambitions to do more in their career. I personally understand the challenges that many mothers experience today in the work field. I have interacted in candid discussions with over 75 women on this particular issue to gain feedback on the concerns and sacrifices that had to be made due to the demand of the structure of the traditional workplace. I have the passion and drive to share the voice of the working mother and identify/propose solutions for today’s work environment to consider.

 

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How will this documentary spark conversations?

Over 57% of ambitious working mothers turn down promotional opportunities due to the makeup of the workplace. I believe that in order for there to be a transformation in the workplace, you must first make people aware of the challenges. This documentary will serve as a voice for the ambitious working mother who desires to grow in their career but is afraid to communicate her need for flexibility. I want to show that there is a greater benefit in productivity and value that will be gained in a workplace that acknowledges the challenges and puts forth effort in identifying an active solution.

No mom should be prohibited from reaching her dreams just because she has children. No mother should be held back from reaching her full potential because she has a life outside of her career. And moms shouldn’t have to feel guilty for pursuing passions outside of their homes.

 

Why can’t moms thrive in their career while having a quality life at home?

Why can’t the workplace evolve to meet the needs of mothers?

Why can’t we do better?

 I think we can.

It is possible.

We can do this. Together.

    

The Townsend Family. Mr and Mrs. William Townsend, Jr.

  

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The Project FAQs

Why contribute to The Rise of the Working Mother Campaign? 

I have interacted with ambitious working mothers from all walks of life to learn more about their challenges, their hopes, and their dreams. Of all the mothers I interviewed, more than 65 percent said they experienced at least one time in their lives where they struggled to balance work and home. Of that number, a great number of them revealed that they were not satisfied with where they were in their careers. They expressed that it was difficult to reach the top because they felt it conflicted with their responsibilities as a mother.

This has to stop.

I want the Rise of the Working Mother documentary to shed light on these challenges and offer solutions on how to best address them. No mom should be prohibited from reaching her dreams just because she has children. No mother should be held back from reaching her full potential because she has a life outside of her career. And moms shouldn’t have to feel guilty for pursuing passions outside of their homes.

Why can’t moms have it all?

Why can’t the workplace evolve to meet the needs of mothers?

Why can’t we do better?

 I think we can.

That’s why I’m doing this documentary. I want to shed light on these issues, give ambitious working mothers a real voice, share viable solutions to successfully integrate work and home, AND be on top of your game while at work.

It is possible.

We can do this. Together.

How much money are you raising? Where will my money go too?

I am raising $10,000 to cover the cost of production, film crew, interview sites, post production, graphics and showing.

Can I contribute if I'm not located in Nashville?

Yes. Anyone can contribute. If you are out of town and you purchased a reward level that includes a VIP ticket for the showing, you will receive exclusive access to a virtual premiere screening of The Rise of the Working Mother documentary.

When will I receive my reward?

We will sending our wonderful rewards beginning the first week of June 2017.

I want to sponsor a city to show your documentary. Can I decide what city to show the documentary in?

If you contribute at the Founding Producer, Touring Sponsor Level, you will have the ability to host a showing of The Rise of The Working Mother documentary at a city of your choice. Travel is included at this level. Venue expenses are not covered and will need to be taken care of by the contributor.

What are some potential risks and challenges you will face in producing your project?

With all great dreams and goals, there are risks. The risks that we have identified are possible delays in the completion of the documentary. But the great news is, we WILL be working diligently to make sure that it is completed successfully with high quality and full capture of the challenges that ambitious working mothers face while striving to reach new heights in their career.

I want to support but I don't have the money at this time to contribute. How else can I help? 

No worries. Tell a friend. Better yet, tell all of your friends! I’d be grateful if you could share a link to the campaign on your social media channels. I’d be even more grateful if you could encourage a friend to contribute.

That would be the greatest reward ever!

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07/28/2017
VIP Private Showing with Special Guest
$250
07/27/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$8
07/27/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$8
07/27/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$10
06/26/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$50
06/15/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$20
06/13/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$25
06/12/2017
I'm Ready to Rise!
$25
05/18/2017
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
$20
05/13/2017
Hi-5 to Seeing You Rise!
$15
Monetary Contribution With No Reward
37 Supporters
Contribute
$15
Hi-5 to Seeing You Rise!

You will receive a personalized autographed

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3 Supporters
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$25
I'm Ready to Rise!

Get a Limited Edition #risewithme T-Shirt, and a personalized autographed

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9 Supporters
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$50
Cheers to the Rise of the Working Mother!

You will receive a personalized autographed

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3 Supporters
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$75
Rise with Me Virtually!

Limited Access to a Live Digital Streaming of the documentary. Social Media Mention (Becuase you totally rock!), Personalized autographed

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1 Supporter
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$125
I Want To See You Rise, VIP Style!

1 VIP Ticket to the Premiere Showing of the documentary with special guest appearances. Personalized autographed

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1 Supporter
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$250
VIP Private Showing with Special Guest

2 VIP tickets to the Premiere Showing of the documentary with special guest appearances. Social Media and Program Mention. Personalized autographed

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1 Supporter
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$500
Let's Rise Together!

Premiere night shout out (that's right, I will be calling your name for all to here on premiere night!) and.....with this level of contribution you can ask me anything you desire! I want to help you rise too! Take advantage of receiving a 30 minute video conference with Meltdown Momma herself. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about what inspired the documentary and access to come onto to the scene while we shoot for the documentary! And of course you will receive 2 VIP Tickets for the premiere night showing and exclusive access to the VIP Night Celebration. 1 Limited Edition #risewithme t-shirt. And even more exciting, you will receive a contributor credit in the documentary. *Out of town contributors will have exclusive access to a VIP Virtual Party and Screening. There will also be a live virtual commentary hosted just for you a week after the showing! 

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$6,500
Founding Producer and Touring Sponsor

You will be listed as a Founding Producer! (Super cool!) And you will be able to choose any location of your liking to host the screening. Team travel is included, venue expense is not included. Tell us where to be and when and we will come and show

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution With No Reward
37 Supporters
Contribute
$15
Hi-5 to Seeing You Rise!

You will receive a personalized autographed

647 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
I'm Ready to Rise!

Get a Limited Edition #risewithme T-Shirt, and a personalized autographed

341 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Cheers to the Rise of the Working Mother!

You will receive a personalized autographed

347 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
Rise with Me Virtually!

Limited Access to a Live Digital Streaming of the documentary. Social Media Mention (Becuase you totally rock!), Personalized autographed

299 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$125
I Want To See You Rise, VIP Style!

1 VIP Ticket to the Premiere Showing of the documentary with special guest appearances. Personalized autographed

249 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$250
VIP Private Showing with Special Guest

2 VIP tickets to the Premiere Showing of the documentary with special guest appearances. Social Media and Program Mention. Personalized autographed

124 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$500
Let's Rise Together!

Premiere night shout out (that's right, I will be calling your name for all to here on premiere night!) and.....with this level of contribution you can ask me anything you desire! I want to help you rise too! Take advantage of receiving a 30 minute video conference with Meltdown Momma herself. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about what inspired the documentary and access to come onto to the scene while we shoot for the documentary! And of course you will receive 2 VIP Tickets for the premiere night showing and exclusive access to the VIP Night Celebration. 1 Limited Edition #risewithme t-shirt. And even more exciting, you will receive a contributor credit in the documentary. *Out of town contributors will have exclusive access to a VIP Virtual Party and Screening. There will also be a live virtual commentary hosted just for you a week after the showing! 

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0 Supporters
Select this reward
$6,500
Founding Producer and Touring Sponsor

You will be listed as a Founding Producer! (Super cool!) And you will be able to choose any location of your liking to host the screening. Team travel is included, venue expense is not included. Tell us where to be and when and we will come and show

5 Left
0 Supporters
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