Kathleen Smith, founder of morphmom.com, graduated from Holy Cross in 1990 and Georgetown Law Center in 1993. After a year-long judicial clerkship, she served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County, New Jersey for six years. After the birth of her second of three children, Kathleen decided to stop working and stay home. Thirteen years later, when she was ready to re-enter the workforce, she realized just how difficult this transition was going to be. She had to face some unfortunate realities, including her lack of confidence, loss of connections and concerns over what she could contribute at this point in her life.
In the course of trying to figure out what to do next in her own life, Kathleen quickly realized that she was not alone. There were in fact many women who had found themselves in the identical position. And she discovered that a large percentage of these women, from all backgrounds and walks of life, had actually managed to chart their own course .
Kathleen was fascinated by the inspirational success stories of these remarkable women and decided to chronicle them in the hope that doing so would help others to follow their examples. She named these amazing women “morphmoms”: those with the vision, creativity and determination to “morph” into something for which there was no real template.
Armed with just a small handheld video camera, Kathleen began her quest. And before she knew it, the morphmom movement had begun.
Today, since launching her website —www.morphmom.com — in December 2012, Kathleen has interviewed over 500 women from across the country and around the world. Along with this ever-growing library of inspirational video interviews, the site features an interactive social network that affords women the opportunity to connect directly with one another, a “Have It/Need It” board where job opportunities and ideas, volunteer options and the like can be posted, and a forum where women can promote their endeavors.
In addition to the website, Kathleen writes a regular blog for the Huffington Post highlighting some of the amazing women featured on the site and has recently begun hosting monthly “morphmom” cocktail parties around the country, often in conjunction with charitable organizations founded by a featured morphmom (or with which she is affiliated). It is her hope that these gatherings will create lasting connections among the woman who attend and, ideally, spawn permanent “morphmom” charter clubs in the cities where they are held, leaving behind an actual, as opposed to merely virtual, infrastructure for continuing to “pay it forward.”