If you were to click on Mary Alice Stephenson’s LinkedIn profile you’d learn that she is at the helm of GLAM4GOOD, an award-winning empowerment platform and non-profit organization. A career that takes her into women’s shelters, hospitals, schools and sometimes even people’s homes. Alongside community partners like VSP, GLAM4GOOD provides life-changing makeovers, clothing giveaways and confidence-boosting fashion and beauty initiatives for everyday heroes and people in need.
But her resume is not inclusive of the other role she invests her whole self to, the mom to a compassionate 12-year-old boy named Willem. It’s a role that cannot be described in just one word.
“It’s wow! It’s demanding, it’s emotional, it’s heartbreaking, it’s exciting, it’s what life is about. You don’t have to give birth to be a mother. You can mother a movement, a community, or ideas that change the world. It takes all your heart, all of your smarts, it activates every essence of your human being to be a mother – its everything,” said Mary Alice.
For Mary Alice, being Willem’s mom has also meant guiding him through a severe tree-nut allergy that was diagnosed early on.
“At a young age he’s had to learn self-care and the understanding that if something goes wrong, here’s how you handle it and it’s going to be okay,” Mary Alice shared.
It’s with that same empathy and positive outlook that she tackles both motherhood and giving back.
“I am a mom to a son and a mom to GLAM4GOOD, and both roles are love fueled.”
Much like Mary Alice, mothers are frequently at the front lines when it comes to overseeing their family’s health and wellbeing. It’s not an easy feat and it doesn’t go unnoticed, #WeSeeYouMom.
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GLAM4GOOD is an organization, community and movement that ignites positive social change through style. Learn more.
VSP recognizes that moms are often the chief medical officers of their households, on call 24/7, and the first line of defense when it comes to their family’s overall health, including eye health. This post is a part of our #WeSeeYouMom profile series designed to celebrate those who work tirelessly to raise strong and healthy families.