We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Brittne Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Brittne, what matters most to you?
Recently, I met Tom Walter who is the Chief Cultural Officer of Tasty Catering. He encouraged me to write down my core values, read them daily, and hold myself accountable whenever I violated them. This was one of the most impactful experiences of my life, and I encourage everyone to partake in this activity.

Your core values should help shape your business and personal life. And most importantly, they should help you grow. Here are the 7 core values that I follow:

1. Give Love – Display compassion, understanding, and discipline during challenging times
2. Honor Family – Show appreciation and schedule quality time
3. Show Integrity – Fulfill your commitments and do the right thing
4. Be Audacious – Think without the limitations of labels
5. Provide Value – Strive to be the best
6. Remain Honest – Be authentic in every relationship
7. Follow Passion – Put joy in the forefront of your decision-making to eliminate “I can’t”

These values have enhanced my business processes, parenting skills, and relationships. I read them every morning to ensure I am the best CEO, mother, daughter, friend, mentee – person – to everyone around me. When faced with a difficult decision, it is easy for me to make choices now. I simply ask, “Is this aligned with my core values?” and move forward.

What should our readers know about your business?
Doctoral Mom Incorporated is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was created to provide support to mothers in doctorate programs. Originating on Facebook in 2019, the Doctoral Mom Group now assists more than 7,500 students and graduates by providing online programs, scholarships, and support groups. Doctoral Moms represent 100+ colleges and universities and are located in 100+ countries.

What I’m most proud of is the community that we’ve built. Our Doctoral Moms persistently help each other through academic, professional, and parenting issues. This is a unique population that faces economic, social, and emotional issues because they are balancing so many things. We provide online programs, support groups, and scholarships to provide pathway to success for every mother that wants to pursue a doctoral degree.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For anyone that’s interested in visiting Chicago, try visiting Joy Yee in Chinatown. Luckily, there is great food options all over the city so it’s easy to find an outstanding meal. To meet some of the most interesting people, I’d recommend checking out Afro Joe’s Coffee or simply walking along the lakefront. In such a large city, it’s easy to find other entrepreneurs and progressive thinkers.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The individuals that deserve the most recognition in my story are my parents – Bridget and Sonny Martin. They provided me with the love, stability, and support needed to reach this level. Outside of being tremendous parents, they are outstanding grandparents. I am the proud mother of 4-year twins and a 3-year-old. Babysitting three toddlers is no easy feat, but my parents regularly pitch in to help me.

A year into starting my company, I became a single parent. I had no idea how I would manage parenting, work, and entrepreneurship alone. My mom not only helped me personally but stepped in as one of my chief officers. My dad became the ultimate babysitter and never hesitates to help me or attend one of my events.

Every day, I think of something my dad told me – “Your granny was a single-mother and look at how amazing she was.” She secured a degree in accounting and worked for the City Colleges of Chicago for 30 years. Through my mother, I learned that her mom purchased several properties and was a hospital supervisor during a time when it was difficult for Black women to secure managerial positions. I realized that I come from generations of greatness… how can I fail?

My parents impacted my decision to create Doctoral Mom Incorporated. Many parents do not have enough support to pursue a higher education and juggle their careers. Their patience and encouragement pushed me to offer the same to others. They taught me how to be persistent, make sacrifices, and laugh through even the most challenging times. I am thrilled to say my nonprofit supports 7,500+ mothers in 100 countries.

Website: www.doctoralmom.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/doctoralmom

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brittnemartin/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/doctoralmom

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