Meet Carol Van Den Hende! | Morris Bernards Moms

 

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I’m a native New Jerseyan who moved to Mendham 13 years ago. We came to Mendham from Morristown to raise our twins amidst bucolic beauty, top-rated schools and great people.

Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Our twins just turned 17. They recently passed their drivers’ tests, which is both thrilling and nail-biting!

Favorite things to do with your kids?
Now that the boys are teens, we’re happy whenever the four of us can find time for family game night, puzzles or relaxing by the pool.

Are you involved in a business venture or corporate world? Please Share!
I’m an MBA, marketer and strategist at Mars, Incorporated. Outside of work, I’m an author and public speaker. My award-winning novel, Goodbye, Orchid (available October 1st) asks: Can love blossom after life changes in an instant?

If you could give one tip to fellow Mom Entrepreneurs what would it be?
Believe in your power of resilience and reinvention. As a kid, I could’ve never guessed that I could start as an engineer and technologist, then become a marketer, strategist and now an author and speaker. As Bill Gates said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
Besides being a mom, wife, full-time strategist and author publishing a debut novel, I serve on the Board of Trustees of a school for kids with autism, and am trained as a Climate Reality leader. For me, it’s important to make time to give back.

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Mendham is a community of smart, accomplished people who support each other. I’m grateful to the Library for organizing a virtual book launch party, Mendham TV for airing my author panel with other local writers, and Delbarton Mothers’ Guild who’s hosting me to speak at their January book club meeting. Please invite me to join your book clubs! There’s a free Goodbye, Orchid book club kit and critically-acclaimed author Steven James says my novel is perfect for book clubs.

 

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