The Ambition Spectrum: An Honest Look at Career + Motherhood


Guest co-host Jessica Coulter, named in Business Insider's "30 Most Creative Women in Advertising", offers her #1 tip for women who want to have families and charge hard in their careers. And journalist Elizabeth Wallace returns to celebrate her brand new book, The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life (June 2018), co-written with Hana Schank, and based on their popular essay series for The Atlantic.

This episode covers it all, from professional envy to limit setting to fertility treatments to lesbian bath tub gin. Raised by high achieving single moms, Elizabeth and I share our own complicated relationships with ambition and our 90's power suit shopping trips with our moms. There are fun callbacks to last year’s conversation (2017), and you’ll just have to wait to hear our scoop on Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, Northwestern University's sorority sister extraordinaire.


We are giving away three signed copies of The Ambition Decisions on Friday 6/29. Join us on Instagram: @atomicmomsFacebook, and our Facebook community page for details!

Special thanks to sound engineer Owen O’Neill, musical genius Jeremy Turner for our original theme composition, and Natalie Truly for encouraging us to do giveaways!

xx Ellie Knaus

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Elizabeth Wallace worked for print magazines including VogueNylonSeventeenUs Weekly, and Lucky, and is now a freelance editor and writer. She contributes regularly to Domino and Architectural Digest

Co-author Hana Schank is a Public Interest Technology fellow at New America, where she researches and writes about civic technology and innovation.

The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family, and the Path to Building a Life is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.


Jessica Coulter is a Creative Director/Copywriter at BBDO New York. Business Insiders 30 Most Creative Women in Advertising. She was named The 3% Conference and The One Club’s “Next Creative Leader”, one of 10 rising female stars in the industry. Friend of the pod, Bridget Moloney-Sinclair recently introduced her in a Facebook mom group - so I’m gonna rip her off here - "Jessica is an incredibly generous friend, a very funny person, an advertising creative, a director, a screenwriter and a former PROFESSIONAL cheerleader (oh, also a lactation advisor and a bunch of other cool things). She has been in LA for the last few years after a decade-ish in New York and formative years in Oregon. She also is the mother of Minnow (4.5) and Ace (3 months.)"