You may remember Julie Cole as one of the co-founders of the popular Mabel’s Labels, which were eventually sold to CCL Industries for a handsome sum.
The award-winning Burlington entrepreneur, mother of six, author and former practicing lawyer, went on to create a career as a keynote speaker and MC. You have probably also seen her in such programs as “Breakfast Television,” “The Marilyn Denis Show,” while her articles have appeared in Today’s Parent, The Huffington Post, among other publications.
She recently launched her book, “Like a Mother: Birthing Business, Babys and a Life Beyond Labels.” In it, she shares inspiring stories and experiences from parenting and building a multi-million dollar business.
“As one of the original mother-entrepreneurs, it was time to share my story of leaving the traditional workforce to start a business and raise my six children. The book is crammed with business, mother and life hacks,” said Cole .
A book has been on the to-do list for many years, she said.
“Usually I travel a lot to speak at events and conferences. With the pandemic, I was no longer obliged to travel, so I got some time I otherwise would not have had. ”
Although she can not pinpoint a lesson she would like readers to take from her book, “I would say that overall, we do not have to live our lives by the standards of others. What is perfect for one person is “not perfect for someone else. We can not let people project our dreams and ambitions on us. I share practical tips and stories that will help the reader live their own journey – as a mother.”
Cole, who serves on a number of local boards as well as volunteers, is also passionate about women’s issues, mentoring young entrepreneurs and social justice, she said.
She is on the Women in Leadership Committee for the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and is the most recent recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Halton.
“I hope this book inspires women to take responsibility for living their lives to the fullest – and in all aspects.”
Cole’s book is available at Coles, Indigo and through Amazon.