GBWC Featured Profile

Christine Koh '95

Wheaton Class of '95

by Margy Bratschi '78
April 2014

So, how does a double major in psychology and music performance evolve into a dynamic tweeter for BostonMamas? With grace and panache! (And she was named Most Likable Mom on Twitter!)

Christine Koh '95 is a music and brain scientist turned writer, speaker, designer, and consultant.

She spent a decade in academia – during which time she was awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Institutes of Health to fund her Ph.D. research at Queen’s University and joint-appointment postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. She was about to become a professor when she decided to hang up her academic spurs in favor of more flexible and independent ventures.

Christine is the founder and editor of Boston Mamas, a stylish resource portal for families in Boston and beyond, and is the founder of the graphic design firm Posh Peacock. Christine also is digital strategist at Women Online/The Mission List. Her first book— Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less—with Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks was published March 2013. Christine is a regular on the conference speaking circuit (e.g., BlogHer, Mom 2.0, BlissDom, Alt Summit, Massachusetts Conference for Women) and also is a sought after speaker for parenting groups. She has been featured in Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, National Public Radio, ABC News, Metro Boston, FOX 25 Boston, and other fine media outlets; she has been named to Babble.com’s Top 50 Mom Bloggers, Top 50 Twitter Moms, and Top 30 Parenting Listserv lists. Her design work has been featured in Cookie, Brides, Pregnancy & Newborn, Daily Candy, and more.

Christine credits her experience at Wheaton for providing a good foundation to launch her. She noted how she thrived in the environment of Wheaton's small class seminars. The college also provided much needed financial assistance to allow her to remain a student there.

Most importantly, she found the support of the Wheaton faculty unparalleled. They were there to offer one-on-one research instruction, pep talks following some grueling music lessons, emphatic encouragement to go beyond what she considered her limitations and reach for the stars (including the opportunity to be a White House intern), and helped her discover and nurture her academic passion for psychology, which paved the way for her success in academia.

Christine, in turn, has served her alma mater in numerous capacities, including class officer, annual fund agent, and as a member of the Alumnae/i Board.

When asked about her change in career, she stated that during her postdoc, her oldest daughter was born and her father was diagnosed with cancer. As her maternity leave came to an end, her priorities were radically changed. With the enormous support of her husband, she made the switch, and has never looked back. Interestingly, one of her early editorial works was for one of her professional journals, which became her first client, so she still keeps a hand in her former field.

Christine lives in the Boston area with her husband Jonathan and daughters Laurel and Violet. She tweets about it all at @bostonmamas.

GBWC hosted an event where Christine spoke on her first work, Minimalist Parenting, and conducted a book signing.

 


Spotlight—Edit Your Life Podcast

Previously, the GBWC has profiled Christine Koh '95 and Sandra Gilpatrick '95. The two came together to work on Christine's Edit Your Life Podcast.

Episode 24: Edit Your Financial Fears features Christine interviewing Sandra about stumbling blocks, gaining financial confidence, and the three top financial goals to focus on right now. They also discuss how to find a financial advisor you like. Click the link to listen to the Edit Your Financial Fears podcast.

Sandra has previously blogged on Christine's site: www.bostonmamas.com


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