Since 2018, The DEC Network has teamed up with Capital One, which is the WEDallas founding partner and title sponsor, on the WEDallas Mompreneur event. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the two organizations still hosted the annual event—this time as a virtual happy hour. 

As always, the event centered on being both a mom and a business owner, but this year’s event had the added element of the COVID-19 crisis. As some speakers mentioned, many mompreneurs now have to juggle homeschooling and looking after their children 24/7 with running their businesses, since many schools and daycares are currently closed.

This year’s fireside chat and keynote speakers discussed these topics, how they’re facing them, and gave tips on how to handle “the new normal” as a mompreneur. There were also virtual workshops on topics such as cocktail making and how to be an effective leader during a pandemic, as well as a “Mother’s Marketplace” where attendees could virtually shop from fellow mompreneurs.

Here’s our rundown of some of the major takeaways and advice that women can use in their professional—and personal—lives.

Brittany Merrill Underwood, Founder and Executive Chairman of Akola, and Tinsley Merrill, Co-founder and CRO of PAIRR Technologies