Two working moms show it's possible to be partners in business and best friends in life.
When Flavia Naslausky and Camilla Gazal met at a baby shower, they discovered they had a lot in common. They were both moms raising families in Connecticut while working in finance. "Flavia and I bonded immediately," Camilla says. "We were both Brazilian and hard-working mothers with very young kids." When they realized they were both looking to leave the financial industry, they started to toy around with the idea of opening a business together.
"It was really our children that gave us the idea for a new business," explains Flavia. "Both Camilla and I are math oriented and wanted our kids to excel in math and science. I started to reinforce my kids' math education at home. It was also a way to spend more time with them. I made it fun, project-based and dynamic. When I realized my kids were improving academically as they enjoyed learning, Camilla and I thought about opening a STEM/languages center in our community." The result: Zaniac, an enrichment program that builds a curriculum around toys and games that kids already love, like LEGO and Minecraft.