Tonia Adleta

Creative Director, Lead Planner & Lead Designer - Aribella Events

My goal is to make a difference with the life I lead; to change the world with creativity, art and love for hospitality, and to encourage, inspire and equip others to do the same.

Tonia Adleta

Kids’ Names / Ages:
Christian, 14; Anastasia, 13

Business Name:
Aribella Events,

Product Name:
Bespoke wedding planning and event design (Aribella Events); group and private coaching for creative entrepreneurs and service providers, keynotes and workshops (

What makes you different?
I don’t fit into boxes or labels very well.

Do you offer any special benefits for parents with new babies or small children?
The group coaching programs look at our lives as entrepreneurs on a holistic level, including the roles we play as moms, business owners, care providers, etc.

Do you have a hobby?
Adventures with my kids, travel, art, reading, writing, home improvement projects, Netflix binges.Tonia Adleta_ jumping

Three pieces of advice that you’d give to moms who have their own businesses?
1.) Know your WHY; what fuels and fulfills you. There will be times when that WHY might be all you have to work with and you need to have that foundation in place.
2.) Community is vital – and its power can be used for good or evil. Evaluate friendships and relationships carefully to select those you can share your dreams with; seek out fellow business owners and thought leaders and surround yourself with greatness, even if it’s just based on the books you read or the people you follow in social media. It all matters because it’s all connected.
3.) Go for broke. Define success for you, not for society or your mother-in-law’s approval.

When you know WHY you’re driven, have the “right” people in the “right” places in your life and know what’s important to you, how YOU define success, hustle. Do the work. Show up. And don’t look back.

What is your secret sauce?
Coffee and Wine. Skype wine dates with my besties. The cha-chunk of getting a new stamp in my passport. The connections I create with people the world over.

Favorite quote:
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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Jennifer Labit is the founder of She is also the CEO of Cotton Babies, Inc. Jenn created bumGenius, a world-leading brand of cloth diapers. She frequently writes about her evolving process of merging motherhood with full-time corporate and industry leadership. In addition to authoring content for this community, she also regularly blogs at