Making moms better moms, makes dads better dads, children become better adults and communities become better communities.
Muffy Mendoza is a tribe builder, informational and motivational speaker, author and executive director at Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh-based fiscally sponsored nonprofit that works to provide moms-of-color with positive socialization opportunities and connect them with the resources and information they need to raise happy, healthy adults. Most notably, Muffy is known for having cultivated a community of nearly 5,000 African-American moms hungry for social change due to a lack of safe spaces for moms-of-color in the Pittsburgh region. What started as a few moms meeting in each others homes, has blossomed into an online and offline tribe of moms that grows by the hundreds each month. Their hyper-local, super engaged Facebook group Pittsburgh Brown Mamas has nearly 5,000 members with 4,800 member active on a weekly basis.
Muffy has leveraged this platform to author her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset, that was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold at various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty and complexities of the mothering experience everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. She received a standing ovation at the inaugural TEDx Strip District after giving a compelling depiction of modern day Black motherhood. In addition, in 2019 Muffy was nominated for an Iris Award for her outstanding work as an activist and influencer.
As if building a massive tribe of moms isn’t enough, Muffy stays focused on tribe building at home as a homeschooling mom of 3 boys and wife of one awesome husband. When she’s low-key Muffy loves reading history books and watching boring documentaries (at least that how her boys describe them).
Mama Mindset Workshop
The Mama Mindset Workshop Series is a 6-week course that helps moms recognize their lives, homes and relationships as their personal breeding ground for self-mastery using The Brown Mama Mindset book, workbook & question cards.
Speaker & Tribe Builder
Creating culture and developing community is what Muffy is most known for. She built her tribe of 5k one Facebook LIVE video at a time. TEDx, The Mom.20 Summit, Blogger Week and the Listen to Your Mother stage have all hosted her.
An Iris Award nominee, Bolthouse Farms, Northwood Realty, UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, IKEA & Comcast Universal are just a few of the brands Muffy has elevated through blogging and on-stage productions.
What People Say About Muffy
The Brown Mama Mindset is changing my life. It was so easy to read and relatable. Best of all it gives PRACTICAL advice at the end of each chapter…I think so differently now.
I’m still processing Muffy’s talk from the Mom Con. I don’t know what it was, but what she said shifted something in me about how I feel about motherhood.
The Brown Mama Monologues was a celebration like no other of maternal spirit and fortitude, and an inspiring testament to the power of the Brown Mama Community in Pittsburgh and beyond.