avatar Anna Gannon Editorial Lead at Expectful

How can we make the transition back to work more supportive for new moms?

That challenge is something that today’s guest, Jackie Hodnichak, has been working to solve as a new mom and the Director of Operations and Community at Mettacool. Mettacool is a talent development program for women that addresses career stage-specific challenges through the lens of well-being. And one of the things they specialize in is coaching moms-to-be as they transition both into maternity leave and back to work.

On today’s episode Jackie shares her perspective-shifting postpartum story, talks about how her self-care routine has changed since becoming a mom, and digs into how motherhood has had a profound effect on her career path. 


About Jackie Hodnichak


Jackie Hodnichak is Director of Operations and Community at Mettacool, among many other hats she wears to keep the business running. Jackie comes from the operations world, having worked in a number of industries including the wellness and tech spaces. Additionally, her deep passion for supporting others on their wellness journeys led her to wholeheartedly jump into overseeing Mettacool's mobile coaching and mentorship community as Community Advocate. Though she's fairly new to the motherhood club, having her daughter, has already taught her so many valuable lessons that she's able to apply to both her personal and professional life. Her every day goal is to not take herself too seriously, be present, and find joy in the small things. Outside of working and mommin', Jackie enjoys a good pair of yoga pants, weekend adventures, and experimenting with new recipes. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter.