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Moms are a notoriously innovative bunch, often creating solutions and workarounds to problems they face every day. This was certainly the case for Tamara Monosoff. When her eight-month-old daughter started unrolling all of the toilet paper and stuffing it in the toilet, Monosoff began looking for a device to keep the toilet paper from unrolling. She figured it wouldn’t be difficult to find something that a parent could clip on the toilet paper that would lock the roll in place, making it impossible to unroll. Unfortunately, there was not a product on the market to fix her predicament. While buying shampoo at a beauty supply store, she saw the hair permanent rods and experienced her light bulb moment. After quite a bit of research and development, Monosoff took her design to a manufacturer inChinaand had it patented and safety tested. In the end, Monosoff’s TP Saver was sold in more than 9,000 grocery stores nationwide.

Now, eight years later, Monosoff runs, a Web site that sells innovative products invented by women. Each product she sells carries the Mom Invented seal. The site also offers support for mom’s who have an idea for a marketable product and serves as a community for women looking to invent new products. Monosoff contributes regularly to and has been featured on a variety of television programs, including The View, the Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and Good Morning America Weekend, as well as many local news programs. Her products have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, TIME, PEOPLE and OPRAH.

Monosoff holds a doctorate in international and multicultural education from theUniversityofSan Diego. Before launching, she worked as the education director for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships during theClintonadministration. She delivers frequent talks on entrepreneurship and women in business and leadership roles.

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