Not everyone grows up going on buying trips with a dad who travels all over the world, nor do they have visitors from various countries frequent the dinner table. Regen Horchow Fearon did, and now she wants to enrich the lives of others in much the same manner. This mom of three girls is the daughter of Roger Horchow, founder of the luxury furnishings catalogs and stores that Dallas loves. Now, she is out to spread the wealth of knowledge through other people, as well as attempting to organize motherhood – a challenge she takes very seriously.
WHAT SHE DOES:
That motivation to give others the same opportunities to interact with fascinating people is what sparked her to start the Institute for Interesting People, an organization that hosts speakers from various fields to present on a wide range of topics. “I wanted to create a way for people to be exposed to interesting people,” says Fearon. But there is another underlying reason for launching the Institute: “to fill a void in my life,” admits the “momprenuer.”
“Originally, I thought the audience would be a lot of people like me … moms who stay home,” says Fearon. But in actuality, it’s a very eclectic group of members who range in age from their 20s to their 80s — there for essentially the same reason: “to fill a void for people that don’t have a lot of time, but want to hear [about] different things,” says the institute’s founder.
Not only does the mom of 15-year-old Samantha and 5 1/2 year old twins Sabrina and Fiona want to enhance people’s lives by exposing them to a different way of thinking, but she also wants to help mothers stay sane. “I think that technology should be doing more,” she asserts. “A lot of things are routine that you do over and over. You shouldn’t have to re-invent the wheel every time.”
With excitement in her voice, Fearon explains that she’s creating a (computer) “system that helps busy moms to coordinate their lives – in ‘mom speak,’” something that hasn’t been successfully accomplished yet. But that doesn’t deter the woman who started a beauty shop for women during her collegiate days at Yale. The multi-tasking mom obviously knows what she wants, and how to get it done.
HOW SHE DOES IT:
On top of owning her own business, launching a new one, and serving on countless boards such as Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Hockaday School, board member for the Tate Lecture Series at SMU as well as a few others, it’s a wonder how she has time for anything else. “First of all,” says Fearon, “I have lots of help in my life. I have a wonderful nanny and sitter who help me bridge the various pick ups and conflicts when I’m in a meeting.” Because she’s self-employed, Fearon admits that her schedule is flexible, but she also tries to “pick and choose when things are most important to physically be there” in order to balance work and family. One thing that she guards relentlessly is her evening schedule. “We have dinner five nights a week typically,” she states, because “both my husband and I feel that’s very important.”
One family tradition is similar to what Fearon experienced growing up: using the dinner table as a teaching tool for her girls. “We talk about all different things,” says Fearon, although readily admitting, “we don’t always agree.” The Dallasite “grew up in a household where there were always different visitors at the dinner table from all over the world,” which created a atmosphere where the “unfamiliar became routine.” She mirrors the practice in her own way; currently, a medical fellow from Iraq is staying with the family.
“Being exposed to lots of different people and lots of different ideas, creates that curiosity” — the kind that makes a child become interesting, explains Fearon. “If you live in [certain] pockets of Dallas, you can be tricked into thinking the whole world is like that.”