Femininity

What do Avon, Lockheed Martin and Yahoo have in common?   These companies (and many more) have female CEOs.  Woo hoo!   The number of women CEOs on the Fortune 500 list is at an all time high!  While only one woman was named CEO of a Fortune 500 company in 2015, eleven (11!) were in 2016/early 2017.  Fortune notes, though, that “it’s not all rainbows and unicorns,” as female CEOs still account for a mere 6.4% of the total list, and there are just two women of color.

We couldn’t be more pleased with the fact that investors are ascribing more value to diversity in the boardroom, but not just because it feels good and women drive the global economy, but because it makes good business sense: companies with more women in top roles generate 34 percent greater returns to shareholders.  We’re fist pumping Rockefeller Foundation for the incredible push they’re making to see 100 female CEOs by 2025.  Mary, Ginny, Indra, Marillyn, Meg, Safra, Phebe, Irene, Tricia, Lynn, Shira, Geisha, Margaret, Deanna, Barbara, Debra, Anna, Vicki, Debra, Kathryn, Kim, Mary, Denise, Michele, Patricia, Kathy, Sheri, Ilene, Margo, Beth, Jacqueline, and Marissa, we see you and thank you!   You’re not just a number to us and we appreciate all of the choices and sacrifices you’ve had to make to pave this path.  Peruse the full list of Fortune 500 #GirlsWithGuts here.

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Fashion 

Get your fix before they’re gone!   If you haven’t seen the airborne installation by Melissa McGill on the tiny island, just south of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in the Hudson Valley yet, run (or swim), don’t walk.  We just learned about this gutsy gal and can’t keep quiet because her story needs to be heard and her art needs to be seen.  It took her three years to put her art project in the sky  (named “Constellation”) together, working on her own to raise money and organize every aspect of the project, including wrangling 100 people to help her.  She heard “no” many times, yet here she was in the homestretch, fine-tuning a major work.  Bravo Melissa for your perseverance.   We hope to see your light shine more and that you don’t stop dreaming big!

Melissa McGill’s “Constellation” is a series of lights that “hover” over the ruins of the Bannerman castle ruins on an island on the Hudson River. June 17, 2015. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Fitness 

If you’re reading this then you’re more than familiar with our brand and know that we LUV having fun and get a THRILL from working out – so what could be better than combining the two?  Enter IDM360 Bootcamp with Thierry Pepin.   We have some incredibly fun fitness activities planned with  Thierry for the summer so make sure you’re on our mailing list to get a sneak peek.  Join Thursdays at Clay Fitness to get in the groove.

Flair 

We are crushing on Sarai Gonzalez big time and only wish we’d celebrated her among our #GirlsWithGuts sooner.    According to The Huffington Post, Sarai doesn’t just portray a confident badass in Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo” music video. The 11-year-old from New Jersey is just as amazing and self-assured in real life.  Here are a few of our favorite Sarai quotes: “It just matters what you think about yourself,” “Where you come from makes you unique and special,” and “Just be yourself.”  If we have anything to do with it, she’s carrying a JLEW Bag in her next video.    Bravo Sarai and Bomba Estereo (we’re going to do our best to see you in Chicago next month)!