We're Celebrating International Women's Day!
We celebrated International Women’s Day at SOUL by teaming up with the Tory Burch Foundation for some special rides on Wednesday, March 8th that honor an important message —#EmbraceAmbition. All proceeds from the rides benefitted TBF, which empowers female entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education and digital resources.
Check out the video behind #EmbraceAmbition:
Inspired? We are — so we asked our instructors to reflect on the #girlboss who wows them most...
American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland has always and continues to inspire me. She is the epitome of beauty, hard work, dedication, and not letting "No" stand in your way. To me, she is the ultimate #GirlBoss
#MelWhelanFTW. It takes grace, courage, and charisma to #girlboss well. Mel does all of that without missing a beat (pun intended) AND has two growing kids at home to care for. #MOMboss is the new #girlboss and I'm constantly inspired by our one and only. Mentor. Mama. Melboss.
Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler because duh! They've been trailblazers that have reinvented the boutique fitness world. They've created a safe space that encourages healing through community, hard work and accountability with JOY! They've created thousands of jobs around the country, continue to inspire humans daily, are prescribing laughter, tears and breakthroughs in 45 minutes and on top of that they are mothers and wives! They are the ULTIMATE #girlboss!
Ellen DeGeneres! She's GENEROUS! She helps change peoples' lives. She is unapologetically Ellen. She can make anyone smile. And have you seen her dance moves???
Lady Gaga is my #girlboss. I had the honor of meeting her on the evening her album was released. I always knew she was wonderful but she exceeded my expectations. She was graceful, calm, visibly creative and so kind. Most importantly she speaks up for others and stands for what she believes in, while having the talent to back her up. I aspire to be like her.
Obvious answers: Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama... because duh. Serious answer: My friend Alex. She worked for a couple different people right out of college, and decided she didn't want to work for anyone but herself, so she started a business. And now, with the help of my sister from another mister, Katie, she is founder of a budding social media marketing agency. She sets her own hours, works for herself and is having a blast doing it. I've always been inspired by her unapologetic gumption. #girlboss to the max
Amy Schumer inspires me because she is authentic and unafraid to 100% be herself and inspire others to do the same. It's important that people who have worked so hard to have a voice use it to inspire change. Amy does just that. She once said: "I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will." We should all live a little more like Amy. She should also immediately come take my class in Boston. I'll give her free shoes!
There is an amazing #GirlBoss at Google and YouTube named Erin Schaefer, for whom I worked prior to my life on the bike. She brings an "Anything is possible" attitude to every situation, elevates every team she connects with and somehow made even the most unglamorous work seem exciting. I have absolutely learned how to be a coach from her amazing leadership! She also sometimes invites me back to Google for free lunch, which is MOST appreciated!
Tory Burch and Emily Weiss. Tory for being a bad b%#$& and running a billion dollar company with an extremely hands-on approach even today and Emily for having the preternatural ability of knowing what women want before they know they want it.