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Newsletter 8.2.19


Ever since I started Let's Hear It, I've become more and more entranced by the incredible independence women exude. I've read stories from women who ditched their desks for writing books on the beach to women who graciously climbed up the ranks despite the naysayers. I've learned from many women before me, who have supported being ruthlessly independent for the sake of achieving your own sense of freedom and satisfaction. 

A previous co-worker I admire once told me about her decision to leave a company she worked for early in her career. Upon telling her manager she wanted to leave, he responded saying she could rise up the ranks so easily to achieve a great deal of power. She responded, "I'm not motivated by power, I'm motivated by freedom." This stuck with me. Power gives you impact, but freedom gives you fulfillment. Interpret it as you will, but independence comes from within and something you can inherently control for your own infinite happiness.

I'll leave you with this snippet from a recent New Yorker cover story feature of Olimpia Zagnoli: 
"Summer tastes like helichrysum, sunscreen, and warm asphalt. But it’s also about making plans. A week from now, I’ll be riding my Vespa to the beautiful Ligurian coast with only a small backpack. Once there, I plan to spend my days reading all the books I haven’t had time to read, painting with no purpose, and diving into the Mediterranean sea at night."

So whether you view freedom as finally taking time for yourself or ditching your job for something new and challenging, know that independence can truly be your best and most admirable trait. Read this week's newsletter to learn about women who have done things on their own terms.

Happy August,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

The latest news on women.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Guest-Edits British Vogue’s September Issue
“The theme of the edition chosen by the duchess and Mr. Enninful — “Forces for Change” — is written in stark orange print across the front cover, which is made up of a mosaic of close-up portraits by the acclaimed fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. The Duchess of Sussex said, “These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making an impact in the world today.”” NYTimes, July 29, 2019

Sequoia’s First Woman Partner Is Raising Capital, and Standards
“It’ll be hard to tell for at least another two years how much promise Lee’s companies show. For now, she’s making progress in other ways. During a recent San Francisco party of startup founders and investors, she deftly broke into a mostly male cluster of older guests. With a beer in hand and a twentysomething female founder in tow, Lee unapologetically steered the conversation to talk up the woman’s accomplishments. Sure the conversation was on track, she excused herself. Then, instead of opting for the restroom and her email, she headed back into the crowd.” Bloomberg, July 29, 2019
A $43 Billion Biotech Now Has a Female CEO
“Reshma Kewalramani, a physician and, until now, the chief medical officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, will become its next CEO. She's taking over the role from Jeff Leiden, who has led the rare disease-focused firm—a company with well over $40 billion in market value as of Thursday's close—for nearly a decade. Leiden will transition into the executive chairman role.” Fortune, July 25, 2019
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Photo: Anine Bing.
Interview with Anine Bing, Founder and Chief Creative Officer

“Anine Bing is the quintessential L.A. brand that truly appeals to women everywhere.”

In this podcast episode, Anine Bing talks about her upbringing in Denmark before moving to Sweden and later starting a modeling career in Milan at the age of 14. When she wasn't modeling, Bing was playing music and formed a band upon moving to Los Angeles. She quickly acclimated to the L.A. lifestyle and started a successful blog, which led to the launch of her brand. I am a huge fan of how her brand perfectly emulates her personal style and focuses more on slipping something on effortlessly while still looking and feeling great. Listen in here.
Photo: NYTimes.
Interview with Megan Rapinoe, Captain of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team

“We realize our worth now, and in the past we haven’t quite known what our market value is. If we get to the next round of collective bargaining agreement negotiations, which I think is in two years, and we’re not getting what we want, then we’re going to need to take more serious action than we’ve taken before and not settle for crap.”

This latest NYTimes interview features Rapinoe's thoughts on leading a team of champions, advocating for equal pay and gender equality, and living and celebrating on her own terms. Read more here.
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

Though Condé Nast has suffered significant financial losses in recent years, the expense of keeping Wintour on the payroll — probably at least a few million dollars a year — is likely more than worth it for what she brings to the company. Hearst may be embracing the end of the age of the “cult of personality” editor, but Wintour gives Condé Nast a reason to keep it alive.

Amy Odell, "Why Anna Wintour Is (Still) One of Condé Nast’s Most Powerful Assets" –– BoF

Because we love a good partnership.
Photo: Christy Dawn.
Christy Dawn x Leighton Meester

"Leighton has been volunteering at the Downtown Women's Center for years, and when it came time to launch our collaboration with her, we took the entire company downtown to spend a morning making and serving to lunch to this strong, empowering community of women."

The Leighton Jumper, born from the mind of Leighton Meester - an actress, musician, and mother. The Leighton Jumper is made entirely from upcycled fabric, and was sewn in Christy Dawn's Los Angeles factory. All proceeds benefit the Downtown Women's Center, a local organization that focuses on helping women struggling with homelessness. 

Learn more about the partnership here.
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'Till next time.

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