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Newsletter 9.20.19

For as long as I can remember, I've always been interested in the ways in which people choose to make a mark on the world. It often means doing something no one has ever done before or fostering invention.

LHI has encouraged me to highlight women who are doing just that – making a difference in an industry, in a country, or in someone's life. They strive to make history and make change without worrying about the backlash, the risk, and often the thanklessness of the job.

These past couple of weeks have been especially exhilarating. Just as I found out about Audrey Gelman being the first visibly pregnant woman on the cover of Inc, I discovered Whitney Wolfe Herd's editorial on revamping the internet. My friend once said, "there's a lot to be made in taking women seriously." This has never been more self-evident. 

On a more personal note, I've recently joined Re—Inc, a new purpose-driven lifestyle brand focused on re-imagining the status quo by creating products that champion equity, progress, creativity, and art. The company was founded by Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, Tobin Heath, and Meghan Klingenberg – USWNT champions who filed an equal-pay gender-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer federation. They founded the company to capitalize on their feats outside of soccer and inspire people to do things differently.

I'm incredibly honored to work with the team and hope to highlight the exciting upcoming plans we have in store for the re—community. This is certainly just the beginning of many women coming together in support of doing business on their own terms and inspiring others to do the same.

To new opportunities,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

The latest news on women.
The Wing's cofounder just became the first visibly pregnant CEO featured on a business magazine cover
Gelman said she decided to appear visibly pregnant to show other women that they too can simultaneously run a business and start a family." You can't be what you can't see," Gelman told "Today's" Morgan Radford, adding, "My hope is that women see this and, again, feel the confidence to take greater professional risks while also not shelving their dreams of becoming a mother and starting a family." Business Insider September 18, 2019
Former PepsiCo CEO Aims to Create a ‘Sisterhood’ of Women Leaders
“We need our own sisterhood,” said Nooyi, who stepped down as CEO last year. “Unconscious bias can only be addressed if the sisterhood calls it out.” Nooyi spoke about a new book she plans to release in 2021. It’s her way to pass on everything she learned as a woman of color (she was born in India), a CEO, a mother, a wife, and a daughter. Much of women’s ability to succeed at home and at work depends on existing workplace systems, which are rife with unconscious bias that “attacks women’s confidence.” Fortune, September 16, 2019
Inside Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd’s mission to build the “female internet”
Bumble’s success thus far is primarily due to Wolfe Herd’s savvy stewardship of the brand, which takes its pro-female message and wraps it in bright, upbeat packaging. Branding is both her superpower and a luxury: Bumble’s London-based engineering resources are a structural difference that have helped the company grow faster than it otherwise might have on its own, just as Tinder has benefited from being part of Match Group.
 FastCompany, September 9, 2019
Peggy Gou on her latest Kirin collection and thinking a mile a minute
International DJ, producer and Dazed 100-er Peggy Gou has just landed in London ahead of the launch of her latest Kirin collection, and is explaining how her brain works. Seemingly, it’s a mile a minute. “I need to just drink a chamomile tea or something, but I just have so many ideas,” she continues. Named after the Korean word for giraffe, Kirin reflects Gou’s idiosyncratic personal style and has a distinctly streetwear influence at its heart. Dazed, September 17, 2019
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Photo: Gabriela Herman.
The Cut Interview with Kinjil Mathur, Chief Marketing Officer at Squarespace

"While I work for a tech company, one of our core values is “Design is not a luxury.” That means there’s a lot of great personal style, so luckily I don’t feel as though I’ve had to alter my fashion choices to assimilate into a stereotypical tech environment."

In this interview with The Cut, Kinjil Mathur talks about her version of a work uniform, the way her style has evolved, and how she finds her confidence. Mathur leads marketing efforts at the website building company Squarespace and she also serves as an executive committee member on the CFDA Fashion Trust and holds an advisory board position on Ellevest, a start-up focused on helping women invest.

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Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

This Samantha Power — she had started her career as a journalist covering the mass killing of Bosnian Muslims by Serbs, which led her to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “‘A Problem From Hell’: America in the Age of Genocide,” about why American leaders who vow “never again” repeatedly fail to halt genocides. People told me she was a real idealist — not a tortured one like me. But then she had to eat some heaping plates of realism in public, like defending Obama’s nonintervention in the genocidal Syrian civil war.

Thomas L. Friedmann, "What Samantha Power Learned on the Job" –– NYTimes

Warren triumphed over the other progressive populist, Bernie Sanders, because she had what he lacked — self-awareness. She could run a campaign that mitigated her weaknesses. He could not. Before Warren, people thought of liberals and progressives as practically synonymous. After Warren, it was clear they were different, with different agendas and different national narratives.

David Brooks, "A Brief History of the Warren Presidency" –– NYTimes

Because it's never too late to re—imagine.
Photo: Re—Inc.
Re—Inc: Founded by USWNT Champions Christen Press, Megan Rapinoe, Meghan Klingenberg, and Tobin Heath 

"So what can we do? Maybe we can actually start a company, run it totally different. And maybe we’re just a small company now and we’re only affecting a few people. But what if we inspire another company to do that? What if we inspire existing companies? What if we inspire a community to actually do everything different than what we’ve been fighting against for the whole time?” – Megan Rapinoe

"It’s really powerful being able to make those decisions ourselves and not have to fall in line with what’s already kind of set up for us,”
– Tobin Heath

The larger goal of Re-Inc is to suggest re-invention or re-definition—to increase the ranks of female business owners and seek investment from women and minorities in the largely male-dominated fashion and venture-capital worlds. Product development will start with clothing but aims to expand to beauty, wellness and tech. The founders plan to use sustainable materials and take a gender-inclusive approach to product design.

→ Read more about how Re started here.
→ Read more about Re's brand identity here.
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