I feel so thankful I had the opportunity to attend the first ever Girlboss Rally at the Hudson Loft in Downtown Los Angeles on March 4th, 2017.
On a side note, this was my first solo trip in 12 years! So, it was kind of a big deal. It was 48 hours of alone time that was long overdue. Flying from Sacramento to LAX I had time to listen to a Tim Ferriss podcast episode that was super inspiring. There is something kinda epic about being above the clouds. LISTEN HERE
I stayed with my friend Maddie who is a teleprompting boss at E! and lives in a cool 70's apartment complex in Burbank. It was very reminiscent of where the Karate Kid lived.
By a coincidence of bad uber timing, I was the first person to arrive at Hudson Loft on Saturday morning. Slowly the 500 attendees started to roll in. Every person looked like they were dressed for a magazine feature, it was pretty amazing! Everyone I spoke to that day was super friendly, and sweet. The energy was really positive. As we picked up our passes we were directed to the freight elevator with hot pink neon. As soon as the doors opened I realized they had transformed this event space into the Girlboss HQ. Every wall, room, light fixture, and handout was stylized and designed to be memorable. They created a beautiful world and we lived in it for a day.
The day kicked off with Sophia Amoruso opening the rally and Gabby Bernstein following her with a very on point talk about motivation. It was an intimate setting with amazing people. I got to hear from a fashion designer, a stylist, an illustrator, venture capital investors, why generation X is so different from millennials (finally I get it), the creative director of vice media, Whitney Cummings (funny but also really knew her mental health stuff), a L'oreal VP, web designer, women in film, and (my favorite) Arian Simone + Kevin Systrom -CEO and founder of Instagram! It was 12+ hours of networking, learning, listening, inspiration, and perspective. I wish there had been enough hours in the day to talk to each person and get to know them at bit. I felt a sense of belonging, and for me, that can be rare.