Embracing Change with Movemeant

Embracing Change with Movemeant

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Written by Liz Hershfield

I grew up in California, surrounded by fitness & health, long before it was a trendy thing.

Early in my college days I worked in a Mexican restaurant where I met several lifelong friends, one of whom, Julie, was also a Step instructor.

We were your typical college kids - boy crazy, going to parties and having fun, but because of my friend Julie, fitness was a key component of our friendship.

I quickly learned to love working out with friends. It was so motivating and we always pushed each other to be better. But most of all, it was a whole lot of fun! The impact has been long lasting -  fitness has since been an important part of my life.

I have lived in NYC for 9 years now, working as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Bonobos. I was the 19th employee and for many years the only female on the leadership team. Being the only woman on a team was one of the hardest things I have ever experienced. I had always worked with a great balance of  female and male leaders, and had never been the only female. This imbalance opened my eyes, forcing me to become acutely aware of workplace inequality for women. From issues like pay inequality to the way women are perceived vs men in the office, it is a constant struggle for female equality at work.

Change is certainly on its way, however. I am happy to share that we recently announced a new female CEO, and that there are now 3 women on the leadership team, including myself and our CEO. While we have quite a ways to go, it is refreshing to see that progress is being made!

So - back to fitness. Over the years I have, admittedly, had periods of time where I was not regularly exercising. Finally, at the ripe old age of 46, I realize I need fitness to be a daily part of my routine. Not only for the physical health benefits, but also because it keeps me sane! I find that when I am regularly exercising, my mood is uplifted and my attitude toward life is positive, no matter what else may be going on. It is my release and something that I can’t live without!

My body has changed over the years, and while I have to work harder in the gym to maintain the same levels of fitness, the message of body positivity that Movemeant Foundation and Jenny have championed has been hugely inspiring to me, and has helped me understand that my body is going to change and that is okay!

I first was introduced to Jenny Gaither through Soul Cycle and quickly became a regular in her classes. I then found out about We Dare to Bare and participated in my first ride in 2013. I was kind of terrified that I would feel out of place amongst the ultra fit while working out in our sports bras - but the incredibly welcoming community transcended physical appearance!

The group of men and women that came out that day were all shapes and sizes, with varying levels of fitness and age. It was one of my favorite experiences I’ve ever had in NYC.

After that, I reached out to Jenny. I wanted to get involved- how could I support this awesome cause? Movemeant’s work in utilizing fitness as a tool to motivate & empower young women  is such an inspiration and so important for the future of females! I am so grateful to have discovered this incredible organization! #whorunstheworld #girlpower

What To Expect at We Dare to Bare NYC 2018!

What To Expect at We Dare to Bare NYC 2018!

The big day is almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited as we gear up for Dare to Bare NYC 2018! We know you’re as pumped as we are to unite with your fellow empowered females (hello, #bodpos party!), and as we draw closer, we want to share with you what you can expect to make the most out of your day!

There’ll be no shortage of activity at this year’s festival, with ample ways to workout, sweet and savory snackage, some serious self care, a little retail therapy and ALL the photo opps. To ensure you don’t miss out on anything day-of, here’s a quick list of all of the incredible vendors to check off your list as you explore Dare to Bare!

SELF CARE

YesTo

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Get ready for your closeup at the Yes To beauty bar! Cleanse your sweaty skin and enhance that natural beauty with samples of Yes To products! Then, channel your inner Tyra and walk the red carpet leading to a photobooth, where you’ll be able to document your YesTo self-love pledge with a picture!

FitClub

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After a day filled with some of NYC’s toughest workouts, you are bound to be FEELIN’ it. Love up on that bod with some self care in the form of a sports massage from Fit Club! Dedicated to helping clients live an active lifestyle by building strength and feeling less pain, Fit Club will provide on site sports massage and recovery to help you work out all the kinks.

MINDBODY

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Your favorite class-booking app will be around to keep the fun flowing all day long. Enjoy a quick primp-session at MINDBODY’s GLAMSQUAD braid bar (the perfect fix for sweaty hair), or embrace your inner child when you bounce around with the team from TRAMPOLEAN. Plus, keep your eyes open for raffles and giveaways from MINDBODY each hour!

RETAIL

Sweaty Betty

For the third year running, SWEATY BETTY is our official apparel partner for We Dare to Bare, and they'll be providing the amazing sports bras you’ll be wearing on the day. Founded 20 years ago in Notting Hill by Tamara Hill-Norton,Sweaty Betty is on a mission to empower women through fitness and beyond.

Because we know you'll love the sports bra you’ll be wearing at We Dare to Bare, Sweaty Betty is onsite with an exclusive pop-up for all of your retail therapy needs. And be sure to swing by their photobooth for a sweaty selfie - 1 lucky attendee will find a Golden Ticket on the back of their photo, redeemable for an EPIC Sweaty Betty + Movemeant swag bag!

 

FUEL UP

Chameleon Cold Brew

What’s a day in a New Yorker’s life without coffee? We know your endorphins will already be sky-high but organic Chameleon Cold-Brew will be there to serve as a perfect pick-me-up. Plus, for every photo posted with the hashtag #ChameleonBrewsCompassion, Chameleon will donate $1 to their current sustainability projects all around the world.

Splenda

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This year, we’ve teamed up with SPLENDA® Naturals to empower women to take simple steps toward becoming their best selves. So, when it comes to pre- and post-workout fuel, SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener has you covered, naturally. Keep your energy levels high with the complimentary SPLENDA® Naturals yogurt bar, where you can choose from an assortment of delicious toppings, like artisan granola, fruit compote, peanut butter drizzle, and more. And don’t forget to leave your mark on the “Super Natural” Intention Wall, where you can share why you are super natural and read inspiring messages from others!

FoodKick

Did someone say snacks? Thanks to FoodKick, you’ll have no shortage of snack options all day long, along with plenty of hydration stations for you to fill your water bottle throughout the event!

Love Crunch:

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Love Crunch celebrates all those who #diveheartfirst into their passions to make themselves and the world a better place. Recharge post-workout with a delicious smoothie bowl topped with decadent Love Crunch granola.  



LUNA:

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LUNA creates food for women that give her the energy to get sh*t done – whether that’s dominating her to-do list, climbing the corporate ladder, or weekending with her girlfriends. We design foods to power her through her busy day with a balance of the nutrition important to her, the great taste she craves and quality ingredients she can feel good about. As the first nutrition bar for women, LUNA has been championing and empowering us since the beginning.

#BEMOREHUMAN

#BEMOREHUMAN

It is an honor and a privilege to be included in Reebok’s #BEMOREHUMAN campaign. Through this campaign, we are spreading a message that the physical and emotional inner-confidence that we gain from movement, sports, and the communities we build around fitness-related activities, is directly reflected in our everyday life, both personally and professionally.

What To Expect at We Dare To Bare SF 2018

What To Expect at We Dare To Bare SF 2018

Not sure what to expect at 'We Dare To Bare NYC' this coming Saturday, May 12th? Well, here's a quick rundown of everything you might be wondering. All the sports bras! All the swag! All the healthy snacks! They're headed your way!

Movemeant Welcomes Our New Executive Director

Movemeant Welcomes Our New Executive Director

Movemeant Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Johanna Sylvestor as its next Executive Director. She joins the team with extensive experience in the non-profit space, and will be overlapping for several months with Founder Jenny Gaither and CEO/Founding Member Charina Lumley, who are both moving to Movemeant Foundation’s Board of Directors in June. The selection was made after an extensive national search and selection process.

Sheding shirts, saving laundry, and being a BOSS. A story by Mandy Bynum

Sheding shirts, saving laundry, and being a BOSS. A story by Mandy Bynum

The Movemeant Foundation sits close to my heart. Everyday when I put my feet to the floor, it’s not my husband, my son, or anyone else I go to work for (well, you know.. I have bills to pay and stuff but you know what I mean). It’s that 12 year old girl who was working her butt off in school, staying late for dance company rehearsals followed by soccer practice, and then heading home to pound out homework. That girl dreamed of being a BOSS one day.

4 Ways To Spring Up Your Morning Routine

4 Ways To Spring Up Your Morning Routine

Morning routines give us the chance to set the tone for our day, establish our priorities and center our focus on what’s most important.

So, what should your morning routine look like? It depends, for some, an a.m. regimen might mean going on a run or doing yoga, while for others it’s having a cup of coffee and reading the morning news. Here are some of our fave ways to make sure we're not just waking up on the right side of the bed, but starting the whole morning right.

Make the most out of 'Dare To Bare NYC'

Make the most out of 'Dare To Bare NYC'

'Dare To Bare' is a day to recognize beauty in all its different shapes and sizes. It’s a day to silence our critical voices through successes that are earned with each and every drop of sweat.  Find out everything you'll experience at 'Dare To Bare NYC' here.

Movemeant Foundation Rings Closing Bell at NYSE

Movemeant Foundation Rings Closing Bell at NYSE

In celebration and awareness of the 'Dare To Bare' Charity Fitness Festival returning to New York City on Sunday, October 1st, Movemeant Foundation had the honor of ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, August 23.  This venerable, longstanding tradition offered Movemeant the opportunity to generate awareness for health, fitness and empowerment programs for women and girls across the country.

In Memoriam: Kelly Hurley, Beloved Friend and Movemeant Foundation Partner

In Memoriam: Kelly Hurley, Beloved Friend and Movemeant Foundation Partner

On behalf of the team at Movemeant Foundation, it is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our Vice President, Kelly Hurley. She was 31 years old.  Many of you knew Kelly as a vibrant and unique personality; a steadfast champion of social activism. This included everything from her work in women's self-acceptance and body-positivity at Movement Foundation, to sparking engaging political dialogue on women's rights, LGBTQ, and more.

Own Your #BellyJelly

Own Your #BellyJelly

We challenge the status quo by being radically honest about our bodies. We bare our #bellyjelly to show others that it’s strength, grace and grit that lies underneath. We work hard.  We fight hard.  We sweat hard.  To start a revolution where we feel powerful in the skin we’re in. 

Partnerships that will Change the World

Partnerships that will Change the World

Meredith Corporation, the nation’s leading media and marketing company serving 102 million American women, hosted its first-ever BrandFront presentation and unveiled its compelling new “Partnerships That Will Change the World” platforms, which included Movemeant Foundation.

An Epic Experience at 'Dare To Bare NYC'

An Epic Experience at 'Dare To Bare NYC'

Not sure what to expect at 'Dare To Bare NYC' on Sunday, Oct. 2nd?  Here's a quick rundown of everything you might be wondering.  Not yet registered for 'Dare To Bare'? Well what are you waiting for?  Register today!

The Kick Start.

The Kick Start.

Movemeant Ambassader Erin Henke drops some knowledge when it comes to trying something new. A great story about bringing out the warrior in yourself and embarking on a new challenge.