SHE Day: LA
September 30th is a day we'll always remember. It was the first SHE Day!
When you create something new there are a lot of questions: Who will come? What will they think? What will it feel like?
And when we opened the gates of the historic York Manor for SHE Day that morning, we found out: passionate women came. They brought 100% amazing positive energy and open minds. And it felt Ah-MAZING!
SHE Day was like drinking a quadruple espresso shot of sustainable, healthy, ethical inspiration and momentum, which was perfect since we were lucky to have Groundworks Coffee truck brewing up any drink our attendees desired that day! Groundworks Coffee, which opened in Venice Beach 30 years ago, is always organic and fairly traded. That is a big deal! No pesticides for you… and fair safe working conditions for whoever grows your coffee. Having organic, local coffee at the event was a perfect start to the day.
Think about how amazing you feel after spending time at the coffee shop hanging out with your friends comparing stories, sharing tips, and inspiring each other. (And drinking the coffee ; ) That's SHE Day, but even better!
The camaraderie was amazing! It is so much more fun to learn and make changes when surrounded by friends and an amazing group of like-minded, supportive women and leading experts who are passionate about the same things! And that's one of the reasons SHE Day was so special.
SESSION 1: Change x 2: Sustainable Switches for a Healthier You!
After breakfast, Heather Young, RYT 500, C-IAYT dove into a simple type of changes - going plastic-free - that can be good for the planet AND your health in the first session. Learn more about making your own plastic-free changes here or search "plastic" on the site!
SESSION 2: Beyond 'You Do You': Learning What Your Body Really Needs For Energy, Weight loss, and Balanced Hormones.
Have you ever wondered why you can't lose weight? Or why your diets fail? In the second session Jennifer Klotz, MS, RDN, LDN tackled the tough topic of weight and the "dieter's mindset" and the eight ball we are all behind as women that prevents us from really feeling good. It was - hands down - one of the favorite sessions of the day!
SESSION 3: Creating Food Freedom & Body Acceptance
Chef Amber Caudle, founder of The Source Cafe, Briana Reesing, RN, BSN, CEN (who also did a matcha latte demo earlier in the day - sooooooo good!), and Jennifer Klotz, MS, RD, LDN all tackled our complicated relationships with food. They shared their unique journeys and their best tips for creating food freedom and body acceptance. The session was full of a lot of raw honesty, so much laughter, and great advice!
Lunch was provided by The Source Cafe & sponsored by Imperfect Produce! Imperfect Produce exists to fight food waste and make it easy to get fruits and veggies right at your front door! 20 billion pounds of fruits and veggies go to waste on farms every year, oftentimes because they don't live up to the cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Imperfect Produce is leading the charge to change that - and donating food along the way. It’s a SHE company through and through!
Following lunch everyone had time to shop and connect with the amazing vendors at SHE Day - mainly women-owned, fair trade, ethical, sustainable companies. Every vendor had its own vibe and ability to inspire.
SESSION 4: What's In My Tee? How Knowing Where Your Clothes Come From Can Change Your Health
We met Taryn Hipwell, founder of Beyond the Label, right at the beginning of learning how our clothes can also impact our health. It was a dream come true to have her at this event to help all the women on how powerful clothing can be for our health and the health of the planet. In "What's In My Tee? How Knowing Where Your Clothes Come From Can Change Your Health" Taryn encouraged everyone to encourage to consider what their clothing is made of…..and how their purchases affect the world, workers and themselves.
In the final educational session, "How to Use Essential Oils for Emotional Balance," Jennifer shared effective ways to use essential oils, the different types of oils and the emotional they addressed, as well as the simple ways to use oils in your daily life.
What is a day of self care without yoga?
Attendees all were able to do an uplifting all-levels yoga class with Heather Young, E-RYT 500 to end the day.
SHE Day was a chance for women to come together and learn about the newest, simplest ways to live a sustainable, healthy, ethical (SHE) lifestyle and enhance their self care. There’s something so inspiring when you get together with people chasing the same goals you are!
Everyone was able to dive in together, break it all down, and create their own inspired action plan by the end of the day!
In fact, that was the universal consensus of almost every woman who came: "I've never felt so inspired to make changes and take action!" And that means everything to us. Because change is one of the hardest things in the world to make happen.
But when you bring passionate women together change is possible.
Interested in a future SHE Day? We would love to have you join us! Just drop your email in below and we'll be sure you're in the group first to know when the next one is confirmed! (The last one sold out, so you want to be first to know!)
OUR SPONSORS & SWAG BAG CONTRIBUTORS
A huge "Thank you!" to our sponsors, swag bag contributors who helped create such a magical day. Thanks to many of them we were able to send everyone off with some of our favorite sustainable, healthy, ethical (SHE) products. It was a big deal to have everyone armed with the products to make simple SHE changes right away after leaving SHE Day! We were also able to hold a giveaway session with $1000 in products for everyone who attended! Special thanks to Prana, Fair & Simple, Global Groove Life, The Awesome Company, and more!
HOSTS & EMCEES
HEATHER YOUNG, 500 HR RYT, C-IAYT | CO-FOUNDER, SHE CHANGES EVERYTHING
E-500HR Certified Yoga Instructor and I-CAYT Therapist. Heather has a Master’s Degree in Communication and over a decade of experience in the publishing and marketing industries. As much as she loves creative marketing and developing brand strategy, she also enjoys teaching yoga and advocating sustainable fitness. Heather teaches her own unique blend of Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Therapy, and Strength Training. Her personal philosophy is that exercise should build your body up instead of gradually wearing it down. Exercises should be chosen for their long-term benefit to the body and designed to build on each other. The results are less injuries and reduced wear and tear on the body, plus a noticeably stronger sense of wellness.
JENNIFER KLOTZ, MS, RD, LDN | CO-FOUNDER, SHE CHANGES EVERYTHING
Holistic Nutritionist. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She has over a decade of experience in helping people live healthy lifestyles by finding the root cause of health dysfunction. Jennifer was the Director of Nutrition & Wellness for a thriving integrative medical practice in Chicago for many years. She currently lives in Southern California and conducts patient-focused counseling. She specializes in the areas of gluten-free, food allergies, GI disorders, hormone dysfunction, infertility, weight loss, and weight management counseling. She advocates for spreading awareness about food sensitivities and nutritional issues not addressed by mainstream medicine.
SHE Day's INSPIRING SPEAKERS & PANELISTS
Taryn Hipwell, Founder Beyond the Label
Beyond the Label is a charitable organization that addresses the question “What's in my tee?” to encourage shoppers to consider what their T-shirt is made of. Taryn studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM, she is on the Advisory Board for the Fashion Department at Santa Monica College, and she moderates panels for TEDxLA, PETA, Fashion Revolution Day and Beyond the Label. She was awarded the Fashion Against Bullying Award and Green Hero Award by eduPOWERED Media Group and Champions Against Bullying Taryn was the Arts Chair and is currently the Fashion Chair for UN WOMEN-USNC LA (United Nations). Taryn is committed to writing and producing fun, authentic, and bold content, books and events that shatter stereotypes, shift perceptions and change lives. To learn more check out LABeyondtheLabel.com
Michelle Chavez, co-founder Tote Project
The Tote Project is a purpose-driven company that uses fair trade, organic accessories to support survivors of modern day slavery around the world. As an ethical fashion advocate she highlights brands that are good for people and the planet through her social media channels, speaking engagements and website, MichelleForGood.com.
She is also a business member of Fair Trade Los Angeles. Through all of her work she strives to bring conscious consumerism from a niche to a norm.
ELISHA CHAN, FOUNDER OF ELISHA C.
Elisha C. is an ethical brand on a mission to end poverty through job creation. Elisha found her passion while traveling on many Haiti trips as a student at UCLA. She currently works with many artisans and producers throughout Haiti, while doing philanthropy work in a small village called Fond Doux, Haiti. She has since established a Scholarship Program, sending underprivileged youth to school, from preschool to university. She serves as a board member of Fair Trade LA, a nonprofit to educate and inspire consumers to embrace fair trade products so global farmers and artisans have the opportunity to earn a fair and sustainable living.
AMY BOND, CO-FOUNDER, LUCY & JO
Amy first traveled to Kenya at 19 to study wildlife biology and immediately fell in love with the culture and the use of adornment to record and pass down stories. In graduate school, she returned to Africa studying gorillas and primate conservation but couldn't ignore her love of the people or the potential of their art as a pathway out of poverty. She left grad school to pursue market-based solutions to social challenges working in fair trade, start-ups and non-profits for 15 years before starting Lucy & Jo in 2015. Lucy & Jo works with nearly 100 artisans across Uganda and Kenya and has a formal partnership with the non-profit, Gorilla Doctors, donating 5% of every sale.
Briana Reesing, RN, BSN, CEN
Briana’s passion for health and wellness began with a career as an Emergency Room Nurse, a career path that quickly opened her eyes to the outcomes that poor nutrition and lifestyle choices can have on our bodies. Speaking from personal experience, she overcame an incredible healing journey of her own due to adult onset food allergies that were a mystery to the medical community. She has since developed a passion for sharing her story and inspiring others to take care of their own health over on her feed @BeachLifeOrganic. Catch her making her famous (superfood) matcha latte in her instagram stories almost daily (you could also sample it yourself during her SHE day event demo with Navitas matcha!).
Joyce Kim, M.S. CCC-SLP
Joyce has a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has more than 10 years experience empowering individuals to communicate by providing them with the necessary tools and strategies. She believes that everyone deserves a voice and opportunity to succeed – including and especially those who make the clothing and jewelry we adorn ourselves with every day. Her passion for ethically made clothing and accessories led her to begin volunteering at International Sanctuary and PURPOSE Jewelry. She is a key volunteer in the Marketing Department at PURPOSE. PURPOSE partners with women escaping human trafficking around the globe to provide employment, education, and hope. She also blogs in her free time at Chewsingjoy.com.
Chef Amber Caudle
Spent her early culinary formative years studying and cooking in Colorado, Napa Valley, Italy and Spain. Chef Amber then brought her culinary vision to Los Angeles where she took her place as Executive Chef of Mediterraneo. In 2012, Chef Amber was ready to take the next step in her life’s journey …realizing her dream of creating a cafe of her own. Chef Amber envisioned and brought to life the the SOURCE CAFE at the beach. Her belief in the rejuvenating and restorative power of fresh, whole, nutritious foods has made her unique artisanal cafe a focal point of the Hermosa Beach and larger South Bay. She also shares delicious inspiration at chefamber.com.