Sydney Stern Miller, March 8, 2021 | 4 min read

The Women Who Inspire Us

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than to reflect on the women who inspire us every day? We asked our team to share the women whom they admire. 

Betsy Lee Hauser, CEO & Founder
My mom, Gloria Steinem, and Sara Blakely of Spanx–I love her. She has a bazillion children, like me. It’s her hustle and the fact that she’s so normal and authentic. If you haven’t read her story, you must. It will make you laugh and cry and then pull out your notebook full of ideas feeling inspired that you (yes, you) can do anything. She is a guiding light on perseverance, a self-made billionaire, and a role model for women, working mommas, and quite frankly anyone with a good idea. Can you tell I’m a little obsessed?

Kelsey Zittrouer, Talent Success Manager
Mother Teresa.

Sydney Stern Miller, Marketing Lead
My mom, of course, but honestly I have a laundry list of women who inspire me:

  • Dr. Becky Kennedy, a clinical psychologist specializing in parenting, managing anxiety, and building resilience. Dr. Becky started posting on Instagram during the pandemic and has fundamentally changed hundreds of thousands of lives, including mine.

  • Author Glennon Doyle for her book Untamed.

  • American poet and spoken word artist Andrea Gibson for all of her work.

  • Shonda Rhimes, badass mom, television producer, screenwriter, and author.

Charlie Mulligan, Chief Product Officer
My mother, Jenny Mulligan. She was the best.

Brandon Matthews, Talent Success Manager

  • Barbara Walters – Drawing the highest pay in the history of television broadcasting at the time, Barbara Walters became the first woman co-anchor of a network evening newscast. She developed to a high art the interviewing of public figures.

  • Hillary Clinton an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker who served as the 67th United States secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, as a United States senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, and as First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party when she won the Democratic Party nomination in 2016. She was the first woman to win the popular vote in an American presidential election.

  • Judith Heumann – Judith Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people.

Johnny Ruhl, Finance Manager

Obvious answer, but true, my mom. After my sister and I left the nest for college, our mom has since revitalized her career, and it has been inspiring to see her seize this chapter of her life.

Irish Holland, Program Manager

  • Kamala Harris – an American politician and attorney serving as the 49th vice president of the United States. She is the United States’ first female vice president, the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, and the first African American and first Asian American vice president.

  • Janet Evans – an American former competition swimmer who specialized in distance freestyle events. Evans was a world champion and world record-holder, and won a total of four gold medals at the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics.

  • Judith Resnik – the second American woman in space and the fourth woman in space worldwide, logging 145 hours in orbit. She was the first Jewish woman of any nationality in space

  • Judit Polgár – the most impressive female chess player of all time.

Gabriel C. Ruiz, Experience & Advancement Team
Becky Hammon! She is the Assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, and is being trained to take over as head coach once Popovich retires!

Mary Lachapelle, Director of Growth & Partnerships
I am inspired by so many incredible women! I admire my previous boss, Tammy Kern, for her integrity, loyalty, and compassionate heart. I look up to our Founder & CEO, Betsy Hauser, for her strength, vision, and leadership. Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, has inspired and empowered me to build wealth and work to put more money in the hands of women. I am also deeply inspired by the women closest to me: my friends, family, and colleagues. Their daily demonstration of strength, beauty, compassion, wit, creativity, empathy, faith, and love motivates me to live to my fullest potential.

Jessica Pham, Chief of Staff

My grandmother – she’s a tough broad but looks as young as ever. Back in Vietnam, she held a career in government, while my grandpa was the chief of police. I can’t imagine what it took to migrate the family to America during the Vietnam war and start new with nothing but what you could carry. She’s always led the family, loves traveling, still lives in the very same house from they first arrived in the US, and always gives more than she ought to and never expects anything in return. She always carries herself with the utmost amounts of grace and kindness.



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