Empowerment

Denise Lee, CEO + Founder, Alala, On Fashion, Fitness and Female Empowerment

Denise Lee always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur. Growing up in Hong Kong, she moved to NYC to go to NYU Stern and pursue her dreams. But it wasn’t until she started training for her first triathlon in 2012 that she had her “aha” moment. As an avid athlete, she couldn’t find any activewear brand that offered the effortless cool styles of the contemporary designers she loved. Denise found the market lacking in a sense of creativity. Flash forward to 2014, she launched Alala. Today the brand is one of the leading modern activewear brands, providing women with sophisticated style, designs and silhouettes that are chic, comfortable, and workout ready!

On today’s episode, Denise and I sync up about where Alala began, her personal and brand mission, Alala’s very cool and forward thinking design collaborations and partnerships, and the workouts that fuel her for success.

Alala was one of the premier brands on the athleisure landscape catering to the studio going, class loving fitness crowd while appealing to women who wanted comfortable stylish active wear to wear to the office or lounge at home, five years later they continue to innovate. Alala is now carried in over 100 major retailers including Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus, and it has been seen on celebs Ashley Grahm, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, and Jessica Alba. But these celebrities are not the only stars wearing Alala, it’s the strong and inspiring women around the country that really shine for Alala and Denise Lee!

Have a listen and get ready to be inspired…

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Mary Alice Stephenson, Founder of GLAM4GOOD: On Empowerment, Joy + Living Your Purpose

Mary Alice Stephenson is on a mission to bring joy and happiness to women and families going through life’s toughest challenges, around the world. Whether they have lost their home and belongings as a result of natural disasters, domestic violence, gun violence or are suffering from life threatening illness.

What began as a love-fueled personal mission to use her passion for style and robust fashion network to empower women and girls and dress people in need has blossomed into her empowerment platform and non-profit, GLAM4GOOD. The company partners with non-profits and fashion and beauty brands to provide life-changing makeovers, clothing giveaways and confidence-bolstering fashion and beauty initiatives for everyday heroes and people in need.

As is a world renowned style and beauty expert, Mary Alice has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious brands, celebrities, and fashion magazines – Allure, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Thanks to her fashion and beauty network and community, GLAM4GOOD has helped more than 25,000 women and their families, delivered over 8 million wardrobe, beauty and personal care essentials and had over a billion impressions on their positive content.

Mary Alice and Marni talk about the strength, passion and heart that it takes to pursue her vision, the her entrepreneurial journey, the meditation and hiking that fuels her,  and how she is living her purpose doing what she loves.  We talk about GLAM4GOOD and where it began, the initiatives, the work, and the ways you can get involved with this amazing non-profit.

Mary Alice has been the recipient of many awards and honors including Life Camp’s Deepak Chopra Visionary Award and the Most Innovative People Award by The United Nation’s World Summit Of Innovation.  In 2014, she was honored to participate in the Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Fashion Education Workshop at the White House as part of Mrs. Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. Stephenson also co-hosted GLAM4GOOD’s first international initiative, a Joining Forces GLAM4GOOD event with the former First Lady Michelle Obama.

As we write this, GLAM4GOOD is raising funds to hold a Disaster Relief Initiative in California for low-income families who have lost their homes and belongings due to the devastation of the Camp and Woolsey Fires, the deadliest and most destructive fires in state history. You can donate here.

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Get ready to be inspired, moved, and motivated to do something!  You can go to the glam4good website at glam4good.com, donate, or follow them on social @glam4good. 

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