HOW THE GIRLBOSS RALLY WILL ROCK YOUR GIRL-POWER WORLD
THE LOWDOWN ON THE GIRLBOSS RALLY
Standing outside in the freezing New York City morning, waiting to check in to the Girlboss Rally, I had my doubts. I was exceptionally excited to be here, of course, but I was alone in a sea of chattering women who seemed to already know one another.
I was just a little nervous. What if I didn't meet anyone? What if there was the same girl-on-girl antagonistic bullshit we throw at each other every day?
Well, I was in for a treat: there was none of that. The Girlboss Rally was just as it presented itself: a day of female empowerment and kickass panelists. I met another loner almost immediately, and together we slowly formed our own group of new friends as the day went on.
Business cards exchanged, talks of the future, story swapping on the best (and worst) experiences of pursuing something greater than our current situations, all complete with alcohol and a bomb thanks for coming to the rally gift bag.
WHAT IS THE GIRLBOSS RALLY?
From the Girlboss Rally website:
The Girlboss Rally is part of Girlboss Media, a company founded by Sophia Amuroso and inspired by her phenomenally successful book Girlboss (Why yes, I do recommend that all women read this book. Thanks for asking.).
THE PANELS WERE AMAZING, AND EXHAUSTING
They were excellent and inspiring in a way that left you with so much motivational energy it felt like you had a jet pack strapped to your back.
Some of my favorite panelists were the ones on healing a broken world, being authentic in Sell Yourself, Not Your Soul, and Gabby Bernstein's remarks which made me cry (not kidding). And, of course, Ashley Graham.
The physical toll, though, wasn't so great. There were about twelve straight hours of panels. Twelve.
My advice for you ladies that are looking out for tickets for next year's rally: go over the schedule beforehand and pick which panels you'll be okay with missing, because you'll need to take a break, probably even a nap. And you'll need food. Hell hath no fury like a woman with the munchies.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?
There were a few other activities available while the panels were going on, such as the headshot studio, where a makeup artist touched up your face before you got a swanky professional headshot to make all the ladies on LinkedIn jealous.
Of course, there was also shopping: the merchandise was practical and hilarious, from water bottles with the simple Girlboss logo to t-shirts demanding that you Choose Your Own Goddamn Adventure.
The only setback for me was the food: breakfast was very modern New York City with the kombucha and chia pudding, but there lacked anything that my stomach saw as friendly, such as, I don't know...New York bagels?
The line for lunch was ridiculously long and slow, so I ended up grabbing food somewhere else so that I didn't miss some of my panels.
The Rally also offered a pre-rally kickboxing class and limited-space specialty panels throughout the day which you had to preregister for. This was another disappointment: when scheduling for the events at the Girlboss Rally, you have to be ready to choose as soon as they send you the registration link, or else you're SOL, as I was.
Still, missing these panels doesn't make or break the Rally: the event is something I'd absolutely return to next year.
THE GIFT BAG, THOUGH
The gift bag was the perfect finishing touch. They didn't skimp: it was a clear, medium sized backpack crammed with the goods, such as unicorn decorated positive affirmations cards, books from some of the panelists, skincare, an insulated water bottle, gift cards and coupons to various retailers, and much, much more.
One of my favorite takeaways was a coupon to a company called Aday, who sells comfortable, yet chic, clothing. I bought their pants called Turn It Up. They're amazing.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEXT GIRLBOSS PANEL?
I'm not certain where the next Rally will be held, but here's six tips when planning your trip to the Girlboss Rally next year:
1. Look out for the Girlboss Rally ticket discount.
I entered the sweepstakes to win free tickets to the Girlboss Rally. I didn't win, but I did receive a 20% coupon for entering.
There are two kinds of tickets: General and VIP. General includes the basics: all the panels, breakfast and lunch, the headshot session, happy hour, and the gift bag.
The VIP tickets include a little more: access to the VIP lounge with Wifi, phone chargers, and extra drinks, reserved seating at the panels, and faster check-in. The gift bag is also valued at a higher price, so extra goodies for you. If the extra features are important to you, that 20% could make all the difference.
2. Be ready for registration.
Stalk your email like there's no tomorrow. Once that link goes live, be prepared to grab those specialty panels and the kickboxing class (if that's your thing).
3. You don't have to stay at their special accommodations.
The Girlboss Rally had a special price for hotel rooms near the event, but the price tag was still heart-attack inducing. For those who will be traveling to the event, I'd suggest researching other hotels within the area, well in advance of the date of the Rally.
I wasn't so smart and booked the night before, but the price was still cheaper than the Girlboss rate.
4. Bring snacks.
In case the food makes your stomach frown, make sure you have backups of your favorite snacks. These will also help give your brain a boost when you've been sitting and listening for five hours straight.
5. Plan for Breaks
Go over the schedule of panelists and the other activities the rally will host and decide which ones you could live without. You'll need breaks to recharge and stop your eyes from twitching.
6. Arrive Early
Yes, as with most events, get there early. Seating is not assigned unless you purchase a VIP ticket, and the line for check-in gets monstrous after half an hour. I would suggest getting in line no later than ten minutes after check-in is scheduled to begin.
Want more Girlboss info? Here's another great article about the highlights on the rally.
BONUS: BOOK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
If you didn't get a chance to go to the Rally, there was a great selection of books from many of the kickass panelists at the Rally. Some of the ones I took home are:
Girlboss - Sophia Amuroso
A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like - Ashley Graham
Man Repeller - Leandra Medine
Mating in Captivity - Esther Perel
The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity - Esther Perel
Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time - Leila Janah
FURTHER READING: 11 ESSENTIALS FOR THE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR
Did you go the Girlboss Rally? Do you want to go next year? Let me know your thoughts!