We left NYC Monday morning on a chartered plane with 100 of the most powerful women in tech, media, fashion, and policy—and when we landed in San Francisco, we were joined by 100 more. What ensued was 21 hours of networking, brainstorming, laughing, thinking, and being whisked to some *insane* bespoke experiences. Marie Claire's Power Trip redefined the women's conference. See for yourself.
Thank god for explicit signs, you know?
Balloons make everything better—even early mornings.
No #PowerTrip would be complete without a power breakfast before the flight.
Hey, lady bosses have to eat.
"Women make up 47% of the labor force, and yet less than 3% are aviation mechanics," explains Joanna Geraghty, the EVP of Customer Experience for JetBlue. But the crew for the #PowerTrip = all women. Hell yes.
Only our very own lady boss could look this good so early in the a.m.
Kind Snacks making sure we would never go hungry, not even for a minute.
Michelle Chila, Tacori's SVP of marketing and public relations, is ready to board with her Delsey luggage in tow.
Katia Beauchamp, the co-founder and CEO of Birchbox, boards the Power Flight.
Part of the all-female crew JetBlue employed for this flight, our pilots were sisters Pia Kymalainen, our flight's Captain, and Anna-Maria Kymalainen, our First Officer. Every member of the team, from the ground crew to the flight attendants, was a woman. 🙋
We had a very luxurious JetBlue A321 aircraft *all* to ourselves.
Our Captain, First Officer and crew member welcomes 100 women to the Power Trip.
And declares it the best moment of her life.
Dell gifted us with brand new Latitude 12 7000 series 2-in-1s, since a true power tripper needs to be able to work on the go.
Oh, and did we mention that the Dell Latitude came in their own cool carrier?
Misha Nonoo and Alexandra Wilson pose with their new Sandy Lisa bags for their new Dell Latitude powerbooks.
There was no time to waste on such a short trip, so we hosted meet-ups in the mint section of our JetBlue plane, where women could network and chat.
Pretty sure Jennifer Blumin, the founder of the Skylight Group, and Melissa Tomkiel, the President of Fixed Wing Operations for Blade, are plotting the next big thing in aviation.
A good drink = good conversation.
Marie Claire's editor in chief Anne Fulenwider and publisher Nancy Cardone were among the 98 other women traveling on our private plane.
As everyone knows, traveling can be exhausting. Shiseido came to the rescue with Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, which instantly made us look—and feel—refreshed. Why can't all travel be Power Trip travel?
This was so not your typical doing-makeup-in-the-airplane-bathroom situation, thanks to Shiseido.
No one got stuck in the middle seat! Everyone sat in either the window or the aisle.
Shiseido spoiled us, basically.
When there's in-flight wifi, it's time to channel Rihanna.
Thanks for the warm welcome, W San Francisco!
Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna Robert Rassi moderated our first panel with Tyra Banks, Beautycon CEO Moj Mahdara, and Bethany Mota. The three brand gurus shared their road-tested practices for building cult followings. Watch the live stream here.
In addition to ideas about leveraging a brand, Banks taught us our new favorite word: flawsome, which means being awesome but having flaws.
"Being on YouTube really allowed me to open up."
"This generation thinks of beauty as an expression of power and creativity."
Major pangs of real estate envy.
After lots of sipping, a lip touchup station was just what we needed. Thanks Shiseido!
Contrary to popular belief, Marie Claire digital director Jessica Pels and social media editor Rosa Heyman did *not* plan ahead of time to both wear knee-length floral dresses.
You could literally see the bay—outside the bay windows!
So that was awesome.
We pulled up to a secret location—Williams Sonoma's test kitchen—and were greeted with yet another surprise...
April cover star Drew Barrymore!
Barrymore gave guests a private wine tasting of her label, Barrymore Wines.
"The funny thing about wine is that, as hard as we work, it's the most fun I've ever had," said Barrymore.
Our meal was prepared by San Francisco's most celebrated female chefs.
Some morning flex time with a Power Yoga Session.
Publisher Nancy Cardone wishes everyone a good morning before the next panel.
Sandra Lopez, Intel VP of Strategic Alliances/Business Development for Wearables, Allison Dew, the global marketing VP at Dell, and Marie Claire executive editor Lea Goldman spoke about how to power your team in the new global market.
"You as a leader know what you need to foster."
"It all comes down to leadership and the culture you're creating in your organization."
San Francisco Chronicle editor in chief Audrey Cooper moderated a converastion with Payal Kadakia, ClassPass CEO, Jennifer Hyman, Rent the Runway CEO, and Opal Tometi, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter. They discussed bold ideas—where to find them, how to market them, and when to reinvent them.
Audrey Cooper is the first woman to ever hold the position of editor in chief at the San Francisco Chronicle, and she's the youngest woman ever to be named as the top editor of a major newspaper company in the U.S.
"This movement and our communities really deserve our presence. I think that's the most powerful gift we can provide."
"Overnight success is a 20-year journey."
"I plan my calendar in the most maniacal way. Literally, I plan when I'm going to sleep. I live by my calendar."
Coolest-person-ever Tracee Ellis Ross (you know her from Blackish) spoke with Marie Claire contributing editor Yael Kohen about the power of being a feminist—and she made us all crack up in the process.
"I can't keep on explaining what freedom and equality means to people, because I have other things to do."
Only 21 hours later, it was already time to head back to New York City.
It's been real.