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Inside Marie Claire's First-Ever Power Trip

36 hours, 2,500 miles, and 200 awesomely powerful women. 

Kathryn Wirsing

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. 

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Checking in at JFK

Thank god for explicit signs, you know?

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We Turned JetBlue's Terminal into a Party

Balloons make everything better—even early mornings.

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Mimosas—because it's never too early for champagne.

No #PowerTrip would be complete without a power breakfast before the flight.

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Croissants as Far as the Eye Can See

Hey, lady bosses have to eat.

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Before Boarding, a Welcome from JetBlue

"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.

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Marie Claire's Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider

Only our very own lady boss could look this good so early in the a.m.

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More Snacks, Just in Case

Kind Snacks making sure we would never go hungry, not even for a minute.

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Now Boarding: All Lady Bosses

Michelle Chila, Tacori's SVP of marketing and public relations, is ready to board with her Delsey luggage in tow.

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Now Boarding: All Lady Bosses

Katia Beauchamp, the co-founder and CEO of Birchbox, boards the Power Flight.

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Our Badass Pilots

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. 🙋

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Inside Our JetBlue Flight

We had a very luxurious JetBlue A321 aircraft *all* to ourselves.

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Power Trip Takes Flight

Our Captain, First Officer and crew member welcomes 100 women to the Power Trip.

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Editor in chief Anne Fulenwider Hops on the PA

And declares it the best moment of her life.

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Multitasking Is Our Middle Name

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.

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If You Couldn't Already Tell, This Was *Not* Your Typical Flight

Oh, and did we mention that the Dell Latitude came in their own cool carrier?

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Dell and Intel Made Everyone Very Happy

Misha Nonoo and Alexandra Wilson pose with their new Sandy Lisa bags for their new Dell Latitude powerbooks.

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Meet Me in Mint

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.

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A Meeting of the Minds

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.

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Happy Hour Somewhere Between St. Louis and Denver

A good drink = good conversation.

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Air Force One, Essentially

Marie Claire's editor in chief Anne Fulenwider and publisher Nancy Cardone were among the 98 other women traveling on our private plane.

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Pampered at 35,000 feet

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?

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Did We Mention There Was *Also* a Beauty Station

This was so not your typical doing-makeup-in-the-airplane-bathroom situation, thanks to Shiseido.

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There Was Legroom for Days

No one got stuck in the middle seat! Everyone sat in either the window or the aisle.

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Beyond Pretzels and Peanuts

Shiseido spoiled us, basically.

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Work, work, work, work, work.

When there's in-flight wifi, it's time to channel Rihanna.

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We've Arrived!

Thanks for the warm welcome, W San Francisco!

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Every Woman a Brand: Own It, Market It, Sell It, Girl

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.

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Tyra Banks

In addition to ideas about leveraging a brand, Banks taught us our new favorite word: flawsome, which means being awesome but having flaws.

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Bethany Mota

"Being on YouTube really allowed me to open up."

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Moj Mahdara

"This generation thinks of beauty as an expression of power and creativity."

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So. Effing. Cool.

Major pangs of real estate envy.

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Touchup Station Courtesy of Shiseido

After lots of sipping, a lip touchup station was just what we needed. Thanks Shiseido!

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Feeling Fancy

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.

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The View Was Unbelievable

You could literally see the bay—outside the bay windows!

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Tracee Ellis Ross Stopped By

So that was awesome.

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And Finally, the #Boss Dinner!

We pulled up to a secret location—Williams Sonoma's test kitchen—and were greeted with yet another surprise...

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Drew Barrymore!

April cover star Drew Barrymore!

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Wine Tasting with Drew Barrymore

Barrymore gave guests a private wine tasting of her label, Barrymore Wines.

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Drew Barrymore Shows Anne Fulenwider How It's Done

"The funny thing about wine is that, as hard as we work, it's the most fun I've ever had," said Barrymore.

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An Insta-Worthy Dinner

Our meal was prepared by San Francisco's most celebrated female chefs.

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Early Bird Catches the Worm

Some morning flex time with a Power Yoga Session.

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The Summit Continues!

Publisher Nancy Cardone wishes everyone a good morning before the next panel.

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Every Woman a Powerhouse: Equipped for Success

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.

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Sandra Lopez

"You as a leader know what you need to foster."

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Allison Dew

"It all comes down to leadership and the culture you're creating in your organization."

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Every Woman a Disruptor: You, Too, Can Break the Internet

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.

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Audrey Cooper

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.

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Opal Tometi

"This movement and our communities really deserve our presence. I think that's the most powerful gift we can provide."

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Jennifer Hyman

"Overnight success is a 20-year journey."

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Payal Kadakia

"I plan my calendar in the most maniacal way. Literally, I plan when I'm going to sleep. I live by my calendar."

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Every Woman a Feminist: Making the F Word Cool Again

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.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

"I can't keep on explaining what freedom and equality means to people, because I have other things to do."

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And We're Off!

Only 21 hours later, it was already time to head back to New York City.

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Bye San Francisco!

It's been real.

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