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In 2013, we gathered twelve women for dinner in a Brooklyn apartment. We ranged in age from our twenties to our fifties and all of us were pursuing different careers. Somehow, despite our differences, it felt safe to show up that night. So, we kept showing up and invited so many amazing women that we eventually outgrew our apartments. By 2017, we had grown so much that we needed two buses for a trip to the Women’s March on Washington.

Though the community keeps getting bigger, our mission’s always the same—to create safe spaces where women can open up and connect. We believe that something magical happens in a room full of women just being themselves. We get a little louder and looser and our hearts open up. We leave nourished and head back into the world a littler stronger than when we came in.

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Erin Fairbanks was inspired to host the first Ladies’ Night after reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Despite her "Girl Power" 90’s adolescence, she recognized herself in the pages of Sandberg’s book and began to wonder how gender had shaped her world. She created Ladies’ Night, in part, to explore female leadership and workplace empowerment in the company of women she loves, trusts, and admires.

When she's not serving as the energetic force behind Ladies’ Night, Erin is chief operator at GROUT Projects, a social impact consulting firm based in New York. She’s also a frequent speaker at conferences and sits on the advisory council for Glynwood, an agricultural non-profit serving New York State’s Hudson Valley. She loves to ride her bike and practices Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand.