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 safer 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.
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 is also co-founder of Women in Hospitality United an organization that is reimagining the hospitality industry and how it treats women. Erin volunteers weekly with Metropolitan Jewish Hospice Society (MJHS). She sits on the advisory council for both Glynwood, an agricultural non-profit serving New York State’s Hudson Valley and the Julia Child Foundation. She is the Junior Board Chair for the Food Education Fund a non-profit that serves the students of Food and Finance High School and also sits on the board of Equity Advocates a nonprofit that prepares and trains food movement leaders to be powerful advocates.
She is passionate about palliative care, female empowerment, and social justice. Other loves include books, biking and cooking meals with friends.