Exactly one year ago today, I stood in front of the San Francisco Equinox overcome with nerves. I needed to go inside and begin setting up for the first Local Levo launch, but I was consumed with excitement and anxious wonder. Would the women even show up? Would tonight be fun? Would they think this event was useful? Do I even know what I’m doing?

Two hours later, over 50 women were sweaty and smiling from their NetWorkout launch event, continuing the conversation until the late hours of the night at a local beer garden and asking when the next event would be. It was as if Levo had come to life amidst the conversations and exchanges of these like-minded women. They had someone to discuss their ideas with, a place to find new, ambitious friends, an event to push them outside their comfort zone, and a community to support them in fearlessly pursuing their wildest dreams.

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Today, Local Levo has created that same support in career elevation for women in 20 cities. From San Francisco to London, Miami to Vancouver, we have had hundreds of events around the world, bringing Levo’s resources to the young professional women in those communities.

Local Levo could not have been done without the fearless Local Levo Leaders in each city who lead the charge on the ground hosting creative and professionally-driven events. Thank you all for knocking down our door, passionately advocating for Local Levo, and showing up week after week to our different events on our new Local Levo Pinterest. Our success has been a direct reflection your openness to growing your career.

So today we celebrate. We celebrate one year of growing our offline communities to 20 cities internationally and the labor of Levo Love you all gave to get us here. To commemorate this special day, we’re hosting four spotlight events in the communities that launched us: New York City and San Francisco. We hope that you’ll join us for this fabulous #LevoYourLook event with Refinery29 and Bobbi Brown, and get your #NetWorkout and mentorship on with SoulCycle.

We’ve got a big ‘ole cake with 20 sparkling candles, won’t you help us blow them out?

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