Wright Edelman, Esparza, McLish, Maybank & Wilkis Wilson Join MAKERS

In the past two weeks, we have added five extraordinary women to MAKERS.


Last week we welcomed two fighters to our MAKERS community, Olympian boxer Marlen Esparza and renown activist Marian Wright Edelman.


As the President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman has been the fighting voice for children’s rights for over 40 years, having the distinction of being the first African American woman ever admitted to the Mississippi Bar. Wright Edelman recounts some incredible moments in her life that shaped her undeterred conviction to advocate for children—the influence of her progressive parents, the power of one little boy during the riots following Martin Luther King’s death, and how she inspired Robert Kennedy to help child hunger. She also shares her concern for today’s youth with MAKERS. 


Six-time National Champion in Women’s Boxing Marlen Esparza recently earned a spot on the United States Olympics team and is set to compete in London in the first ever Women’s Olympic Boxing event. Esparza discusses self-doubt, her training regimen, and the power of loving what you do in our MAKERS exclusive interview.


This week, we welcomed three women who have redefined beauty and fashion, the retail entrepreneurs responsible for bringing Gilt Groupe flash sales to the internet Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson and bodybuilding champ and fitness author Rachel McLish.


Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson shared with MAKERS how they turned designer sample sales into a mega online business with the help of Zac Posen and the belief that a woman just gets wiser and better at business as they age. 


Rachel McLish changed the way we view women’s bodies when she won the first female bodybuilding championship in 1980. McLish describes how she worked against her natural body type to build her upper body and reveals the truth about steroids in women’s bodybuilding.