Luna, Beyond the Bar

LUNA is all about good food and good nutrition, but let’s face it: You’re not ONLY what you eat. Here we take a closer look at what feeds your strength. Whether you’re an athlete, an artist, a foodie or just plain awesome, we hope you’ll find something here for you.

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Life after LUNAFEST: Jen McGowan
Life after LUNAFEST: Jen McGowan

Award-winning filmmaker Jen McGowan has quickly become one of the most on-the-rise directors in entertainment after several years of hitting the festival circuit with her critically acclaimed short films, including LUNAFEST back in 2011 with her film Touch. Through a producer she met at LUNAFEST, Jen was able to secure support for her first feature-length film. In March 2014, McGowan premiered her feature film directorial debut, KELLY & CAL, at the renowned SXSW Film Festival and received the Gamechangers Award - past recipients include Hannah Fidell (A Teacher, SXSW 2013), Megan Griffiths and Amy Seimetz (Eden and Sun Don’t Shine, both SXSW 2012) and 2014 Keynote Speaker Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture, SXSW 2010).

Jen's latest film is about a punk-rocker turned suburban mom, Kelly (Juliette Lewis), who is nostalgic for a life she can no longer have and uncertain of a future she doesn't yet fit in. Seventeen-year-old Cal (Jonny Weston) is frustrated at his lack of control over the hand he's been dealt. When the two strike up an unlikely friendship, it's the perfect spark needed to thrust them both back to life. The film is being released by IFC Films and is hitting theatres across the country on September 5. Jen's unique storytelling, creativity, and boldness have allowed her to continuously develop films that will change the landscape of movie making in the years to come.

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Her Story: Jane Park of Julep
Her Story: Jane Park of Julep

Jane Park is co-founder and CEO of Julep, the only e-commerce beauty brand that takes a full-stack approach to product development, testing, and distribution. Under Jane’s direction, Julep has raised $56 million in funding from top-tier venture firms and quadrupled revenues each year over the past few years. Prior to starting Julep, Jane was an executive at Starbucks, most recently serving as director of new ventures, and also worked at preeminent global strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group. Jane was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She received a BA in public policy and international affairs from Princeton University and a JD from Yale Law School.

If you could have lunch with any female figure, past or present, who would it be?
Kerry Washington.  She is so smart, insightful and funny!

Who is your most important inspiration? What feeds your strength?
My family feeds my energy and strength.  Parenting is a constant source of inspiration for leadership.

What LUNA flavor coincides with your personality?
Peanut honey pretzel.  A little salty, a little sweet, a little crispy.

As female entrepreneurs, what's the most important piece of advice you can impart to other women who want to build their dream businesses?
Building something is extraordinarily uncomfortable!  You’re always iterating and scraping together tiny pieces of success out of the chards of failure to build to the next level.

What Julep color are you currently rocking?
Princess Grace.  I walk more smoothly and have better posture when I wear this royal blue.  (At least in my head)

What's your personal style profile (classic with a twist/boho glam/modern beauty/bombshell/it girl)?
I was super surprised to find out through our quiz that I was a bombshell. I bought my first leopard print ANYTHING (a belt at J. Crew) after I got my style profile assessment.  It’s been life changing!

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Fueling Up and Staying Healthy in College
Fueling Up and Staying Healthy in College

Keeping up with nutrition while also balancing a full schedule, studying for midterms and a busy social agenda isn't the easiest thing to do as a college student. LUNA nutritionist Sarah-Jane Bedwell has some easy-to-follow tips to make sure you ace your personal nutrition this year. Check out the preso and download your 5-day Meal Plan here.

Sarah-Jane Bedwell is a national speaker and media personality, Sarah-Jane has educated and entertained hundreds of different corporate and community groups as well as professional associations. Her mission is to help people achieve a higher quality of life through food and nutrition. As the official "Eat Like Me" food and nutrition blogger for SELF Magazine, a national women's health and fitness magazine, she has a valuable platform in which she can share the information that she is both knowledgeable and passionate about.

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Her Story: Chantal Pierrat of Emerging Women
Her Story: Chantal Pierrat of Emerging Women

Chantal’s passion is to empower women through feminine leadership. In September 2012, she founded Emerging Women and Emerging Women Live in order to support the integration of consciousness and business. Chantal’s ultimate vision is to help create a world where women have a strong voice in the shaping of our future. She’s also the creator of SoulSweat™ a dynamic, transformative dance fitness program. When she is not dancing or working, Chantal enjoys family time with her husband and two sons in Boulder, CO.

If you could have lunch with any female figure, past or present, who would it be? 

Martha Graham - she was cutting edge in her field of dance and as a performing artist.  She took risks and never compromised her creative expression.  She danced and choreographed until well into her 90’s - she was graceful and full of passion and fire at the same time.  Above all else, she encouraged others to live their fullest and express their uniqueness with unbridled passion.  She represents everything Emerging Women stands for.

Who/what is your most important inspiration? Who/what feeds your strength? 

I am most inspired by being in the company of courageous women who are emerging into their truth and who are helping other women to do the same.  Women helping women - that is incredibly inspiring to me.

What do you hope attendees to the Emerging Women LIVE take away with them? 

Insights into new leadership models that promote a new paradigm for success.  Real connections with other powerful women looking to make a difference through the work that they do.  The courage and voice to create change in their own lives, and the lives of others.

As a female entrepreneur, what's the most important piece of advice you can impart to other women who want to build their dream businesses?

Believe in yourself and others will believe in you.  When you are aligned inside, everybody can feel it, and this will be your compass as you navigate the uncharted waters of your business as it grows.  

Be persistent in taking steps toward your vision - especially when you lack confidence or in the face of setbacks.  Steps forward, no matter how small, keep the energy flowing in the direction of your dreams.  This will help you to stay focused, but also increase the likelihood of synchronicities and beneficial collisions with the universe.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, set up a peer mentoring group for yourself as a new CEO.  Ask women in your network to support you by lending their time in scheduled, focused meetings - and provide lunch!  The feedback, information and support you will gain in these meetings will be priceless.

There seems to be a new definition of "feminist" emerging daily. What's your definition?

I believe the new feminist movement to be genderless, but reliant on the power of the rising feminine paradigm to bring balance and peace to our nation and world.  This 4th wave of feminism is not based on policy so much as it is rooted in a feminine consciousness.  As feminists, we women (and men!) want to encourage society to see feminine traits, such as compassion, intuition, connection and collaboration - even beauty, as powerful forces to be integrated into the leadership structures that have become overly masculine and out of balance over time.  

What LUNA flavor coincides with your personality?

Lemon Zest - always has been and always will be my favorite.

What is your power song when you do SoulSweat?

Ah - now we are getting to the real stuff!  I love tribal electronica music because it really helps to ground me, connect me to the earth, and keep me out of my head - but there is nothing like old skool Janet Jackson to make me feel like I can walk through fire!

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Team LUNA Chix brings together women interested in learning new sports, staying active and inspiring others to do the same. TLC consists of 26 Local Teams, including women at all levels and the Pro Team which includes 10 of the country’s most amazing (and winning) professional athletes. Together the teams train, compete and support each other, while also fundraising for the Breast Cancer Fund

Connecting Women Through Film

LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for, and about women. Every screening raises funds and awareness for local women’s nonprofits and LUNA’s beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Fund.

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BREAST CANCER FUND

Only 1 out of 10 women with breast cancer have a genetic history of the disease. Breast Cancer Fund is working to find and eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.

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Educates parents, supports protective policies, and engages communities to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.

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