UNITED WE SWEAT! A Day Without A Woman Workout at Spelman College

On International Women's Day (3/8/17), PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT teamed up with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated (Eta Kappa Chapter) to present a #DayWithoutAWoman Workout at Spelman College! 

Long lines formed outside of Manley Atrium as 100 women arrived early and eager to connect creatively to withdraw from the corporations that harm us and find ways to support the organizations and communities that sustain us. 

After making it inside, guests were greeted by volunteers with a PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT t-shirt in Spelman's Columbia blue hue.

Old friends embraced with hugs and caught up with a candid conversation while new #SweatSisters headed to the "Wall of Wisdom" to read and write some inspiring messages.


After a warm welcome by members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Eta Kappa), PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT founder Aeshia DeVore Branch got the fitness party started with a fun icebreaker game. Students and mentors were prompted to introduce themselves to one another and come up with a team name that incorporates their group's assigned color.

Next up, was a meeting of the minds as each group worked hard to complete a women's history quiz before their opponents.

The friendly competition was filled with lots of laughs and tons of energy proving that PRETTY GIRLS are SMART too!

Before breaking a sweat, guests interlocked hands to recite the PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT pledge.

Sweat Sisters enjoyed a high-energy workout led by TOTAL FITNESS REVOLUTION CO-OWNER Lauren Whitmore Powers and Eta Kappa / Mahogany-N-Motion member Mikela Levi. After a heart pumping warm-up, guests learned creative choreography to the soundtrack of Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)."

Social media sensation / singer Summerella surprised guests by stopping by to join the fun!

Students were in for a treat when actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam, who is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated's Eta Kappa chapter stopped by after the workout to offer some words of encouragement. 

Female executives, who attribute active lifestyles to their success, led a "women in sports" panel promoting the importance of mentorship, fitness, and self-care.

Panelists included L to R: PGS founder Aeshia DeVore Branch, media personality Rashan Ali, The Cut Life creative director Maya Table, Emory Sports Medicine Fellow Dr. Ashley McCann, Entertainment Lawyer / "Little Ballers Indiana" producer Adrienne Lopez, and Total Fitness Revolution co-owner Lauren Whitmore Powers!

Some lucky students scored additional PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT merchandise including drawstring backpacks and water bottles, but no one left empty handed. Each guest received beauty gift bags filled with Taliah Waajid's natural hair products and refueled with water and healthy snacks.

"The PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT event at Spelman College was a beautiful expose of sisterhood, fitness, and fun," says Rashan Ali (pictured rear left). "The backdrop of this historical institution, college women and the informative panel discussion allowed for an evening of excellence."

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Special Thanks to our Event Partners, Sponsors, Panelists and Volunteers:
Spelman College
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated (Eta Kappa)
Dr. Walkitria Smith
Total Fitness Revolution
Crystal McCrary (Little Ballers Indiana)
Taliah Waajid
The Cut Life
Adriennne Lopez
Dr. Ashley McCann
Lauren Powers
Maya Table
Rashan Ali
Denae Suknanan
Erin Hajj
Jasmin Tyrone
Joan Martin
video / photo credit: Kayla Madonna

TEEN DIARIES FOUNDATION INC. is a 501(C)3 non-profit youth empowerment and mentoring organization established to prepare young, multicultural women for careers in journalism, as well as fight the alarming child obesity rates in the United States by making fitness fun for teen girls. Since 2007, TEEN DIARIES has been dedicated to the healthy development of young women and girls nationwide. Through life-changing virtual and in-person programs we heighten the self-esteem of girls ages 13 to 22 years old by building career skills, sharing the tools to lead healthy and active lifestyles for a lifetime, and using grassroots efforts to inspire youth to give back to their local communities. By providing hands on and e-mentoring to thousands of high school and college age students globally, TEEN DIARIES is successfully helping young women transition into adulthood. Without a doubt, our accessible programs fill an ever-existent void in the framework of our youth. To learn ways you can get involved, visit teendiariesfoundation.org/volunteer.

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FOUNDER | Aeshia is living her dream. The social entrepreneur unites and empowers girls to be health leaders in their communities. The child obesity epidemic along with the void of entertaining yet positive fitness content and events for young women (ages 13-22) led to the conception and rapid growth of her passionate venture. Before creating Pretty Girls Sweat, Aeshia worked in the TV industry for over 9 years - working her way up from an intern at ABC to a producer on Sundance Channel's celebrated, primetime series ICONOCLASTS. The former high school athlete (track, volleyball, and basketball) and proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was also a model for Wilhelmina in New York City. In her free time, the wife and mother of three girls enjoys reading inspirational books, listening to music, eating great food with friends, and enjoying the outdoors.