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Working Woman: Bossed Up Founder & CEO Emilie Aries

Emilie Aries. (WJLA photo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Next weekend, dozens of women from all around the D.C. area will come together for a boot camp. Not the fitness boot camp we’re used to hearing about, but an intense training weekend on how to become—and stay—successful in your professional and personal life.

Emilie Aries, the founder and CEO of Bossed Up, is this week’s Working Woman.

“I started Bossed Up because I wanted to create the program that I needed a few years earlier,” she said.

The women in Bossed Up’s boot camp aren’t working out, but working on life skills they hope will guide them for decades to come.

Aries says Bossed Up is a training program that has helped hundreds of women learn skills to find sustainable success in the workplace, to learn how to avoid burnout, and realize work, love and wellness are all connected. The average age of clients is 29.

“Getting your first job, getting your first promotion, serving in a leadership role, or navigating changes, like becoming a mother in your personal life,” Aries said.

Aries is only 27, but after excelling as a college athlete in the Ivy League and working in politics, she quickly started to burn out—with all work, no play and no end in sight. So, she gathered experts and compiled the research to start Bossed Up.

“I take it very seriously that all of our curriculum is grounded in cognitive science, gender studies, behavioral psychology to help us navigate choice moments,” she said.

Aries says the Bossed Up boot camps give women a safe place to get clear on who they want to be and give them permission to invest in themselves. She is proud of the results.

“We’ve had women leave toxic workplaces, leave toxic relationships, start their own businesses, step up as a leadership role in their current workplaces,” she said.

Aries says women have more choices than ever before, but she believes women still face unconscious gender bias in the workplace and at home.

Boot camp weekends cost $300.

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