(...and every day.)
Driving can feel solitary at times. Knowing there’s someone else you can ask for advice, vent about your day, or share a laugh about a funny passenger interaction, makes it all the more enjoyable.
So for this year’s International Women’s Day, we organized meetups to bring women in the Lyft driver community together — in 30 cities across the US and Canada.
We invited drivers of all experience levels: those who’ve yet to give their first ride, those who’ve been on the road for a few weeks, and seasoned drivers with thousands of rides in their back pocket. That way, drivers of any stripe could learn directly from each other — and maybe walk away with a new friend or two.
At the San Francisco Hub, Cherida Smith, a driver since 2014, who also represents the Pacific region in the national Driver Advisory Council (DAC) program, spoke about overcoming her first-week jitters and what’s been like to join the DAC. (Check out her great Linkedin article for more.)
“It was inspiring to see a wide variety of courageous women of various ages, ethnicities, passions and goals that drive them to be their best on the road with Lyft,” says Karen Todd, a San Francisco driver.
“Seeing and hearing women freely offering help and knowledge to each other with their stories of experience was empowering,” says Cheryl Terhune-Honore, a Las Vegas DAC member (pictured below, left).
Divinity Matovu, the Program Manager who oversees the DAC program, attended the Las Vegas IWD event with her daughter, Nyah. “I was lucky and privileged to be part of the A team who helped plan and execute Lyft’s IWD events focused on honoring and empowering female Lyft drivers in over 14 cities. Attending last night’s event in Vegas with my daughter was simply amazing. She got to watch me werk and she had so much fun. She loved the virtual reality ride along and on the ride home, she asked me if I could sign her up for some science programs. All-around, it was a great day for me as a mother and an Operations Leader at Lyft.”
Experienced drivers shared their insider tips and tricks for the best times to drive, how to take breaks, strategies on how best to interact with passengers — and even their favorite apps to calculate gas costs.
We invited founders of women-owned local businesses to share their experiences and conduct workshops. In Philadelphia, Patrice Banks, founder and CEO of Girls Auto Clinic, showed drivers how to maintain their cars and even what to do in the unlikely event that your car breaks down.
There were also mocktails, cake pops, snazzy decorations, raffles — some cities even had professional makeup-and-headshot stations so drivers could retake profile photos — and group activities to share your goals for the future.
“I didn't know which way to look because there was so much to do,” says Wessie Lee, a Las Vegas DAC member. “It was nice being a part of the event that was empowering women on the app and in life in general.”
We’ve heard from attendees how much they enjoyed having a vibrant and welcoming space to connect with each other — as well as getting in-depth demonstrations of the app’s safety and support features. Community associates did walk-throughs of two-way ratings, how to cancel rides, 24/7 support, and more.
The most common question asked about the event?
“When can we have another one?”
“I hope to attend more women’s events like these to bring the community together for inspiring stories and an overall great time learning, laughing and encouraging each other!,” says Todd.
We’re working on bringing you more events like this in the future.
In the meanwhile, enjoy more photos from all the meetups.
And as a reminder — whether you’re new to driving with Lyft or are a total 5-star pro — we have a suite of resources and a new driver guidebook to support you.