Current Managing Director at Summit Partners and former CEO of SoulCycle, Melanie Lyons Whelan '95, spoke to Upper School students about her life and career in 2016. 

Melanie graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1995.  She earned her degree in engineering and economics from Brown University before joining the corporate development team at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  She went on to be a founding member on the team responsible for paving the way for Virgin’s U.S. market entry.  Soon thereafter, Melanie was introduced to Harvey Spevak, C.E.O. of Equinox.  It turned out that that introduction would change her career when he gave her the opportunity to find new markets for Equinox.  This break led Melanie to SoulCycle where she served as C.E.O. for over 7 years.