The idea for The Guilde was born on a trip to Paris, where the scale is so large that everything feels possible and the values of beauty, self-expression and a cultivated life are obvious organizing principles for deep satisfaction, joy and success. In Paris, it wasn’t far-fetched to imagine a brick-and-mortar membership community built by and for women to reflect women’s intelligence and ideals and dedicated to proliferating women’s unique contributions to this earth. In Paris we could imagine a world crafted and hewn by the 21st century female counterparts to Mozart, The Beatles, The Wright Brothers, Le Corbusier, Steve Jobs . . . .