We had the good fortune of connecting with Arielle Fuller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arielle, what matters most to you?
Easy question for me – it’s got to be kindness. It’s one of the most impactful traits a person can have and yet, it can be a very nuanced value to stay true to. Often times we default to being “nice” in place of being kind. I believe that this can actually be more damaging. Kindness is honest. It’s authentic. Being kind can mean choosing the harder path. It can mean disappointing someone. It can mean calling attention to something others don’t want to acknowledge. It can require you to put yourself on the line, open your heart, be vulnerable, or make a sacrifice – and that’s scary! Kindness requires courage and empathy. To me, these are the values that make the world a better place and build belonging for all.
What should our readers know about your business?
I love our women’s community, Parlay House!! There are many places for women to “network”, but few places to truly connect and talk openly about topics that really matter to us. We’re all about forming non-transactional relationships and having intimate conversations with women outside of our typical social circles.
We do this at in-person and digital events around the world. With talks based on our desire to empower, share, entertain and nurture, we’re creating a universal sense of belonging for women that spans age, race and sexual orientation and broaches topics that few of us can safely tackle in other parts of our lives. We’re 10,000 women around the world getting real.
I am most proud of the way our members support each other and advocate for themselves by showing up. For one night a month, they get to be #1 on the hierarchy of needs of who gets cared for – which for women, isn’t often. We’re busy taking care of our partners, colleagues, kids, parents, pets etc but at Parlay House, we all get cared for through compelling content and speakers who highlight the universal truths we share (plus wine and snacks of course!)
During our events, we find belonging by sharing our stories. The details if our experiences may differ greatly, but the feelings, thoughts, and emotions are so relatable that they create bridges between everyone in the room. It’s amazing to witness a group of strangers go from intros and chatting to feeling completely seen by each other in just an hour or so.
We got where we are today by creating a sense of ownership amongst our amazing members who nominate other women in their lives to join us, refer us to amazing women who are willing to speak to our community, and role model our policy of not being transactional. Our local instigators (hosts and helpers) help us by leading Parlay House in their own cities. We move quick, and we plan all our content around our members, their needs, and their interests.
We’ve cracked the code on creating a genuine sense of belonging. We want all women to know they have a safe space to be their true selves. We’re here for them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh my goodness! Totally depends on the person but some of my favorite places to eat are: Tartine (Coffee & Bakery)
Bavel (Middle Eastern)
Bestia (Iconic Pizza & Pasta)
The Bigg Chill (Fro-yo with incredible vegan cookie dough)
Neighborhoods I love to walk around:
Some fun ideas are:
Dive around Beverly Hills and Bel Air (to see the crazy houses!)
Go to Malibu Wine Safari (wine + wildlife!)
See a comedian at Greek Theater or Orpheum Theater
Shop on Melrose
Hit LACMA for interesting modern art
Drive the coast to Malibu and have a picnic above the water
Rooftop cocktails at The Proper Hotel
Hiking is amazing all over the city
Muscle beach and Santa Monica Pier are crazytown but great people watching
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
WOW I could write a novel of shout outs but in this moment I will dedicate today’s to my dear friend, mentor, and business partner, Anne Devereux-Mills! She is the most generous and strong person I have ever met. She exudes true kindness and in the four years we have known each other she has quickly become one of my closest, safest, most cherished relationships.
She is a real life fashion icon, unique in every way, and a fierce role model for all. She has taught me to how to lift others, value myself, and build a deeply meaningful life. She loves so hard! It’s inspiring. Her accomplishments are simply jaw-dropping and yet what I really want to highlight is how powerfully she uses her voice and heart. They are completely connected and not to be reckoned with!
She shines in every room, is ridiculously talented, and yet so open about her missteps, mistakes, and fears. I am so lucky to have her in my life!