Tell Her She Can't: Inspiring Stories of Unstoppable Women

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Kelly Lewis

Kelly Lewis is the founder of Damesly, a boutique women’s tour company, and creator of Go! Girl Guides, the world’s first series of travel guidebooks designed specifically for women. For over a decade, she’s helped make travel better, safer, and easier for all women. Passionate about helping women connect to their personal power through travel, Kelly also created the annual Women’s Travel Fest to inspire women to create a life and business filled with adventure.
Growing up, Kelly was constantly told by others that she'd never succeed. Instead of letting the negativity rule her life and future, she became a successful entrepreneur and women's empowerment leader who doesn't take kindly to being told she can't. Rising up as one of the pioneers of the women's travel industry, she believes traveling is one of many great ways to connect to your personal sense of strength and capability.

​​​​​​​Kelly has been called a “dame disruptor” by, a “travel veteran” by Brit + Co, a “badass female founder” by Huffington Post and “the woman making travel better—and safer—for all women” by The Muse. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Shape Magazine, Elle, AFAR, Culture Trip, CNN, Travel + Leisure, and more.
Kelly loves traveling, surfing, poetry, hiking, and connecting powerful women to one another. She has visited over 80 countries and every continent in the world. Born in Arizona but raised in Hawaii, she now lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at