What do Kristin Ess, Zelda Williams and Emily Schuman have in common? They all earned a spot on the first-ever Create & Cultivate 100, which honored badass women across 10 categories like STEM, fashion, beauty, technology, philanthropy and more. To honor the accomplished ladies, Create & Cultivate, a digital platform and conference series that works to empower women, and iconic footwear brand Keds held a next-level soiree in LA — and we were there.


The ladies on this list were chosen for making serious moves in their respective industries and for their steadfast commitment to building women up. In addition to Kristin, Zelda and Emily, the list honored a variety of women, including actress and funny gal Nicole Byer, who unapologetically keeps it real on MTV, Lauren Parsekian Paul and Molly Thompson, co-founders of anti-bullying non-profit the Kind Campaign, Deepica Mutyala, an on-air beauty expert who celebrates inclusivity and Shiza Shahid, co-founder of The Malala Fund and NOW Ventures. Watch the video below to get a full sense of the amazingness that went down at the event and to hear what some of the honorees are looking forward to in 2017.

Check out the full list, broken down by category, below — and get ready to feel inspired.

What are YOU most excited for women to accomplish this year? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know.

(Photos via Stephanie Tusler)