Health and wellness professionals Susan Jensen and Carole McMonigal founded SisterSquad in November of 2017. Susan and Carole have been close friends for 25+ years, and have often been mistaken for sisters. However, the inspiration for the name “SisterSquad” has a deeper meaning.
In the construction world, the term “sistering” refers to reinforcing a weakened joint. When a beam carrying a heavy load starts to show signs of stress, another beam is attached to its left to offer support and reinforcement. If that doesn’t provide enough strength, an additional beam is attached to its right, to strengthen and carry the load it is holding. As women, this is what we do – we come along beside other women when their loads get too heavy. At times, we all may need a sister to our left or to our right to be our source of strength when life gets hard. SisterSquad is all about sisters affirming other sisters, and helping sisters in need.
Susan and Carole created SisterSquad Apparel for two reasons:
- To use inspired messages to affirm women and girls, and to spread positivity
- To create a revenue stream to fight trafficking of youth and assistance for 18 and under victims
SisterSquad has chosen to partner with local organizations that work to fight sex trafficking and provide housing and protective services to victims. Trafficking women and children for sexual exploitation is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. About 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade. Preventing this violation of health, safety, and human rights is necessary for the well-being and healthy future of our people and communities.
Susan Jensen is a certified health coach, fitness trainer and author. She has been training and coaching for over 20 years. Susan rehabilitated herself after a debilitating back injury and decided it was her mission to give back and help others lead healthy and happy lives. When her daughter was in her late teens, Susan grew passionate about helping young women be good to their bodies and navigate their way into adulthood amidst extreme stress and temptation. These young women inspired her to write College Basic Training: strengthen your mind and body to leap any college hurdle. Susan strives to empower women of all ages with the tools needed to effectively focus on themselves and overcome life’s unpredictable obstacles. “It’s a blast to help women achieve their ideal body composition, get their energy back and develop the wellness and confidence to feel awesomely fabulous!”
Carole McMonigal is a RYT Yoga Instructor, Pilates and Barre Group Fitness Instructor. She has practiced yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching for the past 10 years. Carole’s initial reason for seeking out a yoga class was to provide relief for a back injury. After she discovered yoga provided long awaited therapeutic relief for her chronic pain, she become committed to the practice, and has since discovered numerous other benefits for mind and body. Carole welcomes all people to her classes and believes in making yoga accessible for all people. She teaches Gentle, Hatha and Vinyasa styles and incorporates Barre and Pilates into many of her classes. She believes that if all the world would practice yoga, it would be a kinder and more compassionate place!