Alyce Kuenzli and Lisa Pugh prepare to summit to Bower's Spring,  the ultimate source of the 4th-                                                 longest river system in the world, on May 11, 2016. 

Alyce Kuenzli and Lisa Pugh prepare to summit to Bower's Spring,  the ultimate source of the 4th-                                                 longest river system in the world, on May 11, 2016

 

 

Started by three women, Source of Confidence is an organization with a mission to support females in navigating their own paths to confidence. Currently we are committed to accomplishing three goals: 

  • Become the first all-women team to canoe the 4th-longest river system in the world
  • Deliver unique confidence-building curriculum via adventure learning models and in-person workshops
  • Create a documentary film that works to add to the conversation of collective confidence
  • Create safe spaces for those that identify as female to explore themselves within

Source of confidence began in April 2015 when Alyce decided to canoe the Jefferson-Missouri-Mississippi river system, the 4th longest in the world. She had canoed the Mississippi River from its headwaters in Northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico, in fall 2014 and wanted to take on an even greater challenge. Wanting a partner on the trip, Alyce asked her friend Lisa to come with her, and she said, “Yes”! At the same time, Alyce and Lisa were reading the research of Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, in The Confidence Code, a book that highlights the disparity in confidence between girls/women and boys/men, known as the confidence-gap. 

  

This is the philosophy behind Source of Confidence - taking positive risks...

 

Reflecting on the ways we had developed confidence, we realized that confidence enabled us to take on great challenges and risks (and we have been taking positive risks our entire lives). Not everything has been successful, yet reflecting on those experiences, we realized that we have taken that learning and along with celebrating success and achievements, it has propelled us forward, confidently in the direction of our dreams.

This is the philosophy behind Source of Confidence - taking positive risks, in order to build confidence, no matter the outcome, and learning from failure, celebrating success, or a combination of both. We agreed that the expedition should be an undertaking with intentions beyond personal achievement, so the confidence-building curriculum was born and has been growing ever since! We are now developing confidence-building workshops that we will facilitate in towns and cities along the rivers!

We did not stop there either! Alyce and Lisa had joked around during the initial planning stages, about how awesome it would be to have someone follow along and film their expedition. In December, Alyce collaborated on a short film with her good friend Victoria. During this time working together, Alyce brought up the idea of making a documentary about the expedition and Victoria was immediately on board.

As work on the documentary got under way, we started having numerous supportive and empowering conversations around topics of confidence, risk-taking, and the lack of female role models in all facets of life and career, with our women friends. We started filming these conversations and asking our friends for individual interviews. Like everything with Source of Confidence, the documentary has grown and we want to keep pushing the conversation around confidence and what it means to be a confident girl or women, in the world today. It will also be a vehicle for sharing the confidence-building curriculum with an even wider audience. So Victoria is joining us, via car, for the seven months we are canoeing, so that she can interview girls and women in the towns and cities we paddle through, and provide logistical support for the expedition.