About Us


Love ya like a sis:

“Love ya like a sis” isn’t just our motto, it’s our name. We envision a community of sisters that use their power to empower all women.*

LYLAS started as a brainchild of 2 besties post-grad slump, looking to build meaningful friendships and community around feminist ideals.  

That’s why LYLAS is on the mission to provide support and infrastructure to each member and the policies and practices that progress the betterment of all women*.

*All women means ALL. IDENTIFYING. WOMEN.


Grace Dunn- LYLAS Co-Founder

Grace grew up in the Chicagoland area (yes that's what it's called) but New York has been her adopted home for 6 years. Her uniform usually stays in the neutral color palette but she'll occasionally make an exception for her red and blue Cubs hat. 

The past two years Grace has been honing her skills in dismantling the patriarchy. Her work and education has been focused around sexuality, sexual, and reproductive health through the lens of law and policy. 

After being in a hyper-academic, public health-focused echo chamber, Grace is excited to learn from women with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. Also, she needs all the liquid therapy and pee-induced laughter she can get to offset all the crying she's done on the 1 train. 

Drink of Choice: Lambrusco (a bougee sparkling red wine)

Feminist Icon: Margaret Smiley (fellow co-founder)


Margaret Smiley- LYLAS Co-Founder

Margaret is a New York transplant by way of Rockford, Michigan. Although she's been living in the city of 9 years, she'll still point out where Rockford is on her hand if you'd like.

Since being in New York, Margaret has worked in the health tech space using her background and education in health policy to pursue her passion for increased access to healthcare.

But she also realized that solving issues surrounding access to care, particularly for women, was going to take more brain power than just those in the tech industry and way more laughter to keep from crying on the 3 train every day.

Drink of Choice: Gin and Tonic

Feminist Icon: Colette Smiley (her mom)

Avanthi Hulugalle- LYLAS Labs

Avanthi is a native California beach goer that found herself in New York to pursue her passion to improve women's health and access to care.

During the work day, Avanthi leads product development in patient engagement tech. She will still play beach volleyball any chance she gets, trading sand for the lawns of Central Park. And continues to redefine success and inspirations from all the unapologetic women she's met in NYC -chasing dreams, experiences and unique workout classes.

Drink of Choice: Dirty martini ...ok a pickleback

Feminist Icon: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (and her mom, Sherene Hulugalle)