We’ve just launched the SSS Alumni Group on Linkedin— the online social network for professionals.
The exclusive group serves as a community for past graduates to connect, keep in touch and get updated on the latest news from their spy sisters.
Catch up with your fellow grads or meet other like-minded, strong and empowered women (to cover your back)!
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Each week we celebrate and highlight our past alumni who have gone on to embody the spirit, strength and sass of a Stiletto Spy Sister. Boys, watch out for the ever-seductive Agent Gel!
1. In real life, you are….
Angelica L. Aguirre, Strategic Marketing Consulting to the Pharmaceutical Industry
2. In the spy world, you go by the alias ………….. and have the ability to …………..
Gel. Ability to bring men to their knees with a single glance of my jasmine green eyes
3. How did you first learn about Stiletto Spy School? What triggered you to sign up for a mission?
One of my lovers told me about it… he heard about from a Thrillist write up. The program sounded like a cool adventure that would give me some super awesome bragging rights!
4. What was the most important skill/takeaway you’d learned from the program?
Pool shark cues. Learning to play pool has been a great data activity where the men I date are actually surprised to see that I know how to play the game.
5. How have you applied skills/lessons you’ve learned in real life?
I am much more fierce and confident from the experience of SSS. Every skill learned has been applied to my everyday life. I learned to not be victimized and some practical skills to defend myself if faced with by an unwanted attack. I relate to people in work and social settings. I now know how to command the attention of a room simply by walking in and “owning” the room with my presence and attitude.
6. What would be one spy skill you’ll love to pick up next?
7. If you were assigned to a fantasy mission, who would you pick (dead or alive) as your spy-sister to cover your back?
8. Do you have any advice for those interested in signing up for the program?
Just Do It!
Here’s a recap of all the interesting links and articles we’ve came across this week:
— What happens when you combine sexy + power? Find out as Alana reveals in a feature on The Huffington Post
— You don’t want to mess with Cheryl Hammel aka Agent Crystalclaw — our first featured SSS Brand Ambassador!
— Feeling overwhelmed? Thinksimplenow has a great guide on 8 Ways to Overcome It
— Smart cookies don’t get mugged: Safety tips to keep in mind on your vacation
— For many women the fear “Will I be loved if I become everything that I’m meant to be?” holds us back. Do you agree?
— In A League of Her Own: 13yo pitcher Chelsea Baker hasn’t lost a Little League game against the boys in 4 seasons
— “Half of them don’t want to invite me to their homes anymore..” Interesting read on competitive lockpicking in the US
— Hackers to get eavesdropping lessons on cell calls
— Remember that fab Porsche 918 Spyder that was just a concept? Looks like dreams do come true (if you have US$650,000..)
— I spy with my lil eye — sleek, fast and glides through the waves like a hot knife through butter…
— Is your mind wandering at work? Relax, maybe it’s a good thing…How Daydreaming Could Lead to Your Next Big Idea
— White hats vs. Black hats vs. Gray Hats: Behind the world of cyberhacking
— With all the gadgets we have in our daily routine, here’s a pro-tip for no more tangled cords!
— How does a secret agent unwind? By listening to the smooth groves of Secret Agent Radio obviously
— We are in awe at these female athletes‘ strength, speed and overall badass attitude!
— A recipe for a Dewar’s Callaway cocktail in 60 sec by a former US Marine
— 10 all-time of the greatest spy movies. What’s your favorite?
we are pleased to announce a new program to celebrate and highlight our past alumni who have gone on to embody the spirit, strength and sass of a stiletto spy sister. to kick things off, we’ll like to introduce you to cheryl hammel aka agent crystalclaw — our very own q!
1. in real life, you are …………
cheryl l. hammel, attorney (i have my own practice).
2. in the spy world, you go by the alias …………… and have the ability to ……………..
agent cvetlana l. crystalclaw. i design and create hand-made, one-of-a-kind, custom pieces of sparkling jewelry which double as surveillance devices.
3. how did you first learn about stiletto spy school? what triggered you to sign up for a mission?
in recent years, i adopted a tradition of treating myself for my birthday to an outing of some sort. one year i took a self-defense class, another year i took myself away on vacation, things like that. i saw the today show segment for stiletto spy school and decided right then and there that spy school would be my next birthday outing! the segment aired in the late summer or early fall of 2009 and my birthday is in january so needless to say i couldn’t wait for january to arrive. i attended my mission in february 2010 and it was amazing!
4. what was the most important skill/takeaway you’d learnt from the program?
overall the most important takeaway was a much-needed boost in self-confidence and the assertiveness that comes along with that. more specifically, it was an affirmation that i too can be seductive and “work it” (thank you, gal friday!!!!!!).
5. how have you applied skills/lessons you’ve learnt in real life?
the most important thing i’ve done so far was to disentangle myself from an emotionally abusive and very unhealthy relationship. that probably sounds simple but it was a huge step and one that i did not have the confidence to take prior to mission artemis. i’m on the brink of even larger and more difficult challenges but every day i take a slow, deep breath and think of what i accomplished on my mission. recalling things i didn’t think i could do then reinforces my resolve to accomplish things that seem impossible now.
6. what would be one spy skill you’ll love to pick up next?
definitely hand-to-hand combat. i’m talkin’kick-butt, physical fighting skills, like thekind j.lo learned in her movie “enough”. bring it on!
7. if you were assigned to a fantasy mission, who would you pick (dead or alive) as your spy-sister to cover your back?
lara croft, of course! after all, she and i have matching holsters…….
8. do you have any advice for those interested in signing up for the program?
absolutely! my advice is stop dilly-dallying and do it! i truly believe that this is an experience that every woman should have. what are you waiting for??? sign up now….before lara and i come find you!
are you passionate about stiletto spy school and want to be engaged at a deeper level?do you want to share the incredible experience that you had here, and help other women create meaningful change in their lives? if so, you may just be our next brand ambassador (oh yeah, it comes with great perks too!) . call us to discuss (888-779-1905).
agent 33 here with a cool story i would like to share.
earlier thisyear, i led a new york stiletto spyschool mission. the women were diverse in background, age, per
sonality and motivation for attending spy school. after learning how to shoot, slice and dice and bump and grind, we circled up and raised a glass to celebrate their accomplishment.
as we discussed the bigger lessons learned that day we went around the circle and each person shared a compliment she recently received. one of our agents (we will call her “s.d.”) looked at me and said, “i’ve been trying to come up with a compliment but i can’t think of one. i guess i don’t get a lot of compliments.” i thought to myself, “surely, she must get compliments and is just not recalling one at the moment,” and then said, “i will give you a compliment,” and proceeded to do so. without prompting, two of her stiletto sisters also offered up a compliment, which i thought was awesome!
flash forward a few weeks. we always ask women to share with us what they got most out of spy school and how they apply it in real life. some women share the most inspiring stories of how their training motivated them to make a decision or take an action, and the positive results that resulted from it. well, i recently got such an email from s.d.
i could paraphrase it, but i think her words are more powerful:
“after the ny exercise when we had to share a recent compliment that hadbeen given to us (and i couldn’t think of one to share), i went back to workand put up a huge sign announcing my upcoming birthday. i told everyoneif they had any reason at all to be thankful for my presence on earth, mybirthday was the day to tell me.
i was overwhelmed by gifts and sentiments of appreciation. my friendsplanned treats (lunch, dinner, presents, etc.) every day of my birthday week!
so i learned a good lesson that maybe i need to open up a little, and let people know that i need love.”
yes, indeed, we all need love. when i read s.d.’s email, i got a little choked up. i think we all put up barriers of different sizes for different reasons in different areas of our lives. when we are brave enough to break one down and let people in, we might just be surprised at how many show their love.
agent 33 here with a personal story i recently shared.
i recently got a call from this auntie (a woman named jill) who wanted to treat her three nephews and one niece to a private “spy training mission.” jill flew all the way from california for an action-packed day of surprise activities she had planned for these kids. i admire her for putting so much energy, creativity and love into keeping her niece and nephews on the right path.
the specifics of jill’s mission are top secret. (one of the cool perks of having a custom mission!) but i will tell you that one of the training components was samurai sword fighting. it was a fabulous day, but the real “ah ha!” moment for me was during the wrap up.
at the end of each mission, we discuss what each student liked most about the training they experienced. we then show them how to take those lessons and translate them to every day life goals and obstacles.
as i looked at these young faces, two of whom were contemplating college, i realized that the words i chose would be important. i thought of what i would tell my own nieces and nephews: to be able to do what we truly love in life is a gift and not one that comes without dedication. you have the tremendous advantage of youth and the opportunity that comes with it. the world is completely open.
just like in sword fighting, you must study your craft. get an education as a solid foundation in life. real sword fights only last a few seconds so you can’t afford to hesitate for even a moment. choose your battles wisely but when you draw your sword, be prepared to use it. don’t let anything stand in your way. even if you fall short of your goal, you will never have regret over not having tried.
opportunities pass us by. you must seize them, commit to your actions, and have full follow through to achieve your goals.
as i watched their faces react to my words, i knew the life lessons were registering. and i received some inspiration of my own.
the next business day, i sat down with alana and we discussed what transpired at jill’s mission. i told her how amazing it felt to work with teens and young adults. we immediately started working on a big spy/little spy mission to give moms and aunties out there a unique activity that they can do with their daughters/nieces that is age appropriate and specifically geared toward this kind of motivation. so far, it’s been a big hit.
It’s that time of year when we get bombarded with cupids and hearts and Valentine’s Day advertising. What’s up with all the subliminal (and literal) messages telling us that we must have a valentine or we are somehow incomplete?