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About Gretchen & Ally

We are Gretchen and Ally  – two women who are out to change aging in America.

Back in the summer of 2013, a walk after our kids went to bed became a conversation about what we really wanted out of life.   To be loving wives and moms and friends and daughters. To continue to grow emotionally and spiritually. To live without worry about money or health issues as we age.

Oh, and to understand why aging women are viewed so negatively by society!  Why is that wellness and beauty for older women means menopause advice? Why is it that the older we get, the less valued we are?  How come our choices are the ingénue or the crone? We don’t feel that way and neither do any of our friends.

The more we got to know each other, the more we shared creative and practical ideas.  Gretchen is a medical industry professional who is passionate about physical health, emotional well-being, and intellectual pursuits.  Ally is a CPA and feels the same sense of passion for achieving financial independence and creating flexibility in your life.

Lots of women have the same conversations we had on those walks after bedtime.  And somewhere between conversations about the microbiome and Miss Piggy as a feminist icon, we decided we wanted to connect people.  We believe that what you know shouldn’t be limited to who you know.

A Clever Girl Would share her wit, wisdom, and grace with others.   A Clever Girl Would engage intellectually and spiritually. A Clever Girl Would age EXACTLY how she wants into her 70s and live a life of joy.  

About Gretchen

Gretchen Terry-Leonard is a long-term medical industry professional with a successful career in biotechnology in epidemic and rare diseases, as well as relationship management at one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies.  Gretchen has worked with top medical experts and leaders in the commercial and medical space for the past 25 years.
To keep life interesting, Gretchen and her husband of 24 years recently realized their dream of starting a family with a later-in-life baby. Thirteen IVF rounds and three with a surrogate have given Gretchen a unique perspective on persistence and commitment to a goal, all while maintaining your sanity and humor along the way.
She is passionate about a wide range of self-care topics from the serious and heady to the quirky and irreverent. As a dietician, Gretchen believes that the microbiome is the new frontier of health and wellness, aging, beauty, and immunity. As a side note, she also loves Miss Piggy and sees the pig as her first feminist icon…
 Gretchen has a vision of the future of femininity that the Second Prime of one’s life is lovely, meaningful, and kick-ass – well into the golden years!

About Ally

Ally has a career in finance and is a mother to three young children.

Her irreverent sense of humor, love of the finer things in life, and desire to be a good friend have often gotten her into trouble.

A well-timed note on Crane stationery and a bottle of wine usually gets her out of it.

It Sounds Pretentious (and it Might Be) But We Dig It

If you are one of our husbands looking for what to get us for our birthdays, look no further.

You’re welcome.

A Good Manicure

Hummus

Good Chocolate

A Good Book

Ayurvedic Tea

Massages

Fluffy Socks

Reading Glasses

We also really like:

People who are witty, listening to Gretchen’s dosha, admitting when we hate things, flossing our teeth, when our skin is pretty, paying for services we don’t want to do, Amazon Prime, ironed and scented sheets, rituals, champagne cocktails, meditation, and pets who know the rules(but choose to ignore them).

Add us to your date book!

Contact

hello@aclevergirlwould.com