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SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan: Find A Role Where You Own A P&L

On the premiere episode of "Two Question With Adam Bryant," SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan discusses the challenge of going from an all-girls school to being just one in 10 women among 150 male classmates in her college engineering program and the critical experience women need to get on track for the C-suite.

CNBC Make It today announced the launch of “Two Questions with Adam Bryant,” a digital video series featuring former New York Times “Corner Office” columnist and CNBC Contributor Adam Bryant. In this new series, Bryant sits down with prominent female leaders from a variety of industries to get to the bottom of two central questions: How did they navigate the unique challenges women in business face and what is their best advice to other women? The monthly video series is part of CNBC’s cross-network coverage initiative, “Closing the Gap,” which explores women’s advancement at work and in business.

The first episode features SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan, who discusses the challenge of going from an all-girls school to being just one in 10 women among 150 male classmates in her college engineering program and later often being one of the only women in the boardroom. Whelan reveals how she learned to speak up and develop her point of view, as well as her strategies for owning every meeting. She also talks about the critical experience women need to get early in their careers to be on track for the C-suite.