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Women Riders Now – Who Are We?

Learn about the people behind the scenes at WRN


Meet the WRN team, including our Leadership Board members and staff! These women and men play a variety of roles in the motorcycle community, but whether their specialties are test-riding new motorcycles or documenting their riding adventures for our readers, they’re all part of what makes Women Riders Now (WRN) the definitive source for women and motorcycling news. Read these bios to learn more about our contributors' backgrounds, and be sure to check out the page for WRN Founder Genevieve Schmitt.


Leadership Board

 

Genevieve Schmitt, Founder

Genevieve is a leading expert on the subject of women and motorcycling, and has been working full-time as a journalist covering the women and motorcycling "beat" since 1999. A two-time Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee, in 2019 she was named one of the "Top 100 Leaders in Powersports" by Dealernews, a leading powersports industry trade magazine. The recognition comes just three months after Genevieve was named the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Bessie Stringfield Award by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Read More


 

Erin Sills, Co-Chairwoman

Erin is a 41-time world and national land speed motorcycle record holder and an off-road adventure riding coach. In her professional life, she spent 30 years in marketing and advertising, most recently as Global Director of Insights for Facebook, Inc. In 2016, she packed away the corporate attire to pursue life on two wheels full-time.

Erin has been named the American Motorcyclist Association’s “Female Athlete of the Year” for her motorcycling accomplishments and the American Marketing Association’s “Woman to Watch” for her business accomplishments. In 2014, Erin was named University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business “Alumni of the Year.” Erin and her team at Hunter Sills Racing have set two Guinness Book World Records, and she is a member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club, the El Mirage 200 MPH Club, the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, and the Mojave 200 MPH Club with her fastest average speed of 238 mph to date.

Always seeking a way to give back to the industry, Erin currently serves on the AMA Specialist Sport Commission, the FIM Women in Sport Commission, and the AMA Heritage Foundation board. At heart she is an avid sport-touring traveler, having journeyed over 300,000 miles since she began riding at the age of 35. Erin enjoys advocating for women in motorcycling and, with her late husband Andy Sills, she founded the sheEmoto Scholarship to support women in the sport.


 

Sarah Schilke, Co-Chairwoman

Sarah is an avid street and off-road rider who has more than two decades in the motorcycle industry under her belt. She originally got into the motorcycle field as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach and continued her career in motorcycling from there, working with several aftermarket companies, including Hein Gericke and Schuberth, as well as the American Motorcyclist Association and the International Motorcycle Shows. Most recently she led BMW Motorrad’s marketing team until moving to her hometown with her current position as BMW Motorrad’s NW Regional Aftersales Area Manager.

Sarah was the first woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and was an original member of the International Motorcycling Federation’s (FIM) Commission on Women in Motorcycling. She is a lifetime member of the AMA and has received numerous leadership awards in motorcycling including "Powersports Industry Leader" by Powersports Business and was named one of the "50 Makers of Motorcycling" by Bonnier Motorcycle Group. In 2019 she was named one of the "Top 100 Leaders in Powersports" by Dealernews, a leading powersports industry trade magazine.

Finding inspiration in the excitement of people entering the sport, Sarah continues to mentor novice riders, especially women riders, and enjoys meeting new friends through the bonds of the international motorcycling community. When she isn’t on two wheels, Sarah enjoys family time and participating in her local MINI Motorists club, a Rotary service club, and a local German language group.

In her role as Co-Chairwoman with WRN, Sarah focuses on content strategy and promotions.

 

Porsche Taylor

Porsche Taylor is the founder of the groundbreaking Black Girls Ride magazine, an online publication serving the underserved market of African-American riders. She is also an “Iron Butt” rider (one who rides long distances over a short amount of time), and is a highly visible fixture on the women and motorcycling scene with her unique social media and event outreach initiatives like the Beautiful Bikers Conference, now in its sixth year.

 

Alisa Clickenger

Alisa Clickenger left the corporate world more than a decade ago to follow her dream of riding a motorcycle for a living. In the years since, she’s established herself as a respected motorcycle journalist and tour leader. In addition to owning Women's Motorcycle Tours, a motorcycle tour company for women, she is asked to lead tours all over the world. She most recently added “author” to her name writing a book about increasing confidence through motorcycle riding. Clickenger is also known for organizing commemorative cross country riding events such as the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride, in 2016, which garnered national media attention, and the Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride coming in 2020.

 

Robyn Kocienski

Robyn Kocienski is a motorcycle tour guide with Motoquest Tours, a highly respected 21-year-old international motorcycle tour company, where she leads women-only tours as well as routes for all riders. Kocienski’s passion to make a difference has led her to be active in legislative pursuits benefitting the motorcycling community throughout the U.S. As a newer rider, Kocienski brings the perspective of beginning rider to the WRN Board, which is a strong focus of WRN’s overall mission.





Staff

 

Tricia Szulewski, Editor

Tricia has worked in the motorcycle publishing industry for more than 20 years, working full-time as the Creative Director and Staff Writer at TAM Communications, publisher of the best-selling motorcycle magazine on the newsstand, American Iron Magazine. While at TAM, she’s worked on its other motorcycle publications, such as Motorcycle Tour & Cruiser, RoadBike, Motorcycle, and Garage Build magazine and has written hundreds of stories for all of these titles, from motorcycle reviews to gear reviews, tech and how-to installs, riding skills, tours, and more. She began sharing her stories and photos with WRN in 2014, and today heads up the editorial department. As Editor, Tricia’s WRN duties include writing, editing, and proofing stories, as well as performing a myriad of other tasks that help keep this website running smoothly.

Tricia began riding motorcycles in 1995, and in 2008 she became an MSF RiderCoach and is now the site manager of Connecticut’s Fairfield range where she runs an annual women-only Basic RiderCourse. She especially enjoys sharing her passion for motorcycling with other women, and is always looking for opportunities to mentor new and experienced riders.


 

Janis Perfetto, Sales Wrangler

Janis, an avid motorcycle enthusiast since she first swung her leg over a little red Honda 70 at the tender age of 12, has been in the motorcycling industry for more than 15 years. She began her career in journalism as a high school journalism teacher for 20 years, and has covered all topics of the industry to include layout and design, photography, and advertising. It was teaching others that caused her to realize that journalism was her true calling. While serving as the editor-in-chief of the Women On Wheels magazine for 14 years, she “inherited” the advertising manager position when the previous manager retired. It was supposed to be temporary until a new manager could be hired. She loved it so much, she performed both positions and cheerfully brings that experience to WRN. 

You could say Janis has been in the advertising business her entire life, as she grew up in her father’s automobile businesses writing ads for him and passing out his business cards to everyone she encountered, selling her first car for him at the age of 17. She brings a wealth of experience and solid base of marketing knowledge of how best to meet your advertising needs. Let her show you how to grow your business and maximize your advertising budget while presenting your business to the women who ride and the men who ride with them. 


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