Emily Sturges Miller
Ram,Uncategorized | October 12 2017

Forget the Back Seat: Women Drive the Dream

If we’re really lucky in this lifetime, we get to ‘live the dream.’ Emily Miller has been lucky enough to do just that …  not once, but twice.

Since childhood, Miller has been passionate about outdoor adventure and off-roading. She believes many other women with strong navigation and driving skills share her passion, but tend to be underrepresented in the sport.

After honing her off-road skills under Ron Hall, one of the giants of off-roading, Miller tackled #1 on her bucket ‘dream’ list – competing in a women’s cross-country rally in Morocco using only a compass and map for guidance. She left Morocco inspired by the competitors she saw as “tough, talented and undaunted,” and she decided that women who want to take the bull by the horns need their own platform to shine, driving their own vehicles.

Rebelle Rally with signage

Armed with that vision, Miller founded and is co-owner of the Rebelle Rally, the country’s first, and only, all-women rally where participants from across the globe challenge themselves and others in a seven-day off-road adventure spanning 1,200 miles from Lake Tahoe, Nevada to Del Mar, California.

Rebelle Rally 3-shot of roads

Just like the Morocco Rally, the Rebelle Rally is not based on speed, but the competitors’ skills with only a compass, map and roadbook – no cell phones or GPS allowed! This year’s second annual Rebelle Rally kicks off October 13 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Rebelle Rally - women reading map
Back to compete again this year is the Ram Truck-sponsored duo headed up by seasoned veteran Nena Barlow. Last year, Barlow and partner Kande Jacobsen drove a stock Ram Rebel to finish among the top 3 contenders.  This year, Barlow’s team will be driving a Ram Power Wagon with their sights set on an even stronger finish.

Barlow

Win, lose or draw – Miller hopes this experience leaves each competitor with a new sense of the value of team work, of community, and feeling confident in their skills.

2017 RebelleRally Emily S. Miller

My biggest hope, Miller added, is that these women “feel that they can conquer the world.”

Betty Newman

Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and
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Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and edit video for features to post to our corporate and social media sites. Other times I’m strategizing with the brands I support – Ram, Jeep and Corporate – to come up with attention-grabbing ways to tell their unique stories. Then there’s the travel - to places like Moab, Utah, and the Rubicon Trail in California - to shoot (and enjoy) awesome off-road adventure that I then turn into exciting videos to post on our sites. Routine? Definitely not in my world! Challenges, creativity, cool cars and trucks, exciting places – yeah, they’re in there! Oh, the three names? In an earlier life I was hired as the first major-market female TV co-anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit – Channel 4. My name was Betty Carrier back then – until I married and added the ‘Newman.’ That’s my story and, yes, I’m really enjoying my FCA ride!