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Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham is an American model, designer, author, and body activist whose influence has reshaped fashion and media and redefined traditional beauty standards. Named Glamour's "Woman of the Year," she's been listed on Forbes’ "30 Under 30"; People's "25 Most Intriguing People of the Year”; and Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World." Ashley is also the first recipient of the United Nation's Women for Peace Association's "Women Empowerment Award."

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Jia Jiang

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Diane Luby Lane

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Emily Abbate

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Fritz Lanman

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John Motz

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Zach Apter

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Beth Leibovich

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Alicia "ACE" Easter

CEO & Founder
ACE Enterprises

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Andrea Isabelle Lucas

Founder
Barre & Soul

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Catherine Thorpe

Founder
Full Out Barre

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Gideon Akande

Founder
Get Fit with Giddy

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Jonathan Adams

Founder
Sonic Yogi

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Keisean Raines

Creator
So Hum Wellness 

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Kirsten Potenza

Founder and CEO
POUND

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Melisa Valdez

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TRILLFIT

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Nikki Warren

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Kaia FIT

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Rachel Vickhouse

Co-founder
SWERK Dance Fitness

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Sebastien Lagree

CEO & Founder
Lagree Fitness 

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Shahil Patel

Founder & CEO
BollyX

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Yvonne Schwartz

Founder
Yoga+Beats 

Speaker Bios

 
  • Ashley Graham

    Ashley Graham is an American model, designer, author and body activist whose influence has reshaped the fashion and media industries and redefined traditional beauty standards. Ashley has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry including editorial, catalogue, runway, commercial, television and film. In February 2016, Ashley made history as the first size 14 model to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim. In January 2018, she became a brand ambassador for Revlon, making her the first curvy model of her generation to receive a major beauty contract.

    Ashley has been featured on the covers of Vogue, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Cosmopolitan, SELF, New York Magazine, Maxim and many more. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including Forbes’ coveted “30 Under 30” list and cover feature; Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” with Mattel simultaneously creating a one-of-a-kind Barbie in her likeness; People’s “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year”; Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the Word”; The Daily Front Row’s “Fashion Force of the Year,” and is the United Nation’s Women for Peace Association’s first “Women Empowerment Award” recipient.

    Ashley is a sought-after television personality and has hosted internationally televised programs such as Miss Universe and Miss USA. She currently hosts Lifetime’s American Beauty Star, a competition series to find the next best hair or makeup artist. She also hosts the Pretty Big Deal podcast.

    As a role model and body activist, Ashley is regularly invited to speak about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment. Her first TEDx talk “Plus Size? More Like My Size” given at TedxBerleeValencia was viewed over 4.3 million times. She is also a co-founder of ALDA, a collective of models that represents beauty beyond size and challenges conventional notions within the fashion industry.

  • Ellen Latham

    Founder, Orangetheory Fitness

    Ellen is a highly trained physiologist with a lifelong passion for health and fitness. Her desire to be on the cutting edge of fitness inspired Ellen to design “The Ultimate Workout,” which became the foundation for Orangetheory Fitness—hailed by The New York Times as an effective new plateau-busting workout. Ellen is a partner and founder of Orangetheory Fitness, and owner of Ellen’s Ultimate Workout gym in Florida.

    Inspired by her father Arthur Calandrelli, a very popular physical education teacher and coach in Niagara Falls, New York, Ellen has been motivating and training clients for over 35 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Buffalo in New York.

    Before perfecting her signature workout, Ellen worked at the prestigious Bonaventure Spa when it was the main fitness retreat for the stars, and managed Williams Island Spa and The Eden Roc Spa on South Beach. She served as a TV fitness expert for six years, authored fitness columns for The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel and earned the title of BusinessWoman of the Year in South Florida. Through her position as fitness editor for Women’s Fitness magazine, Ellen began focusing on Pilates and opened the first group equipment-based Pilates studio in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

  • Rollettes

    Dance Team

    The Rollettes dance team was created in 2012 by Chelsie Hill because she wanted to meet other women like her and create a space to dance together. These women not only shared a love for dance but they had a strong desire to be a part of a community. Today, Rollettes provides an opportunity for women to be a part of a community that stretches across 20 different countries through its Girl's Nights, dance classes, mentorship program, and women's empowerment weekend: Rollettes Experience.

  • Heather Gay

    Owner & Founder, Beauty Lab + Laser

    Heather is the heart and soul of Beauty Lab + Laser. What initially started as running a plastic surgeon’s Instagram turned into Beauty Lab as we all know it. If it’s smart, funny, or cool, it’s because of Heather. People may be surprised to discover that Heather is an introvert because everyone knows the Lab is 100000% more fun when Heather is there. If you’ve ever come in and left feeling like you’re her best friend, you’re not alone. In addition to being our fearless leader, she is also an official cast member of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City #RHOSLC. There’s no one at the Lab with more depth, empathy, humor, or brilliance. Heather is the Lab and the Lab loves YOU! Follow her on Instagram @heathergay.

  • Nicole Cardoza

    Magician & Founder, Reclamation Ventures

    Nicole Cardoza (she/her) is an award-winning serial social entrepreneur, investor, author, magician, and public speaker making wellness accessible for everyone. Her work is dedicated to addressing racial and health inequities in the U.S. She’s the founder of Reclamation Ventures, a venture studio creating and incubating ideas for our collective well-being. It also manages the Reclamation Ventures Fund, which provides philanthropic and early-stage investments in individuals and organizations making wellness more accessible. Over the past two years, it’s granted over $350,000 in direct support to marginalized wellness leaders. Reclamation Ventures is also home to Wellemental (previously Yoga Foster), a national organization providing mindfulness training and resources to schools, and the Anti-Racism Daily, a media platform providing reporting, education, and action on dismantling white supremacy. Nicole’s first published book Mindful Moves is about mindfulness for children and was published in Spring 2021. She identifies as a queer, cisgender Black woman.

  • Hakika DuBose Wise

    CEO, Kika Stretch Studios

    Kika Wise is a former professional dancer turned entrepreneur, franchisor, and wellness educator. As a forward-thinking and innovative visionary, Kika is the founder and CEO of Kika Stretch Studios, one of the nation’s leading stretch and fitness studios. With 13 locations throughout the United States, Kika is one of the few African American women franchisors in the country.

    Kika received her BFA in dance from Montclair State University. Through gentle assisted stretching, Kika Stretch Studios helps clients maintain youth and vitality with designed tension relief that aids in increased flexibility and overall ability. Incorporating a dancer’s approach to stretching and fitness with the signature one-of-a-kind Kika Method®, Kika has also developed the Kika Stretch Age®, a unique tool used to measure a client’s age based on flexibility.

    Having established a successful career of wellness built on the hope of inspiring and empowering others, Kika Wise is a businesswoman on a mission to educate millennials and other generations on how to preserve self and pursue franchising. She has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, NY Post, Black Enterprise, and much more.

  • Jia Jiang

    CEO & Founder, Wuju Learning

    Jia Jiang is the founder and CEO of Wuju Learning, a company that trains organizations and employees to turn rejections into opportunities. He is also known as the “Rejection Guy.” Jiang’s story started several years after his career in the corporate world. He took a risk and stepped into the unknown world of entrepreneurship, which resulted in everyone’s biggest fear: rejection. This became the catalyst that set Jiang on the path to his true calling. To conquer the fear of rejection, he embarked on a personal quest and started a video blog to face “100 days of rejection.”

    His journey revealed a world that was hidden in plain sight, a world where rejection can become an advantage instead of a setback, and where there are opportunities behind every rejection. It has become Jiang’s mission to help others to discover that world for themselves. Jiang is also the author of the bestselling book Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection (2015). Jiang grew up in Beijing, China and migrated to the U.S. at age 16. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University and earned an MBA from Duke University.

  • Corey & Kiara Johnson

    Co-founders, atl kula

    atl kula wellness studio was founded by Atlanta native Corey Johnson and his wife Kiara Johnson in 2019. Inspired by nature's ability to withstand and transform, the couple created this space to promote a natural lifestyle through movement, consuming natural products, and keeping the spirit of community at the forefront. atl kula's vision is to be a special place for everyone to come together for the common purpose of living our best lives, lifting up our neighbor, and having some fun along the way. With hopes that each person to come through atl kula’s door leaves even better than before, may your journey with us be fulfilling and fruitful!

  • Jonathan Adams

    Founder, SonicYogi

    Jonathan Adams started his career as a professional musician recording classical guitar and has worked on albums for Pamplin, Intersound Records, and his own label. He later co-founded the classical fusion group Montana Skies and toured with the group nationally as a performing artist for over a decade. Jonathan’s original music has also been featured on PBS and NPR, and most recently in a score for a West Virgina Public Television documentary. He also conducted a TEDx Talk about music for mental health and how he used the power of music to cure his extreme anxiety.

  • Diane Luby Lane

    Founder and Executive Director, Get Lit-Words Ignite

    Diane Luby Lane is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Get Lit-Words Ignite, a 2020 Library of Congress best practice nominee for “doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work that promotes literacy and responds to the needs of our time.” She is the creator of the Get Lit in-school curriculum that has been approved by the University of California as an "A-G" provider and is taught in over 150 schools throughout the US to over 10,000 graduates each year. In 2012 she created Get Lit’s annual 3-day Classic Slam, which she has co-produced for the past twelve years. The Classic Slam is one of the largest youth poetry competitions in the nation.

    Recently, Luby Lane served as executive producer on the feature film OUR WORDS COLLIDE, a feature documentary following the lives of five Get Lit poets in Los Angeles that premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2022, where it won the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Award. She also co-produced the film SUMMERTIME, which was written by and starred 27 Get Lit poets and directed by Carlos López Estrada. SUMMERTIME opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and was released to theaters across the country in the summer of 2021 becoming "certified fresh" and later iTunes "Editor's Choice." In 2006 Lane wrote and starred in a critically acclaimed one-woman show, Deep Sea Diving (AKA Born Feet First), which opened in Los Angeles and toured high schools, colleges, and detention centers with Chicano poet Jimmy Santiago Baca.

    Diane is a graduate of the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy + Leadership Program, a TedX speaker, a Southern California Leadership Network Fellow, a former member of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Poet Laureate Committee, and the LA Youth Poet Laureate Committee that first selected Amanda Gorman. Her book, Get Lit Rising (Simon & Schuster), is the winner of the 2016 Nautilus Award for books that “carry a potent message and bring hope, wisdom, healing, and joy,” and she is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Lifetime Service Award from President Barack Obama. As an actor, Diane is represented by Innovative Artists and has been the principal performer in over 25 national/international campaigns. She lives in LA with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and two cats. She is currently studying to serve her Los Angeles community as an Agape licensed Spiritual Practitioner. Currently, she is working with her team at Get Lit to build the world’s first online interactive poetry platform called Uni(verse) for youth and teachers in schools all over the world.

  • Emily Abbate

    Wellness Expert and Host, Hurdle

    Emily Abbate is a connector on a mission to empower women to live healthier, happier, and more motivated lives. Now a ten-time marathoner and triathlete, the veteran wellness journalist (bylines include GQ, Well+Good, Glamour, and more) and former Fitness Editor at SELF Magazine wasn’t always kickstarting her days with runs around Central Park or leading workouts on Good Morning America. Emily shares that journey and more with her audience on Hurdle, acclaimed by The New York Times as “addictive,” with over 6.5 million downloads to date. Featured in Health, Shape, and Runner’s World, Abbate aims to empower her audience to feel less alone on their own path, and does so through important conversations with everyone from elite athletes to top CEOs and founders. At the core of her mission is authenticity, which the New York-based host brings not only to the show but also to her on-air commentary, keynote speeches, and group workshops.

  • Fritz Lanman

    Chief Executive Officer, Mindbody

    Fritz Lanman is the CEO of Mindbody and formerly the CEO of ClassPass. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and went on to study at Yale. Fritz started his career at Microsoft, where he worked in product management and corporate strategy, and led Microsoft’s $240m investment in Facebook. Fritz began angel investing in 2010, seeding companies including Square, Pinterest, Wish, Flexport, and others. These experiences inspired him to become an entrepreneur himself, building four companies (Livestar, DWNLD, Doppler Labs, and ClassPass).

    A former athlete, Fritz used ClassPass and Mindbody’s apps to dramatically improve his cholesterol profile. After this experience, Fritz devoted his career to bringing deep tech to wellness entrepreneurs so they can better serve their customers.

  • John Motz

    Senior Vice President, Product and Engineering, Mindbody

    John joined the Mindbody team in 2020. He is a technology-savvy leader with significant experience in SMB and Enterprise SaaS software. His management philosophy includes utilizing creativity to design strategies and execute solutions that create products and services customers love. During his time at Intuit and ADP, John developed valuable experience managing global product development teams and collaborated with large local field sales teams and global channel sales organizations. As a product leader, John’s passion is to empower teams to make fast decisions based on customer and market behavior. Part of his DNA includes ensuring his teams have a learning mindset and are encouraged to fail and learn fast.

  • Zach Apter

    Senior Vice President, Consumer Revenue & Growth, ClassPass

    Zach Apter is ClassPass senior vice president consumer revenue and growth, and was formerly chief commercial officer of ClassPass prior to acquisition, where he led pricing, packaging, inventory, marketing, and business development. Previously, Zach was the head of business and competitive strategy for Google's self-driving car project and Microsoft’s global corporate strategy team. He has a 15-year track record in consumer technology, including search, communications services, digital media, marketplaces, operating systems, business productivity services, and hardware. He holds a degree in economics from Stanford University and is the author of multiple patents in the area of consumer online services.

  • Beth Leibovich

    Director, Research & Insights, Mindbody

    Beth Leibovich is director of research at Mindbody and leads a cross-disciplinary research team of user experience researchers and market researchers. With over 12 years of experience working at the intersection of technology and the wellness industry, Beth is passionate about integrating research and data into developing great products that solve real customer problems. Beth has a master's from the University of Connecticut and is the co-author of a patented innovation. Outside of work, Beth is an active dog mom and a musician with dozens of original songs placed in tv shows and commercials.

  • Alexis Ufland

    Founder, Lexi Design

    She may jokingly call herself an “oldie,” but Alexis is definitely a top “goodie” in the industry. Alexis started her career with extensive international experience. Beginning with Steiner Transocean (the world's largest spa company) and Carnival Cruise Lines, she served as THE aerobics instructor. There’s a video out there with her and Kathie Lee Gifford working out...Jane Fonda would be so proud. Moving to Singapore, Alexis collaborated with a consulting firm to develop and launch new spa concepts throughout Asia. From there, she revamped a premiere destination spa in Italy before heading to Spain to consult with Marriott International. During that collaboration, Alexis built a premiere spa and fitness center in the Canary Islands. She returned to New York City in 2000, building the first medical spa in the country and helping to shape the entire medical spa industry. Her clients are diverse, from people like Deepak Chopra to brands like the Starwood and Marriott Hotel Groups.

  • Amy Carter

    CEO, Empowering You Consulting

    Amy’s goals as a coach are simple: to inspire you to become a better leader, to mold you into a smarter business owner, and to help you achieve personal and professional satisfaction. As the owner of one of Indiana’s top salons, Amy knows what it takes to reinvent a business and train a leadership team invested in long-term success. She has turned this knowledge into a passion for coaching and consulting.

  • Andrea Isabelle Lucas

    Founder, Barre & Soul

    Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the founder of Barre & Soul©, a collection of award-winning boutique barre and yoga studios. She is a student of Esther Fairfax, daughter of Lotte Berk. Her feminist writings have appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, xoJane, Entrepreneur, and more. She is the author of Own It All: How to Stop Waiting for Change and Start Creating It. Because Your Life Belongs to You.

  • April Iannazzone

    CEO, Growth & Profitability Agency

    April helps overachieving entrepreneurs with a big vision for their business and life quickly close the gap between where they are today and where they want to be. April is the CEO of the Growth & Profitability Agency, the go-to organization for business owners who want to gain an unfair advantage over competitors while scaling up for maximum growth, profit, and impact. 

  • Barbara Chancey

    Founder, Barbara Chancey Design Group

    Barbara Chancey is a respected leader, innovator, and pioneer in the boutique fitness industry. Over 200 clients worldwide put their trust and reputation in the hands of Barbara’s team of experts. From yoga and HIIT to indoor cycling and juice bars, ICD delivers all aspects of a thriving studio, including design, branding, operations, and training to deliver successful, extraordinary fitness destinations. Internationally, Barbara has launched indoor cycling and fitness studios in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Brunei, Singapore, Bahrain, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and Kuwait. Every project is design-led and inspired by the local culture. Her energy and vision are contagious. With meticulous attention to detail and two decades of real-world experience, she combines form and function to eliminate costly mistakes and bring each client’s fitness philosophy to life. Barbara is a contributing columnist and conference presenter offering workshops on design and momentum building to help businesses set their brands apart in this highly competitive industry.

  • Christina Harbridge

    Chief Mischief Officer, Allegory, Inc

    Christina Harbridge is the founder and misChief Executive Officer of Allegory Inc., a San Francisco-based behavioral change company. Early in her career, Christina founded a debt collection company based on the principle that the human relationship is the true currency—an approach that resulted in three times the industry average results for her collectors. Throughout her life, she’s had experiences that gave her an unusual point of view on human behavior and influence: from being a test subject for NASA and welder of large public art pieces to a facilitator for those parenting in high-risk situations.

  • Coach Mike

    Founder, Coach Mike Speaks

    Coach Mike's vision is to inspire people from the heart with faith-based principles, transitioning them from a breaking point into a breakthrough in their health and wellness. Coach Mike is an author, military Special Forces veteran, entrepreneur, and faith-based speaker who is highly sought after for his energy and pure passion.

  • Connie Holen

    Owner, Pixality Design, Mindbody Certified Consultant

    Mindbody Certified Business Consultant Connie Holen has worked with dozens of Mindbody clients to create easy-to-manage websites and online marketing systems that increase revenue and improve retention. Offering done-for-you services, educational products, and consulting, Connie is committed to helping studio owners create seamless online experiences so they can run more efficient, profitable, and stress-free businesses. In addition to her Mindbody certification, Connie is also a Squarespace Authorized Trainer and NamasteLight Trusted Partner. Her specialties include Squarespace web design, email marketing automations, search engine optimization, and Facebook ads.

  • Corey Lewis

    CEO and Co-founder, 1AND1

    Corey Lewis is the CEO and co-founder of 1AND1, a mental health and wellness digital platform that empowers consumers to become the best versions of themselves through media/content, digital products, and services. Seeing a lack of mental health and fitness resources for BIPOC individuals, Corey addressed the issue by simplifying the options, creating accessible information, and disrupting the wellness landscape. Most of the content curated by Corey and the 1AND1 team centers on the discussion of what mental health and wellness mean to the BIPOC community and how, together, we can break the stigma. Corey also shares a passion for fitness. He is a former professional football player and is now a certified personal trainer who helps others reach their fitness goals through fitness activity, nutrition plans, and mental health resources. Corey has been featured by Forbes, Black Excellence, and Thrive Global.

  • Greg Walls

    Owner, Performance Experience

    Greg Walls—accomplished athlete, personal trainer, and sports performance instructor—has spent countless hours mastering his craft of helping ambitious athletes and fitness enthusiasts set and reach their personal goals. As a former All-Conference Texas Christian University cornerback, he knows firsthand what it takes to prepare and perform with excellence in the realm of sports. Upon finishing his college career, Greg was blessed with an NFL opportunity after being picked up as an undrafted free-agent and spending a pre-season with Washington’s NFL team. Greg is highly qualified personal trainer and performance coach.

  • Josh Biro

    Founder, Nomad Business Coaching

    As a Mindbody Certified Consultant, Josh Biro has experienced firsthand the business management challenges that wellness studios face, and has developed solutions to help those businesses overcome them. Since selling his successful yoga studio, Josh now travels full time as part of the Nomad Yoga Family, teaching, consulting online, and coaching onsite at studios all over the world. He looks at the numbers and works with clients to develop daily operation systems and staff management techniques to ensure their business operates holistically. Josh also teaches forward-thinking sales and marketing practices to help wellness businesses attract and retain clients. Studios worldwide work with Josh to increase passion and profits and keep their brands at the forefront of this evolving industry.

  • Julia Darnton Healey

    Senior Director, Account Development, ClassPass

    Julia is a lifelong competitive athlete and people-first leader. As a ClassPass user since 2011, she jumped at the opportunity to combine her experience in supporting clients with her love of wellness experiences by joining the ClassPass team in 2019.

    Julia brings a deep knowledge of the ClassPass business model and a strong desire to support business owners as they navigate today's challenges. She believes that making wellness more inclusive and accessible will not only benefit individuals, but also accelerate growth in the industry.

    Julia lives in Michigan with her husband and son. Her favorite studio workout is [solidcore].

  • Kendra Blackett-Dobinga

    Chief Visionary Officer, Bikram Yoga Works

    Kendra Blackett-Dobinga holds advanced degrees in public health and public policy and is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor, fascial stretch therapist, personal trainer, and wellness advisor. Kendra understands firsthand that yoga can heal the body. After undergoing knee surgery and being told she would never again be able to participate in certain forms of exercise, Kendra developed a regular Bikram Yoga practice to rebuild strength in her knee. Kendra has devoted her life to fitness and wellness not only because of the benefits she has received from her regular practice, but also as an example to her three children. At Bikram Yoga Works, Kendra wants to share her passion for wellness with the world.

  • KK Hart Bailey

    Founder, Hart Marketing Inc.

    Mindbody Certified Consultant KK Hart Bailey owns and operates several fitness studios and beauty businesses. She’s also the CEO of a boutique marketing agency specializing in the health, fitness, wellness, and small business industries. With extensive experience as an international fitness and business expert, KK is regularly featured on Fox and The Huffington Post, among other media outlets. She has a graduate degree in health and business and over 15 years of experience specifically helping fitness, wellness, and beauty businesses grow. As a consultant, KK coaches on strategies for retention, pricing, sales, marketing, and most important, revenue. Her passion is helping clients become as profitable and self-sufficient as possible. With her guidance, her clients consistently surpass their earning goals. “Make your business stronger and start focusing on thriving instead of just surviving.”

  • Krissy Cela

    Co-founder, EvolveYou

    While studying for her degree in law, Krissy trained at the gym to stay focused and motivated, and to build healthy habits for a strong body and mind. Starting her Instagram page, Krissy wanted to keep herself accountable and find likeminded women who were determined to improve their fitness and lifestyles day by day. Little did she know this would grow to a community of over 2 million people! Beginning as 8-week fitness and nutrition programs, Krissy’s fitness and nutrition PDF guides have now become customized personal workout guides on the EvolveYou app.

  • Lana Saal

    Director of Health Promotion, Wellness, and Fitness for the NASA Occupational Health Team

    Lana holds a doctorate in education, a master’s in health, and a bachelor’s in nutrition, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP), and Functional Aging Specialist. On top of her roles as speaker, author, and inspirer, Lana is a lifelong learner and educator dedicated to motivating people toward a healthier, happier life. Dr. Saal is currently the director of health promotion, wellness and fitness on the NASA occupational health team.

  • Lisa Simone Richards

    Publicist and Founder, Lisa Simone Richards Inc.

    Lisa Simone Richards is a publicist for health, fitness, and wellness entrepreneurs who want to get seen as experts and go from invisible to influencer. She shows clients how to build their brand, business, and influence. Lisa Simone helps businesses get free visibility using PR and build the credibility that motivates clients to take the next step with them. When she’s not shooting national TV segments or working with editors on magazine features, you can find her swinging a kettlebell, getting her zen on at hot yoga, or shopping at her local farmer’s market.

  • Liz Clark

    CEO, IHRSA

    Liz Clark is IHRSA's first female president and CEO in the association's 40-year history. She joined IHRSA at a critical time for the fitness industry and the association, and she's well-equipped to double down on advocacy and communication efforts. A self-described "Energizer Bunny" and well-regarded Beltway presence, Liz is focused on making IHRSA known in Washington, D.C.

    One of Liz's many career highlights was her role as executive director in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She served as representative for the world’s largest business federation, where she focused on trade at the state level and worked closely with former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Her focus was engaging and educating both lawmakers and the business community around trade and their role in public education.

    Liz is a lifelong athlete whose commitment to fitness included rowing crew as an undergraduate at the University of Dayton, where she graduated with a B.A. in communications. She received a Master of Arts in international commerce and policy from George Mason University. Liz lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and three children.

  • Mark Firehammer

    Mindbody Certified Consultant

    Fun for Mark is working with clients to create the data systems and processes that give them the power to become as profitable and self-sufficient as possible. As a Mindbody Certified Business Consultant, Mark helps clients consistently use KPIs to analyze their business and make data-driven decisions that move the needle on revenue, including pricing, retention, marketing, and sales. As the owner of Massachusetts-based digital marketing agency Attract More Clients, Mark brings to the table more than two decades of digital marketing experience. Mark’s current passion is helping businesses thrive in a post-COVID world through hybrid business models, involving live streaming and monetized on-demand replays. He’ is also the co-owner of The Stream Suite, which helps clients set up and market their own live streaming video production. When Mark isn’t helping clients grow their business, he enjoys Pilates, cooking, playing with his cats, and doing woodworking projects around the house.

  • Melissa Majors

    Founder

    What do inclusive leaders do? What specific actions do they take to demonstrate a commitment to inclusion? Inclusive leadership expert Melissa Majors is an innovator and optimizer of inclusion, leadership, and education strategies. In The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders, she reveals how great leaders enjoy superior team performance and drive much higher profitability by incorporating inclusive practices. Majors explains how our brains are to blame for why leaders unintentionally exclude others. Through storytelling, research, and personal experiences, she offers a commonsense yet compelling and actionable approach to inclusion, maintaining that people don’t need to feel guilty or defensive when having inclusion-related conversations. The brain is to blame—not people.

  • Michael Hughes

    Founder, GYMNAZO

    Michael knew from an early age that he had a calling to fix broken bodies and get people back to doing what they love. The son of an entrepreneur, he witnessed the need for grit, ambition, and vision when creating and sustaining a business. Michael is an innovator and a movement guru. Everything he has pursued through education and training has been to make his dream a reality, healing others by blending restorative techniques with fitness performance.

  • Mike Huck

    Founder and CEO, Studioease

    Mike has designed and developed software for over 25 years, building enterprise software for numerous fitness studios and clients including the US government many other growth-focused companies. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Cypress Community College in California, and is passionate about mentoring the students who will become our future technology entrepreneurs. Mike is the founder of Subsync, a substitution management solution that has since expanded to become Studioease, a full studio management software with multiple offerings to help make studio management easy.

  • Mitch McGinley

    Mindbody Certified Consultant & Licensed Business Broker

    Mitch is a Mindbody Certified Business Consultant and a California-licensed business broker, specializing in helping studio and gym owners sell their businesses. He found his joy after successfully selling his own studio and realizing how many other owners and consulting clients need help in this arena. After 20 years in hospitality, operations, finance, and commercial real estate, Mitch is thrilled to be helping entrepreneurs earn their biggest payday and a well-deserved break. Mitch has a master’s degree in business and is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams.

  • Nt Etuk

    Founder, Fitgrid

    Ntiedo Etuk, or Nt (pronounced EN-tee), is the founder and CEO of FitGrid, a communication and connectivity platform that helps studios and fitness communities increase and strengthen the connections between their members to better drive retention and sales. In 2018, Nt co-founded Boutique Fitness Solutions, a platform that educates, connects, and supports boutique fitness business owners to provide them with resources to grow strong, self-supporting businesses that serve the needs of their ever-evolving clients.

  • Roxy Borger

    Owner, Liberate Consulting

    Roxy works with yoga, fitness, and wellness businesses to help them become more profitable via one-on-one consulting, webinars, and teaching engagements through Liberate Your Biz Consulting. She’s worked with Mindbody and its customers since 2005, helping to create Mindbody University (MBU) and the Mindbody Certified Business Consultant Program, which has helped thousands of businesses thrive. Roxy is a teacher at heart and loves sharing her experience as a studio owner, long-time wellness business consultant, and former Mindbodyian. She holds a degree in mathematics and has a passion for metrics, spreadsheets, and helping studios focus on the most effective strategies.

  • Stephanie Breaux Bradley

    Mindbody Certified Consultant

    As a fitness studio advisor and Mindbody Certified Business Consultant, Stephanie Breaux Bradley partners with motivated wellness business owners to formulate a customized plan focused on process improvement, financial solutions, budgeting, training, and revenue growth. She has years of experience as a wealth management analyst (earning her CIMA from the Wharton School of Business) and a franchise barre studio owner. This uniquely positions Stephanie to create effective sales processes, assess value-based pricing based on KPIs, assist with organizational structure, and get to the root of the issues—all based on authentic, relatable, data-driven feedback. Stephanie is known for her Southern wit and straightforward approach when working with her clients to create win-win outcomes. She believes that a clear understanding of the numbers removes fear from the process and ensures more focused decision making.

  • Thomas Drew

    Co-founder, 1AND1

    Thomas Drew is an entrepreneur, public speaker, and co-founder of 1AND1, a mental health and wellness digital platform that empowers consumers to become the best versions of themselves through media/content, digital products, and services. 1AND1 is a product of Thomas's love for brand building and storytelling colliding with his passions for health, wellness, and self-improvement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing, and a master's degree in strategic communication with an emphasis in brand strategy. Prior to 1AND1, Thomas led successful marketing, social media, and brand strategy initiatives for companies like Samsung, Verizon, The U.S. Army, The St. James, and more. He is sought after for his brand and marketing strategy expertise as a consultant and motivational speaker.

  • Will Sebern

    Senior Director NA Sales, ClassPass

    Will Sebern is the senior director of North America sales for ClassPass. A mission-oriented leader, he joined ClassPass in 2018 after 13+ years driving social change and impact in the public and non-profit sectors. Will was originally drawn to ClassPass's "every life, fully lived" vision and continues to relish the opportunity to support our partners and our users in fulfilling this vision.

  • Alicia "ACE" Easter

    CEO & Founder, Ace Enterprises

    Alicia “ACE” Easter is a certified yoga, meditation, and master reiki practitioner. She is the host of the Joy for Life podcast and CEO & founder of ACE Enterprises LLC, a holistic wellness brand which includes I AM workshops + retreats, yoga, breathwork, meditation, intuitive eating, Joy for Life coaching, candles, and reiki as a way to help people feel and look their best. It's a journey that began when ACE discovered the emotionally healing powers of yoga while grieving the loss of her mother, who died of pancreatic cancer when she was 19. Her mission is to lead and inspire clients by intuitively guiding the transformation of their vulnerabilities into strengths.

  • Andrea Isabelle Lucas

    Founder, Barre & Soul

    Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the founder of Barre & Soul©, a collection of award-winning boutique barre and yoga studios. She is a student of Esther Fairfax, daughter of Lotte Berk. Her feminist writings have appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, xoJane, Entrepreneur, and more. She is the author of Own It All: How to Stop Waiting for Change and Start Creating It. Because Your Life Belongs to You.

  • Catherine Thorpe

    Founder, Full Out Barre

    Catherine started Full Out Barre (FOB) after her little barre class gained momentum at several local fitness clubs. Now brick and mortar, FOB is a fitness studio franchise housed by dance studios and is the first nationally accredited fitness brand from Arkansas. FOB provides a judgment-free workout community for all fitness levels, blending barre and high-intensity interval training to burn calories (550-800 per class!) with fun music and positive motivation.

  • Gideon Akande

    Founder, Get Fit with Giddy

    Gideon Akande is a fitness and wellness trainer and internet influencer. He’s been featured in magazines, on talk shows, and in other fitness publications—inspiring people around the globe with his story and amazing physique.

  • Jonathan Adams

    Founder, Sonic Yogi

    Jonathan Adams started his career as a professional musician recording classical guitar and has worked on albums for Pamplin, Intersound Records, and his own label. He later co-founded the classical fusion group Montana Skies and toured with the group nationally as a performing artist for over a decade. Jonathan’s original music has also been featured on PBS and NPR, and most recently in a score for a West Virgina Public Television documentary. He also conducted a TEDx Talk about music for mental health and how he used the power of music to cure his extreme anxiety.

  • Keisean Raines

    Creator, So Hum Wellness

    Keisean is “The Calm Coach,” a micro dosing meditation guide, and an LGBTQIA & BIPOC community activist who works collaboratively with creative freelancers, consultants, and “soulpreneurs” to develop habits and rituals that support sustained personal and professional fulfillment. She is the creator of So Hum Wellness, organizer of the Rooted Collective of Black Yoga Teachers, and a former tech-sales expert turned holistic lifestyle and business consultant/coach. Keisean is a skilled meditation guide, writer, author, and intuitive speaker. She hosts the “Working Title with Keisean Raines” podcast and authored “Because I Said So: Simple Ways to Rewrite Your Story.” Keisean is based in Long Beach and is a Nomadic coach who serves private clients, group classes, workshops and trainings in various locations throughout the country and virtually.

  • Kirsten Potenza

    Founder & CEO, POUND

    The original Fitness Rebel, Potenza founded POUND in 2010 at the age of 24, fulfilling a need for a workout that was fun AND that connected people through music—believing it was an escape to empower and motivate. Having built her brand on the foundation of inclusivity, human connection and alternative movement, POUND is now celebrated throughout the globe with a community of over 30k instructors. Potenza has appeared on Live with Kelly, The View, The Steve Harvey Show, Good Day LA, was part of Adidas’ Here to Create campaign and one of NIKE’s 2016 LA Influencers.

  • Melisa Valdez

    Co-Founder and Director of Talent, TRILLFIT

    Melisa Valdez is head instructor at TRILLFIT®, Boston's original hip hop workout party, where fitness is fun and inclusive for all. TRILLFIT® signature classes include Cardio Dance, Boxing, and Sculpt. TRILLFIT® is a winner of Improper Bostonian’s Best of Boston and has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Racked, Instyle, Good Morning America, and more. With a passion for dance and fitness, Melissa inspires and motivates others to become active and love the skin they’re in.  

  • Nikki Warren

    Co-founder, Kaia FIT

    Nikki Warren is the founder of Kaia FIT, a women-focused program with 55+ locations in 6 states. She’s coached gymnastics, fitness, running, triathlon training, and snowboarding for 20+ years. Nikki has more than 15 years of experience in public speaking on health, fitness, and nutrition; sits on the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative board; has been featured in various magazines; and has presented at TEDx, Vistage, and Women as Change Makers.

  • Rachel Vickhouse

    Co-founder, SWERK Dance Fitness

    Rachel is the co-founder of MVP Dance Fit, a studio she designed to be a fitness facility that doesn’t look like a gym. It features childcare, affordable pricing, wellness products that make sense (because people are still going to eat fried chicken and donuts), and the banging music and sweat from college club nights (without the 2:00 AM last call). She wants to give everyone who walks through the doors a chance to learn about wellness, cardio, toning, and themselves. She bleeds #LYBLYB (“Lift Your Booty, Love Your Body™”).

  • Sebastien Lagree

    CEO & Founder, Lagree Fitness

    As the inventor, founder, and CEO of Lagree Fitness, Sebastien Lagree continues to push the limits of the fitness industry. His ceaseless efforts to elevate the fitness world have resulted in 100 patents, and he’s the creator of a method once named the #1 workout on ClassPass. His brand is recognized worldwide, and it’s no secret that Sebastien Lagree is spearheading the industry’s evolution.

  • Shahil Patel

    Founder & CEO, Bollyx

    Shahil Patel is the Co-founder and CEO of BollyX. Most recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank (Season 10), Shahil is a leading expert in the art of integrating “Bollywood” and “Hollywood.”

  • Yvonne Schwartz

    Founder, Yoga+Beats

    Yvonne Schwartz is the owner of Yoga Off Broadway in Eagle, CO. She has been living and teaching yoga in the Vail Valley since 2007. With over 13 years of teaching experience, Yvonne enjoys working with students of all levels through a variety of yoga styles. A passionate musician with a degree in music therapy, she has combined her love for music with her love of yoga in her signature class Yoga+Beats with Kirby K. Her classes are straightforward and lighthearted, with a balance of “finding your edge” and “finding release.” Her yoga studies have included training with a variety of teachers, including Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, RR Shakti, Jim Keegan, and Bizzie Gold. A passionate community influencer, Yvonne is the coordinator of Yoga in the Park and former producer of Eagle YogaFest (Eagle's first yoga event). She is a member of the Small Business Advisory Committee in Eagle and involved in several community projects and events designed to inspire growth and vitality in her small town. Yvonne truly believes that yoga is for every body and her mission is to bring communities together through yoga.