Keynote speakers

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil

We're thrilled to welcome actress, performer, and award-winning activist Jameela Jamil to BOLD.

Keynote Presentation:
A moderated Q&A with Jameela Jamil
Wednesday, Sept 1 | 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

You won't want to miss this keynote with Amy Poehler, one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought-after talents.

Keynote Presentation:
A moderated Q&A with Amy Poehler
Thursday, Sept 2 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Josh McCarter
Josh McCarter

CEO
Mindbody

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Sunil Rajasekar
Sunil Rajasekar

President/CTO
Mindbody

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Rick Stollmeyer
Rick Stollmeyer

Co-founder and Executive Chairman
Mindbody

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Regina Wallace-Jones
Regina Wallace-Jones

SVP Insight & Innovation
Mindbody

Breakout session speakers

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Alexis Ufland
Alexis Ufland

Founder
Lexi Design

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Amanda Young
Amanda Young

Founder
Face the Change

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Amy Carter
Amy Carter

CEO
Empowering You Consulting

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Andrea Lucas
Andrea Lucas

Founder
Barre & Soul

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Anna Renderer-La Fata
Anna Renderer-La Fata

Host
POPSUGAR Fitness

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April Iannazzone
April Iannazzone

CEO
Growth & Profitability Agency

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Billy Polson
Billy Polson

Founder
DIAKADI

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Carisa Findley
Carisa Findley

Vice President of Learning and Development
TITLE Boxing

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Connie Holen
Connie Holen

Owner
Pixality Design, Mindbody  Certified Consultant

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Cory Sterling
Cory Sterling

Owner
Conscious Counsel

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Cosmo Wollan
Cosmo Wollan

Founder
Synergy Cubed

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Ed Buckley
Ed Buckley

CEO
Peerfit

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Emma Masters
Emma Masters

Fitness Experience Consultant

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Greg Walls
Greg Walls

Owner
Performance Experience

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Harry Wood
Harry Wood

Author & Founder
Six Figure Hairdresser

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Heather White
Heather White

CEO
TRILLFIT

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Ian Danielson
Ian Danielson

Owner
SolSeed Retreats

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Jaimi Jansen
Jaimi Jansen

Founder
Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab

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Jen Hamilton
Jen Hamilton

Founder
Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

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Josh Leve
Josh Leve

Founder & CEO
Association of Fitness Studios

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Josh York
Josh York

CEO
GYMGUYZ

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KK Hart Bailey
KK Hart Bailey

Founder
Hart Marketing Inc.

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Kyle Riley
Kyle Riley

Fitness Experience Consultant

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Lisa Simone Richards
Lisa Simone Richards

Publicist and Founder
Lisa Simone Richards Inc.

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Lisa Starr
Lisa Starr

Principal
Wynne Business Consulting & Education

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Luke Carlson
Luke Carlson

CEO
Discover Strength

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Mark Firehammer
Mark Firehammer

Mindbody Certified Consultant

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Mitch McGinley
Mitch McGinley

Mindbody Certified Consultant

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Nina Israel
Nina Israel

Financial Planner
Taryn Financial, Mindbody Certified Consultant

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Nikki Warren
NT Etuk

Founder
FitGrid

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Philesia Morris-Manuel
Philesia Morris-Manuel

Founder
Romance and Dance

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Richard Toutounji
Richard Toutounji

Founder
COM Marketing

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Steve Grant
Steve Grant

Director
GYM HUB

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Shannon Simmons
Shannon Simmons

President
NetBooks Accounting

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Thomas Drew
Thomas Drew

Co-founder
1AND1 Life

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Vito LaFata
Vito LaFata

Owner
Fitness Profit Systems

Instructors

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Ashley Trower
Ashley Trower

Owner
Full Out Barre

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Alex Cole
Alex Cole

Founder
YoYoYogi

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Angela Patterson
Angela Patterson

Head of Franchise Support and Development
Kaia FIT

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Chelsea Mozel
Chelsea Mozel

Co-founder
MVP Dance Fit

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Eliza Tollet
Eliza Tollet

Founder & Owner
The Ballet Spot

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Erika Gray
Erika Gray

Creator & Founder
BARRE + bay wreath

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Gabrielle Woodson
Gabrielle Woodson

Founder
Gabrielle Woodson

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Heather Hartel
Heather Hartel

Co-founder
Power Move Yoga

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Jimmy Crowell
Jimmy Crowell

Dance Instructor
305 Fitness

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Lindsay DeAguila
Lindsay DeAguila

Founder
Empower Hour

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Marco Trafecante-Lamboy
Marco Trafecante-Lamboy

Founder
Dance Fitness Collaboration

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Melisa Valdez
Melisa Valdez

Head Instructor
TRILLFIT

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Nikki Warren
Nikki Warren

Founder and CEO
Kaia FIT

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Rachel Vickhouse
Rachel Vickhouse

Co-founder
MVP Dance Fit

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Scott Cvetkovski
Scott Cvetkovski

Founder and Reiki Master
One Heart Way

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Yvonne Schwartz
Yvonne Schwartz

Owner
Yoga Off Broadway

Speaker Bios

 
  • Jameela Jamil

    Jameela Jamil

    Actress, Performer, and Activist

    We're thrilled to welcome actress, performer, and award-winning activist Jameela Jamil to BOLD. Jameela's women's empowerment movement and social media platform @i_weigh focuses on practicing gratitude, self-respect, and self-pride, attracting 1.3 million followers worldwide. Her work with Instagram has resulted in the company's policy to not promote toxic diet products to minors.

    In 2009, while working as an English teacher, Jameela was handpicked to host the British breakfast TV show Freshly Squeezed, becoming a household name in the UK. Fast forward seven years later, and she was cast to portray Tahani in the critically acclaimed US TV show The Good Place, which wrapped its 4th and final season in 2020.

  • Amy Poehler

    Amy Poehler

    Actress, Writer, Director, Producer, and Bestselling Author

    You won't want to miss this keynote with Amy Poehler, one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought-after talents. Outside of film and television, Amy produces the award-winning online website Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, which showcases real girls who are changing the world by being themselves.

    She currently serves as co-creator, executive producer, and the lead voice of FOX's animated series Duncanville; appears as co-host (alongside Nick Offerman) and executive producer of the hit crafting competition series Making It; and continues to serve as executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Russian Doll.

    Amy has a number of additional projects in development as part of her successful production company Paper Kite Productions, including her newest feature film called Moxie (which she also directs).

  • Josh McCarter

    CEO | Mindbody

    Josh joined Mindbody in 2018 as chief strategy officer following the company's acquisition of Booker, where he had served as CEO and co-founder. Prior to taking over as CEO at Mindbody, Josh served as the company's president. Josh graduated cum laude with a BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received his MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC (and yes, he recognizes the conflict of interest!). He has held board positions with Booker, SpaFinder, several Autobytel subsidiaries, Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). As a result of his youngest daughter's diagnosis with type 1 diabetes in 2009, his family has been dedicated to finding a cure by supporting a variety of type 1 causes, most recently Beyond Type 1. When not working, Josh is an avid adventurer, having traveled to more than 50 countries and traversed the U.S. on his Harley-Davidson.

  • Sunil Rajasekar

    Sunil Rajasekar

    President & CTO | Mindbody

    Sunil has served as Mindbody's chief technology officer since November 2018 and as its president since August 2020. With more than 20 years of consumer and enterprise experience, his work is focused on the company's product and technology strategy, consumer marketplace expansion, and platform development.

    Previously, Sunil served as vice president and general manager at e-commerce giant eBay, leading engineering and product management for the seller experience. He has also served as chief technology officer for Lithium Technologies and as vice president of engineering, product management, and operations at Intuit. He holds an MBA from the University of Toledo.

  • Rick Stollmeyer

    Rick Stollmeyer

    Co-founder and Executive Chairman | Mindbody

    Rick co-founded Mindbody in his garage in 2001. He serves as the company's executive chairman and principal visionary, ensuring that everything Mindbody undertakes—from product line to business development to team member enrichment—serves the company's purpose to help people lead healthier, happier lives by connecting the world to wellness.

    In 2005, Rick transformed the industry when he migrated the company's business management software to the cloud. Today, Mindbody remains the leading software-as-a-service platform for the wellness services industry, streamlining business management for wellness practitioners and making it easier for them to do what they love—improve the lives of their customers. Mindbody now powers fitness, wellness, and beauty businesses worldwide. Rick lives with his wife Jill near the company headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California.

  • Regina Wallace-Jones

    Regina Wallace-Jones

    SVP Insight & Innovation | Mindbody

    Regina joined Mindbody in 2019 after successful stops at Yahoo, Facebook, and eBay. She has nearly 25 years of business leadership experience in multinational environments, having lived in Asia and held executive responsibilities in roles that span four continents. In her current role, Regina is accountable for revenue, profit, and customer satisfaction for global platform products and supporting product services across the US, APAC, EMEA, and Latin America. Regina leads with the highest level of integrity, energy, creativity, and engagement. She's an inspirational leader, supportive listener, and capable advisor. Regina holds an electrical engineering degree from Stanford University and a postgraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She resides in East Palo Alto, California, where she was recently elected mayor.

  • Alison Hadden

    Alison Hadden

    Podcast Host

    Alison Hadden is a lifelong athlete, adventurer, and former marketing executive who was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer at 38. Motivated to help people live with more intention and meaning, Alison now delivers unforgettable keynotes and interviews dynamic guests on her No Time to Waste podcast, including Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, Lance Armstrong, Nora McInerny, Andy Puddicombe, Julie Foudy, Jay Shetty, and more. Follow her at notimetowasteproject.com or @notimetowasteproject.

  • Logan Aldridge

    Logan Aldridge

    Co-founder | Adaptive Training Academy

    Logan is a CrossFit competitor, coach, and co-founder of the Adaptive Training Academy where he serves as the director of training. Logan has competed at the US Paralympic Track & Field National Championship in the 100m, 200m, and long jump events, and took first place at the US Paralympic Nordic Skiing Nationals. He has broken two Guinness World Records, and was crowned "Fittest One-Armed Man on Earth" after winning the Men's Upper Division of the WheelWOD Games in 2019. Logan is now the co-owner of WheelWOD, helping the adaptive fitness platform provide workout programming and competition tools for all adaptive athlete categories. He is a leading advocate for the growth and inclusion of adaptive training, working to make fitness training accessible and inclusive for everyone—regardless of skills, abilities, or fitness level.

  • Tyra Hawthorne

    Tyra Hawthorne

    Founder and President | Heartbeat Music and Performing Arts Academy

    As a former member of the Grambling State University marching band, Tyra has been exposed to many experiences that many people can only dream of. She believes that if she can offer that kind of experience for just one child, she is blessed. The students of HBMPAA have been featured in nationally televised parades, television commercials, and network shows. HBMPAA dancers have been afforded the opportunity to train and dance with the great Debbie Allen in her annual holiday live show, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.

  • Butterscotch

    Butterscotch

    Musician and Beatbox Champion

    Butterscotch, the vocal percussionist virtuosa, uses her powerful voice to defy gender and music social constructs. She began her career in the underground male-dominated beatbox battle scene, where she was crowned the world's first female beatbox champion. Blending hip-hop, jazz, soul, and reggae, with a voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday and rap verses comparable to Lauryn Hill, Butterscotch courageously sings about her love life, depression, and daily struggles of being a biracial queer woman of color. Her philanthropic mission is to empower and elevate people through music and compassion. Butterscotch has opened for Erykah Badu, Earth, Wind & Fire, Thievery Corporation, Sergio Mendes, Wyclef Jean, and other musical legends.

  • Chieh Huang

    Chieh Huang

    CEO and Co-founder | Boxed

    Chieh is the CEO and co-founder of Boxed, a warehouse club delivery service launched in 2013 that today sees revenue in the hundreds of millions. He is an innovator, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Boxed has also taken a stand against the "pink tax" by refusing to charge extra for products specifically marketed to women. Chieh has been named to Bloomberg Businessweek's "50 People to Watch" list, the National Retail Federation's list of "People Shaping Retail's Future," Crain's "40 Under 40" list, Goldman Sachs' list of "100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs," and Entrepreneur Magazine's list of "The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs."

  • Alexis Ufland

    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.

  • Amanda Young

    Amanda Young

    Founder | Face the Change

    Amanda is driven to inspire others to live life wholeheartedly. As a licensed social worker, fitness professional, educator, and motivator, she has spent the last two decades helping others achieve personal goals and overcome physical, mental, and emotional challenges. As a social worker in both community organizations and schools, Amanda counsels adults with mental illness as well as children and families suffering from trauma and disabilities. Amanda is also one of NYC's elite fitness instructors. She was featured in Time Magazine as a HIIT expert, has received several awards and recognitions, and currently stars in AcaciaTV's digital streaming fitness videos. With a desire to give back to her community, she currently leads a nine-month fitness instructor training program through Shape Up NYC, offering both educational and practical skills to over 200 aspiring group fitness instructors. Her passion for mentorship caught the attention of Lululemon Athletica, who named Amanda as one of their Ambassadors and has partnered with her to build a program supporting health and wellness in New York City.

    In 2008, Amanda was officially diagnosed with an extremely rare disease called Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). While battling this extremely debilitating disease, Amanda founded Face the Change, a campaign to increase TN awareness in hopes of finding a cure. Her personal story of facing physical, emotional, and mental challenges, and her message of harnessing the power of vulnerability in living an authentic and productive life, have been featured in the Daily News, Family Circle, and MSNBC.

    Amanda hopes to bring her message to a wider audience and to inspire those facing life challenges to take a holistic approach to wellness as they travel on their individual paths to authenticity.

  • Amy Carter

    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 Lucas

    Andrea 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.

  • Anna Renderer-La Fata

    Anna Renderer-La Fata

    Host | POPSUGAR Fitness

    Anna is an entrepreneur, high performance coach, mom, and wife, but is most widely recognized as the host of POPSUGAR Fitness. Anna started in the fitness industry working as a sports performance specialist for mentor Todd Durkin. Her desire to scale her expertise online led her to growing a 2.5 million YouTube following on POPSUGAR Fitness and building a women's lifestyle brand called The Sexy Confident Life. Anna has built a 6-figure online brand with her weekly podcast, monthly magazine, online courses, membership programs, and retreats. With husband Vito La Fata, she now mentors fitness coaches on how to build their expertise online, offering business coaching and online brand building courses.

  • April Iannazzone

    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.

  • Billy Polson

    Billy Polson

    Founder | DIAKADI

    Billy Polson, BS, CSCS, is a nationally recognized performance coach, fitness entrepreneur, and motivational speaker, and is the founder/co-owner of DIAKADI. As a fitness performance coach, he was named by Men's Journal Magazine as one of the Top 100 Trainers in America, as well as one of the Top 10 Trainers in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle and Haute Magazine. Peers and other fitness professionals look to Billy as a fitness advisor and business coach for good reason: He devotes his own life and energy to helping others learn how to live the strong, healthy, successful, and happy life they were meant to live.

  • Carisa Findley

    Carisa Findley

    Vice President of Learning and Development | TITLE Boxing

    Carisa began her career in franchising with Curves International®, one of the largest fitness franchises in the world. She spent her time in franchise operations and training, hosting trainings in several countries. She also helped grow Xtend Barre®, a boutique fitness franchise with locations in five countries. After relocating to Colorado, she began working as a senior business coach for Elements Massage® franchise owners. Most recently, she has transitioned into a learning and development role for TITLE Boxing. Carisa has also taught mindfulness practices and group exercise classes for years and loves blending her background in business development with fitness, meditation, mindfulness, and adult learning.

  • Connie Holen

    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.

  • Cory Sterling

    Cory Sterling

    Owner | Conscious Counsel

    Cory Sterling has been a lawyer since 2015. In 2016 he started his own law firm, Conscious Counsel, which specializes in offering legal services to health and wellness professionals and business owners. He is the proud author of The Yoga Law Book: Legal Tips for Yoga Professionals.

  • Cosmo Wollan

    Cosmo Wollan

    Founder | Synergy Cubed

    Cosmo is the senior executive at Synergy Cubed, a premiere consulting company to the health and fitness, parks and recreation, medical fitness, and corporate wellness industries. He is a recognized SME in profit center development, revenue stream optimization, medical fitness integration, retention strategies, sales training, customer engagement, and health club management. His company has developed several unique approaches to longstanding industry challenges, including personal training operations with innovative, more fiscally reliable business models; a unique approach to corporate memberships that offers actual, tangible, fiscal value to the participating companies; a truly customer-centric, goals-not-price, "non-sales" approach to membership and fitness service sales; and a multi-generational, multi-faceted approach to fitness, wellness, programming, retention, and profitability that serves youth, young adults, adults, and seniors. For the past 25 years, his expertise, training, and guidance have helped clients design new profit centers, improve productivity, increase sales, onboard new hires, motivate employees, retain customers, and positively impact the bottom line by driving customer engagement.

  • Ed Buckley

    Ed Buckley

    CEO | Peerfit

    Edward J. Buckley, III, PhD, is the CEO of Peerfit, the market leader in connecting employers and carriers with innovative fitness experiences. Ed leads Peerfit's expansion strategy by driving national partnerships, business development, and fundraising efforts. With nearly 10 years in the fitness industry, and a background in digital health behavior research, Ed continues to push the envelope on innovation in the fitness technology space. He's passionate about designing new ways to drive engagement and deliver flexibility and personalization to the health and wellness marketplace. Ed holds a PhD in digital health behavior and a master's degree in public health from the University of Florida. He is also the co-founder and vice-president of the Board of Governors for Balance180, a non-profit that encourages children with disabilities to be physically active.

  • Emma Masters

    Emma Masters

    Fitness Experience Consultant

    Emma is an international presenter and educator with 11 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She has worked as a group exercise manager for Virgin Active (Australia and UK), and as an industry consultant driving innovation in global boutique fitness products and programs. As speaker, Emma is passionate about raising industry awareness on the topics of epigenetics and personalized health. She understands the fundamental importance of human connection and communication in every facet of life—how it shapes who we are and navigates us to success. In understanding ourselves we learn how to create stronger relationships with others. Emma's mission is to facilitate this awareness so that every human has the tools to achieve their highest potential in business and in life.

  • Greg Walls

    Greg Walls

    Owner | Performance Experience

    Greg—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.

  • Harry Wood

    Harry Wood

    Author & Founder | Six Figure Hairdresser

    After a successful 20+ year styling career and several leadership roles at the Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, Georgia, Harry D. Wood felt that developing an educational program that helped stylists excel at their careers and enhance their income was his next entrepreneurial progression. His Six Figure Stylist program and its resulting app is his love letter to the industry, but Wood is finding that it's opening even more doors.

  • Heather White

    Heather White

    CEO | TRILLFIT

    Heather C. White is an award-winning entrepreneur and lifestyle marketing strategist based in Boston. As CEO of TRILLFIT®, a boutique fitness studio and lifestyle brand, she works to brings diversity and inclusion to the wellness industry at large. She also serves as a Healthy Community Ambassador appointed by Mayor Walsh, bringing wellness programs to underserved neighborhoods.

  • Ian Danielson

    Ian Danielson

    Owner | SolSeed Retreats

    Ian co-founded SolSeed Retreats, which curates unique travel experiences for enterprising and inspiring businesses looking to grow their communities through group travel programs. He works with clients to create a program that rewards top talent in their business, strengthens the bonds both within their local community and between the community and their brand, and drives increased revenue through an untapped channel.

  • Jaimi Jansen

    Jaimi Jansen

    Founder | Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab

    Jaimi Jansen is the founder and CEO of Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab. As a result of a bike accident 10 years ago, she started as an early adopter of the integrative wellness model. She now runs three locations that have evolved into a medical company and practice management company. She provides business consulting, management education, marketing solutions, leadership skills, practitioner education, and workplace wellness services. As a wellness advocate, Jaimi has been recognized nationally as Entrepreneur of the Year (2013 USASBE) and has started consulting, bringing her talents to the wellness industry and beyond. She is currently working with physicians, as well as other medical and business professionals, to improve their marketing, business development, and organizational skills. Jaimi helps fellow visionaries leverage their time and talent to achieve their goals, and she finds that the greatest healing has come when individuals reach their highest potential. Jaimi holds a BS in biochemistry and BA in community studies as well as certificates in nutrition, corrective exercise, and manual therapy modalities.

  • Jen Hamilton

    Jen Hamilton

    Founder | Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

    Jen has been a dynamic and compelling leader in the fitness industry for over 18 years. Having also founded Cardio-Core Bootcamp, Oxygen is not her first franchise. When the opportunity to help build the bootcamp program at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness was presented to her, she saw the benefits of fusing yoga and fitness with FAR infrared heat. Jen's vibrant personality continues to be the driving force behind the brand's culture, strength, and continued growth. Her innovative style helped her create the yoga fusion model that has set Oxygen Yoga & Fitness apart as the industry leader it is today. The first franchise location of Oxygen Yoga & Fitness opened in March of 2012. Since then, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness has been steadily expanding, with over 80 locations across Canada. Jen's passion is helping her members achieve overall balance and a healthier lifestyle.

  • Josh Leve

    Josh Leve

    Founder & CEO | Association of Fitness Studios

    Josh Leve is responsible for the strategic development and growth of the Association of Fitness Studios, bringing with him more than 14 years of sales, consulting, advertising, marketing, operations, and retail experience. He has spent more than a decade in the fitness industry, most recently managing large scale health clubs and successfully turning around the financial performance of three different facilities, while also providing consultative services for the boutique studio market. With 13,000 members and 60 industry partnerships, AFS and Josh's success with it have led to features in all major fitness publications, the Wall Street Journal, and US News. He is also a featured speaker for events such as Club Industry, NSCA, EMPOWER!, and more.

  • Josh York

    Josh York

    CEO | GYMGUYZ

    Josh York is an American entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of GYMGUYZ, a fast-growing fitness franchise. GYMGUYZ is #1 in home personal training, providing convenient, customized, and creative workouts in a setting that works best for each client. Headquartered in Plainview, New York, GYMGUYZ operates over 250 franchised locations in 30 states and 3 countries. Josh is also the author of the bestselling book, Fuel: What It Takes to Survive as an Entrepreneur.

  • KK Hart Bailey

    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."

  • Kyle Riley

    Kyle Riley

    Fitness Experience Consultant

    Kyle is an international speaker and educator in the fields of personalized health and epigenetics. Starting out with a degree in exercise science, Kyle has since travelled the world speaking, educating, and implementing personalized and holistic health principles with a passion to change the paradigm of health on the planet. Kyle now operates his own international educational company, teaching health professionals around the world the importance of a personalized approach to health.

  • Lisa Simone Richards

    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.

  • Lisa Starr

    Lisa Starr

    Principal | Wynne Business Consulting & Education

    Lisa is the principal of Wynne Business Consulting & Education, which specializes in spa, wellness, and salon businesses. She has over 35 years of experience in the beauty and wellness industry, the last 18 of which she has spent as a consultant and educator helping wellness businesses optimize their operations while providing exceptional experiences for their guests. Starr is the task force chair for the Global Wellness Institute's Consulting Initiative, a contributing editor at Dayspa Magazine, a regular contributor to global trade publications, and a highly rated speaker at industry conferences. She also offers live spa management courses both online and around the globe.

  • Luke Carlson

    Luke Carlson

    CEO | Discover Strength

    Luke Carlson is the founder and CEO of Discover Strength, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Luke speaks around the world on the fundamentals of building successful businesses. Luke is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and has bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.

  • Mark Firehammer

    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.

  • Mitch McGinley

    Mitch McGinley

    Mindbody Certified Consultant

    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.

  • Nina Israel

    Nina Israel

    Financial Planner | Taryn Financial, Mindbody Certified  Consultant

    Nina Israel is a Mindbody Certified Business Consultant fueled by a passion for fitness, a love of numbers, and a desire to help those around her succeed. With over 25 years in business and a degree in finance and accounting, Nina's strength throughout her career has been empowering fitness and wellness business owners to better manage their cash flow, improve efficiency, grow sales, and reduce costs. Her work with high-end country clubs sparked her dedication to excellent customer service. By fusing these experiences, Nina has helped numerous companies increase their profitability through the development and implementation of sound operating practices.

  • Nikki Warren

    NT Etuk

    Founder | Fitgrid

    Ntiedo Etuk, or more often referred to as 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. 

    His most recent collaboration—Boutique Fitness Solutions (BFS)—is a platform that aims to educate, connect, and support boutique fitness business owners so they receive the resources needed to grow strong, healthy, self-supporting businesses that serve the needs of their evolving fitness clients.  Nt is the co-founder of this project that started in 2018. 

  • Philesia Morris-Manuel

    Philesia Morris-Manuel

    Founder | Romance and Dance

    Philesia is the owner of Romance and Dance Pole Aerobics. Since starting out in her garage 13 years ago, she has taken pole dancing to the next level, and now owns 3 studios serving over 2,500 women. Philesia is living proof that dreams really do come true!

  • Richard Toutounji

    Richard Toutounji

    Founder | COM Marketing

    Richard Toutounji has over 15 years of experience as a market leader online. He developed Australia's first and largest online video directory in one of the most saturated industries. Through his established, innovative marketing methods, he has created online TV shows, become a best-selling author, and been a contestant on the Amazing Race Australia (known with his wife as "the married entrepreneurs"). He has also been featured in mainstream media, including Sydney Morning Herald, Telegraph Mirror, A Current Affair, and Channel 10 News.

  • Steve Grant

    Steve Grant

    Director | GYM HUB

    Steve created GYM HUB in 2015 to provide education and business mentoring to the fitness industry. He works with prominent brands like Virgin Active, F45, Flow Athletic, and Vision Personal Training to share insights into building high-performance teams and creating a winning culture. He cuts through the typical personal development and business coaching BS and offers new techniques to increase revenue without adding members. Steve's systems and unique recruitment and staff development techniques show gym owners how to get their lives back, adding back no less than 10 hours of free time every week to spend on the people and passions they care about most. He is constantly learning and traveling the world, studying the best fitness businesses and enjoying memorable holidays with his family. He keeps fit cycling, surfing, and lifting weights.

  • Shannon Simmons

    Shannon Simmons

    President | NetBooks Accounting

    Shannon Simmons created the Keep More Money Blueprint based on her work guiding fitness businesses to increased profitability and increased owner's pay using the Profit First methodology. Shannon is a successful entrepreneur that transitioned from the job world to owning NetBooks Accounting Services for over 10 years. She is now building an online business specializing in creating more wealth for health and wellness professionals so they can create a lifestyle and leave a legacy that impacts the world.

  • Thomas Drew

    Thomas Drew

    Co-founder | 1AND1 Life

    Thomas co-founded 1AND1 Life back in 2017, while completing his graduate studies at Columbia University in New York City. In May of 2018, he stepped down from his position at a New York City marketing agency, where he led a division that drove results for brands like Samsung and Verizon, as well as for the U.S. Army, to focus on 1AND1 Life full time. It was at this time that 1AND1 Life sought to positively disrupt the wellness space. Their vision has evolved into something that they truly feel will bring value, through great content, community building, and product curation.

  • Vito LaFata

    Vito LaFata

    Owner | Fitness Profit Systems

    Vito La Fata, former studio owner turned fitnesspreneur, is a co-creator of the Visionary Planner and creator of The Fitnesspreneur's Life. Vito specializes in teaching the fitness industry a more effective and lucrative way to intelligently grow their businesses online.

  • Ashley Trower

    Ashley Trower

    Owner | Full Out Barre

    While motherhood was the most incredibly rich, challenging, messy, beautiful, life-changing, and fulfilling job Ashley had ever had, Mama needed an outlet. She found that in group exercise classes. Ashley created Full Out Barre because it makes her stronger and healthier, but she keeps coming back for the community. Standing alongside other strong people, cheering each other on to keep going and get in just one more burpee fills her up in ways she wasn't expecting. Ashley is wife to Michael and mom to three precious children.

  • Alex Cole

    Alex Cole

    Founder | YoYoYogi

    Alex and his wife Terri co-founded the acclaimed YoYoYogi 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Training Program. They believe that through this powerful practice, you can discover the depth of your being, explore the richness of your soul, and develop the tools necessary to bring your unique voice to a world that is hungry for leaders in every walk of life. Yoga has been an integral part of Alex's journey, individually and in 34+ years of marriage. Yoga is not only a guiding force in Alex and Terri's lives—it's their calling. The 200-hour RYT Training Program provides them with the opportunity to teach at an intimate level the concepts, philosophies, and principles that they believe will enable a person to lead an extraordinary life.

  • Angela Patterson

    Angela Patterson

    Head of Franchise Support and Development | Kaia FIT

    Angela Patterson became a certified personal trainer in 2011. After working as both a trainer and group fitness instructor, she discovered Kaia FIT and never looked back. She started her Kaia career as head coach and manager of the first two locations, Kaia FIT Carson and Kaia FIT Minden. After a required move with her husband to Boulder, Colorado, she opened Kaia FIT Boulder. With a focus on education and spreading the Kaia word, Angela decided to sell her location and join the Kaia corporate team full-time. She is the head of franchise support and head yoga-Pilates programmer, assists with education for Kaia's coaches and owners, and continues to explore her passions of sharing the gift of Kaia with friends and family all around her.

  • Chelsea Mozel

    Chelsea Mozel

    Co-founder | MVP Dance Fit

    Chelsea is the co-founder and director of operations for MVP Dance Fit. She is also a certified athletic trainer with a background in sports nutrition and exercise/injuries. She loves hard workouts, pizza, and shaking it in SWERK, MVP's signature class. She loves helping students achieve their goals with MVP's motto always at heart: Lift Your Booty, Love Your Body ™

  • Eliza Tollet

    Eliza Tollet

    Founder & Owner | The Ballet Spot

    Eliza is a professional ballet dancer and teacher and the founder and owner of The Ballet Spot. Her method was developed through years of ballet training, performing, teaching, and cross training. Eliza's vision is to make the fitness of a ballet dancer attainable for everyone through her approachable, accessible, and FUN classes, and to employ professional dancers who (especially right now) really need the work!

  • Erika Gray

    Erika Gray

    Creator & Founder | BARRE + bay wreath

    Erika created the BARRE + bay wreath technique after a lifetime of balancing dance training and injuries. In fall of 2017, Erika opened her doors to share her technique, emphasizing a truly balanced and intense workout that promises to protect one's body and create confidence. The BARRE + bay wreath technique focuses on true form and understanding, pushing clients to their personal best. Erika is a true believer in finding "YOUR" life-long workout and always searching for new and exciting ways to challenge one's technique. Erika's practice stems from her passion to uplift and build women's bodies and confidence, with the support of amazing instructors. After years of being torn down by others like so many of us have been, Erika has vowed to dedicate her business to strengthening every person that walks through our doors {mind + body + spirit}.

  • Gabrielle Woodson

    Gabrielle Woodson

    Founder | Gabrielle Woodson

    Gabrielle is an international wellness practitioner. Born in Europe and raised in the United States, Gabrielle specializes in the restorative and healing power of sound frequency and vibration. She leads deeply restorative sound bath experiences in Los Angeles and around the world. Her sound baths have been described as "other worldly" and "mind blowing." In addition to leading sound baths, Gabrielle works 1-on-1 with clients to activate their inner healer, helping them feel empowered to free themselves from thoughts and fears that no longer serve them. Together, she co-creates meaningful transformations in her client's lives.

  • Heather Hartel

    Heather Hartel

    Co-founder | Power Move Yoga

    Heather Hartel is a 250-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) based out of New York City. In the spring of 2020, Heather co-founded Power Move Yoga, and has since grown from a yoga instructor to small business owner. She completed her Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga in Washington, D.C. and moved to NYC shortly after, where she continued teaching various formats. She is trained in power yoga and did an additional training in yoga sculpt. Heather flows with the intentions of strength, empowerment, santosha (contentment), and finding joy. As a teacher, she aims to help students of all levels deepen their practices, feel empowered, and develop consistent gratitude practices.

  • Jimmy Crowell

    Jimmy Crowell

    Dance Instructor | 305 Fitness

    Jimmy is an actor, choreographer, and dancer. A Texas transplant, he moved to New York to attend The NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, where he received his degree in television and film. He has been signed to Clear Talent Group and served as ensemble/co-choreographer of "The Bridge" (directed and choreographed by Natalia Roberts) and other forms/adaptations of theatre and film around the city. He is currently a choreographer and dance instructor for 305 Fitness and TMPL Gym. When you're in Jimmy's dance class, you're family. Jimmy's down-to-earth, grounded presence puts you at ease. His love for dance shines through in his class, and you'll leave feeling happy and carefree.

  • Lindsay DeAguila

    Lindsay DeAguila

    Founder | Empower Hour

    With 29 years of experience as a martial artist and gymnast, Lindsay is certified both as a black belt in Hapkido and a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in Ashtanga Vinyasa. Among other certifications and trained disciplines, her workouts prioritize building stamina, improving coordination, and deepening flexibility to boost your mind-body connection. Every one of her classes ties into her overarching goal of helping students build physical and mental resilience. Lindsay encourages you to play with the redirection of your energy to provoke massive change.

  • Marco Trafecante-Lamboy

    Marco Trafecante-Lamboy

    Founder | Dance Fitness Collaboration

    Marco is an entrepreneur, photographer, and designer with a passion for nutrition and holistic living. He fell in love with Zumba® Fitness because it encourages freedom of expression, self-acceptance, community, and a sense of positivity. Marco believes that DFC is a place where people can come to receive support and guidance for every aspect of their lives—from physical to nutritional and spiritual—to achieve balanced wellbeing.

  • Melissa Valdez

    Melissa Valdez

    Head Instructor | 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, Melisa inspires and motivates others to become active and love the skin they're in.

  • Nikki Warren

    Nikki Warren

    Founder and CEO | Kaia FIT

    Nikki Warren is the founder of Kaia FIT, a women-focused program with 55+ locations in 6 states. She has 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

    Rachel Vickhouse

    Co-founder | MVP Dance Fit

    Rachel is the co-founder of MVP Dance Fit, a studio she designed to be a fitness facility that didn't look like a gym: with 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 ™).

  • Scott Cvetkovski

    Scott Cvetkovski

    Founder and Reiki Master | One Heart Way

    Scott Cvetkovski is the Founder of One Heart Way, 501 (c) (3) non-profit that uses Complementary and Alternative Medicine to assist areas in the community that need more than traditional medicine.

    Scott has been trained by world-renowned William Rand and is a Usui Holy Fire III Reiki Master, Online Holy Fire III Reiki Master and Teacher, and Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai Reiki Master. Scott is a Professional Member of the International Center for Reiki Training and teaches all the classes for One Heart Way.

    Reiki is universal life force energy that promotes stress relief, anxiety release, and mind, body, and spirit healing. Reiki is a high frequency, intelligent energy that knows exactly what you need in the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your life. By restoring the balance and harmony between these facets of your life and their physical manifestations, Reiki facilitates bodily healing.

  • Yvonne Schwartz

    Yvonne Schwartz

    Owner | Yoga Off Broadway

    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 influencer of community, 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.