Founder and CEO, Thrive Global
President of Basketball Operations, Los Angeles Lakers
The Ron Cates Companies
Co-founder and Manager
Fitness Profit Systems
Motivational Speaker, Coach Mike Speaks
Owner, 1on1 Health Fitness
Yoga Shred and Ultimate Yoga App
Fly Girl Dance & Fitness
Co-founder, Salon Pro RX
Owner, Spoke & Weal
Director of Client Education
Senior Vice President of Sales
Vice President of Marketing
"I come to BOLD to inspire, and always leave inspired."
Founder and CEO
Be More Consulting, LLC
Bikram Yoga Chelmsford
The Hip Room Dance Studio
EarthFIT Training Systems
M.Ex.Sci, ASCA Level 3
Director, Infinity Health Club
President and CEO
Amy Mewborn International
Founder and Owner
Blake Shephard Wellness Management
Sterling Public Relations
Cardio Barre Santa Barbara
YogaBalance Yoga Studio
Founder, Prowess Marketing
Instructor & Owner, ENVY Moves Fitness
Horwood Marcus & Berk
Director of Training
Director of Trainer Development
Chief Curator and Lead Wellness Engineer
LiveNow Fitness, LLC
The Centre of Yoga and Creator of Zen Ki Yoga®
Jam Box Fitness Lounge
Creator and Owner
Dance House Fitness
Founder and Artistic Director
Red Clay Dance Company
Owner and Head Pilates Instructor
Body in Mind Pilates
ENVY Moves Fitness
Co-founder and Owner
Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books,
including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University
with an M.A. in economics. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read,
linked to and frequently-cited media brands.
In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the
mission of changing the way we work and live. She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the
Forbes Most Powerful Women list.
NBA legend, two-time Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker are just a few honors to describe Earvin
"Magic" Johnson. As the current President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, the business mogul has successfully parlayed his skills and
tenacity on the court into the business world.
Today he is Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides high quality products and services that focus primarily
on ethnically diverse and underserved urban communities through strategic alliances, investments, consulting and endorsements. His unprecedented Starbucks
partnership was the catalyst for redevelopment in urban communities and the blueprint for corporate America’s engagement and success with urban consumers.
Mr. Johnson also serves as Chairman and Founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, where his commitment to transforming urban
America continues through HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs, community empowerment centers and the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program.
President, The Ron Cates Companies
Internationally renowned for his marketing expertise (the press has dubbed him a "digital marketing icon"), Ron Cates has performed as a keynote
speaker at hundreds of high-profile conferences and events around the world, reaching over 200,000 small businesses and nonprofit organizations. His
engaging, entertaining and informative approach energizes events in a unique and unforgettable way.
Co-founder and Manager, Umbrella Salon
Umbrella Salon Co-founder Khiem Hoang has been featured in Salon Today and behindthechair.com. With over 15 years of experience in marketing, finance
and information systems, Khiem has a unique perspective on consumer demographics and integrated marketing. His creative side extends to photography,
website design and salon management consulting.
Owner, Fitness Profit Systems
Vito La Fata, former studio owner turned fitnesspreneur, is the 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 business online.
Motivational Speaker, Coach Mike Speaks and Owner, 1on1 Health Fitness
Michael Harris is a motivational speaker with Coach Mike Speaks and an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Special Forces. After completing his
service, he lost his grandmother to cancer, a life-changing experience that inspired him to serve people in wellness. He owns 1on1 Health and Fitness
in Chicago and has been a speaker with the Tony Robbins company. In 2015, he launched the Virtual Private Trainer app, which allows him to serve his
clients worldwide with a systematic approach.
Founder, Murad, LLC
Howard Murad, M.D., is recognized around the world as the founder of Murad, the world’s leading clinical skincare brand. Dr. Murad leads groundbreaking
research on the effects of cultural stress, is an active philanthropist and the author of eight best-selling books. Dr. Murad’s mission is to help people
unlock their potential to look younger, feel younger and live healthier, happier and more rewarding lives.
Founder, Yoga Shred and Ultimate Yoga App
Sadie Nardini is a longtime, world-traveling yoga teacher. She is the founder of the bestselling "21-Day Yoga Shred" on Daily Om, and the new "Sadie
Nardini’s Ultimate Yoga App". She is one of the most financially abundant mind/body practitioners online, with millions of viewers each week across her
social media and fast-growing business.
CEO, Fly Girl Dance & Fitness
Kymberlee Kaye Raya has an extensive background in marketing and offers over 20+ years of marketing and branding expertise. She is also
a 25+ year dance veteran and a sought-after choreographer with a specialty in hip hop.
Co-founder, Salon Pro RX and Owner, Spoke & Weal
Jon Reyman has pioneered change in the beauty industry for the past 20 years. He’s introduced the most comprehensive online technical library for
beauty professionals and salon owners in the world, and has launched salons in five cities. Jon’s work and salons have been featured in publications and
outlets such as Vogue, Modern Salon, Harper’s Bazaar, Salon Today, Allure, Refinery 29, E! and Access Hollywood.
Chief Product Officer, MINDBODY
Chet was one of a handful of MINDBODY employees handling tech support in 2002. His empathy from helping early clients informs his decisions to this day.
Chet’s breakthrough project allowed clients to sync online bookings with their installed desktop studio management software.
It was called the web scheduler, and its instant success led to an epiphany: Why not bring all MINDBODY software capabilities online? The idea worked, and Chet
has been at the helm of MINDBODY software’s evolution ever since.
Chief Executive Officer, MINDBODY
Rick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Political Science and Russian Language. He served for six years as a nuclear submarine
officer and contributed to a range of engineering projects, but knew he wouldn’t be truly happy until he started his own company.
Rick co-founded two businesses in 2001, one using his engineering experience and another called MINDBODY. The fact that
MINDBODY's clients were wellness professionals improving the lives of millions cinched it. Rick fell in love with his clients
and employees—his proudest accomplishment is creating a place and culture that enhances people's health and happiness while they reach
their highest potential through meaningful work.
Blake holds a degree in Theater, Film and Television from UCLA, and is a deeply passionate creative. In 1998, he started making client management
software for a single Pilates client, ultimately partnering with high school friend Rick Stollmeyer to create what is now MINDBODY. In 2003, after helping grow the company
to 600 clients, he departed in search of new adventures. Returning in 2013, Blake currently leads the creation of MINDBODY One, a soon-to-be worldwide community of wellness
business owners and staff.
Director of Client Education, MINDBODY
Roxanne Borger has helped thousands of wellness businesses in her work with MINDBODY since 2005, and is currently the Director of
Client Education. She is a business consultant, yoga instructor, spreadsheet lover and former studio owner.
Senior Vice President of Sales, MINDBODY
Prior to joining MINDBODY, Stephanie spent twelve years working in telecommunications, and eight of these in direct sales. She also
previously ran a salon and day spa in San Luis Obispo, where she gained experience in understanding the needs of business owners and of
the salon industry.
Stephanie's true passion, however, is fitness. She holds seven certifications in Group Fitness through AFFA and Les Mills.
She loves pushing people to achieve their goals and test their limits. She cherishes helping them feel good about what they
can accomplish and—more importantly—who they are.
Amanda graduated summa cum laude with an English degree from Vanguard University in Southern
California, and was hired by a local company to write website and collateral copy. She quickly discovered her passion for
harnessing the power of creativity and compelling communication to improve business performance.
Her 16 years of experience includes both B2B and consumer advertising agency work for a wide array of industries. She
oversees all MINDBODY marketing initiatives, including permission marketing, client communication, online search, tradeshow
marketing and public relations.
Jean-Luc is the founder of eight businesses, including a personal training business which he sold in 2016. He’s been
awarded the 40 Under 40 award as well as Entrepreneur of the Year and writes for Huffington Post in addition to his own daily blog.
Founder and CEO, The 12
As a mortgage broker turned health and fitness industry innovator, Josh Boyd has a reputation for being able to
"get real" and get results through his transformative approach. Guided by his "why" as an established "True North"
for his team and brand, his methodical application for assessing, monitoring and measuring people, processes and product empowers
leadership to embark on the road less traveled.
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 a B.S. and M.S. in
Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota.
Owner, Be More Consulting, LLC
Colene Elridge (Coach Colene) is a yogi and the owner of Be More Consulting. Focused on improving organizations and lives,
she believes the secret to success is courage. She’s a sought-after speaker and moderator at numerous events, conferences
and retreats throughout the country.
President, Bikram Yoga Chelmsford
Terri Fry of Fry Hot Yoga grew up in a family-owned retail business and spent more than 10 years working in corporate sales
and marketing. This combination of skills has enabled her to grow retail sales to become a significant part of the overall success
and profitability of her studio.
Owner, The Hip Room Dance Studio
Matthew Garfinkle’s passion is helping people. He has devised and implemented sales and marketing campaigns for internationally
recognized companies, with an extensive eight-year background selling such intangible items as dance and fitness packaging. He approaches
all aspects of business by placing them through a proven system.
Owner, EarthFIT Training Systems
Ian Hart is the creator of EarthFIT Training Systems and co-creator of Mybackpaincoach.com and BackpainRelief4Life.com.
EarthFIT has three locations and over 4.4 million dollars in sales with less than 6 employees. Ian has been featured as a fitness
expert in Men’s Health Magazine, SELF Magazine, FOX News, NY1 News and many other media and publications.
M.Ex.Sci, ASCA Level 3 and Director, Infinity Health Club
With 30 years in the Australian fitness industry, Russell has been in every role you can think of: instructor, trainer,
educator, now Health Club owner, employer and mentor of young trainers. He’s also worked in elite sports for 20 years, has travelled all over the world
with teams and presented internationally. His unique center, Infinity Health Club, is the culmination of his work and experiences.
Lifestyle Mentor, DaiManuel.com
Dai Manuel offers a unique perspective on business, having built an eight-figure fitness retail business while growing a global online
personal brand. In his 20+ year career he has been a published author, digital strategist, keynote speaker, lifestyle/performance coach
and award-winning blogger.
President and CEO, Amy Mewborn International
Amy Mewborn left a 15-year six-figure finance career to open her first fitness studio in 2010. Within seven months, she had
launched two studios and was already helping others do the same. She’s passionate about combining her finance and marketing
background to help studio owners be more profitable. She has been featured on Fox, Ivillage, Huffington Post, Business Insider,
Inspired Coach and is a best-selling author of The Great Escape.
Strategic Partnerships, Bench
Eli Mitchell has over three years of experience in working with small businesses who are struggling with their bookkeeping. He
started working with Bench, a provider of professional bookkeeping software, as a bookkeeping advisor and is now on the pursuit to find
partners for Bench who want to solve entrepreneurs' bookkeeping problems.
Owner, Infinity Yoga
Matt is an ivy league graduate and attorney from Atlanta, who left the law practice to head operations for Infinity Yoga and
team up with his wife, Becky. Growing from a single studio in 2014 to four locations in 2017, Infinity Yoga was the 2016 BOLD Conference
multi-location Business of the Year. In his "free" time, Matt provides legal work and consulting for fitness studios.
Founder and Owner, Blake Shephard Wellness Management
Originally from Long Island, New York, Kirkland ditched a law degree in order to launch a career in fitness and travel the world.
His work brought him to New York City where he and his business partner founded Blake Shephard Wellness Management, a high-end fitness
management, design and consulting firm.
Founder, Sterling Public Relations
Founding Sterling Public Relations as a publicity, branding and marketing hybrid, Paula’s innovative vision and strategic, no-nonsense
approach play a vital role in propelling each company represented to the forefront of their respective industries. With a passion for building
brand identities and her innate ability to connect, engage and drive brands to the next level, Paula has become a trusted authority among
entrepreneurs and executives.
General Manager, Wanderlust Hollywood
Paula Tett has over 20 years of experience working with internationally recognized lifestyle brands. As both an operator and consultant,
she has a first-hand understanding of the daily challenges owners face. Paula is known for her track record of generating substantial growth
through strategic initiatives and creating highly engaged employee cultures.
Owner, Cardio Barre Santa Barbara
Alison Trowbridge is the owner, operator and lead instructor at Cardio Barre Santa Barbara. She attended the University of Nevada, and
subsequently suffered through 12 years in an insurance career. Finding her calling as a fitness instructor motivated her to invest in a
Cardio Barre Franchise, and she opened her own studio in 2016.
CEO, YogaBalance Yoga Studio
Ron Weikers is the CEO of YogaBalance Yoga Studio and speaks around the country about yoga and fitness industry legal issues.
By day, Ron is an attorney for Software-Law.com. He has published several law books and numerous articles, and was an adjunct
law professor for 12 years.
Founder, Prowess Marketing and Instructor & Owner, ENVY Moves Fitness
Kristin brings 17 years of experience directing international marketing programs that create brand value, drive revenue growth and
propel companies in the fitness and consumer packaged goods world to the forefront of their industry. As founder of Prowess.Co, marketing muscle for fitness
companies, a certified group fitness instructor and owner of ENVY Moves Fitness, she has unique expertise and insight across digital, social and multiple
Partner, Horwood Marcus & Berk
Aaron Werner is a business attorney who represents both growing boutique and established national fitness companies. He is also the co-founder
and lead editor of fitandlegal.com, the only blog specifically devoted to addressing legal issues in the health and fitness industry.
Director of Training, The 12
Tricia has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor since 2002 and is a NASM, NSCA and AFAA certified instructor. Tricia is in charge of program development for all group classes at The 12, where she inspires and challenges her team of trainers to provide a next-level experience with every class and session.
Director of Trainer Development, The 12
Former Special Ops in the U.S. Army, Matt utilizes his leadership and first responder skills as Head of Trainer Development at all three Orange County, California, locations of The 12. Matt is also a Drill Sergeant at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.
Chief Curator and Lead Wellness Engineer, LiveNow Fitness, LLC
David Girton is the Founder and Lead Coach at LiveNow Fitness, LLC. A nationally televised fitness expert and coach to organizations such as the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Conference and recently a nominee for the 2015 Fitness Hero (Baltimore Sun), David is also the thought leader and creator of the successful Facebook group, WE Dig Green, a community of eat smart enthusiasts.
Owner, The Centre of Yoga and Creator of Zen Ki Yoga®
Janie is an experienced international yoga presenter and teacher trainer. A former celebrity trainer, she was Australian Yoga Journal’s springtime cover girl and has appeared in magazines and on television extensively. She has two online yoga schools and a yoga studio in Sydney, Australia.
Owner, Jam Box Fitness Lounge
As a certified Zumba®, Funk the Fit and Pound® instructor who has owned a marketing and event company for more than 16 years, Dominique combines her party-planning experience and love of workouts to host infectious dance parties and fitness conferences. She is the owner of Jam Box Fitness Lounge, a one-of-a-kind fitness studio featuring barre, Pound, dance, step and other group fitness formats choreographed to music. Dominique also serves as the dance fitness instructor for corporate headquarters such as Mary Kay and Fossil.
Founder, Yoga Shred and Ul
Sadie Nardini is a longtime, world-traveling yoga teacher. She is the founder of the bestselling "21-Day Yoga Shred" on Daily Om, and the new "Sadie Nardini’s Ultimate Yoga App". She is one of the most financially abundant mind/body practitioners online, with millions of viewers each week across her social media and fast-growing business.
Hope Pedraza is the owner of inBalance, a fitness and wellness studio in San Antonio, Texas, where she brings all her favorite functional mind-body movements into one space. Hope is a certified personal trainer through ACSM, a 500-hour certified Pilates instructor through BASI, creator of inBalance Barre® and a health and nutrition coach.
Creator and Owner, Dance House Fitness
Jenny is the creator and owner of Dance House Fitness from Houston, Texas. With years of dance and group fitness experience, she brings a whole new meaning to sweating. Her goal is to create an unforgettable workout, all while leaving you feeling stronger and sexier.
Founder and Artistic Director, Red Clay Dance Company
A native of Chicago, Vershawn Sanders-Ward is a movement artivist who holds a MFA in Dance from New York University and a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been presented at festivals in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Kalamazoo, Toronto, Toubab Dialaw, Senegal, Kampala, Uganda and The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard.
Owner, Korsi Yoga
Ahoo has studied and worked under Kripalu senior instructors and Shamans in meditation, mindfulness and energy work. She has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is currently obtaining her 1000-hour yoga certification through Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Owner and Head Pilates Instructor, Body in Mind Pilates
With nearly 20 years as a Pilates instructor, fitness competitor and nutrition trainer, Nina Waldman learned where most had to “work their booty off, I had to work mine on!” Bootylates is a result of Nina's hands-on work with clients from all over the world to develop a low-impact program for a full-body workout packed with results—all while focusing on building a firm and shapely booty.
Owner, ENVY Moves Fitness
Kristin Weitzel, owner of ENVY Moves Fitness, is also a POUND ICON Master Pro and the fearless leader of Prowess—a brand marketing company for fitness industry professionals. Her group fitness studio was voted “Best Workouts in New Hampshire" by the Hippo Press. Kristin is a certified yoga, mat Pilates, Zumba®, POUND, AFAA and Ace Group Fitness instructor.
Co-founder and Owner, ATT Evolution
Co-founder and Owner of ATT Evolution, a mixed martial arts and family fitness center in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the UFC Welterweight Champion of the World. He has acted in films such as Olympus Has Fallen, Agents of Shields, Straight Outta Compton and many more. He is also a sports analyst for Fox Sports, a husband and loving father of four children.
Owner, Studio Zahiya
Lisa Zahiya is an award-winning performer, dance instructor and speaker. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, she is the owner of Studio Zahiya (winner of "Best Place to Take a Dance Class" in Asheville). She is faculty at three local universities and serves as an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, Asheville.