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womens history month

Stories of Strength From Women-owned Businesses and the Powerful Females in Charge

By Bree Lewis

Take a moment and think about all the women who have and continue to inspire you every day. Mothers, sisters, friends, teachers, coaches, coworkers, and even yourself—when it comes to strong women we can look up to, they aren’t hard to find.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating the trailblazers, the do-ers, and the unstoppable. Let’s start by highlighting some of our favorite women-owned business warriors and their inspirational stories. Let’s meet them!

sw3at studio

1. How the Owner of SW3AT Balances Entrepreneurship and a Military Career 

Our first story on our list dives into the experiences of SW3AT owner and entrepreneur, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez, as she balances a career in the military while still running her Infared sauna business. 

Read the rest of Alyza's story

Kika Stretch studios

2. How Grit, Grassroots Marketing, and Empowering Others Made Kika Stretch Studios a Success 

This story highlights Kika Stretch Studios’ entrepreneur, founder, and CEO Kika Wise. With a background in professional dancing, she saw a unique opportunity to approach stretching and present it to the world in a new light. Over the span of ten years, Wise has turned her originally 100 square foot studio into a thriving 14-location franchise.

Read more about Kika's journey

physique57 studios

3. How Physique 57 Found a Way to Foster Growth During the Pandemic 

Our third story is shared by Physique 57 and the two women who built it. Jennifer Maanavi, a former Wall Street professional, and her business partner Tanya Becker took their boutique fitness from an art gallery building to international locations like Dubai and Asia.

Learn more about Jennifer's story


4. How Creativity Helped 202strong Create a Hybrid Business Model 

Next up is Maddie Watkin’s story. Beginning her career as a personal trainer, she noticed women who were feeling intimidated by barbells. That’s where she created 202strong. She aims to focus on making functional fitness accessible to everyone. 

Get to know more about Maddie's experience

posh22 salon and spa

5. Why Posh22 Came Back from Boulevard 

Our last story comes from Posh22 owner, Jessica Stamer. When she made the switch from Booker to Boulevard—what she thought was a better alternative turned out to negatively impact her bookings. This is how she rebuilt. 

Read more about Jessica's story

Luckily, the list of empowering women doesn’t stop here. There are so many other strong women who make up the Mindbody community and the neighboring communities around us. In honor of all that is Women’s History Month—we hope to show them as much love as possible. Are you a female entrepreneur in the wellness space? Get in touch with us by filling out this form—we’d love to hear from you. 

Want to read about some more inspirational women in the wellness space?

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About the author:


Bree Lewis

Marketing Content Associate


Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!


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