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What Wellness Means to Mindbody’s Women Collective

By Denise Prichard

August 10, 2023

Mindbody’s Women’s Collective Employee Resource Group (ERG) was founded in 2016 with the mission of attracting, advancing, and retaining women throughout our global organization. 

As we kick off Women’s History Month, our group’s goal is to bring awareness to female wellness pioneers, and to share our members’ experiences with using Mindbody products in their own wellness journeys.

Women’s Collective was originally founded during a period of high turnover for female employees at Mindbody, especially women in product, engineering, and other technical roles. Our founders noticed a need to bring these women together in a community, especially because often they were the only female members on their team. This group created a safe space to talk about career advancement, discuss how the gender gap is still prevalent today, and provide one another with resources to overcome these challenges. It has grown over the past 7 years to include people of all genders from all different departments across our organization, but the mission remains the same.

We asked our creative board members what brought them to Women’s Collective, and how they’re keeping up with their own wellness goals. Here’s what they had to say:

Katy Joy: Women’s Collective has been invaluable in giving me a sense of community and connecting me to inspiring women within our organization. I appreciate the resources we’re able to provide to our members, as well as how our group’s mission ties into our company’s broader mission of connecting the world to wellness.

I have a gym membership but was craving something more to shake up my daily routine. I recently reactivated my ClassPass account and have been loving barre classes! Barre is a muscle endurance workout that draws on elements from ballet, yoga, and Pilates. My favorite location is Studio Barre, down the street from me in Encinitas, CA. Founded by Shannon Higgins in 2012, it’s since grown to have 14 studio locations across 6 states in the US. I find it really inspiring going to a female-founded, female-instructed class! 

Alli Ackerman: I joined Women's Collective early on in my start at Mindbody because I wanted stay connected with my peers while working from home. Being on the creative board gives me a feeling of fulfillment because I love to bring people together through fun initiatives. I love our mission and value all the great people that are a part of this community!

I found Lagree Red through ClassPass and I take their classes 2-3 times a week. The women-ran studio that I attend is an incredible atmosphere of community, strength, and wellness. The draw to Lagree Red, aside from being an amazing workout, is their equal focus on recovery as well as fitness. The 40-minute classes are taught under infrared lights, and they offer time in their saunas post-workout as well!

Jen Bain: I recently joined the Mindbody Women’s Collective because I was really interested in building community while navigating a remote environment. I find it super rewarding to learn from others and be part of an organization that brings people together and encourages us to learn and grow together. I’m really excited about the amazing things we’ll accomplish this year and I’m grateful to be a part of it!

While I don’t live in Hoboken anymore, when I did, Jane DO was my one of my favorite studios to visit. It’s a women-owned business founded by two former Rockettes turned business partners and fitness instructors. They offer a wide variety of classes, from strength to trampoline, and empower their members to come in, take a class, and channel their strongest, most confident selves. Always upbeat, always motivating, and always a good workout—highly recommended to anyone who’s close to one of their New Jersey locations!

Kat Zyskowski: I joined the Women's Collective Slack channel during my first week at ClassPass and was excited to work for a company that devoted real bandwidth to DEIB causes. I became a co-lead for the Professional Development Committee under Women’s Collective’s previous organization and jumped at the opportunity to be the co-lead with Katy for the larger ERG! I love getting to not only contribute to a mission that I’m passionate about, but also getting to meet and work with more of my brilliant colleagues!

My favorite wellness spot (and where I use most of my ClassPass credits) is Skin Chic in downtown Missoula. They’re a women-owned medical spa founded here in Montana and everyone on their staff is so wonderful. The staff is so knowledgeable and caring, they give customized guidance based on your needs. I always know that regardless of who is doing the service, I am going to have a great experience. Their motto is “Empowering women. Transforming skin.”—and I can say from personal experience they do both!

If you’d like to learn more about our Mindbody Women’s Collective ERG and its efforts, and how diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging come to life at Mindbody, please visit the DEIB Resource Center.

Join our growing wellness community on Instagram.

About the author:

Denise Prichard

Manager, Marketing Content and Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200)


Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the fitness, wellness, and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, pedaling her heart out at a spin class, or hanging out with her rescue pups. She currently serves as the marketing content manager for Mindbody.


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