A podcast devoted to supporting the who, what and how of your career trajectory.
Hosted by Lindsey Rainwater, Founder & CEO of WIFA and Morgan Hills- Adetoye, Director of Marketing and Operations at WIFA.
More about WIFA:
We are the women of the fitness industry. This is a place that was created to champion one another and make our dreams come true. Together we accelerate our careers in ways we could never accomplish alone.
We believe in collaboration; when we help each other, we all succeed. We are working together to see women change the face of fitness, and to share a diverse and inclusive future of our industry.
WIFA Waves Episode 21: Jennifer Halsall
On this episode Lindsey and Morgan interview Jennifer Halsall. Jennifer is a C’Merican (you read that right- a North American hybrid) who, after living ten years in the Netherlands is officially Dutch. She is the Chief Operating Officer for WIFA (the Women in Fitness Association) by day and is a Europe Active Board member for many of the hours in between. Twentyish years ago, she started her career as one of the (then) few female Personal Trainers and was able to turn her passion into a career by leading 2 of the Canadian market’s largest PT Departments: Bally Total Fitness and GoodLife Fitness before convincing René Moos to make his best hiring decision ever in 2011. Since then, Jennifer led the Product Team at HealthCity and Basic-Fit before starting the Member Retention department. After 10 years, it was time for change and Jennifer is proud to have joined WIFA’s leadership team. In her spare time, (what’s that?) she passionately contributes to the growth of our sector. She is a co-creator of the WIFA L.E.A.D. Program (Leadership through Elevation Awareness and Discovery) program, a CEN workgroup member for our branch’s Health and Safety Standard. She derives her energy by fulfilling her purpose: Connecting us with our strength and magic so that there’s no such thing as impossible!
Lindsey and Morgan are excited to introduce Jennifer to the WIFA community as our COO. Jennifer shares how knowing her worth combined with bold self-promotion has propelled her career, and how working for WIFA is the culmination of her journey (so far). She also shares what she is looking forward to in her new role. Take a listen to the full episode to hear this and more!
WIFA Waves Episode 20: Alechia Reese
On this episode Lindsey and Morgan interview, Alechia Reese. Alechia is equal parts warm tea and Hennessy. Strategist, Author & Founder, she’s the principal for 360 Gateway Brands and RGLP Group, LLC, and the co-founder of Tru3 Yoga Agency. Through transformative remote learning and development programs, she helps executives and professionals get “unstuck” through massive, but strategic action building authentic growth-focused connections leveraging the power of relationships and personal value. As a strategist, Alechia specializes in the creation of comprehensive go-to-market launch strategies, and creative reputation management plans for new and emerging products, services, events, and campaigns. And as the co-founder of Tru3 Yoga Agency, she provides a proven blueprint for wellness professionals to transform their brands into profitable businesses.
The author of the award-winning book, Eating Elephants and The Relationship Game, Alechia is the recipient of the Woman of Power award presented by Bank of America and NABA NYC. She transformed her life from domestic violence victim to thriver building multiple lucrative brands. She’s worked with and spoken for a myriad of organizations from the entertainment stage to the corporate boardroom including UPS, Verizon, Bank of America, Vogue Italia, Essence, Buzzfeed, and more
Lindsey and Morgan learn about Alechia's extensive career as well as her and Dr. Sanaa's new venture Tru3 Yoga Agency. Alechia shares some highlights from the January WIFA Member Meeting on how to source from your own skills and create products and solutions. She also shares some gems from her upcoming WIFA Retreat presentation. Tax benefits, KPI creation, and target market activities, are just a couple things you will be learning from her. Make sure to listen to this episode to get a taste of what you will be hearing by registering for the WIFA Retreat.
Get in touch with Alechia:
Social handles: @alechiareese
WIFA Waves Episode 19: Danielle Stead Blanton
On this episode Lindsey and Morgan interview, WIFA Board Member, Danielle Stead Blanton. Danielle is an attorney and business coach, working with fitness business owners to provide the tools, resources and support to create and grow operationally efficient, legally sound and financially thriving businesses. Using her experience as a studio owner and investor, and her perspective as an instructor herself, Danielle advises, assists and coaches fit pros of every size across multiple continents and countless countries.
Lindsey and Morgan learn about Danielles past career as an attorney and how she's now living her purpose assisting fitness professionals in their journey. Danielle shared many tips on how to manage your money, protect yourself as a fitness professional legally, and where to start. This and many more takeaways were shared make sure to listen to the full episode to hear more!
Get in touch with Danielle:
Social handles: IG @Danielle.Stead
WIFA Waves Episode 18: Ariel Belgrave
On this episode Lindsey and Morgan interview, WIFA Board Member, Ariel Belgrave Harris. Ariel is a leading voice in women's health. As a certified health coach, fitness trainer, and the CEO of Gym Hooky, her mission is to help busy women hit their body goals. Through her signature approach, The L.E.A.N. Method, she's helped thousands of women adopt simple and sustainable healthy habits that suit their unique body, lifestyle, and goals.
Ariel is also a sponsored athlete for Under Armour's women brand, a corporate fitness partner, a lead fitness trainer for Tone It Up, and a Board member for the Women in Fitness Association.
Her commitment to women's wellness has earned her opportunities to work with Fortune 100 companies, influence the health programs of top colleges, and receive recognition from major outlets such as Women's Health, Shape, Elle, Refinery 29, PopSugar, and Huffington Post.
Lindsey and Morgan had so much fun speaking with Ariel and learning about her childhood as well as her early career at Jp Morgan. Ariel has some incredible stories about crushing class ceilings at JP Morgan, Dev Color, and Facebook. We learned how she turned her side hustle, Gymhooky, into what is now a leading digital fitness platform for women all over the world. With over 100 thousand followers on Instagram and partnership with companies such as Tone It Up and Women's Health. Ariel shares how you can get your brand out there and create partnerships of your own. Trust us you are going to want to have your notepad ready for all the gems Ariel drops in this episode. Take a listen!
Get in touch with Ariel:
Social handles: @gymhooky (IG)
WIFA Waves Episode 17: Akaylah Jaeke
On this episode Lindsey and Morgan interview, Akaylah Jaeke. Akaylah is a wife and a mother of two little girls, living just outside of Madison, WI on a small farm. She is a faculty member at Madison College, ACE Subject Matter Expert, and College and University Ambassador for the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA). With more than a decade of experience in the fitness, recreation, and wellness industries, Akaylah is passionate about educating future leaders and maximizing the student college experience.
Lindsey and Morgan discuss some of Akaylah's career highlights and her love for education. Akaylah shares about the many options in higher education for future fitness professionals. As well as some of the opportunities that are available to enter the industry, that students may not be aware of. Listen to the whole episode for this and so much more!
Get in touch with Akaylah:
Social handles: @akaylahjaeke @madisoncollegefitrec LinkedIn: Akaylah Jaeke
WIFA Waves Episode 16: Suaad Ghadban
On this episode Lindsey and Morgan interview, Suaad Ghadban. Suaad is a leading fitness and health expert and creator of Hot Booty Ballet, Montreal’s hottest workout! Her 20 years of teaching and training experience include dance, gymnastics, circus, as well as a World Dance and Sports Aerobic Championship. Suaad launched the Hot Booty Ballet virtual studio in 2018 to ensure instructors and studios had continual access to fresh movement and training ideas. The HBB virtual studio houses the community of fabulous fitness pros who can deliver the program in person, outdoors thanks to Ballet By The Water and virtually all over the world! As a motivator and a role model, Suaad’s passionate personality and unique energetic style of teaching allows her to connect easily with people, bringing out the best in every individual and helping them go beyond their personal goals and expectations.
Lindsey and Morgan discuss living through COVID-19 and the virtual studios that have come to life since. HBB has been virtual from the very beginning and is becoming even more popular through the pandemic. Suaad shares more about her incredible story as a muslim woman and all that she has accomplished. Take a listen to hear more!
*please excuse the short technical glitch at the beginning of the episode.
Get in touch with Suaad:
Social handles: @hbbworkout @suaadfitness