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Why Attend?

Increase your productivity, become a more effective leader, and connect with a strong community of health and fitness industry experts. This half-day event includes a keynote presentation, industry panel, and networking activities all designed to help you make better business decisions, develop your team, and reach your full potential.

What's Included?

Your registration includes access to all IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit educational sessions, networking activities, and program materials. It also gives you access to the Athletic Business Expo, Welcome Reception, early-morning workout, and keynote presentation.

"The IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit was a wonderful opportunity to network and learn from the industry's top female leaders. The intimate setting and format created a nice backdrop for the sharing of ideas and leadership growth. I came away with some great takeaways and new friends!"

— Melissa Hall, General Manager, Merritt Clubs



Keynote speaker Debbie Peterson begins the Summit with Mindset Strategies for Career Growth. Afterward, a panel of business leaders will discuss how they have navigated their careers and offer advice for succeeding in the health and fitness industry. Peterson will return to lead a fun activity designed to expand your network and help you create your career bucket list. The event concludes with a cocktail reception where you can put your networking skills to use. With your attendance, earn continuing education credits and units to keep your certifications current!



Learn from and connect with a diverse network of industry professionals who will offer guidance and insight as you progress in your career. The interactive format encourages participants to share their experiences throughout this half-day event. You’ll have the opportunity to continue to build these relationships and foster new ones at the AB Show Welcome Reception at B.B. King’s Blues Club on Thursday night.



The IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit will take place at the Orange County Convention Center — just 20 minutes away from the Orlando International Airport. Athletic Business has secured reduced rates for IHRSA attendees at participating hotels. Rooms at the group rate are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Business Keynote Speaker, Career Mindset Strategist, Author

Mindset Strategies for Career Growth

Create clarity for your career with business coach and author Debbie Peterson. Discover four strategies to produce better business decisions, improve your focus, accelerate results, and be more productive in a way that works with your demanding lifestyle. Learn how to build a strong community to achieve your goals, and provide opportunity for others. No matter where you are in your career, you’ll leave with the tips, tools, and techniques to get maximum results every day.

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