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Continuing education credits and units are being offered to all IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit attendees. Information on how to apply for credits will be shared with attendees after the event. 
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) - 4.0 
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) - 0.4
  • National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) - 2.0
  • National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) - 0.4



7:00 a.m. | Registration Opens


12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Visit the AB Show Expo

With over 160,000 square feet of athletic and fitness solutions and more than 250 exhibiting companies, you're bound to find the products and services you need to effectively manage and equip your programs and facilities.


2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Welcome from IHRSA and Sponsors


2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Networking Activity


2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Keynote Session

Mindset Strategies for Career Growth

Debbie Peterson, Business Coach, Author & Speaker, President of Getting to Clarity

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.


3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Q&A with Debbie Peterson


3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Break


4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

People, Perspective, & Purpose

Moderated by Michele Melkerson-Granryd, General Manager, Castle Hill Fitness 360
Greta Wagner, Executive Vice President & Executive Director, Chelsea Piers
Lynne Brick, BSN, MA, President & Co-owner, Planet Fitness Growth Partners, LLC, Founder & Co-owner, Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc. 
Carol Nalevanko, President, DMB Sports Clubs, LP

Surrounding yourself with successful individuals can often help you build your own successful career. In this session, you'll hear from three female leaders in the fitness industry who will share their journeys to success. Learn how they made meaningful connections with those around them, hear the advice and lessons that helped shape their perspective, and uncover the path to find your own career purpose.


5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Activity

Your Career Bucket List

Facilitated by Debbie Peterson

Success doesn't happen in a vacuum. The people you surround yourself with are critically important to your growth, but what if the one person who can help you launch your career to the next level isn't someone you know?

Through a series of exercises, you'll meet others and expand your network of colleagues, mentors, and sponsors in a way that is easy, effortless, and fun!


6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

“It was my first time attending an IHRSA Women's Leadership event, and I will absolutely come again and bring members of our team!"

— Paula Neubert, Greenwood Athletic Club
Greenwood Village, CO

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