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Accelerate Speaker Announcement

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We are thrilled to announce the 14 stellar women that will be gracing the stage March 17th for “Accelerate: Amplify Your Career.” A full day of career development open to men and women. Attendees will leave with an abundance of knowledge on topics such as: emotional intelligence, finding clarity in your brand, collaboration for success, pitch decks and VC funding, authenticity in the workplace, how to start a podcast, and much more. Get your ticket today!


Lindsey Rainwater is an experienced business advisor, executive coach and the founder of The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA). She is known for her work advising businesses on their internal processes and systems, her original published content, additionally supporting individuals in transformational change and leadership development. Lindsey is a widely published author, has been featured in many podcasts, books, facilitated keynote talks and workshops. In 2017, IHRSA recognized her as a “Rising Star”.  Her intention is to help individuals and organizations enjoy necessary change in order to succeed. She is a mama to two dynamic little boys and doggie. Lindsey and her husband live in the Colorado Rockies where you can find them enjoying the outdoors.





Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas is the EXPERT with a PROVEN SYSTEM to reprogram your brain and get you transformational results. She is the Founder and CEO of the THINK Yourself® ACADEMY, offering leading-edge courses, training and events. 

She combines over 10 years of experience in human resources, 25 years of experience in sales and over 30 years in the fitness industry. In 2007, she was “Fitness Instructor of the Year” for Canada. She is a dynamic, engaging professional speaker who gets you hooked with relatable stories and analogies.Along the past 30 years, she has inspired over 100,000 audience members and empowered thousands of clients internationally. She is a Master of neuroscience. She has helped thousands of people in Canada, Europe and the United States get rid of their negative self-talk with specific brain reprogramming processes. She is No.1 International Best-selling Author of eleven books on success, communication, wellness and empowerment.

”You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” Somehow, Nathalie can.




Amira Polack is the Founder and CEO of Struct Club, an LA-based fitness tech company with a mission to elevate music-inspired group fitness instructors. Polack has built a career in social impact and innovation, from global philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to tech and fitness. Polack has served as President and Chairwoman of the Foundation for Student Communication, CEO and co-founder of Ubomi Beads (South Africa), Social Enterprise Fellow at Hybrid Solar Solutions (Philippines), Head of the Global Youth Campaign for SAP, and Founding Director of Customer Success at Kespry, a drone startup in Silicon Valley. Ultimately, she became an indoor cycling instructor, certified by Schwinn’s Keli Roberts and Stages’ Javier Santin and Marina Mitchell.

Forbes Magazine has named Polack a “Self-Made Woman,” and her opinions have been featured in TIME, BusinessWire, and the World Economic Forum Agenda. Polack earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University and Master’s Degree from the Harvard Business School.


Erin Kelly is the Chief Strategy Officer for Brick Bodies, a chain of health club in the Baltimore area. In this multi-faceted role, Erin is responsible for club operations and strategies that enhance member experience and increase member engagement. Specifically, she is responsible for leading innovation in fitness programming, managing the club’s go-to-market strategy and design, and driving employee satisfaction and retention. Erin previously spent a dozen years with exercise programming leader Les Mills. She joined the firm first as a national distributor and ultimately held the title Executive Vice President for B2B National Key Account Management & Client Acquisition.

Erin has more than 30 total years in the fitness industry beginning with her early days as a trainer on the gym floor, to group exercise instructor at the front of the room, then general manager and ultimately the C-Suite where she is able to blend her sales acumen, entrepreneurial spirt and thirst for process improvement to drive top-line revenue and bottom-line growth.

In her free time Erin enjoys speaking at industry conferences, consulting with fitness startups, traveling to new places both near and far, and on occasion flexing her residential real estate license because, in her own words, she loves making deals.



Nathalie Lacombe is a mover, shaker, joie de vivre giver! Blending 25 years of international experience with degrees in psychology and exercise science, Nathalie passionately shares her inspirational insights as coach and speaker.  She is a Board Member of the Fitness industry Council of Canada and an Advisory Panel Member of canfitpro. She uses her uniquely vibrant leadership style to make profound and lasting change with her teams, clients, and audiences.





Dynasti Hunt is founder of the, a platform focused on developing and supporting women to break their imposter syndrome, in the fitness industry and beyond as well as a Lead Trainer and Instructor at Uforia Studios (Bay Area). As an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Indoor Cycling (Schwinn), she is committed to leading sweaty sessions across the Bay Area that incorporate heavy-hitting beats, exercises that push you past your limits and creating environments that push you to dig deeper and go harder. Dynasti’s fitness journey started off accidentally, as she began to seek out classes as a way to stop her own personal burn-out from long days of work. Once she began taking classes, she noticed that everyone who was leading classes had the same approach: same music, same style, and externally, looked the same, from age to body type to how they identified racially. Passionate about wanting to see the group fitness space move away from a homogenous approach, Dynasti became a Group Fitness Coach and is deeply committed to helping diverse instructors own their story and their space in the fitness community.

When she’s not pushing you beyond your limits as an aspiring instructor or client, Dynasti leads an active dual-career life as the Managing Director, Talent and Equity for a non-profit consulting firm with over 15 years of experience leading Human Resources teams and coaching CEOs, Leaders, and Executive Leadership Teams.  A proud Nashville native and equally proud Bay Area resident, Dynasti is a national Forbes Human Resources Council member and 2020 OnCon Icon recipient of the Top 100 Human Resources Professional Award.



For over 15 years, Michelle Blakely perfected game-changing solutions at her own personal training company, twice named the city’s best by the Chicago Reader. Now, she is on a mission to help fellow fit pros thrive by sharing hard-won lessons on the business side of our work. Her second company, See Jake and Jane Train, offers online courses and business coaching that increase revenue by 18-142% and hold an ROI of 35 days after completion. Michelle writes and presents for NSCA on the national level, PFP, WIFA, Club Industry, AFS, SCW, and is a go-to source for publications including Good Housekeeping, Prevention, and Michelle Blakely is an NSCA-CPT, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, Healthy Moms® Trainer, Total Control® Instructor, holds a BFA from the University of Illinois, C/U and is a proud single-mom to two amazing young girls.



Carmen Ohling is a holistic nutritionist, women’s empowerment coach and transformational speaker. Carmen has helped hundreds of individuals create sustainable health habits and complete mindset changes. Carmen’s coaching programs and in-person events allow people to discover, learn and grow, while making lasting life changes.  Carmen has a unique ability to connect with diverse audiences and inspire them to take action so they can live their best lives.

Carmen lives in the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband. She is a sought-after local nutritionist, a popular reoccurring guest on Fox News, a fitness model, an avid traveler and a lover of coffee, almond butter and an occasional spicy bloody mary.


Adala Bolto is an entrepreneur & industry visionary, behind the badass fitness concept: ZADI Training. With 15 years’ experience in the industry across many roles, she saw a gap in the market for a bespoke female specific fitness studio for extraordinary women! Adala has successfully Launched 2 studios in Sydney and in only 18 months, ZADI has received undoubted reviews, press attention and a strong reputation for a unique member experience and a strong ethos to ‘Get Sh*t Done’. ZADI franchising has kicked off in Australia 2020 and set for rapid growth. 



Christine Conti, AKA Wonder Woman, is an international fitness presenter and educator, as well as the CEO of Conti Fitness & Wellness, LLC. With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, Christine creates and implements functional fitness programs for all ages and abilities. She is the creator of Let’s FACE It Together ™, a facial fitness and rehabilitation program with a certification that is sweeping the nation. Christine also serves as the area fitness director for various Orangetheory Fitness studios in New Jersey while still finding time to be with her husband, Michael, and her two young children, Lauren and Alexander. Christine is the owner and co-host of the world-renowned podcast, Two Fit Crazies & A Microphone, where you will hear inspiring interviews from the best in fitness, nutrition, endurance racing, and more. Christine’s mission in life is to inspire you with her “YES YOU CAN” attitude, and after undergoing 2 rounds of chemotherapy for her advanced autoimmune diagnosis 8 years ago, Christine has completed over 30 marathons, 2 triathlons, and most recently, she is a 2x IRONMAN. She is an educator for the MedFIT Network and is greatly involved with the Women In Fitness Association (WIFA). Christine acts as a mentor for the STRUCT Scholar program and enjoys giving back to her community through organizing and hosting health and wellness events! Yes! You! Can! 



JoAnna Masloski considers herself lucky to have combined her passion with her profession early in her career. JoAnna got her start in the industry as an evening fitness coach while she worked at Campbell Mithun marketing agency in her “real” job. When a position in regional marketing and events in a local club chain, owned by Wellbridge at the time, became available combined both positions into what would turn into a career. Through various promotions, JoAnna became Wellbridge’s Vice President of Marketing, heading up the opening of new locations, implementing new sales and training processes and designing strategies for member engagement and retention. JoAnna has a passion for working with sales teammates, inspiring unique programming experiences and celebrating big results. Since 2015, JoAnna has served as the Chief Operating Officer, focusing her time inspiring teammates to Believe in Better through core principles of culture, community and results.



Emma Barry is a global fitness authority who consults to the fastest-growing segments in fitness: boutique studios, budget clubs, digital workouts and fit-tech startups. A founding member of Les Mills International and former Director of Programming for Equinox, Emma is fluent in what happens next in fitness. She is a sought-after speaker for events around the world, serves on a number of boards and advisories and delights in lighting fires under people and projects.



Michelle Eisenhart has over 20 years experience in marketing, but started her career with a B.S.B.A degree from The University of Tulsa, majoring in Finance . Her start in finance and sales shaped her marketing career, driving a passion to show that marketing can and should realize a return on investment. Michelle helps companies create sales and marketing programs that will drive sales and differentiate them in the market place.  Within the past 10 years, the growth of digital marketing as a critical component of the total marketing strategy has nicely aligned with Michelle’s passion. Michelle wears many capes around here. We like to call her Wonder Woman, Super Mom and Master Multi-tasker, but if she could have a real superpower she would secretly love to channel the mind control powers of X-Men’s Gene and The Professor.





Hannah Steal von Holstein is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Discover Strength. Hannah’s work has contributed to landing Discover Strength on the list of the Top 50 Fastest growing companies in MN in 2018 and 2019. As a thought leader in sales, marketing, and leadership, she has shared her philosophy and tactics as a speaker at IHRSA, Club Industry, The Rock Climbing Association, and has been featured on multiple industry podcasts. Hannah graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Kinesiology.