Five Struct Scholars Announced for 2020Mar 17, 2021
Los Angeles, California – Struct Club and the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) have partnered to invest in and accelerate the careers of diverse, emerging women in the fitness industry through a new professional development program called Struct Scholars. Following an extensive application and interview process, five (5) inaugural scholars have been selected for 2020 that both organizations believe represent the next generation of inclusive fitness leadership.
Celeste is a Physical Therapy Technician originally from O’ahu Hawaii, currently residing in Denver, Colorado. She is a Balance Yoga and Barre instructor with a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Regis University.
Jasmin is an international student from Switzerland currently attending Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin. She is an ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor and ACE Sports nutrition specialist. Jasmin is a passionate advocate for holistic living and teaches Yoga and Bootcamp.
Leneé has been twice nominated as “Best Barre Instructor” in Best Self Atlanta Magazine and served as a Featured Contributor/Writer for Best Kept Self Magazine. In addition to Barre, Braxton’s fitness expertise includes Polestar, Peak Pilates, Mat Pilates, Spin, and Yoga. She obtained her B.A. in Dance, M.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Psychology, and is simultaneously pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Laura is a CrossFit coach from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, pursuing a Fitness and Wellness Specialist Degree from Madison Area Technical College. She is expected to graduate in May 2020 with a Fitness and Recreation Management Degree and is currently the Recreation Program Specialist for the City of Sun Prairie.
Samantha is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania, expected to graduate in 2020, where she teaches at Pottruck Gym as a spin instructor. Samantha has completed four half marathons to date and was an avid high school athlete, running cross country and rowing crew.
“What does the future of fitness look like? At Struct Club, this is a question we’re called upon to answer every day,” said Struct Club CEO and Founder, Amira Polack. “When I talk to Celeste, Jasmin, Leneé, Laura, and Samantha, the answer is obvious: they are the future. Together with WIFA, we’re rallying our fellow industry leaders to equip these women with the tools and relationships to succeed.”
The scholars have won sponsorship to a year of WIFA Membership and a year of Struct Club Membership, as well as extensive one-on-one mentorship over the course of three months with select luminaries and executives across both organizations’ networks, in addition to Struct Club and WIFA Founders & CEO’s Polack and Lindsey Rainwater personally:
Dynasti Hunt (@dynastihunt) Founder of the Equity Fitness Collaborative, Managing Director of Talent and Equity at Third Sector, 2020 Forbes Human Resources Council Member, AFAA Certified Member and Guest Author, HIIT instructor at Uforia Studios
Maureen “Mo” Hagan (@mo_hagan), CEO at Canadian Fitness Professionals
Michelle Blakely (@seejandjtrain), Founder and Owner of See Jake and Jane Train
Shay Kostabi (@shaykostabi), Founder of The Local Skill and Co-Host at Fitness Career Mastery
Ninette Wasseff (@ninette1029), Founder of Chrome Cycle Studio
“To all Struct Scholar applicants past and present: keep applying, keep raising your hand, and keep speaking up about what we can do to move the needle for your career,” said Polack. “It will take all of us working together to build a future for fitness that welcomes and serves all.”
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The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) is a global non-profit organization that exists to support women of all ages and races to succeed both professionally and personally within the fitness industry. WIFA membership includes quarterly virtual meetings, live gatherings, mentorship pairing, networking capabilities, speaking and presenting opportunities, and blog contributions.The vision of WIFA is that every woman professionally representing the fitness industry can find her place and rise to her fullest potential! Our aim is to see more women in the boardroom, championing each other to achieve, sharing success through collaboration.