BOSTON, MA — November 27, 2019 — On November 14th, women and men from across the globe came together for the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit hosted by Athletic Business in Orlando, Florida.

The event kicked off with a networking activity that set the tone for an afternoon of connection and sharing. During the interactive keynote presentation that followed, business coach, author, and speaker, Debbie Peterson, offered attendees tips to create clarity for their career and discover strategies for being more productive in ways that work with a demanding lifestyle.

A highlight of the day was the panel discussion “People, Perspective, & Purpose” moderated by Michele Melkerson-Granryd, IHRSA board member and general manager of Castle Hill Fitness 360 in Austin, TX, which attendees described as powerful, insightful, inspiring, and informative.

The three panelists, Lynne Brick, co-founder of Brick Bodies in Greater Baltimore and co-owner of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, Carol Nalevanko, president of DMB Sports Clubs in Arizona, and Greta Wagner, executive director/EVP at Chelsea Piers in Connecticut, shared the decisions and experiences that helped shape their career paths.

The afternoon included multiple opportunities for attendees to catch up with familiar faces and meet new colleagues, through a second networking activity facilitated by Peterson and a closing cocktail reception.

“The success of the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit is a testament to the community of women in the fitness industry who are committed to empowering each other.” said IHRSA COO Anita Horne Lawlor. “The energy, connections, and sharing of ideas is what we envisioned when we created the IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit over 12 years ago."

The 2019 IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit was sponsored by Club Automation and Myzone.

The next IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit will take place on March 18th during IHRSA 2020, IHRSA’s 39th Annual International Convention & Trade Show.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. IHRSA and the global health club industry will convene in San Diego, CA, from March 18-21, 2020, for IHRSA 2020, IHRSA's 39th Annual International Convention & Trade Show.