Health Club Management February 2019

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LIND S E Y R A IN WATE R FOUNDER: WOMEN IN FITNESS ASSOCIATION

A couple of years ago, I attended a women’s leadership summit at IHRSA. I really enjoyed being in a room with female business leaders and left inspired to do more of that kind of activity, but couldn’t find an outlet Australia, Singapore and What’s the Women in a few in the UK. We’re Fitness Association? also keen to expand It is a networking group our UK membership for women in the fitness and attract women industry. The aim is to connect from other countries. women globally, provide We’re relying on career resources, networking volunteers, our members opportunities, mentorship and our 15 sponsors to and discounts from our help spread the word, affiliate partners. as well as appointing Benefits include members volunteer ambassadors to having access to a monthly network and build up the webinar where we discuss membership base. and share insights on relevant topics, such as women in What are the leadership, group exercise, pay criteria for joining structure, starting their own the organisation? businesses and how to get You just need to be a motivated in the new year. woman working in the Members can also join our fi tness industry, so it doesn’t quarterly webinar, where matter if you teach one women business leaders talk yoga class a week or run about their careers and what 100 clubs. It costs $99 a it’s like to do their job. One year to join, and there are of my favourite aspects is discounts on this to make it our networking programme – relevant in other countries. where members are introduced to four other members a year Rainwater is on a mission to connect women in fitness What are your aims? and given some conversation globally, and grow the WIFA member base In 2019 one of our aims for prompts – as I’ve been WIFA will be to create alliances with to other women who had experienced frustrated in the past when I’ve joined more companies to give our members the issue of balancing working with networking groups but not met people. a range of discounts, for example on having children. It compounded my idea access to conferences. that a forum such as this was needed. Why did you launch WIFA? By the end of the year I would like to After running the idea by a couple of my A couple of years ago, I attended a have 1,000 members across the globe. associates, I launched WIFA as a nonwomen’s leadership summit at IHRSA. Ultimately, I want it to feel that it’s a profit organisation in June 2017. I really enjoyed being in a room with valuable organisation to be part of – for female business leaders and left inspired example, if one of our members sees How has it grown since then? to do more of that kind of activity, but another woman is a member that they We now have 350 members around couldn’t find an outlet. will feel comfortable approaching them as the world, with a good following This coincided with my first year of being a member of the same tribe. in America, Canada, New Zealand, being a mother and I really wanted to talk 16

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