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Entries in Julie Main Woman Leadership Scholarship (14)

Wednesday
Oct182017

5 Woman Leaders Share Advice for Overcoming Challenges in the Fitness Industry 

Ellen Latham accepting the Woman Leader Award at IHRSA 2017

Each year, IHRSA recognizes an outstanding fitness industry professional with the Woman Leader Award—an honor that includes a scholarship to attend IHRSA’s Annual International Convention & Trade Show

The award is presented in honor of Julie Main, a woman whose tenacious work ethic and unbreakable spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her. As such, Woman Leader Award recipients are chosen because they exemplify Julie's qualities of leadership and drive.

With the deadline for the 2018 Woman Leader Award fast approaching (applications are due November 10), we asked five past winners what piece of advice they would share with aspiring woman leaders who will encounter challenges in their careers. Here’s what they said.

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Thursday
Dec012016

Why Mentors Were ‘Critical’ to Mo Hagan’s Success at GoodLife Fitness

Maureen “Mo” Hagan, IHRSA’s 2016 Woman Leader of the Year, spoke to Club Business International about spending 32 years striving to provide a GoodLife for all of the citizens of Canada.

CBI: An obvious place to start: At IHRSA 2016 in Orlando, you were presented with the Julie Main Woman Leader of the Year Award. What does that mean to you?

Maureen “Mo” Hagan: It means, among other things, that I have an obligation to provide, to the best of my ability, what Julie Main offered—inspiration, leadership, personal commitment, and support for others. To pay it forward, I’ve created “The Role MO-del Influencer” award and scholarship, which will be presented to a deserving GoodLife associate. The recipient will attend IHRSA 2017 in Los Angeles with me.

CBI: Did you ever have an opportunity to meet Main? ... For industry newcomers, she was the co-owner and president of the West Coast Athletic Clubs, in California, and a former president of IHRSA. She died in 2009 following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

MH: Yes, I attended her convention sessions, and was blessed with a number of opportunities to meet her at IHRSA social events. I was always impressed by her kindness, patience, and eagerness to help her peers.

CBI: In your acceptance speech at IHRSA 2016, you gave special credit to the mentoring you’ve enjoyed. How important are mentors?

MH: They’re critical. Mentors have helped, guided, and taught me as I developed professionally. Fortunately, I’ve had many inspiring role models since I entered the industry in 1983. The first was Lynne Brick of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc., and Planet Fitness Growth Partners, LLC. I’ve learned so much from her vision, leadership approach, and the confident way she’s conducted herself in what was once a male- dominant industry.

I’ve also learned a great deal from Jane Riddell, the COO of GoodLife, who’s been called the “architect” of our corporate culture—one that’s predicated on core values such as caring, passion, and personal fitness.

And, of course, David Patchell-Evans, or “Patch,” the founder and CEO of GoodLife, has inspired me, and encouraged me to take risks I wouldn’t have taken otherwise.

CBI: Speaking of Patch, he’s one of the most ambitious, energetic, and successful individuals in the industry. What’s it like to work with him?

MH: You can only imagine! It’s an education in itself, and I mean that in the most positive way. He’s a hard-driving entrepreneur who looks to the future, and, while
he expects others to work hard too, he’s never asked his people to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. Patch has always made himself available—and still does—as much as he can. He’s encouraged me to bring ideas forward and to seek out new ways of doing business.

The GoodLife work environment is dynamic, if not always easy. In the end, though, it’s always rewarding.

Continue reading Mo Hagan’s interview in the December issue of CBI.

Thursday
Nov032016

How Julie Main's Legacy Inspired the IHRSA Woman Leader Award

IHRSA offers the Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main, a woman whose tenacious drive and unbreakable spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her. 

Julie Main was the co-owner and president of the West Coast Athletic Clubs in California, a former board member, and past president of IHRSA. 

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, Julie remained committed to making physical activity a priority and learned first-hand the powerful role that exercise plays in cancer treatment and rehabilitation. As a result, Julie co-created a community organization, the Cancer Well-fit Program, which enables cancer patients to feel better about themselves and cope with cancer through exercise.

The Woman Leader Award was established to recognize women who exemplify what Julie stood for—professionalism, excellence, courage, perseverance, and tireless contribution to the industry and community.

IHRSA President and CEO Joe Moore with 2016 Woman Leader Award recipient Mo Hagan

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main is November 11, 2016. The recipient will receive a scholarship to attend IHRSA 2017, and will be honored at the event during a presentation that includes a video highlighting their achievements.

Visit the Woman Leader Award page to learn more and download application materials.

Monday
Mar212016

Maureen (Mo) Hagan Receives the Woman Leader Award in Honor of Julie Main

IHRSA celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by presenting the Woman Leader Scholarship Award to a woman who exemplifies what Julie stood for: courage, perseverance, excellence, and professionalism. Maureen (Mo) Hagan, vice president of program innovation for GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro, is this year's honoree. 

"I am moved to win an award named after one of the most inspirational female leaders our industry has ever seen," Hagan said. "This is a key milestone for me in my life, one that I will always cherish." 

Thursday
Mar122015

Lori Lowell Receives the Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship

IHRSA celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by awarding the Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship to a woman who exemplifies what Julie stood for: courage, perseverance, excellence, and professionalism. Lori Lowell, an owner, operator and innovator of Gold’s Gyms in Virginia and Wisconsin, is the winner of the 2015 Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship.

“Julie Main was an exemplary female industry leader, and I am excited to have the opportunity to see such continued dedication to a woman who exceeded the “call of duty” as an entrepreneur and leader. IHRSA’s ongoing acknowledgement and commitment to women leaders in the industry is honorable and I am grateful,” said Lori Lowell.

Friday
Oct312014

IHRSA Awards Deadline in Two Weeks

IHRSA’s Outstanding Community Service Award and Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship are awarded annually both to recognize excellence and to discover and share industry best practices. 

Applications for the 2015 awards are now being accepted. Apply today or encourage a colleague to apply! Applications must be received by Nov. 14, 2014. Recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2-15 34th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Los Angeles at an awards presentation to include a video highlighting their achievements. 

The Outstanding Community Service Award is designed to recognize the IHRSA member that has done a remarkable job serving its local community. The award serves to provide an example of outstanding community service that can be emulated by other clubs.

Download the application.

In addition, IHRSA honors the legacy of Julie Main -- an industry leader, cancer activist, and former president of IHRSA – by offering a full scholarship to attend IHRSA 2015. The scholarship, which is valued at US$3,000, was established to recognize women who exemplify what Julie stood for - professionalism, excellence, courage, perseverance, and tireless contribution to the industry and community. 

Download the application and reference questionnaire.

For more information visit ihrsa.org/awards or email Tara Verity at tv@ihrsa.org.

Wednesday
Mar192014

Take a look at all three IHRSA 2014 award videos

Patsy McLean, winner of the Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship, and Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO.In case you arrived late to the General Session speakers, or you were unable to attend IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, you can still see the videos presented prior to the three award winners being recognized on stage.

Read on to see the videos.

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Thursday
Mar132014

Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship awarded to Patsy McLean

IHRSA celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by awarding the Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship to a woman who exemplifies what Julie stood for: courage, perseverance, excellence, and professionalism. Patsy McLean, Director of Group Exercise for the Adelaide Club in Canada, is the winner of the 2014 Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship.

Like Julie Main, Patsy also faced the adversity of a cancer diagnosis. Now a Melanoma survivor, she launched a Cancer Specific Exercise program at the Adelaide Club, and leads wellness seminars where she shares her message that life’s challenges can be overcome through healthy living. In all aspects of her work, her warm, caring and motivating approach is helping more people to get active and live healthier, happier lives.

Wednesday
Feb192014

Three awards to be given out at IHRSA 2014

Radka Dopitova Wilson is presented with the Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship by Bill McBride last year.One of the great parts of the IHRSA Annual International Convention & Trade Show is having the award winners’ colleagues and peers witness first-hand their accomplishments.

IHRSA ensures that the maximum number of attendees get to see the amazing efforts, triumphs and good deeds by bringing the honorees on stage prior to the general sessions speakers, which always has a packed room.

In three weeks in San Diego it will be the same when the health and fitness world is together to see this year’s winners: ABC Financial, the Associate Member of the Year; Patsy McLean, Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship; and Gold’s Gym Dutchess County, Outstanding Community Service Award.

Read on for more on each IHRSA 2014 recipient.

Tuesday
Oct222013

Deadline for two awards is Nov. 15

It's no secret that health club operators share a goal of helping people to lead a healthy, more active lifestyle. But a club's impact often extends far beyond the benefits of working out.  

Applications for the 2014 Outstanding Community Service Award and the 6th Annual Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship are currently being accepted. Recipients for both will be recognized during IHRSA 2014 at an awards presentation with videos highlighting their achievements. 

Read on for more.