BOSTON, MA—August 30, 2019—IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is excited to announce the lineup for the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit, hosted by Athletic Business, on November 14, 2019, in Orlando, FL.

Debbie Peterson, business coach, author, and speaker, will kick off the event with a keynote titled “Mindset Strategies for Career Growth.” During her presentation, Peterson will help attendees create clarity for their career and discover strategies to produce better business decisions, improve focus, accelerate results, and be more productive in ways that work with a demanding lifestyle.

Michele Melkerson-Granryd, IHRSA board member and general manager of Castle Hill Fitness 360 in Austin, TX, will moderate “People, Perspective, & Purpose,” a panel discussion with three influential industry leaders:

  • Lynne Brick is co-founder of Brick Bodies in Greater Baltimore and is also co-owner of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, one of the largest franchisees of Planet Fitness. A former IHRSA board member, Lynne played a key role in creating the IHRSA Woman Leader Award to honor Julie Main and in establishing the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit.
  • Carol Nalevanko is the president of DMB Sports Clubs which operates the Village Health Clubs and Spa. During her 40 years with the company, Carol’s vision has shaped the character and culture at the upscale, four-facility chain based in Phoenix. Carol served two terms as an IHRSA board member and has been heavily involved in IHRSA’s leadership initiatives for women over the past 10 years.
  • Greta Wagner, executive director/EVP at Chelsea Piers in Connecticut, is responsible for the leadership, development, and financial success of the 500,000-plus square foot Stamford facility. Greta has more than 30 years of industry experience and is a current member of the IHRSA Board of Directors.

The event will conclude with a networking activity facilitated by Peterson and a cocktail reception which will provide attendees multiple opportunities to learn from and connect with industry colleagues.

“We are excited to bring the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit to the AB Show once again,” said Anita Horne Lawlor, IHRSA’s chief operating officer. “IHRSA is proud to offer valuable opportunities for women in the fitness industry to network, learn from other successful women, and grow professionally.”

The IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit, hosted by Athletic Business, will take place on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The registration fee is $129 for IHRSA members and $159 for non-members and includes the IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit, an AB Show Expo Pass, and access to Thursday night’s AB Show Welcome Reception. IHRSA Women's Leadership Summit registrants will be eligible to purchase a full conference pass for AB Show 2019 at a special rate of $99. Registration is limited to facilities eligible for IHRSA membership.

All information including the full schedule and registration details can be found on the Women’s Leadership Summit website.

Industry suppliers interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event should contact Lynne Devaney at


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.