Boston, MA, and Madison, WI—June 26, 2018—IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, and Athletic Business announced an agreement that will bring the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit to New Orleans, LA, during AB Show 2018.

Last March, over 150 women came together for the 9th Annual IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit at IHRSA 2018 in San Diego, CA. On November 8, IHRSA will build on the success of its annual event focused on learning, building and expanding networks, and improving leadership skills during an interactive half-day event in New Orleans. The IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit, hosted by Athletic Business, will include a keynote presentation, industry panels, networking activities, and a cocktail reception.

Henna Inam, speaker, author, and CEO of Transformational Leadership Inc., will kick off the event with a keynote titled “Lead with Purpose.” Inam, who believes that purpose ignites leadership potential, will help attendees discover their purpose and create an action plan for experiencing more meaning and purpose in their work.

Chantal Brodrick, a well-known international speaker, host, and professional podcaster will serve as moderator for the event’s two industry leader panels.

“IHRSA has a long history of supporting and developing women leaders in the health club industry,” said Anita Horne Lawlor, IHRSA Chief Operating Officer. “The agreement with Athletic Business presents another opportunity for IHRSA to help women strengthen their professional networks, leadership skills, and influence.”

“This is a win-win for both organizations,” said Peter Brown, president of Athletic Business. “We are proud to host an event that gives women an additional opportunity to network and connect.”

The IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit, hosted by Athletic Business, will take place Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Registration is limited to facilities eligible for IHRSA membership. The $129 registration fee includes the half-day 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 2018 at a special rate of $99.

For information or to register, please visit the summit website.

Industry suppliers interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Lynne Devaney.


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 13-16, 2019, for IHRSA 2019, IHRSA's 38th Annual International Convention & Trade Show.

About AB Show 2018

The Athletic Business Show (Nov. 7-10 in New Orleans) is a premier educational event and trade show for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals from around the world who come to the show to learn new solutions from industry leaders, build community, and find new products and services. To learn more, visit website for AB Show 2018.