she wasn’t always a serial entrepreneur, after college she balanced it all. jenny worked a full time oil & gas career by day and fueled her passion for helping others by teaching group fitness classes by night. teaching spin, dance & weight training classes at some of the most recognized local & national fitness entities helped her learn the do’s and don’ts of the industry. at one point teaching 20 classes a week on top of her 8-5 career, omfg. after over 5 years in the corporate world, she decided it was time to get risky! leaving her 6 figure career to open up her own studio, dance house fitness! it was a true entrepreneurial journey, no handouts! started from the bottom, now we here! that’s a wholeeee other story, she might even write a book about it. jenny made it her mission to redefine the world of boutique fitness. as the owner of dance house fitness (DHF), she combines her love for dance, group fitness & music! her goal is to continue to innovate & cultivate uniquely designed classes that keep her clients inspired to become their ultimate best self. don’t be fooled by the rocks that she got, this fiery russian will keep you on your toes through each & every class. in 2019 jenny took things a step further and launched theFITista consulting, her very own consulting firm! a consulting firm focused on helping businesses thrive. with a niche & expertise in fitness, she is uniquely qualified to help grow instructors & fitness studios across the globe. but that’s not all, she helps all sorts of business grow: big or small! her skillsets are vast and for that she’s one of the best. but, there is no sugar coating with jenny. expect honesty and loyalty when working with this boss babe.
Ilse M. Gonzalez is the President and CEO of Connect Media Firm, a woman and minority owned marketing agency in Houston, Texas. Connect Media Firm specializes in assisting local businesses, organizations, and corporations better connect with their clients and audience through services such as social media management, content production and marketing workshops. Ilse holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and minor in Spanish from the University of Houston. Her passion to help local businesses with their branding evolved during the four years that she spent working at a local television news station, Telemundo Houston KTMD. Her time at KTMD allowed her to fill in various roles in the newsroom, marketing department, and cover historic events which she was recognized for with three Lone Star Emmy's. Her education and experience in the media industry has now allowed her to follow her passion to be the helping hand for local businesses in making the jump into the digital world and enhance their brand in such a way that they are placed on a platform to gain the exposure they need and deserve. During her time running her marketing agency Ilse has been able to work with local organizations, festivals, restaurants, political candidates, consultants, and retail stores, to name a few. Her focus is not only in assisting with the marketing of local businesses, but also giving back to her community and helping recognize those that are making a difference in our city.
Alekza Latté (aka @alekza.latte) is an Emmy-nominated and Shorty Award-winning social media strategist. Known for her ability to bring people together online, her strategies are built around the motto of “trends fade but culture is forever.” Currently, Alekza leads the social strategy & voice for @footlockerwomen. She’s WFH in Houston with her fiancé and their tiny pup, Mambacita.
Lolla has been in practice since 2001, is licensed in Texas and New York, and is focused on the legal needs of successful family businesses and high net worth individuals in a broad range of business transactions and disputes. Prior to joining Nimmons & Fronterhouse, Lolla worked as an attorney for ExxonMobil and as the assistant general counsel for a private equity oil and gas fund in Houston. Lolla is well versed with the day-to-day operations of a brick and mortar business, and has handled a broad range of legal matters from obtaining licenses and creating legal agreements involved in operating an industrial startup to leasing and purchasing commercial real estate and industrial equipment, and advising clients in connection with regulatory agency enforcements and employee hiring and terminations. Over the past 20 years, Lolla’s most interesting projects include the sale of a $80MM floating production vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, defense of several massive class actions, purchase and sale of industrial real estate and equipment, and software licensing for a technology joint venture. Lolla was born in Moscow and received her J.D. from the University of Utah and her B.A. from Moscow State Linguistic University. She has been a Houstonian since 2001, and loves being a resident of Spring Branch and a parent at Memorial High School. Her favorite activities include exploring the Heights and Montrose architecture, watching high school football at the Tully Stadium and of course traveling, both domestically and overseas. Contact Lolla to discuss your legal matters.
Patty Artiga also known as PattyTellsAll is a Houston lifestyle and foodie blogger who focuses on all things Houston. Born and raised in Houston, TX, Patty has a special love for her city and community. With being a mom and a full time corporate worker, Patty has managed to build her blog and has monetized her instagram and website.
Shaunte is a thought leader with a passion to solve complex problems within a Fortune 50 company. She specializes in supply chain management and is responsible for promoting integrated value to drive strategic vision through tactical plans. In addition, Shaunte enjoys giving back to the community, dance choreography projects, pro cheer training, conceptualizing & executing events, and serving as a consultant during leisure.
I believe that teaching yoga is so much more than calling out poses. It's the establishment of a spiritual and emotional connection between teacher and student. My ultimate goal is to create an all around yoga experience that will be remembered. From carefully crafted and engaging playlists to intelligent sequencing and positive affirmations, the experience you'll receive will be like no other. I have always been a passionate athlete… From playing basketball and running track in high school in Texas, to being a scholarship hurdler at Texas Tech University. I first found yoga in 2010 as a way to relieve chronic back and neck pain. From the time I walked into my first vinyasa class, I was obsessed with the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of this practice. I received my 200 hour teacher certification from Karmany Yoga-Dallas (Dallas’ #1 yoga studio, as voted by D Magazine) and am currently pursing my Yoga Medicine 500 hour advanced yoga certification with Tiffany Cruikshank specializing in yoga therapy for athletes, the spine, and shoulder. I am a lululemon Summit Ambassador, a Garmin ambassador and hold a Doctorate degree in molecular biology. I’m also a social media influencer, an avid half-marathoner and a passionate world-traveler.
Brooke Weinstein OTD, OTR/L is here to get real about Mamahood, tips, and tricks to childhood development, and how to live in your mama truth. Brooke is a Doctor of occupational therapy. With over a decade of experience, Brooke built a thriving business in New Orleans called Therapeutic Learning Center which focused on treating the child and educating the entire family on how coping skills and strategies to manage this societal challenges children face. With life experience, having two preemies, running a business (and household), Brooke began to feel the struggles of motherhood, being stretched too thin. This ultimately led to Brooke selling her business, stepping away to readjust her priorities, and focus more on her own family at home. During this pause, Brooke went on an exploration of self, and dove into the “why” of her career burnout. The ah-ha moment came when she recognized the missing link between treating children, and parent education. “We as mothers need support and guidance to get through this life. It’s simply too much to do on our own. Having support as a mother is what our children need most in this world to thrive.” Brooke’s expertise in child development, sensory regulation, and parental connection, led Brooke to begin coaching Mama’s and families through this difficult phase of life. Brooke helps Mama’s tap into their individual strength, teach them how to trust their gut, and support growth in building emotional connections with their children and family they’ve always longed for. “It’s ok to be vulnerable. Most importantly, it’s ok to allow yourself this support, because the family unit begins and ends with the mother.” “If you are struggling, I urge you to reach out. Let’s explore your individual Mama life together. I’m here to listen without judgment, support you, guide you to a path of living a life you love waking up to each morning.” DM Brooke with any questions or comments below. Start your journey towards thriving today!
Amelia has owned and operated Amelia Rose Photography for six years—-first starting out as a side hustle which steadily transformed into a six figure producing full-time career. She has worked with a vast amount of people from all walks of life: families, start up companies, bloggers, real estate agents, financial advisors, fitness professionals, and professional NFL cheerleaders. Amelia is able to bring imagery to people’s lives producing happiness, and also results for branding and marketing purposes. Amelia will be sharing her knowledge and providing tools to those wanting to take their business, marketing and branding to the next level through purposeful imagery. Learning how to shoot, light, edit, and post in a timely manner has helped clients raise their company’s visual presence in the digital world we live in. Photography is more important than ever in order to elevate your business by learning how to develop a visual strategy and build out a portfolio for advertising and marketing.
Lynsey Owens is a brand strategist, problem solver and professional pixel pusher. She guides business owners in leveraging their core genius to help them solve big problems for their dream clients through the power of intentional branding. Lynsey received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communication Design and Photography from Texas Tech University, and worked for a variety of creative agencies before taking the leap into full-time entrepreneurship in 2015. When she's not creating, Lynsey enjoys playing board games, dancing out her feelings, and adding to her plant collection. She lives in Katy, Texas with her husband and pup.
Courtney Claiborne is a dynamic and innovative business executive specializing in growing both people and companies. Throughout her 20+ years in leadership, Courtney has hired, trained, and developed hundreds of top-performing employees, most of whom were brand new to their chosen field, just like she was when she started her staffing career upon graduating college in 1999. After establishing herself as an award-winning recruiter and business development manager, she became the youngest female executive at her company and spearheaded the development of recruiting organizations that helped transform a multi-billion dollar industry. Never one to shy away from risk, she began her entrepreneurial endeavors in 2010 when she left a senior leadership role in one of the largest staffing companies in the world to take over an underperforming local staffing company that was losing over $500,000 per year. With 5 years, she helped grow the company to over $85 million in revenue and 8 offices across the U.S. In 2016, seeing an opportunity to transform an industry yet again, Courtney and several of her partners sold their stakes and risked it all to start a brand new company, developing a technology solution that is currently poised to revolutionize the way that companies and job-seekers connect with each other. She currently serves as a Partner and Vice President of Delivery for her company Genesys Talent. The road has never been easy, with plenty of hard lessons learned along the way. Whether you are a fledgling entrepreneur, an experienced leader growing your organization, or an owner taking your business to the next level, you will appreciate Courtney’s perspective as she loves nothing more than to help others wherever they are on their professional journey.
Having started her dancing career at the age of 4, Meagan Pravden can’t remember a time when she wasn’t moving to a beat. This born and raised Gainesville girl moved to Pittsburgh after high school to pursue a dance degree at Point Park University, but after a long winter semester, she realized beaches and flip flops were more her style and returned home to Florida. Since then, Meagan has stopped at nothing to crush her goals. At 18, she auditioned and made it on her first NBA dance team, where her love for pro-cheerleading really took off. At 21, she moved from Orlando to Tampa where she auditioned for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleading team, and proudly cheered with them for three seasons. After graduating from the University of South Florida with her degree in Communications, Meagan moved to Dallas to pursue her ultimate goal—to cheer with the Dallas Cowboys. After three rounds of cuts, Meagan was selected to be a 2014 Training Camp candidate for the Dallas Cowboys and was later casted on the reality show called Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Meagan’s experience with the Cowboys was broadcasted to millions of viewers, including her cut from the squad when the custom Cowboys uniform “didn’t fit her body.” Meagan returned home to Florida and retired from Pro-Cheerleading shortly after. In 2020, Meagan was approached by a journalist in Dallas, who wanted to cover her story and experience with the Cowboys, specifically her time in training camp and the ‘body shaming’ she faced. Since her experience with the Cowboys, Meagan has come a long way, mentally and physically. She is now a proud self-love advocate who encourages conversations around body positivity in the dance and cheer worlds, using her voice and social media platform to reach those with similar stories. Her goal now? To inspire others to love themselves fully and unapologetically! A quote Meagan loves and lives by: “I won’t subscribe to someone else’s standards and ideals for MY body…so, instead of embracing what someone else determined to be a flaw of mine, I choose to embrace my whole, flawless body.” - Molly Galbraith, author of Strong Women Lift Each Other Up
Natalie King is a Wardrobe Stylist and Image Consultant in Houston, TX. Her journey to her Fashion Career wasn’t easy but it was something she always knew would transpire. Natalie graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Science and Merchandising. After college, life led her in a different career direction and she worked in Finance for four years. Earning her Series 7 and Series 66 licenses gave her a sense of security to leave her job in Finance and pursue a career in Fashion. Natalie joined the Image Consulting Certificate program through The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York (F.I.T.). In addition to continuing education, this program also allowed her the opportunity to work as a dresser at New York Fashion Week for 10 seasons. Upon completing her Image Consulting Certificate, Natalie joined Rebecca Matthews Image and Style as a Fashion Stylist. Natalie worked with Rebecca for 4 years and went on to start her own company, Nat King Couture LLC, in 2016. Natalie works with a wide variety of clients to offer closet consultations, personal shopping, and look books. She also offers corporate and private group style seminars. Natalie’s mission as a stylist is to help her clients find self-confidence through fashion.