Amanda Freeman: SLT Founder/CEO & Stretch*d Co-Founder/CEO

Amanda Freeman Highlights

Amanda Freeman Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I’m a serial wellness entrepreneur and CEO (SLT and Stretch*d), angel investor and single mom to 2 young and adorable children.  I’m honest (sometimes too honest), passionate, curious and full of business ideas.  I value experiences and love short stays at amazing hotels.  I enjoy time with family and friends, exercising, pampering, and eating peanut butter, Challah and Matcha Lattes.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

I started SLT because of my interest in the emerging category of boutique fitness, but my dislike of the options that existed at the time.  I loved the idea of studios that we devoted to offering the best version of one workout in a convenient and well-packaged way.  But, I didn’t like the results that the studio options at the time offered.  I wanted “Pilates-like results” in a fun, challenging group setting.  Thus, SLT was born.  My vision for the business has evolved over the years as we’ve grown.  At first, I wanted one studio so that I could do this workout and hoped others would also like it and make it a financial success.  Nearly 8 years into the business, with 23 studios, the vision is bigger and I hope there will eventually be 100 SLTs.

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Paula Perkins: Spa, Wellness & Hospitality Consultant

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My Native Admission Statement: With extensive global experience in the 5-star luxury hotel, wellness and spa sector, I am a passionate consultant comprehensively covering all phases of spa and wellness development and ongoing operational management. I am dedicated to creating inspiring spa facilities whilst integrating wellness opportunities throughout a hotel or resort to ensure individuals can experience wellbeing throughout their stay, whilst ensuring my clients benefit from a healthy return on their investment. Small or large, my approach is wholly tailored to the individual projects needs and aims. Whether an owner or operator of a hotel, spa or wellness resort, my consultancy services ensure focus, collaboration and unwavering commitment to excellence. The result? A comprehensive and dependable business strategy to optimise the brand and project, ensuring the realisation of the property’s full potential.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?

I decided to launch my own consultancy company as I had a burning desire to be able to experience more diversity in the projects I was working on, with the opportunity to collaborate with others that would bring specific expertise and flair to the development in hand. From concept creation of a resort, guiding the development of a natural skincare product range to turning a failing wellness strategy in a profitable business …. I love the challenge and making the difference. I am working on some really exciting large international developments at the moment, delving even deeper into integrative medical wellness combined with holistic lifestyle solutions, nourishing cuisine and advanced fitness concepts. I believe it is essential for any project to start with how a facility is going to “physically and subconsciously” make a guest feel, therefore air and water quality, maximizing exposure to nature and less environmental impact is just as important as is the facility and service offering. Excitingly I find myself being approached by more of these advanced and progressive projects.

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Sweta Vikram: Mindset & Wellness Coach, Speaker, & Best-selling Author

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My Native AdMission Statement: Hi, I’m Sweta Srivastava Vikram! I’m a mindset & wellness coach, global speaker, and best-selling author of 12 books. I listen to your stories and help transform your life. I understand the unique challenges you face as a human being, employee, employer, entrepreneur, provider, parent, and partner. Executives and entrepreneurs hire me to make critical mindset shifts, so they can use time more effectively, improve relationships, and lower stress levels. The real secret to living your best life is change in MINDSET. Voted as “One of the Most Influential Asians of Our Times,” and raised between North Africa and the foothills of the Himalayas, I now live in New York City and work with clients from all over the world. As the winner of the “Voices of the Year” award (past recipients have been Chelsea Clinton and the founder of the #MeToo movement), in my spare time, I use mindfulness and yoga to empower female survivors of trauma.

My Biggest Success?

Through my writing and coaching and speaking engagements, I have met with diverse groups of people from all over the world who have confessed that my words have transformed their lives. A gentleman read my book in the prison and then attended one of my speaking events (after he was released)—only so he could tell me in person how one of my books had helped him cope with his personal loss.

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Dr. Tiffany Jana: TMI Consulting Inc Founder & Author

My Native Admission Statement: I’m help build emotional bridges and walk people across the chasm of differences so they can better experience, understand, and respect each other. I’m an entrepreneur of 16 years with 3 companies and 3 books under my belt. All of them are focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Public speaker, thought leader, change maker, and champion of the people—my goal is to make the hardest concepts and conversations accessible and inclusive through the written word, experiential design, and groundbreaking technology.

Most Challenging Moment?:

My most challenging moment was deciding to part ways with my ex-husband and former business partner. Even though I started the company 8 years before I invited him to join me, the pivot to diversity happened with him. It was always my intention for us to be in it together for the long haul. My core goals and values remained consistent, but the entrepreneurial desire for evolution and growth was mine and not his. It was hard and horrible, but it’s the best business decision I ever made. The companies experienced their most exponential growth following his departure.

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Adam Ferrier: THINKERBELL Founder & Consumer Psychologist


My Native Admission Statement: I was once described by myself as an ‘enigmatic irritation’. I wear black a lot, I’m disheveled and I cant quite shake a slight slur. I always wanted to be a consumer psychologist, and after getting side tracked into forensic and clinical psychology, that’s what I am. In my marketing life I’ve worked for a brand consultancy, then Saatchi & Saatchi, then co-founded Naked Communications in Australia before co-founding Thinkerbell with some friends.. Here’s five things I’d love you to know Apply to go to space at I like talking about Batman. I used to like talking about what makes people cool, I did my thesis on ‘the underlying constructs of cool people’. But the older and fatter I get the less credible I become on the subject. Thinkerbell is our newish agency and we practice ‘measured magic’, it’s going well. Develop your own catch phrase. Everyone should have a catch phrase (and a sound track).

Biggest Success?:

Being happily married with two kids. Without fail. A close second would be being gainfully employed. I’m forever grateful that my wife loves me, and that I can earn a buck.

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Michelle Courtney Berry MPS, CISD, RMT: Mindful Living Expert, Author, Keynote Speaker, & Powerful Wellness Coach

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My Native Admission Statement: I help visionaries find the right balance between their work and their life. We used to call this work-life balance, but now we know better. Work and life are integrated, not separate things. In today's fast-paced, ever-changing digital economy, finding a way to work smarter, work less, but earn more, is the top of everyone's list. The only way to truly succeed and keep your brand relevant, is to stay healthy. I help you do just that by deploying some of the best mindfulness and total wellness hacks around. I have more than 20 years in the game and I’ve crawled out of burnout, anxiety, depletion, and overwhelm so I can devote my life to helping you stay accountable to your end goals. In sum, I support you in pressing reset so you can start walking the wellness path of real, authentic work-life integration.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My favorite person in the world is my daughter Nina. My role models are many but I have to say the top two are: the late Maya Angelou whom I got life-changing advice from backstage right before I was opening for her.  and next, I’d have to say personal business development coach and all-around speaking superstar and self-help expert, Coach Lisa Nichols from - the first time I heard her speak and was coached by her, it changed the entire way I thought about what I charged and how I scaled my business.

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Bio: Payal is the Executive Chairman & Founder of ClassPass and the Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company.

Payal has been a “dancetrepreneur” since the age of 3 when she started training in Indian classical and folk styles of dance.  It was her passion for dance, entrepreneurship, and making the world a more active, happy place that led to the founding of Classpass. ClassPass is a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios, making working out more engaging, accessible, and affordable.

With over 25 years of dance experience, Payal also founded The Sa Dance Company, a contemporary Indian dance company. She has led the company to achieve tremendous community support, soldout performance, celebrity endorsements, and positive reviews in The New York Times, MTV, and prominent South Asian publications.  Payal has been quoted as “the dancer possessing not only the stand-out talent, but the undying passion, congenial disposition and sharp business savvy to be truly a force to be reckoned with” as the South Asian culture continues its inevitable integration into America.

Prior to founding ClassPass, Payal worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and in Warner Music Group’s Digital Strategy and Business Development Group. Payal also has a degree from MIT in Operations Research and Economics.

My Goal of the Day:

To keep making progress towards achieving my mission, and to use every minute with intention. Time is our most valuable asset. I won’t waste it. 

My Thought of the Day:

Being unique makes us exceptional. 🙂

My Action of the Day:

To create something meaningful and inspirational every single day. Each new day brings with it the opportunity to heal and improve the world, even if just a bit. 

My Deed of the Day:

To surround myself with an amazing team and empower and inspire them to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

My Tip of the Day:

Make it your priority to equip yourself with the skills and tools to succeed. Also, take the time to reflect on your purpose, and then chase it with zeal. True purpose will lead you on the right path every time.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

  • Its vibrancy

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

  • Green tea and a croissant

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM –

  • Drinking my green tea, stretching, and reviewing my goals for the day 

10:00 AM –

  • Conducting a meeting 

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

  • Trying out a new exercise class on ClassPass and then grabbing a yummy salad 

7:00 PM – 

  • Heading to dance practice!

11:00 PM –

  • Snuggling with my husband over some Netflix and getting ready for bed

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

  • Green tea in the morning and then a glass of water as often as possible 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

  • ClassPass, of course!

What should everyone try at least once?

  • Performing live on stage – singing, dancing, acting, anything!  

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

  • Anywhere I can run! 

More from CNBC Article:

“Ideas are a dime a dozen, and people can have ideas, but you need to be able to get stuff done,” Kadakia says. “And I really think it’s the people who know how to work — and whether that’s the big, higher-level stuff and also the nitty-gritty — they know how to get in there and get their hands dirty and solve problems.”

“I think the dance side of my life, which has always been sort of there since I was really young, just taught me if I had a vision to do something, okay, I’m going to work hard and keep practicing, keep rehearsing. And if I put the work in, the output will come,

Ted Kallmyer: Founder

Ted Kallmyer Highlights

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My Q&A Profile: The Native Influence

How did you get into the industry?

After finishing my career as a biology teacher, I decided to take a break and travel the world. I ended up in New Zealand where I began helping a friend with his diet and fitness blogs back in 2008. Given my professional interest in science and my personal interest in fitness and health, it was a perfect fit and this has allowed me to be able to redirect my love for education by being able to teach people how to live their healthiest lives.

My Career Advice?

I think the best advice that I can give others is to always let helping others be your primary motivation. As soon as the primary focus shifts to “making money” or “making a name for yourself” your business won’t survive. People want to be valued and if your customers feel like they are just a number, it won’t take long for you to start having fewer customers. Success happens after being diligent in helping your clients succeed.

Samir Becic: Founder & ReSYNC® Method Creator


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How did you get into the industry? I’ve been in sports my whole life, but became very serious when I came from Europe to America and started working for Bally’s, the largest fitness corporation in the world. Because no one believed I could become the number 1 trainer in the country, I used it as motivation to propel my career.

Career Advice? Have true compassion for your clients and their best interest at heart, always! This will not only lead to career success but also personal fulfillment.

Daniel Pompa: TRUE CELLULAR DETOX™ Founder


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How did you get into the industry? From “pain to purpose” is the theme. I had fractured my neck when I was young which led me to become interested in chiropractic, and later my mercury poisoning experience drove me to the discovery of True Cellular Detox™.

Career Advice? 1. Find out your Why. Hint, start by looking at your pain (“from pain to purpose”) 2.  Don’t make it about you. Your dream must be bigger than just increasing your own quality of life.

Micky Sivapruksa: Flexi Lexi Founder


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How did you get into the industry?

Flexi Lexi Fitness started when I was pregnant with my first son Troy in 2014. I was practicing prenatal yoga and found that the sports bras were really too tight definitely for pregnant ladies whose breasts usually increase a few cups. I was at the point where I was wearing a bikini instead of a sports bra. That’s when I was thinking that maybe we could invent a “bralette” – like a sports bra but gives not too much support (medium) and 100% comfort and also style. That was when Flexi Lexi started with the first yoga Lexi bralettes. Then the other lines came soon after.

Career Advice? Never ever say “it’s not my job”. I think it’s always beneficial to learn new skills and learn new things. It makes you resourceful and helps you acquire versatile skills.

Athena Perrakis: Sage Goddess Founder & CEO


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How did you get into the industry? Ironically, I never thought I was getting into the industry. My life has been this long process of following my heart’s desires and my soul’s deepest calling, which was to work with crystals and essential oils as a means of healing and supporting our planet. I have studied metaphysics since I was 14. So the past 30 years have been a fertile learning and breeding ground for my own evolution and exploration. I did what I loved, and it landed me here.

Career Advice? Most importantly, you have to authentically love what you do. I work so hard – 7 days a week, sometimes into the wee hours – and I have 2 kids, a husband, friends, aging parents, and health challenges I have had to overcome. If I didn’t love Sage Goddess, passionately and insanely, there’s no way I could maintain my work schedule or survive the pressures on me. Do something new, and love it hard.

Eric Yaverbaum: Ericho Communications Founder & CEO, best selling author & national television pundit


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Career Advice? Put on a thick skin. Nobody is going to hold your hand, and nobody is going to be nice to you. Earn it. Every single solitary day.. Keep going. That actually works. And stop taking everything so personally. I take an approach to teambuilding that’s basically this: if I’m not the dumbest one in the room, I’m in the wrong room. I hire people who can elevate me, instead of people I can feel better than. That’s how you learn, and I love how smart my staff is. Every single one of them is smarter than me, and that’s by design. That generates real value; if everyone agrees, nothing happens. But if smart people disagree, the challenge leads to better solutions. I call it intellectual fiction; I want to rub intellects together and see the magic happen. Lastly, don’t shy away from trouble. Run right to the eye of the storm; that’s where you need to be.

Shannon Kenny: Founder, Mama Eco


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How did you get into the industry?

Even as a kid, I was collecting trash on the beach and encouraging my family to conserve water. And after spending years at a day job that completely sucked the life out of me, I knew I had to find a career that was more fulfilling and had purpose. I spent two years trying out business ideas that would allow me to fuse my passion into something I could support myself on. And after several iterations, and a few learning experiences along the way, I shifted towards what I now call: Mama Eco 2.0. An online resource for people who want to live sustainably but don’t know where to start.

Lauren Kleban: Fitness expert, Celebrity trainer & Creator, LEKfit

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Fitness expert and celebrity trainer, Lauren Kleban is the creator of LEKfit, a dance-inspired fitness method designed to create long and lean muscles by using intervals of low impact, high intensity, fat burning cardio with muscle sculpting techniques created to strengthen and tone.

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Dr. Iva Fattorini: Founder, Artocene

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Iva Fattorini, MD, MSc, Founder of Artocene. Dr Iva Fattorini is one of the pioneers and global leaders of the contemporary arts and medicine movement. Iva attended Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb and became a medical doctor at 23 after graduating from the University of Zagreb Medical School where she also completed a postgraduate study in Biology and Biomedicine

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