The inaugural FUEL Women’s Fitness Business Summit event was an incredible 2 days of sharing, learning, networking and setting plans in place to create action in both our personal and professional lives.

We were blown away by the presenters across both days, with topics spanning public relations, social media, presentation skills, leadership, productivity, lessons from the trenches, and strategies for ‘having it all’. 

With delegates joining us from all over Australia and New Zealand, we were surrounded by inspiring women (and a handful of brave and progressive men!) from some of the biggest and best brands in fitness. 

 At FUEL 2020, we’ll be covering everything you need to set your

personal and professional life on fire.


Thursday 23  July

Friday    24  July 










Thursday July 23 2020 

The word ‘leader’ is no longer synonymous with ‘boss’. Though undeniably critical to bottom line success, strategy, policy and tactics alone are inadequate magnets for the best talent. Modern day leadership requires the ability to tap into both heart and head in order to create environments where high performers choose to spend their working hours. 

And while it’s no surprise to find leaders heading up companies, leadership can occur at every rank and level of responsibility as a result of the influence, inspiration and ingenuity they enact in all areas of everyday life. From the bedroom to the boardroom and everywhere in between, we’re provided with a multitude of daily opportunities to exercise and model authentic leadership.

At FIRESTARTER we’ll dive into the divisions of leadership and what it takes to expand your impact in all three:

  1. The inner leader: leading yourself
  2. Intimate leadership: leading in your personal life
  3. Beyond leadership: leading your team

FUEL Women’s Fitness Business Summit Day 2

Friday July 24 2020 

We’re giving you all the fuel you need to reach greater heights in your existing endeavours or to kick off a new venture.

Join us and our brilliant presenter line up for a day that’s brimming with value, insights and plans across the following areas:

  • Finances, sales and money mindset
  • Uncovering your ideas, unlocking your courage, and unleashing action
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and ingenuity
  • Leadership spirit and strategy

For a personal and professional development event that delivers unparalleled energy, connection and content, join us at FUEL 2020.

You can totally sit with us.

Learn From The Best

Our 2019 presenters are among some of the top experts in the industry. Find out more about them below and watch this space for our 2020 speaker announcements!

Adala Bolto

Adala Bolto

Co-founder ZADI training

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Adala Bolto has had strong passion and dedication to fitness with more than 13 years in the industry. She has excelled in her career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor and business woman.

Adala first joined Australia’s leading female fitness brand, Fernwood, as a Club Manager. In 2014, she then went on to become a very successful Fernwood franchisee.

 Leveraging her industry experience as well as her strong business acumen and entrepreneurial skills, Adala saw a gap in the market for an innovative, bespoke HIIT / Strength fitness studio targeting the millennial woman.

 In July 2017, equipped with a vision and a strong business plan, Adala teamed up with Fernwood Fitness and co-founded ZADI Training. A badass fitness movement to unleash extraordinary women.

Alisha Smith

Alisha Smith

Co-director of Integral

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With over 14 years of industry experience across a range of hands-on training, development and leadership roles, Alisha is not your average fitness educator and practitioner. For over a decade Alisha held the role of Learning and Development Manager at Australian Fitness Network, where she was responsible for the curriculum development and delivery, and conference programming that has qualified or up-skilled many thousands of new and existing fitness professionals.

Alisha is also co-Director of Integral, a ground-breaking movement studio that is at the forefront of aerial instruction in Australia, where she leads a team of superstar movement educators.

As evidenced in her work as an Animal Flow Master Instructor, Alisha’s love of sharing intelligent movement, bodyweight exploration, and skill acquisition with kids and adults of all ages and experience levels underpins her dynamic, articulate and encouraging teaching style.

An accomplished writer, presenter and mover, Alisha also brings an astute, humorous and authentic approach to her mentoring and speaking work.


Brittany Bennett

Brittany Bennett

Founder & director of Bennett PR 

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Brittany Bennett is the founder and director of Bennett PR and the FITtopia Media Hub. She is known for providing the best health, fitness and wellness content and having access to the best experts in the business.

Brittany has been a publicist for 10 years working across lifestyle, beauty, health, fitness, food, wine, travel. However, since launching her own agency in 2015 she now niches in health, fitness, beauty and lifestyle publicity. Clients Bennett PR have worked with include Flow Athletic, Sally Fitzgibbons, Nuzest, Bodyscience, Sam Wood, Sumo Salad, Jessica Sepel, Tim Robards, Zoe Bingley- Pullin, Rich Roll and Julie Piatt and more. App launches we have worked on include the 28 by Sam Wood App, JSHealth App, Zova App.

Bennett PR specialise in content marketing, influencer strategy, product placement, events, social media, copywriting & digital strategy.

Bennett PR are the creators of the FITtopia Media Hub (June 2018), a unique Platform designed to connect experts who don’t require a full PR campaign directly with journalists to help boost their profile and SEO. In four months we have 54 experts and 74 journalists on board.

Bennett PR is currently a team of 5 with additional consultants and contractors who we regularly work with for certain campaigns. 

Chantal Brodrick

Chantal Brodrick

Host of The Fitness Business Podcast

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Chantal Brodrick worked for 15 years in senior sales and marketing roles in the media industry before transitioning careers.  In 2008 she became a qualified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.  Soon after she combined her corporate background with her love of fitness and became a Fitness Business Coach.  In 2015 Chantal became the host of the The Fitness Business Podcast – the world’s leading podcast for fitness business owners and managers.  
In 2019 Chantal was recognised as 1 of 20 ‘Women Who Inspire’ by IHRSA’s Club Business International Magazine and this year she is a featured speaker and MC at industry events across the world including, IHRSA, FILEX, IDEA, Athletic Business Show and FITEX. 


Emma Barry

Emma Barry

Emma Barry Consulting

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Emma Barry is an observer and catalyst. Founding member of group fitness juggernaut Les Mills International and former Director for luxury-lifestyle brand, Equinox; Emma has inhaled senior roles in programming, product development, training and people.

Emma consults to the fastest growing fitness segments: budget clubs and boutique studios, is a prolific writer, sought after speaker and mentor and is fluent in what happens NEXT in fitness.

In 2018 Emma authored Customer Engagement in Boutique Studios – the 2018 Retention Report for Europe Active and delivered the opening Keynote the Sweat Studio Summit in London and delivered boutique insights on The Fitness Business Podcast and Escape Your Limits Podcast.

Emma contributes to global forums, trend panels and women’s events. She specializes in lighting fires under people and projects that need action – NOW.

Emma is a kiwi-bred-pom, living in LA, commuting to Amsterdam. She shares three lifelong projects; Jas, Zoe and Max with husband Lee.

Jacinta McDonell

Jacinta McDonell

Co-founder Anytime Fitness Australia

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Jacinta McDonell launched the highly successful US franchise Anytime Fitness into the Australian market in 2008, alongside her brother Justin. With over 500 clubs in Australia and an annual
turnover of more than 500 million, Anytime Fitness has grown to be Australia’s number one health
club chain.
Jacinta has been inducted into The Fitness Industry Roll of Honour. This award gives national
recognition to people who are described as game-changers ; – those who have made an enduring
contribution to make the fitness industry what it is today. 
An inspiration to many Australian business women and a mother of three, Jacinta has exited
Anytime Fitness and has turned her entrepreneurial passion towards two new ventures that aim to
change the way businesses view ‘Giving’ and ‘Social Responsibility’.
A strong advocate of using ‘business for good’ – Jacinta established The Human Kind Project in 2015.
A not-for-profit foundation that funds life changing projects in Africa and India, the Human Kind
Project connects projects to businesses to build brand equity whilst creating lasting social change.
Jacinta has most recently opened a new style of yoga studio in St Leonards, built around music and
immersive design. The brand is built on the one-for-one giving model – with every purchase from the
brand supporting a human in need.
From spending time on Necker Island with Richard Branson and the Virgin Unite team to time in
small rural villages in Malawi with The Hunger Project – Jacinta continues to reinvent the way we
view business, its purpose and the way we can view purpose in our own lives.

Liz Nable

Liz Nable

Director Xtend Barre

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Liz’s passion for entrepreneurship and business happened completely by accident. Her dream had always been to be an investigative journalist and news reader and she spent years working around the globe as a television news producer, writer and reporter, including 6 years in the news capital of the world, New York City.

It was while living in New York, just after the birth of her first child, Ruby, that Liz discovered the barre workout in 2009. ‘I took two to three classes a week and had never been fitter or stronger. I looked around that room in my first class and thought, this could be huge in Australia’.

After returning to Sydney with her husband and young family in 2011, they found themselves caught in the middle of the GFC downturn and spent the next year doing long hours at a 24 hour news desk and rethinking what the future looked like.

And so Liz returned to that small seed of a business idea, bringing the barre workout to Australia and within 6 months had opened her first Xtend Barre Studio in Mosman.

Fast forward 7 years and Liz now owns 4 Xtend Barre Studios on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, sits on a National Franchise Advisory Board, and works as a consultant helping other small business owners navigate the media and use PR opportunities to grow their business.

She is also a regular contributor to various health + wellness, business and media organisations and publications.

She was recently awarded Xtend Barre Franchisee of the Year 2018, North Shore Fitness Service of the Year 2018 & North Shore Business Person of the Year 2018.

Jen Dugard

Jen Dugard

Founder Body Beyond Baby

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Jen Dugard is on a mission to redefine how mums are educated and cared for after entering motherhood. She believes education and collaboration are key; building support networks for mums and linking them with educated personal trainers and health professionals.

 Jen’s award winning business Body Beyond Baby ‘Group Exercise with childcare’ was founded in 2008 and looked after 1000’s of mums. The recent sale of the group training aspect of this business has seen the evolution of the Body Beyond Baby brand as ‘the go-to place online for mums to find quality and trusted mum-focused fitness services in Australia and New Zealand”

 Jen authored the book “How to Love your Body as much as your Baby” in 2013 and in 2016 created the Safe Return to Exercise accreditation for Fitness Professionals which has now been delivered across Australia, New Zealand and in Taiwan.

 In 2019 Jen presented at FILEX and is heading overseas to present at ExPro in Singapore later this year. She writes regularly for What’s New in Fitness and through mentoring fitness professionals she is truly making a difference across the Fitness Industry for both women and trainers alike.

 Put simply, Jen Dugard is leading the way in training mums and provides profound insights that are changing the ways that hundreds of women are viewing their life as a mother.

Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg

co-founder Fuel Summit

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Australian Fit-tech Entrepreneur, founder of global applications & software products that enhance the process of how humans connect with technology to create more sustainable jobs in the fitness industry.

The global fitness online marketplace morfus & SUBACLASS app

 Deborah spearheaded Zumba Fitness & Piloxing as a leading distributor & marketer, spawning tens of thousands of jobs in the region and increasing memberships in all major big box gyms.

 Currently the Australian Global Ambassador for the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA). Adventurous mother of three.


Lynsey Fraser

Lynsey Fraser

Founder FloSocial

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Lynsey is a Facebook Blueprint Certified Marketer, having spent more than $3million in Social Media advertising across 5 years. She has led teams while working with top global brands, including her previous role as Social Media Manager for one of Australia’s largest ASX listed retailers. Lynsey runs FloSocial – a social media training Consultancy that was one of the first to be badged as a Facebook TM Marketing Consultant within Australia. Lynsey presents around the world on all things Social Media.

Mel Dos Remedios

Mel Dos Remedios

CEO PT Academy

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Melony dos Remedios is a CEO of PT Academy, her focus is elevating the standard of fitness and creating healthy communities through empowering, holistic education.

Melony believes fitness should be inclusive and client centric. She understands the importance of meeting her team, clients and students where they need to be met and embracing each individuals’ gifts and talents. Melony is a champion for the joy of progress rather than the fruitless pursuit of perfection.

Melony has worked in senior management and leadership roles including NSW Regional PT Manager for Fitness First, Corporate Health Director for NRG solutions and Anytime Health and Bodyworkz Manager at Anytime Fitness.

 Her experience as a Personal Trainer, Professional Fitness Competitor, Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, Achieve Global Leadership Trainer, Flow Consultant, Improv Actor, Wife and Mother of two beautifully spirited children give her a truly unique approach to driving business initiatives, culture and results.

Nardia Norman

Nardia Norman

Founder Nardia Norman Coach

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Nardia is the proud recipient of Australian Fitness Network Personal Trainer of the year award in 2014, named an Australian Institute of Fitness Legend, and has 20 years experience in personal training, and educating fitness professionals.

Her passion lies in supporting the growth of women fitness professionals to create profitable, meaningful and impactful careers.  As well as educating trainers on the importance of women specific training.

Nardia is the creator of Australasia’s first Female specific coaching certification or personal trainers and the head honcho of the Tribe Business Amplifier mentorship.



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