In-Shape Health Clubs CEO Francesca Schuler has been named the 2019 Woman Leader of the Year in honor of Julie Main, by IHRSA.
“On behalf of IHRSA and the entire industry, I am pleased to honor Francesca Schuler with the 2019 IHRSA Woman Leader Award,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “Her drive, leadership strength, and passion for the industry are qualities that were inherent in our friend Julie Main.”
IHRSA’s Woman Leader Award celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by selecting a woman who exemplifies Julie’s qualities of leadership and drive.
“I am incredibly honored to receive IHRSA’s Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main,” said Schuler. “I am proud of the diverse group of talented women and men on our team and the work we’ve done to enable our passionate team members to not just work in fitness, but build a career in the industry.”
Francesca added, “We are fortunate to work in an industry that helps people live happier, healthier lives, which gives them confidence to pursue their goals. I’m inspired by In-Shape’s motivating community of members and team members, all my peers in the industry and am determined to continue cultivating our future leaders.”
Schuler and her team at In-Shape have a fundamental belief that their team should reflect their membership base – from gender, to race, to fitness level. This laser focus on diversity in leadership creates a motivating environment for members to meet their fitness goals as well as team members to meet their career goals.
“This award and recognition redirects focus to the importance of diversity. A leader is only as good as its team, so I am proud and grateful to accept this award on behalf of all the leaders at In-Shape;” added Schuler.