The #Sweatworking Summit - Making a more inclusive wellness world.

The #Sweatworking Summit - Making a more inclusive wellness world.

This year’s big idea: Making a more inclusive wellness world!

The #SweatworkingSummit is back for 2021, impacted by 2020 in two key ways: It’s fully virtual and its centered around changing wellness to be more equitable and inclusive. 

Monday February 15 through Saturday February 20, you’ll be a part of what happens when communities decide to go after a goal for a better future with wellness as the catalyst.

To start, each day of the Summit will have a different theme: Finding inspiration in movement, Healing your mind, Fueling Your Creativity to make a better world, and Gaining perspectives. While each day has a different theme, they’ll all have the same three elements: ways to build community, ways to try new fitness classes or platforms, and a way to learn (a panel, keynote or workshop). Expect these three aspects to anchor each day of the Summit. Throughout the week, you’ll have the ability to attend sessions that are most exciting to you (we’ll also record them for viewing later, in case your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend something).

With the help of the Better With Friends committee, we’re centering our #SweatworkingSummit around the idea that wellness needs to be inclusive to everyone. We’ll be working with speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders to ensure we represent a diverse range of race, age, gender, geographic location, and experience. Our goal is that you walk away from the Summit with actionable plans and ideas for creating a more inclusive environment in whatever wellness world you inhabit.

To make the summit even more accessible, the tickets are pay-what-you-can, meaning that you’ll be able to choose from ticket prices based on what you can afford right now.

We’ll have a lot happening all week, and your ticket to the summit gets you access to everything. Can’t make it? We’ll share recordings so you can feel like you were there with all of your friends.

What else is new? Submit your business idea for the aSweatLife Better with Friends Business Pitch Competition.

What to expect from the summit


Diverse Voices

In an effort to make sure our community is represented in the Summit, we let our audience lead us in selecting speakers, workshops, panels, and more. Every aspect of the Summit is being created by you, for you.


The Summit Box

The Summit Box, which you’ll be sent ahead of Summit Week. These boxes will have samples, swag and products from aSweatLife’s partners (including a pair of the world's most incredible recovery shoes from OOFOS—yes, new shoes!).


Friendship Making

Because #EverythingIsBetterWithFriends has always been our tagline, we will incorporate interactivity and opportunities for Friendship Making wherever and whenever we can. And we are adding some nostalgia to this event by taking you away from your computer and matching you with a pen pal - I mean how cute is that?! You will be matched with a pen pal by our very own Friendship Making Committee.


Move Your Body

As a company rooted in fitness, you can expect to move your body all week long with our favorite trainers every morning.

Our Experts - Stay tuned for additional speaker announcements!

#SweatworkingSummit Schedule


Monday, February 15: Finding Inspiration in Movement

7 am CST: Workout

6 pm CST: Workshop: We believe that movement is fundamental to clearing your mind for the big important work you have to do with your brains – including the work we’ll do to make the world a more equitable and inclusive place.

We’ll hear from speakers who see movement as a way to start a reaction within you. They see your workouts as fuel for your life, as the key to unlocking your potential in a way that reaches way beyond the walls of the gym.

You’ll walk away with more reasons to move your body as a daily practice than you came in with. You’ll  feel a whole new connection to the routine of movement with a whole new reason to believe, both for your emotional health and for the community around you.

Tuesday, February 16: Healing Your Mind

7 am CST: Workout

6 pm CST: Workshop: We believe that our thoughts matter and the way we process the things we experience matters – especially when you’re working on yourself and making change in the world around you.

In this session, we’ll hear from speakers who will give you the tools to take care of your mental health to give you the clarity you need to do the big, hard things you’ve set your mind to. We’ll focus on our mental health in this session to give ourselves the space to set boundaries and process – well, 2020.

You’ll hear from Erinne Brown who will teach you a way to set boundaries and then you’ll be broken into groups to process big ideas, like what you’ve learned with Erinne and what we’re all experiencing, with help of licensed social worker Sarah Kelly.

Wednesday, February 17: Fueling Your Creativity to Make a Better World

7 am CST: Workout

6 pm CST: Workshop: Big problems are sometimes solved in unexpected ways. And that’s why we’re focusing this talk on building practices to help unlock your most creative mind – even in a world that’s suddenly lived mostly within the bounds of your home.

In this session we’ll work our way from the outside in — hearing from Jas Kirk on how your surroundings impact your mental state; from Paige Willis on how to move your body to fuel creativity; and from Ariel Upton from Today I Did It Right on creating a practice of journaling. And bring your notebook, because you’ll plan to journal too.

Thursday, February 18: Seeing Where You Can Make the World A Better Place

7 am CST: Workout

6 pm CST: Workshop: And as we’re looking at the ways we can make changes to create a future for wellness that is equitable and inclusive, we’ll hear from experts who will share perspectives that can offer a new understanding to the world around you.

This session will focus on the world outside of our bodies. On the words we use and the spaces we interact with. To start, we’ll learn and think critically about the power of language and see our own implicit biases with the help of professional trainer Subha Lembach. Then, we’ll learn from commercial interior designer Kristin Cerutti about the way offices and shared spaces can be designed to meet the needs of those across the spectrum of neurodiversity. Kristin says, “When we design spaces for the masses we are ignoring those who need us most. When we design for those who really need us, it helps everyone in the process.”

Friday, February 19: Inspiring Change-Makers

7 am CST: Workout

6 pm CST: Pitch Competition: We believe the future is bright, bold and inclusive for wellness. Why? Because we see YOU setting your big goals and sharing your ideas. We believe that in order to make a better future than the one we have now, we need to hear new ways of thinking about it.

This evening, we’ll take the time to invest in the people who will make the change in the wellness industry. You’ll hear from leaders, humans and businesses who have a mission aligned with this very week: to create a future of wellness that is more equitable and inclusive.

You’ll hear from a woman who was born sprinting, from what we can tell. At the time of her talk during the #Sweatworking summit, Nadya Okamoto will have just turned 22, with so much social enterprise under her belt, we’re proud to simply say her name. She founded Period Inc in 2014 as a high schooler to help distribute menstrual hygiene products and to help end a state imposed tax on menstrual products – or, the period tax. She published her book Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement in 2018. And this year, she co-founded a company built around changing the period experience, August. She is currently a senior at Harvard University.

After that, you’ll hear from the top three pitches we’ve received from our community and we’ll fund at least one of those big ideas with a check for $2,500. Judges will include Nadya Okamoto, founder and CEO of Lauren Foundos, and members of the Better with Friends Committee.

Saturday, February 20: Taking Big Lessons Out Into the World with Nicole Cardoza, Founder of Antiracism Daily

We’ll finish the week by hearing a last round of rallying cries to remind us why we ask big questions, stand up for each other, and make our voices heard: because together we can make a difference.

Nicole Cardoza, founder of Antiracism Daily, will close us out with a keynote speech. Nicole is an award-winning serial social entrepreneur, investor, author, and public speaker making wellness accessible for everyone.

Nicole has too many accomplishments and accolades to list, but we’ll try our best. She founded Antiracism Daily June 3, 2020, which started as a casual project to send one email a day that paired current events with historical context and personal reflections on how racism persists in the U.S. Since launch, it has amassed more than 150,000 subscribers.

She also founded Yoga Foster, a non-profit providing yoga resources, training, and mats to over 100,000 students in 8,000 elementary school classrooms each year, in partnership with Lululemon and CorePower Yoga.

She is an investor through her fund Reclamation Ventures, “a family of brands reclaiming our right to be well, and a fund that invests in our collective well-being.” Through it, she’s closing the racial and socio-economic divides in the wellness industry by investing hundreds of thousands into “underestimated entrepreneurs” (the most apt description).

Want to know more about Nicole and prepare questions for the Q&A portion of her talk? Follow her on Instagram and subscribe to Antiracism Daily.


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