With very busy schedules and demanding positions in the city, it is very easy for women like Atlanta’s power leaders to lose sight of a healthy lifestyle. In efforts to celebrate better living, women of the city of Atlanta moved their bodies with #PowerWomenSweat, a program dedicated to educating women on the importance of active and healthy choices.
From dancing to networking, women were allowed to step away from the desk and onto the exercise dance floor. Founded and led by fitness enthusiast Amber Grimes, participants walked away with practical tips on how to make exercise a priority in their busy lives. Recently seen on Oxygen’s “Like A Boss,” Grimes is a prominent leader in Atlanta. Working with big names like Nick Cannon and Reebok, she has recently used her athletic background to grow her passion for helping women in fitness.
“Women tend to be stripped of their egos in a fitness environment and become more vulnerable, approachable and pleasant,” says Grimes. “#PowerWomenSweat is the next generation of networking events, because it actually works!”
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event raised over $1K to donate to the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Foundation. Each woman also received memorable gifts, courtesy of Reebok and Arden’s Garden.
According to Breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Furthermore, Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other race. Even with busy lives, it is important for women to slow down and make healthy living a priority. Adding just 15 minutes of exercise a day can drastically improve overall health, confidence and the ability to work more efficiently.
#PowerWomenSweat effectively brought together women from Invest Atlanta and Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative from the city of Atlanta. Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for City Hall that strengthens Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness. In addition, WEI was designed to equip local women business owners with the tools needed to support their business aspirations.
The event was co-hosted by Candace L. Byrd (chief of staff, the city of Atlanta); Dr. Eloisa Y. Klementich (CEO of Invest Atlanta); and Theia Washington-Smith (director of Atlanta Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative).