Female Athlete Summit

Join us for an evening of inspiration and education from top female athletes!  We have an awesome line-up of speakers that will be sure to provide you with entertainment, motivation, and information to help you achieve more in athletics and in life.  All female athletes, their parents, coaches, and health/fitness professionals are welcome.  We are thrilled to bring you the inaugural Female Athlete Summit!

Event Info

Thursday, January 17, 2019

6-8pm (schedule to be released soon!)

Inspired Athletx Performance Center
2155 Niagara Ln N, Suite 102
Plymouth, MN 55447 (Map)

Early bird registration (ends 12/8/2018): $10
Regular registration (ends 1/15/2019): $20
At the door (on 1/17/2019): $25

This annual event is in the past.  It was a great success!  Be on the lookout for video footage of the event coming soon!  Details for the 2020 Female Athlete Summit will be released later in the fall of 2019.  


speaker lineup

Keynote Speakers

Ellie Smart

Eleanor (Ellie) Smart is a professional cliff diver and bronze medalist of the 2018 FINA High Diving World Cup.  She is originally from Kansas City, and began diving at the age of five. She dove competitively growing up and qualified for both Junior and Senior Nationals on springboard and platform. Smart went on to dive collegiately at the University of California, Berkeley, where she qualified for NCAA’s and won a National Championship in 2015.

After graduating with a degree in Media Studies, she began high diving professionally. Ellie is currently the youngest high diver representing the United States and, after medaling at the FINA World Cup in Abu Dhabi, recently became a permanent diver on the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. In addition to her professional diving career, Smart is the graduate assistant coach of the University of Minnesota’s Diving team.

Sara Heesen

Sara Heesen is a professional obstacle course racer and obstacle course racing coach.  She was a National Finalist on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and also a competitor on USA Network’s ANW: Ninja vs. Ninja.

Sara has always been athletic, spending much of her life competing in gymnastics, soccer, cross-country, track and field, and rock climbing.  She took up obstacle course racing in her late-twenties and turned her passion into a full-time career.  Her competitive accolades include obtaining a Top 10 National finish in both the National Ninja League and the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association.  She also represented the USA in the OCR World Championships on two occasions.

Sara has coached obstacle course racing for three years and is currently a coach at Obstacle Academy.  Her athletes have represented the U.S. at OCR World Championships, and compete on American Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior Junior.She is also a pro athlete and coach for Alpha Warrior, a program that certifies members of the U.S. Military in obstacle-based functional fitness. 

Featured Speakers

Lindsey Heiserman

Lindsey Heiserman is a personal trainer and professional life coach with over a decade of experience. She is also one of the most active female Tough Mudder competitors and obstacle course racers in the country, having completed over 65 Tough Mudders, 4 World’s Toughest Mudder 24-hour endurance events, and 8 marathons, among many other obstacle and road races.  As a child, she wasn’t an athlete, couldn’t complete the mile in the Presidential Fitness Tests, and was on the F team for volleyball. However, it became her mission from a young age to be healthy, vibrant and use physical activity and exercise to improve her life and the lives of others.

She channeled her passion into her Exercise Science degree from Truman State University, followed by a Master’s in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School.  She also has a Professional Life Coaching certification. Her work with clients ranges from one-on-one personal training/life coaching to large group personal training. She also hosts a podcast called Mind, Muscle, and Movement and writes regularly for her blog.  Her goal in life is to inspire people to do things they didn’t know or believe they could do.

Dr. Erin Ayala

Dr. Ayala is a licensed doctor of psychology at Premeir Sport Psychology.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from St. Catherine University, followed by her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany in Albany, New York.  She has worked with athletes in college counseling, career counseling, medical education, inpatient psychiatry, and community mental health over the past several years. In addition to her work at Premier Sport, she serves as a core faculty member at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she teaches Applied Sport Psychology at the doctoral level, supervises dissertation research, and mentors psychologists-in-training.

Dr. Ayala participated in track, cross country, basketball, and volleyball as a high school student in Wisconsin.  She began running in graduate school, which led to her participation in triathlon and other endurance sports.  She has completed ten marathons, seven half-distance triathlons (70.3 miles), and one full-distance triathlon (140.6 miles).  Currently, Dr. Ayala is a member of a women’s cycling team in Minneapolis and competes in road, gravel, and cyclocross races.  She claimed a top 10 finish in the Dirty Kanza 100 mile gravel race in 2017, and completed the Dirty Kanza 200 mile endurance event in 2018.  Dr. Ayala has previously volunteered for a couch-to-5k program for domestic violence survivors in Upstate New York, and is committed to introducing more women to the benefits of sport.

Dr. Molly King

Molly King, DPT, ATC is a doctor of physical therapy and certified athletic trainer at Inspired Athletx.  She earned a doctorate of physical therapy degree from The University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Gustavus Adolphus College.  She also minored in coaching at Gustavus and is an American Sport Education Program certified coach.

Molly specializes in manual therapy, dry needling, corrective exercise, and bridging the gap from injury rehabilitation to sport performance enhancement.  She has worked with clients and athletes from youth to professionals, including football, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and baseball athletes, as well as swimmers, gymnasts, horseback riders, and runners.  As a former girls hockey coach, she has a special interest in hockey players, as well as the female athlete. She believes in building a strong foundation of mobility and stability, while integrating sport specific exercises early in the rehabilitation process to help accelerate recovery times for athletes.

Kristina Swanson

Kristina is a registered dietitian with a passion for wellness and sports nutrition. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, where she was a nutrition intern with Gopher Football, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. During her internship she had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the clinical setting, teaching a cooking camp for kids, working with eating disorders and WIC, and learning from sports dietitians at EXOS.

Kristina works part-time at Hy-Vee where she hosts grocery store tours, provides nutrition education and counseling services, teaches cooking classes, and helps customers find healthy foods to incorporate into their everyday lives.  Kristina also has a passion for working with athletes as she believes that food truly is fuel for the body and she loves watching athletes reach their nutrition and performance goals.

Kristina athletic resume includes two years on the University of Minnesota rowing team, a marathon, and several half marathons.  

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