Leader Spotlight: Julie DiLeo of Women's Fitness of Boston

Q: Where do you live?

A. Boston, Massachusetts

Q: Tell us about your organization.

A. Women's Fitness of Boston, WFOB is an all women's fitness full service fitness club committed to helping women learn healthy habits to last a lifetime. We offer a comfortable environment, welcoming and knowledgeable staff to help you get healthy and fit. With our 30 day trial, clients receive weekly emails with healthy lifestyle tips to begin their journey to wellness. We recommend clients select tips from three major categories: Mind, Body & Soul. Recommendations range from keeping a gratitude journal, trying a group fitness class at the club, to putting down devices and taking a nature walk.

We are a supportive community with both caring members and a passionate team staff including 5 onsite personal trainers. If the walls could speak, they would share success stories of members overcoming issues of self-confidence, loss of loved ones, divorce, personal achievements, goals accomplished, marathons completed, fitness competition ribbons, Instagram model success stories, body image improvements, weight loss journeys, and more. We believe fitness is an overall journey of mindfulness and is created by balance. Our goal is to help women implement healthy habits for a lifetime both mentally and physically!

Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?

A. "Learn from others. Attend conferences specific to the business and/or meet with other business owners in the same field to ask for guidance. Create a business plan with clear expectations, and put proper systems in place."

Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?

A. If readers are interested in investing in Women's Fitness of Boston to help us grow and expand they can reach out to Julie DiLeo at julie@womensfitnessofboston.com.

Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A. My mother, Patricia Aniello. She is intelligent, kind, empathetic, generous, supportive, thoughtful and energetic. She brought me to my first all women's gym in Salem NH when I was 18. She picked up a part time job to help pay for my college. She has always inspired me to stay true to myself, constantly learn and grow, be kind to others, be honest and truthful, non-judgmental, and self-sufficient. I am blessed and grateful to have her as my mother and she has by far been the greatest female influence in my life.

Q: Please share with us something that you want other women around the world to hear.

A. It's ok to put your health as a priority. As women we do a lot of care taking of everyone in our lives, our children, our spouses, our parents even. We tend to put ourselves very last on the list, if not at all. Prioritize your wellness. If you do not do this, no one else will. It's alright to take care of you. Don't obsess. Focus on being comfortable within your body. Eat healthy, exercise, enjoy your family and friends. Be present. Find balance. Be mindful.

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