The LiveLife Motherhood Conference

Speaker Bios

Learn more about the speakers you’ll be hearing from on November 3rd!

 

Why These Speakers? 

The LiveLife Motherhood Conference has been long in the making and one of the most important components has been selecting the right experts to speak. For us, that meant speakers who are moms so they understand the full picture of motherhood from their own, personal and very real experiences. Also, since the theme of this event is "Moms Building Confidence Through Movement" we have selected individuals who have faced personal challenges and found both physical and inner strength through... you guessed it, movement.

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leah stewart, ms

Leah began her movement journey as a young ballet dancer. Her love for movement has helped her journey through life’s ups and downs, accomplish physical and mental goals and has set her on a lifelong path of exploring movement and teaching the joy of movement to others. It was the power of movement through Pilates during her three pregnancies and natural births that catapulted Leah into teaching and designing women’s health programs. Leah founded LiveLife Pilates in 2007 and specializes in pre- and post-natal Pilates, pelvic floor restoration and practical, creative movement solutions for busy women and mamas.

As the owner of LiveLife Pilates, Leah teaches a variety of online and in-studio workshops to both Pilates professionals and Pilates doers alike. Leah is a guest instructor on the popular online Pilates studio website, Pilates Anytime where her featured programs on pre- and post-natal Pilates and pelvic floor have been viewed by thousands around the globe. Leah served as senior faculty for Body Arts and Science International for many years, teaching Pilates courses and workshops from Japan to Italy. Leah is also the creator of the well-received, Pilates For New Mothers (DVD) postpartum workout program. Leah graduated with a Masters in Science in Human Movement from A.T. Still University and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University. Leah received her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor training through Orange County-based BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates.

Leah has four loves of her life; her yacht-captaining husband, Jason, her eldest baseball-playing son, Turner, her second karate-doing son, Bennett and her youngest, toddling son, Reed. Leah and her family live in Costa Mesa with their Australian Shepard, Mika and four chickens, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel and Janice. As a family the Stewarts love to go camping, hike, play outside (all day) and cook together (even though it gets really messy).

 
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jenna zaffino

Jenna Zaffino is a seasoned Pilates Expert and passionate entrepreneur.  With two decades under her belt as a movement educator, Jenna has successfully navigated through a multi-faceted career.  She served as the Pilates Coordinator for Fitness Formula Clubs and instituted Pilates programming across the city of Chicago from 2002 - 2006.  In the decade following, she owned and operated Helios Center For Movement, a Pilates studio and teacher training center, which she sold in 2017.  During her time as a studio owner, she was named Athleta’s Sponsored Athlete in 2014 and served as the Vice President of the board of the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce for three consecutive terms. Jenna also served as faculty for Fletcher Pilates® International, leading trainings for teachers across the globe.  She has presented education and motivational speeches at venues such as the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting, Pilates On Tour, Athleta, NYC, American Bone Health Events Bright Pink Fab Fest, Fletcher Pilates® Conference, and Momentumfest. She is a Pilates Anytime visiting instructor with over 20 classes on the site. In 2016, she parlayed her passion into producing her wildly popular podcast, Pilates Unfiltered.  Jenna now operates her practice out of her sanctuary space in Chicago, where she sees a small group of private clientele, offers career coaching for Pilates professionals and creates online course content for continuing education. Jenna is supported by her husband Josh, their four-year-old-mini-ninja-warrior son, Jaxon and their dog who believe’s he is a human, Horatio. It Jenna’s  mission to facilitate a process that brings personal meaning to one’s movement practice and supports them in the life that happens beyond the studio. 

Mom statement - Jenna is mom to 4 yr old Jaxon, a movement dynamo who keeps her "pivot skills" on point through his consistent exploration (*read: risk taking) in his surroundings. 



 
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brooke winder, pt, dpt, ocs

Brooke’s passion for movement developed through training as a gymnast and dancer from a young age. Throughout the years as an athlete and performer, Brooke had challenges with back and hip pain. It was ultimately a focus on the pelvic floor that strongly helped her recover from these issues. Brooke is now a physical therapist who specializes in both orthopedic and pelvic health issues, especially among female athletes, performing artists, individuals with pelvic pain, and women seeking pre- and post-natal physical therapy.

Brooke serves as Assistant Professor in the Dance Science program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) pursuing research in biomechanics as well as low back and pelvic floor dysfunction. She currently sees patients at Sarton Physical Therapy in Tustin, Calif. Brooke graduated with honors from the University of Southern California (USC) with her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree and completed a rigorous post-professional residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at USC, obtaining advanced board certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Brooke holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Chapman University and received her Comprehensive Pilates Instructor training through Orange County-based BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates. 

Brooke works on laughing through the craziness of balancing patient care, academia, and being mom to a creative, curious and determined 3-year old. She and her son spend time together prepping crock pot meals (he is a whiz at “chopping” veggies and “pouring” spices in), building castles, and climbing. She is glad to have the support of her awesome husband, Jason.