The RD Entrepreneur Symposium: Meet the Speakers

More than 16 experts come together to show you exactly how to grow your nutrition or health business.


4 days

Meet the Speakers

Heather Neal, MS, RD, LDN


Heather is the founder of the online private practice Elite Wellness and the PEAK Health business coaching program for dietitians and nutrition-based entrepreneurs. She's a sports dietitian and business strategist, helping fellow RDs and health entrepreneurs build thriving practices while still having enough hours left in the day to live life to it's fullest. Trained at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center & UNCG, Heather is certified in Childhood & Adolescent Weight Management and Adult Weight Management by the Committee on Dietetic Registration. She has a MS in Sports Nutrition from Northeastern University.

Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS

Know Your Worth: How to Set Your Rates & When to Say No

Owner of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition & Wellness Consulting, Alissa’s expertise is regularly featured on television, online, and in print—she is renowned for her ability to make the science of nutrition accessible. As a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she represents a national association of over 77,000 Registered Dietitians and nutrition professionals. Alissa earned dual BS degrees in Dietetics and Exercise Science from the University of Delaware and a MS in Health Communications from Boston University.

Jenna Free

Messaging, Finding Your Niche, & The Importance of Consistency

Jenna, an Intuitive Eating Counselor and Body Image Coach at You Ain't Your Weight.She helps women ditch the diet, stop obsessing over food and learn to love their bodies once and for all. Intuitive Eating, self love and body positive practices brought me back to life, but best of all she now leads other women down this path of self love and inner peace.

Ashley Srokosz, HBSc, RHN

How to Use Your Website to Find Paying Clients

Ashley helps busy women achieve more in their business with less struggle - because being a holistic practitioner and an entrepreneur doesn't have to be so hard. Through her one-on-one coaching, and signature online program on branding and building your online presence and profits, she's helping holistic practitioners across North America create successful businesses as fast as possible with the least amount of stress.

Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, CLT

How to Talk to Your Ideal Client

Rachael is a Columbia, SC based private practice dietitian and food and wellness blogger at Avocado A Day Nutrition. Her passion is helping clients and readers rediscover the joy of eating and become their happiest, healthiest selves by nourishing a healthy relationship with food. She works with individual clients using non-diet approaches including mindful and intuitive eating. She is also the co-creator of a 6-week online wellness program based on the same non-diet approaches. 

Erica Jain

The Power of Using Telehealth to Grow Your Business

CEO of Healthie, the HIPAA-compliant EHR and telehealth platform for dietitians, Erica has also worked in the healthcare practice of the Boston Consulting Group and on the nutrition team of the Clinton Health Access Initiative in East Africa. Erica completed her undergraduate degree with honors in Health Disparities at Duke University and recently finished her first year at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the Health Care Management program.

Katie Heddleston, MS, RD

Juggling Business with Life: Expectations, Reality, & Advice

Katie is a registered dietitian and run coach who helps equip women with practical approaches for better health. She specializes in maternal/child nutrition and loves working with the entire family! As a mother to three little boys herself, she understands how time is the one thing we want more of - with our families, with our health, with our businesses.Katie completed her BS, MS, and dietetic internship at Case Western Reserve University

Margie Geiser, MBA, RD, BCC

Make More Money in Less Time: Productivity Tips to Set You Free

Margie is President of MEG Enterprises, Inc, which, for 20 years, has helped dietitians around the world step into their power, raise their income, and move from the role of fearful dietitians trying to run a business to empowered business owners. For many years, she enjoyed making 6 Figures a Year, working 3 Days a week, running a virtual business out of her home office. She’s helped many learn how to get more done, working fewer hours. She is the author of “Just Jump: The No-Fear Business Startup Guide for Health and Fitness Professionals”.

Kelly Springer, MS, RD, CDN

The Importance of Creating a Brand to Grow Your Business

Kelly has been practicing in the field of dietetics for almost two decades. Kelly is the owner of Kelly’s Choice, LLC which contracts RD’s to promote the message of “real food”. Kelly’s Choice currently has a network of dietitians in five New York State markets. Kelly consults with food companies, colleges, sports teams, school districts,restaurants, medical practices, television stations and work places. She has a BS from WVU and a Master's in Health Education from SUNY Cortland.

Jennifer McGurk, RDN, CDN, CDE, CEDRD

Secrets to Building a Thriving Private Practice

Jennifer's mission is to help people heal from diets and find peace and balance with their food choices. She is the owner of Eat With Knowledge in Nyack, NY. She leads a team of dietitians who support the philosophy, “Feel fabulous about food!” She also created the business Pursuing Private Practice, along with authoring a book series of the same name, to help other healthcare professionals reach their goal of owning their own business. She completed her undergrad at Pennsylvania State University in Nutritional Sciences and continued to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, to complete her dietetic internship.

Rachel McMichael

Tech Overview: Sales Funnels & CRMs

Rachel McMichael is The Techspert™ for women in online business. She shows how managing the tech in your online business can feel like having coffee with your best friend. Her adoring customers have called her “a huge relief”, “the secret weapon for all my technical business needs”, and have even said things like “I almost want to create a tech issue so I can spend more time with her!” She's the master at ads, lead pages, sales funnel systems, and website tweaks.

Erica Lerman

Amazing Automation: Setting Up High Converting Email Automation Campaigns

As a business coach and digital marketing strategist Erica empowers and teaches entrepreneurs to grow their tribe, make an impact and monetize their passion. It's through the Online Empire Building Facebook Group, blog, training courses and podcast, that entrepreneurs connect, learn and succeed all while building kick-ass businesses.

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Maranda Carvell, RHN, NNCP

The Importance of Multiple Revenue Streams

Maranda Carvell is a Nutritionist and Weight Loss Coach helping people create a healthy lifestyles they love, without diets or deprivation. She helps people reclaim their energy and manage their weight with ease with her Cut The CRAP 21 Day Whole Food Challenge and private weight loss coaching.

Erica Julson, MS, RD, CLT

Taking Action to Find Your Niche

Erica is a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian who specializes in helping those who suffer from adverse food reactions. As a Certified LEAP Therapist, she runs a virtual private practice, develops & photographs recipes, and publishes nutrition articles on her website.

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

How to Use Newsletters to Build Your Client Base

Natalie is a NYC-based media Dietitian, food and nutrition writer and owner of Nutrition a la Natalie, a successful sports nutrition practice and blog. In addition to her media work, Natalie works with Registered Dietitians to help them start and grow an email marketing plan to optimize their brand and grow their business. She is the author of the ebook “The Completely Fool Proof Guide To Using MailChimp.”

Valery Kallen, MS, RD

Networking to Net Worth

Valery is a private practice dietitian and intuitive eating coach specializing in eating disorders. She’s a strong advocate of the body positivity and Health At Every Size (HAES) movements, believing that true health manifests not from a strict diet but from a positive mind, body, and spirit connection. She has a BA in psychology and a MS in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. 

Kait Fortunato, RD, LD, CEDRD

Client Retention, Referrals, & Systems

Kait works with clients in outpatient and IOP settings - both virtual and face-to- face. She is also a business coach helping RDs create and grow nutrition private practices across the country. Together with the owner of Rebecca Bitzer and Associates, Kait and Rebecca created systems to have the practice run smoothly on a day to day basis, and developed excellent client programs to help with client success and retention. Kait is the author of Welcome to the REBELUTION: Seven Steps to the Nutrition Practice of Your Dreams.

Amanda Foti, MS, RD, CDN

Running a Virtual Private Practice & Thinking Outside the Box

Amanda is a  NYC-based Registered Dietitian with a Master's in clinical nutrition from NYU. Amanda has counseled hundreds of clients primarily in weight loss, fitness, behavioral and lifestyle change, as well as disease prevention and management. She is currently finishing her certification to become a NASM personal trainer. 

Jan Patenaude, RD, CLT

Speaking & Negotiating

Jan is an expert in adverse food and chemical reactions. She is the co-author of the CLT training and works as a LEAP mentor, helping others build their LEAP practices.

Sarah Waninger, CPA

Taxes for Dietitians & Health Entrepreneurs: What You Deduct & How to Keep Track of It

Sarah worked in public accounting and private corporate accounting for 10 years before becoming a full time mom and fitness professional.  She know enjoys doing accounting work outside of an office setting helping bloggers and small business owners create fundamental systems for financial success. 

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