Today the world is celebrating International Women’s Day, a global day dedicated to honoring the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. We’re inspired each day by our incredible graduates who are making this world a healthier and happier place. Thanks to them, we’re encouraged to continue pursuing our dreams and follow our passions.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re so excited to feature eight incredible Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches who make the world a better place. Don’t forget to honor the women in your life who deserve to be celebrated today (and every day!)!
Otilia Kiss, Class of 2012
As a peak performance results coach and holistic health consultant, Otilia’s number one priority is supporting business owners and executives to bring about massive transformation in their health, their business, and their lives.
After working as an executive for Fortune 500 companies for over a decade, Otilia opened her own business and created the life she always imagined. As a bestselling author and speaker, she loves supporting clients in creating lasting change in all areas of their lives by following a healthy lifestyle and a powerful mind-set in a way that is joyful and rewarding.
Otilia was born and raised in Romania; though she now calls Toronto, Canada, her forever home. In her free time, she loves to create life-changing experiences for her community, whether it’s leading mastermind groups, organizing board-breaking workshops, or feeding hundreds of families during their annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. Helping people thrive is what she lives for!
Cynthia Estrada, Class of 2016
Cynthia found Integrative Nutrition after going through a very challenging period in her life. She was living in a city she didn't like, working a job she hated, and getting over a six-year relationship where she didn’t feel valued. She was overweight, depressed, and drained. Integrative Nutrition helped her transform into the vibrant and energetic person she is today.
Cynthia’s coaching practice, Nutrición y Cocina (Nutrition and Cooking), was created around her personal experience. It seeks to help those who are ready to create the lifestyle and health they’ve dreamed of through cooking and new habits as the main sources to transform their physical, emotional, and spiritual selves.
Lina Salazar, Class of 2016
Lina is the founder of Live Well, a health coaching business in Washington, D.C. Before Live Well, Lina worked at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., the Americas Society/Council of the Americas in New York, the OECD in Paris, and the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce in Colombia. Lina left her career in international development to pursue her passion for health education and wellness.
After studying at IIN, Lina has focused on supporting women who want to make peace with food and their body. She also works on consumer education and corporate wellness. Lina is a lawyer and political scientist with a dual master’s in public administration (MPA) from Columbia University in New York and Sciences Po in Paris. She's originally from Colombia and speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. Lina is very excited to launch a group coaching program called “Food Sanity: An 8-week program for women who want joy and freedom around food.”
Uma Ghosh, Class of 2016
Uma is the Dubai-based entrepreneur, TV producer, and health and wellness coach behind The Uma Show, where she strives to empower others to live their best life through fitness, clean eating, beauty, and wellness resources. She is also in the process of developing her own digital courses on health and beauty.
After starting her own production company and lifestyle show, Uma’s career flourished, but she began to seek security in her success and viewed her self-worth and happiness in relation to the success of her business. Uma stepped back from her highly public career to research and study her own lifestyle and inner well-being.
Today, she is committed to sharing what she learned from this internal reflection and the Health Coach Training Program in an honest and real way. Uma believes that true health and personal growth rely on living a balanced life by caring for our minds, bodies, and spirits. As a holistic health and wellness coach, she encourages people to explore different ways to make healthy lifestyle changes that fit their unique needs, interests, and desires.
Melody Pourmoradi, Class of 2014
Melody is the author of “XOXO, from a girl who gets it” and the creator of the GiRLiFE Empowerment Series, a digital program that teaches passionate women how to create income-generating girls empowerment workshops in their own communities. The core mission of all her work is to empower girls to believe and know that they hold the power to create happiness, wellness, and peace in their everyday lives. Today, Melody’s program is being taught by amazing women in communities all over the world, including Singapore, Sweden, Guatemala, and Rwanda. Melody believes that when women unite on a common mission, the possibilities for growth are endless.
Inês Nunes Pimental, Class of 2015
Inês is a transformation coach, speaker, and author who strives to inspire women all over the world to fall in love with themselves. As a coach in Portugal, she focuses on giving her clients the knowledge, tools, and guidance to live happier lives and become the best version of themselves in mind, body, and soul.
In her book, Vive a tua luz (Live your light), Inês shares stories, experiences, exercises, and mantras to help achieve the life of your dreams. You can also meditate with Inês through the audio series on her website.
Emily Claire Clarke, Class of 2017
In early 2014, Emily was diagnosed with a rare chronic disease. After undergoing failed brain surgery and suffering the side effects of more than 13 medications, Emily turned to food for a cure. Her time in the kitchen led to an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle that has allowed her to manage her chronic pain naturally and taper off all prescription drugs and injections. Emily has gone on to support the wellness journeys of many women who are unwell, while providing those who are well with the tools to prevent disease.
Beyond the basics of food, Emily’s company, Busy Bee Well, brings balance to every aspect of a woman’s life, including love, relationships, career, fitness, and sleep. Busy Bee Well is unique in that it honors every woman’s progress – big or small. It is through celebrating these progressions that clients become self-motivated to take the next, more significant steps in their wellness journeys. Everything is progress, even drinking one extra glass of water per day. Equally important, Busy Bee Well is a practice for women because, as a wife, daughter, friend, etc., Emily understands that by taking care of women, you take care of the world. She wants to ensure that women everywhere have the tools they need to first take care of themselves so that they can take care of their families and friends without becoming sick.
Catherine Barnhoorn, Class of 2015
Catherine is the creator of Mila’s Meals, named after her daughter, Mila. Mila’s Meals is a cookbook, website, and blog dedicated to food intolerances – how to cater to them and how to raise children with them. Specifically, Mila’s Meals focuses on gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free recipes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Barnhoorn’s cookbook includes over 100 of these recipes and food ideas for babies’ first years. It’s received seven international book awards, including Readers’ Favorite and an Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction – Cooking/Food category.
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