About the Presenter

Michelle Salerno

Michelle Salerno IDEA Author/Presenter

Michelle discovered her journey after working a “job” in the corporate world for more than 27 years. She was registered to attend ICAN Defining Leadership for Women Series retreat in the fall of 2011 She was experiencing a year of devastating events; 8 family members in 5 different hospitals within 3 month, including losing both of her parents within 6 months. Walking into the retreat orientation, she almost turned around at the door to leave but something told her to stay and to listen. The very first day of the retreat made her realize that she wasn’t being a leader of her passion. Her “job” wasn’t fulfilling her dream I was drawn to & involved in fitness all of my life. I knew I wanted to own a business. I’ve been blessed to discover both. Today Michelle is a licensed massage therapist, licensed in both Nebraska and Iowa, and the owner of THE FEEL GOOD FACTORY. She’d begun instructing Group Fitness classes at the YMCA in 1989 because it allowed her a free family membership. Her love of movement and music lead her to becoming an A.C.E. Group Fitness Instructor, certified in Les Mills Body Pump, Vive and Step, Zumba 1, 2 and Gold, Pilates, TRX KettleWorx and many others. For me success is defined by my clients continuing to come back to tell me how much better they feel, or how much I’ve helped them reach their goals whether through massage therapy or group fitness. Success is when clients refer you to all of their friends & family and tell the world to come to see you. Success is when you love your job because it doesn’t feel like a job. You almost feel guilty getting paid to do what you love. (I said almost!)