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Favorite Motto?
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Current Passions?

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Minal Mehta: Co-Founder & President of BollyX

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Minal is the Co-Founder and President of BollyX. She has a BA in Economics from Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. With a background in both dance production, marketing, and strategy, Minal enjoys driving BollyX’s powerful brand to build a community around healthy living.

What do you do best?

 My strength is in building teams. The BollyX instructor community comprises of an extremely diverse group of people, each person having extraordinary achievements and valuable perspectives. Being able to listen to my team members' perspectives and give them ownership over significant parts of the business allows me to build trust and team morale, while setting the groundwork for a strong infrastructure for growth. Every day, I remind myself that organizations are all about people, and building a sense of community is the most important thing I can do as a manager.

What makes you the best?

My team and the people in my life make me the best. I value people management because I have been managed well myself. From an extremely encouraging family to mentors and managers in my life who constantly challenge and lift me, I feel incredibly lucky to have such a supportive network. At BollyX, there isn't one thing that I even want to point to as my own achievement. It's because my team and our collective effort is what really matters.

How will you stay the best?

I will become the best I can be by understanding that there is no "best." There is "better" than I was yesterday. By applying a continuous improvement process to how I assess my own performance and take feedback from others, I can build my skill set and become even stronger over time. It's just like fitness: there's no shortcut to getting in the best shape of your life - it takes constant and concerted effort and time.

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

Personal: I aspire to keep myself healthy in mind and body and to be good to my family.

Business: I aspire to create something around real experiences that connect people to each other. I want to apply my skills in organizational management towards building a community of positive minded people.


What fascinates you?

The fitness industry fascinates me. Every summer at IDEA World, the world's largest fitness convention in Los Angeles, I see brand new fitness formats emerge. There's a mishmosh of different fitness formats, from bootcamp to spin to trampolining. And dance is exploding. Just to name a few, we've got Zumba, UJam, Werq, Rizzmic, and, of course, BollyX! With so many fitness formats, you'd expect the competition to be cutthroat. In my experience, though, I've never seen a more collaborative and positive minded industry than the fitness industry. Fitness professionals are in the industry to motivate and inspire people to live healthy lives. Every fitness class I take, I observe and learn new ways to encourage and motivate people in very personal ways.

Favorite Motto?

Celebrate the small wins. I love this motto I heard from Jack Welch. Encouraging and recognizing progress is the best way to motivate your team.

Favorite People?

My family takes the prize on this one.

Favorite Places?

The fitness studio is awesome. I love entering an empty space and experiencing the calm before the "sweat" storm. Pretty soon, the space fills out with fun-loving and outgoing people. And then, when the music's loud and you're just grooving, it's exhilarating! The best part is walking out of the studio, drenched in sweat, and feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Favorite Products?

These days, I'm really into jazzing up my different versions of compression tights I wear in the fitness studio. There are many awesome ways to wear black tights!

Current Passions?

Outside of work, I love watching the performing arts. I'm in the heart of the action here in NYC and feel so lucky. From music theater, to cabarets, to intimate classical Indian dance performances, I can't get enough.

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