Anna Milani, CEO and Founder, has 20 years’ experience in the Health and Fitness industry working in high end studios to large franchises. Her journey with SPARKD began when she lost her grandfather to Alzheimer’s. From there her desire to help people improve and maintain their brain and physical health was born. Anna regularly presents at conferences and for corporations on the topic of exercise and brain health and has won several awards. She holds a BA in Contemporary Dance and an MBA as well many certifications in the fitness and wellness and neuroscience field.
What were your initial years of growing up like? Tell us about your life before the venture/ corporate journey?
I lived between Italy and Finland and at the age of 19 I moved to London to further my studies and my career. I enjoyed dancing, fishing, and nature.
Every industry that is now a large-scale, top-notch business once started as a small idea in the minds of entrepreneurs. What was that idea or motivation that made you start your business/initiative? What motivated you within to say “YES, go for it!”
My grandfather died of Alzheimer’s and that motivated me to create SPARKD to enhance brain & body performance and slow cognitive and physical decline. neuroscience and the impact that exercise has on the brain fascinates me immensely.
Tell us something about your initiative or current role. What is it about, and what impact are you trying to make?
SPARKD’s mission is to change the health and fitness industry by disrupting the industry with a new concept. SPARKD’s mission is to impact human life and performance.
Your journey and your vision are very inspiring, but are there any achievements or accomplishments you would like to mention?
Last year I was awarded the Singapore 40 over 40 Women. This year I have been awarded the Amity Business School Alumni Award.
Would you like to share with our young budding women entrepreneurs the change you would like to see in the world if given an opportunity?
I want to see more women in business and in power. I want women to have the courage and confidence to have and follow their dreams for a better future that is more inclusive and innovative.
Women are a growing force in the workplaces worldwide, standing shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts. There are cracks in glass ceilings everywhere, with many women breaking through to carve out a space right at the top of the pyramid. What are your thoughts about women’s leadership today?
Even though it is encouraging to see more women taking on more leadership roles, we need to keep pushing more and more to see this as a growing trend. We still need to create more awareness.
What would you want to say to our young women leaders/audience reading this?
Stay strong , keep pushing, don’t let people put you down and believe in yourself and project fully!