Editor's Note: All About the Girls has been rescheduled for May 27, 20021 and this article has been updated to reflect that. We look forward to reintroducing you to all the speakers closer to that date, including those who haven't been announced yet!
All About the Girls is the Region’s cherished event that uplifts, celebrates, and highlights incredible women in Northwest Indiana. This year’s theme is My Strength.
Tickets for this sell-out event at Sand Creek Country Club are available at https://aatg2020.eventbrite.com, and sponsorship and full-table purchase opportunities are still available by contacting Stephanie Swearington at 219-707-5023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Shirk is the Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of La Porte County. She is a longtime La Porte County resident with a passion for creating safe, welcoming community spaces. After starting her career as a litigation attorney, she transitioned to the non-profit field where she has spent the last decade working with local organizations as a staff member and volunteer. Shirk recently assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of La Porte County (formerly Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City). She is honored to have the opportunity to become part of an organization that is already thriving and impacting more than 550 children ages 5 to 18 annually.
Shirk proudly serves as a board member for the La Porte County Public Library and a committee member for the Discussion Over Dinner community conversation series. In her free time, she enjoys hiking around Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan with her husband, Nick, and children, Evelyn (9) and Miles (4). Her favorite place in Indiana is the top of Trail 9 at Indiana Dunes State Park.
Born and raised in Rockville, Maryland, Orlee Glazer has years of professional ballet training, studying at prestigious institutions such as American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet in New York City, Chautauqua Dance Festival, and Maryland Youth Ballet. She continued her study of dance, Pilates and stretch conditioning and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics while attending Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. During her successful 10-year career in sales, marketing, and real estate, Glazer discovered barre in New York City and was instantly hooked. She became passionate about the incredible lengthening impact that barre classes had on her body, and about the physical and mental strength the classes provided her. An athlete all her life, Glazer was no longer struggling to find a balance between career, motherhood, dance, and fitness.
Upon moving to Northwest Indiana, Glazer's goal was to open her own studio, a place to inspire women to achieve physical strength and mental strength; a toughness that carries beyond the barre into everyday life. She opened her boutique studio, Barre + Beyond, in January 2014, specializing in Mind Over Matter Method, her signature barre technique formulated for all stages of a female’s life. This challenging yet safe total body workout melds the best from her training in ballet, Pilates and stretch conditioning and is modifiable for all fitness levels. Glazer is excited to share her passion and this amazing total body workout to Northwest Indiana and provide women in this wonderful community the opportunity to make fitness and healthy living a priority at the Barre + Beyond.
Glazer lives in Chesterton with her husband Chad and daughters Lana and Liza
Steph Woods is the owner and head coach of Revolution Fitness in Crown Point. After starting her career in the legal field she realized her passion was in health and fitness. She's now been in the fitness industry for more than nine years and opened Revolution Fitness in 2014. She's passionate about helping people reach their goals and creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere for all.
Woods is a part of the Merrillville Rotary Club, fundraises for the American Lung Association through their event Fight for Air Climb, and has a Barbells for Boobs event each year to help fundraise and bring awareness to improving quality of life for people after a breast cancer diagnosis. In her free time, she likes to travel, hike and spend quality time with her family and friends. Her favorite place to travel to is the Rocky Mountain National Park and her bucket list travel destination is Alaska.
Deauke Robbens, or the self-proclaimed Bada$$ Belgian, runs an online healthy habits and fitness coaching business for women entrepreneurs over age 40. Robbens came to the U.S. from Belgium in the summer of 2014 and now lives in La Porte. She has been involved in motivating people toward healthy lifestyles ever since. Robbens goal is to help professional women better manage their mood swings, fitness, weight, and energy so they can rock their businesses, and have the financial freedom to live their own bada$$ life. Robbens loves life and is determined to live it to the fullest – a fact that is well-reflected in her move from her birth country to the U.S. in her adult life.