Fireside Chat: Unpacking the US$400 million SWEAT business exit success story

June 16, 9am 

For the first time in-person since Sweat’s US$400 million acquisition, Tobi Pearce joins us at FWA as the opening keynote speaker.

Tobi Pearce is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Sweat, a global technology company in the health and fitness industry and home to one of the largest online female fitness communities of more than 50 million women globally.

Pearce has leveraged his personal training background and his passion for and knowledge in business and technology to reach global markets, and ultimately provide a world first health and fitness app for women in more than 155 countries.

As CEO of this company he successfully led them from the beginning all the way through to a 9 figure acquisition by iFIT in 2021.

At 28 years old, Pearce was recognised by Indaily’s 40 Under 40 as one of the ‘fit tech’ industry’s top entrepreneurs with his enterprising leadership and a proven eye for innovation and disruptive thinking, receiving the Inspiring Disruptor award.

Keynote: Don't Bounce Back, Bounce Forward

June 17, 9am

Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the upcoming Olympics, she was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries.

Doctors warned her parents that, even if she lived, Janine would never walk again. After major spinal surgery, and five months immobilised in a hospital bed, Janine came home to heal. 

Struggling to rehabilitate with permanent disabilities, Janine rekindled her defiant spirit in a dramatically improbable way. Seeing a small plane fly overhead one day, she declared, “That’s it! If I can’t walk, I’ll fly!”

Janine went on to succeed not only as a commercial pilot and flight instructor but also to attain her University degree, raise three children and author a best-selling book, ‘Never Tell Me Never’, which was subsequently made into a feature length film of the same title.

Today, Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person.” has garnered over 1.7 million views. She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and recognised with her country’s highest honor, The Order of Australia for her inspiration and work in raising awareness for spinal cord research.