EvolveHer Presents: WELLNESS DAYFEST

Join EvolveHer for a full-DAYFEST filled with activities, fireside chats, and panels focusing on EH core values; Wellness, Business Development, and Connections. There will be delicious food, health-conscious drinks, and some awesome vendors who have put together an amazing take-home goody bag! 

The core focus of this event is to entertain, bring together, and build connections with like-minded women around the city of Chicago. Topics include surrounding your brain and the neuroscience behind your well-being, how change is a constant and where it can take you, and how to fuel your side-hustle into your full-time dream career. 

Our speakers and panelist come from all sorts of wellness backgrounds and we cannot wait to share them with you! 


 Join us for a day full of insight, opportunities to connect, and get a taste of EvolveHer!


Ticket Pricing: 

Member Early Bird - $45

Non-Member Early Bird: $65

Member After 9/1 - $55 

Non-Member After 9/1 - $75



*Please Bring a Yoga Mat* 




Carla Jian Primero is a wife and mother.  But beyond that she is also a multi-faceted wellness maven with 10+ years of experience in health and fitness.  Prior to that, Carla decided to try yoga because she was stressed from her sedentary job and discouraged that most of her flexibility she once had as a competitive cheerleader was almost gone.  After that yoga class she was hooked.  The focus was more than just being flexible, it now became a priority to calm the mind.  It also became clear to Carla what she needed to do to create a more meaningful life.  Once she became a yoga instructor she began to pursue more opportunities in the wellness world.

Carla currently instructs Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, and Barre.   Driven by the deep love of overall body and spiritual wellness, Carla also explored a connection to nutritional wellness.  She is also certified as a Holistic Health Coach.  Along with her dedication of an active lifestyle, she focuses on a daily practice of self-care and mindfulness.  Everything from nutritious meals, face masks, authentic connections and relationships, to enjoying her favorite chocolate dessert, she is all about real life balance!  With so many mental, emotional, and physical benefits she has witnessed her clients and students go through, Carla continues to share her passion for a balanced lifestyle through her classes, workshops, social media, and blog.  




Dr. Julia DiGangi is a neuropsychologist and yoga instructor. Her area of expertise is stress and the brain. As a medical and fitness professional, Dr. DiGangi brings a unique perspective to mind-body wellness. Dr. DiGangi’s mission is to help women better manage their emotional, physical and spiritual lives using both psychological and biological perspectives.

Dr. DiGangi helps individual clients who want to focus on improving their lives, their work and their relationships using a brain-informed approach.  She has offices in Chicago and Hinsdale, IL.  She also offers confidential telehealth services for busy women and couples. 

In addition to her services to individuals, Dr. DiGangi works with various organizations—corporations, law firms, non-profits and schools—helping them bring the science of behavioral change into their workplace. She designs evidence-based curricula on topics like emotional intelligence, bias, motivation, effective stress management and high performance. 

In her capacity as the president of NeuroHealth Partners, Dr. DiGangi educates professionals and the public on health & behavior.  She has published extensively in scientific journals and has presented to thousands of people on health-related topics. Known for her compelling, funny and relatable communication style, Dr. DiGangi is a liaison between the complex research world and the public. She has also worked at The White House and on U.S. presidential campaigns, so she is accustomed to helping people gracefully navigate fast-paced, high-stakes environments. Recently, she gave a TED talk on the relationship between stress and the brain.





Maya is a local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in weight management. Before building her private practice, Maya worked at Mercy Center for Weight Management and, most recently, at a local tech startup building an internal well-being program from the ground up. Passionate about nutrition education, Maya focuses on helping both individuals reach their personal health goals and organizations bring well-being into the workplace. Born in Tel Aviv and raised in California, Maya now lives in Chicago with her husband and Dexter, a mini Aussie mix. Outside of office hours, you can find her at an evening yoga class with a friend or enjoying Chicago’s lakeshore path with Dexter.


PRIYA LAKHI - Awaken Ananda

Priya Lakhi is the founder of Awaken Ananda.  She is a channeled energy healer, evolving yogi, transformational life coach and shamanic practitioner. In a virtual or in-person healing session with Priya, she facilitates the process of creating the reality for your dreams to be housed. Together, we awaken your Ananda: your highest state of being. We bridge spirituality, psychology and the real world so you can create a life that you love.

A former criminal defense lawyer, Priya beautifully blends the practical and the spiritual, the right and left brain, the yin and the yang. She has the ability to speak to our mind while touching our hearts. 

As a certified healer and yoga teacher, she has been extensively trained in India by a Reiki Grand Master, Shamanic practitioners with the lineage of the Hawaiian Huna and with the gurus at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedenta Centre.  

These in-depth studies allow Priya to offer authentic and undiluted lineage-based techniques and rituals that empower each client on their healing journey.  More information on Priya  and to schedule a session, check out her website:  www.awakenananda.com



Named by Yelp as Chicago’s premiere Lifestyle Coach, Alisha uses a radical approach to coaching, focusing on the intersection between mental health and spiritual consciousness during major life transitions. She guides you to tap into your intuitive leadership, ultimately helping you transition into the lifestyle you were meant to lead.




Andrea Wise is a top-rated fitness, nutrition and wellness powerhouse who is passionate about helping her clients bring their demanding lives into balance. The woman behind AndreaWiseLifestyle.comhas been at the forefront of elite fitness since her days as a Division I collegiate softball player. She is the owner and head coach at ASCEND, the highly acclaimed boutique training center in downtown Chicago serving the ‘who’s who’ of Chicago business executives, entrepreneurs, and creatives. She thrives on delivering exceptional results and goes above and beyond to make a difference in people’s lives; be it her own clients, or as a long-time supporter of A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO), a New York-based charity that provides free orthopedic care to children with limb disabilities in developing countries and on the Emerging Leaders Board of Bounce Children’s Foundation.



Jeana is the founder and CEO of A Sweat Life, the premier Chicago fitness destination for creating you best life through fitness. You can find her at any of A Sweat Life’s amazing events, leading her incredible team or using her Personal Training certification to teach a group class.


Cat Aldana is the Founder of Cat Aldana International and EAT STRETCH NAP, a retreat + corporate wellness company. Over the last 7 years Cat has worked with companies and employees in helping them create work-life balance and manage stress. Cat leads international wellness retreats, online programs, and seminars that help people be more focused, avoid burnout, and have greater clarity around their life and business.


Jillian is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Barre Code, a fast-growing fitness franchise.  The Barre Code originating in Chicago, IL in 2010 and now has 49 locations across the country with many more underway.

The Barre Code offers group classes that are aimed to provide personal growth and self-acceptance.  The all-encompassing fitness program incorporates cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and restoration in an empowering environment.   www.thebarrecode.com

 Jillian grew up dancing and performing from an early age, uncovering her passion for choreography during her high school and college years. Earning her B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, where she also served as her sorority president. After graduation, Jillian joined a global consulting firm, spending over ten years immersing herself in the business world. Since founding The Barre Code in 2010, Jillian has been highlighted alongside the brand in publications such as Forbes, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, SELF, Glamour, Entrepreneur, Women’s Health, and Inc. Jillian has been recognized as a fitness and post-natal fitness expert in Shape, Fit Pregnancy, and numerous news networks, and regularly speaks on entrepreneurship panels, including The University of Chicago & Northwestern University business schools.  Jillian recieved the 2018 Spartan Innovator of the year award by the Chicago Spartans.   In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.





Sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food. We inspire healthier communities by connecting people to real food that is sourced by trusted local farmers in each region. Our mission at sweetgreen is to make an impact and leave people better than we found them. We are so excited to have the EvolveHer community enjoy a variety of our salads and warm bowls, made from scratch everyday in our stores! 


Known for their athleisure wear, Athleta holds strong values of empowering women and girls. They design clothes that transition from workout to work to weekend, because they know you need pieces that can carry you through your whole day and last for years. Athleta is also focused on sourcing their materials ethically and make strong effort to be earth –friendly.


Our mission is to reconnect the mind, body, and spirit to the common element that we all share.

Incorporating crystal energy into a conscious lifestyle allows you to reach higher vibrations in your everyday routine and meditations. 
Each crystal has its own unique energy signature. These pieces are encoded with all you need to activate your own power. The key is to find a crystal that is attuned to your own personal energy, or that raises your energetic resonance to ensure well-being and expand your consciousness. 
The stone serves as a tool to help you tap into your inner power and manifest your desires.


Born in the heart of Fulton Market in 2016, LIMITLESS relentlessly pursues the cleanest caffeine possible. Whether you’re looking for a jumpstart with Cold Brew Coffee, a refreshing pick-me-up with Matcha Green Tea, or sparkling water with an added kick; our products will help you #BuildYourBetter. 


KIND believes if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body. Actually, it shouldn’t even go into your pantry. Their products are made from nutritionally-dense ingredients like whole nuts, fruits and whole grains. They use no secret ingredients and no artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners so there’s nothing to hide!


Laura Leigh Bean is a graphic designer here in Chicago creating positive. Empowering illustrations and designs that inspire women to live joyfully. She is also skilled in Illustration and visual branding.


Zenevate is on a mission to help everyday people incorporate the tools and techniques of yoga in their day-to-day in order to live harmonious, healthy, and happy lives. Whether you’re just starting out or continuing your yoga journey, embark with a guide and community behind you!







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