Calling Women Health & Wellness Entrepreneurs in LA!

by Jordan Boswell


Announcing the Pitch Entrepreneur Competition

Courtney Nichols Gould of SmartyPants Vitamins, Dr. Renee Dua of Heal, Sadie Lincoln of Barre3 and Sarah Lee of Glow Recipe join the judges panel for The Pitch at BlogHer Health 2019.

With six weeks to go until BlogHer Health, we are excited to announce that we will be bringing The Pitch back to the main stage. The Pitch is a live event series that elevates, connects and celebrates women entrepreneurs by endeavoring to close the gap between men and women-owned businesses. Next month, three health and wellness entrepreneurs will take the stage to pitch their companies to an impressive panel of judges, who will critique and advise these up-and-comers on their pitch delivery and business. Today, we want to introduce you all to our judges and share our application for prospective Pitchers.

Meet the Judges!


Courtney Nichols Gould is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, the leading maker of premium comprehensive supplements. The company's products are top ranked on Amazon, and sold everywhere from Whole Foods and Target to Costco and beyond. Committed to bringing more health to more people every day – the company is the #1 vitamin brand donor to Vitamin Angels, donating more than 8 million nutrient grants to mothers and children around the world.  Courtney was previously COO of Clear, and a senior tech/media executive. She is obsessed with making real things to help real people in the real world and is honored to do just that. She lives in Venice, CA with her beloved family (both the two and four-legged kind) who make everything better.

Dr. Renee Dua is a busy, working mother who practices medicine while running Heal, a doctor house call app available in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco / Silicon Valley, San Diego, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she followed her father’s footsteps and entered the field of medicine, and now shares a medical practice with him in Los Angeles.  After an agonizing experience taking her infant son to the ER, she decided to form Heal to deliver access to care. Her goal is to improve the quality of medical care by offering an alternative to the traditional doctor’s office setting and allowing more face-to-face time with world-class physicians.

Sadie Lincoln is the co-founder and CEO of barre3, a fitness company focused on teaching people to be balanced in body and empowered from within. Starting in 2008 with the flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, barre3 has grown to include more than 130 franchise studios powered by female entrepreneurs, plus an online-workout streaming-subscriber base in 98+ countries. What started as a workout has blossomed into a full-blown movement made up of millions of people focused on body positivity, being empowered, and redefining what success in fitness means. Beyond running her company and being a global spokesperson, Sadie still enjoys teaching barre3 classes to many of her founding clients in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Lee started her career at L’Oréal, where she played a key role in launching the Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Korea brand in-market and was then selected as L’Oréal’s first-ever Korean expat to the NYC office, where she joined the Matrix Global team. In 2014, Sarah created Glow Recipe along with co-founder Christine Chang to create a lovingly curated destination of natural, harsh-free beauty products and provide the latest skincare trends from South Korea. In 2017, Glow Recipe Skincare was born with the launch of the Watermelon Sleeping Mask, which sold out over 7 times and generated an 8,000-person waitlist. Sarah blends her deep understanding of product formulation science with years of successfully bringing brands to market to drive strategy and execution of Glow Recipe’s vision.

We are so thrilled to have Courtney, Renee, Sadie and Sarah join us at BlogHer Health and can’t wait to see what they have in store for our Pitchers. If you or someone you know is based in California and interested in pitching their health or wellness business on stage at BlogHer Health 2019, please complete this application by January 1st. We look forward to seeing you at BlogHer Health!