Ronne Brown is so herself in everything that she does, and that creates a magnetic attraction around her. By being unapologetically Ronne Brown, she inspires others to let go of the persona they’re trying to live into or the friend group that’s been holding them back. In this conversation, she shares the struggles she’s gone through as an entrepreneur, how she makes space for the relationships that matter most, and how to create a brand people are obsessed with.

Question Highlights:

  • What are you most grateful for right now?
  • How do you make room for intentional relationships?
  • What was the first thing you made a change in when you realized you were tolerating it?
  • When you are at your best, what is it that you are doing?
  • What makes an obsession-worthy brand?
  • What are some of the struggles of launching a brand?
  • What’s the scariest thing about being an entrepreneur, right now?

When you feel your best, you’re giving your best.

Lori Harder


  • Being yourself
  • Making room for authentic relationships
  • How codependency leads to entitlement
  • Creating viral content
  • What makes an obsession-worthy brand


Helaine Knapp

Founder & CEO of CityRow Go. After spending years climbing the corporate ladder, Helaine Knapp left the world of publishing for tech start-up life. Group fitness was her outlet while working hard and taking on the hustle and bustle of New York City. However, months of spin and boot camp classes left her with a lower back injury, and she began searching for a workout that was low impact, but super effective. After a friend suggested rowing, Helaine initially rejected it as something “my dad did in college,” but following a few workouts on a sexy machine, and pairing it with total body sculpting moves, her mind was changed and the concept for CITYROW was born. With a mission of delivering a smart, fun, effective workout to all fitness levels, under Knapp’s leadership, CityRow has grown from one studio in New York City to a national, omnichannel fitness brand with 12 open studios and 65 franchises sold nationwide along with a top-ranked, on-demand, global program featuring at-home rowers and a fast-growing digital subscription business. Knapp has yet to row on the water and has been featured as a business leader and a wellness expert on TODAY, Women’s Health, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Well + Good, Vogue, Yahoo! Finance, and PEOPLE, among many others.


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