EMPOWER

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Ramona Braganza Founder & Chair

Celebrity trainer and global fitness expert Ramona Braganza's love of fitness and quest for excellence has facilitated the transformation of hundreds of bodies and attitudes worldwide.

 

Recognized today as one of the top personal trainers in the world within the entertainment industry, Ramona began her career as Jessica Alba’s personal trainer and worked with her for over 12 years. Ramona has drawn on her intense weight-training and fitness competition background to engineer her 3 2 1 Training Method, an efficient regimen which combines 3 CARDIO segments, 2 CIRCUIT strength training segments and 1 CORE segment. Most recently, Ramona has trained the likes of Dakota Johnson, Zoe Saldana, Paula Patton and Jamie Dornan. Past clients have included household names such as Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Amanda Seyfried, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Mendez, Scarlett Johansson, Zac Efron, Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Tom Welling and Michael Weatherly.

Ramona has made contributions to a wide variety of international publications, including Shape, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Allure, Fit Pregnancy, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s World, Self, Women’s Health and Fitness, Glamour, Cosmo Girl, Vogue, In Style, People, US Weekly, In Touch OK and many more. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. She has been a spokeswoman for Kraft Foods’ South Beach Diet, Coca Cola /Glaceau Vitamin water, Pirate Brand’s Pirate Booty Snacks, Omron’s Go Smart Pedometers, and You Tonics. Ramona has also been a Fitness Expert panel member for Gold’s Gym’s Fitness Institute.

 

Recently, Ramona has become increasingly involved in the Indian health and wellness market. In 2014, she was nominated to be Vogue India's Fitness Expert of the Year, which was closely followed by the release of her new book Feel Fit Look Fantastic in 3 2 1. Ramona has also recently launched her myhomefitness by Ramona Braganza franchise, an in-home and on-demand training program, in the Indian market. 

After visiting India and becoming more aware of the growing human trafficking industry in the country, Ramona created 3.2.1Empower in order to employ fitness training as a means of assisting young survivors in their recovery process. As there is a growing need for more female trainers in India, Ramona believes that 3.2.1Empower can provide opportunity, physical education, and a path to improved wellness for these young women.

BOARD MEMBERS

Dawn Maniglia

With 30 years of public and media relations experience in and passion for consumer healthcare, traditional pharma, health & wellness, advocacy and consumer public relations, Dawn plays a valuable role in developing and implementing a broad range of integrated media and marketing communications initiatives for clients. Dawn specializes in creative and strategic counsel, plan development, and the implementation of national and grassroots media campaigns that generate results. She provides strategic counsel to clients and for plan development, implementation and media coverage for clients in consumer, pharma and biotech practices, including for Astellas C3 Prize, Amgen Breakaway from Cancer, AmorePacific, Allergan (BOTOX, Juvederm, Vivite), Nu Skin Enterprises, Remington Products Company and The Coca-Cola Company among others. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and a double-minor degree in psychology and creative writing from Ithaca College, New York.

Savita Iyer 


Savita is a journalist and writer whose articles and essays have appeared in multiple publications, including SELF, Teen Vogue, Vogue India, Yahoo Lifestyle, and Refinery 29.

 

She is currently the senior editor of Penn State University’s alumni magazine, The Penn Stater.

 

Born in India and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Savita has also lived and worked in The Netherlands and India. She cares deeply about the girls and women in her country of origin. Savita is fluent in French and Spanish, is widely traveled, and is currently at work on her first novel.

Denise Villanueva

Known as a collaborative executive leader, Denise has been a key player with Fortune 500 companies and high-profile brands in the areas of strategic planning, business development, branding, comprehensive communications and events in the sports, entertainment, fashion and philanthropic sectors. An Economics graduate of UCLA, Denise has been involved in a wide variety of organizations including the renowned World of Children, L Brands (Victoria’s Secret et al.), The Walt Disney Company, Magic Johnson Foundation, Magic Johnson Enterprises, the Los Angeles Raiders, and IBM. Being a part of 321 Empower's mission and vision and setting out to help young girls especially is inspiring work to Denise and imperative for the future of children.