Amanda Russell

Entrepreneur | Marketing & Branding Strategist |
Speaker | YouTube Influencer | UCLA Extension Instructor

“A force of magnetic energy and passion with a true higher purpose, Amanda has the ability to turn seemingly impossible ideas into reality.” —Tamilee Webb, Webb International

“Simply put, Amanda rocks the marketing world! She possesses a 360-degree vision of how a concept will play across media channels. Armed with the innate ability to break outside the box, garner deep insight, and transform people and companies.” — Raquel Baldelomar, Forbes Columnist, Entrepreneur

“[Amanda] has the unique ability to truly engage with the audience and make you believe that transformation is possible and within reach. She moves audiences to action.” — Dr. D Lascu, Director of Marketing, Robins School of Business

The Toronto Star calls Amanda the “Real Life Iron Woman” and ultimate “go-getter.” And for good reason. In less than five years, she has built 4 thriving businesses from scratch:

  • Amanda Russell Consults, a marketing and brand consultancy with locations in New York, L.A., and Houston. Amanda helps companies re-imagine how they interact with their customers and manage their businesses in the new digital world. Clients include Target, LiveStrong.com, and Union & Fifth.
  • Amanda Russell TV, a YouTube channel that hit 1,000,000 views within 2 months of launch, and that led to a production deal with Maker Studios and Trium Entertainment (the creator of the hit TV series The Biggest Loser).
  • FitStrongandSexy.com, a fitness program and online community with over 80,000 subscribers that started as a business school project and is now an official case study taught by YouTube.
  • Renaissance Women Society, a global community for today’s female leaders, execs, entrepreneurs, and influencers from all industries. Launched this year with a VIP summit in Houston, RW will soon roll out to cities around the world.

In addition, Amanda currently teaches multiple courses at UCLA Extension, where she’s sharing her insights into the nexus of marketing and technology with a new generation of business leaders.

To think this all began with a career ending injury.

Before Amanda ventured into business, she was a world-class distance runner, qualifying for Olympic trials and a full athletic scholarship at the University of Richmond (where she eventually earned her business degree). Then the pain hit in more ways than one: just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, doctors told her she could never run again. But instead of depressing Amanda, this challenge merely redirected her.

Amanda subsequently earned an MBA and started consulting and collaborating with a diverse array of brands as a spokesperson and strategist. This included representing LiveStrong at the 2012 Olympic Games, and serving as the face and voice of Zico Coconut Water, Under Armour, Target, and L’Oreal. Her inspiring story hs landed her articles and covers in numerous publications, including Forbes, The Huffington Post, YF, (Young Female Entrepreneurs of America), Women’s Health Magazine, SELF, SHAPE, Cosmopolitan, and The Chicago Tribune.

Amanda may not be able to run again, but she clearly has no intention of slowing down.