Wellness Tips From a Top Female Executive

Whether you’re a busy mom, business owner, or top female executive, there is no doubt that prioritizing health and wellness can be difficult. It’s easy to let self-care, exercise, sleep, and healthy nutrition slip through the cracks when we have so many things on our plate.

But, we know that when we feel better, we are more productive, motivated, and can show up as our best selves — for our coworkers, employees, clients, kids, and partner. Sticking to daily routines that gradually improve your health can enhance your life and your work.

But how do you actually start to incorporate lifestyle changes that will make you feel better and healthier?

It doesn’t have to involve spending an hour at the gym every day or following a perfectly crafted meal plan. Even small changes and habits can add up to a transformed bigger picture.

Melonie Johnson, President and COO of MGM National Harbor, finds ways to prioritize her health while also encouraging her staff to do the same. She credits the success she has earned in her professional life partly to her devotion to her own self-care and making fitness and wellness a top priority in her life.

Join us on September 28th at 4pm to learn her success and wellness tips. In this workshop, you’re going to learn what it looks like to stay healthy and have a wellness routine while having a busy schedule – it is possible! Click here to register for the event.



About Melonie Johnson

A graduate of the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Melonie Johnson is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of MGM National Harbor. In this role, she is responsible for leading the Executive Committee in developing the strategic direction along with overseeing daily operations.

Melonie’s gaming and hospitality career spans nearly 25 years, during which she held key leadership positions at major properties throughout the United States. She has been with MGM Resorts since 2015, serving most recently as President & COO of Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi. While there, she set a strong tone by creating a service-oriented culture and developing a strategic plan that ensured the property met its short- and long-term goals. Gold Strike displayed record performance under Melonie’s leadership and played a key role in driving the company’s regional success.

Her decades of leadership experience at regional gaming properties — along with her financial expertise and strategic thinking — have served her well in a number of very impressive gaming positions such as, Assistant General Manager at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, CFO/Interim General Manager at Hollywood Casino Aurora in Illinois and Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Finance for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, among other roles.

Melonie and her husband Mark share six children and five grandchildren.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!


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215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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