After 18 years in publishing, Teresa Scott, who is a registered USA boxing coach, took her career in a new direction and founded Women’s World of Boxing in New York City. Six years later (she’ll celebrate her seventh anniversary next month), she has not only taught over 1,000 women and girls how to be healthy and fit, she has also trained them in self defense. With classes and personal training options, Scott’s vision has created a safe space where women can explore the sport of boxing. Besides the sport of it, Scott has also empowered them to protect themselves.
MN: What’s the most important thing your business does?
Teresa Scott: The most important thing my business does is provide a safe, empowering, supportive and comfortable space for women and girls to learn the sport of boxing. Whether it’s women wanting to manage their weight, strengthen their mental health, battle disease or learn self-defense and how to box, providing a comfortable space for them to do that is important to me. There are a lot of women walking around that have no idea who they are. I was one of them. I can feel them. I can see them. Boxing gives you a voice and the inner strength to break down and understand the mechanics of how you have arrived and where you have arrived.
MN: What did you do before? Or are you juggling multiple careers?
TS: I worked in publishing as a creative director for 18 years and I juggled my career while building Women’s World of Boxing. After last December I left publishing to invest 110 percent of myself into my business.
MN: How big is your staff? Has your staff grown since starting out?
TS: That question always makes me laugh! My staff is about 5’4 and 145 pounds… I am my staff. I have trained over 1,000 women. I manage all scheduling and booking of private training, groups and workshops, photographing, managing. And I write all of WWBs social media, marketing and everything in between. Building your business within a business can be tricky. I have every intention of growing my training staff once WWB has its own independent space. In the meantime the only additional staff at WWB would be our publicist Jenn. She noticed I was becoming completely overwhelmed and recently volunteered to take her gloves off and come to my PR rescue.
MN: How has the market changed since your business started?
TS: The market has changed a great deal since I started boxing 10 years ago. When I started, I was one of four women in the gym and it took all of five minutes to see that they did not want us there. Back then, you didn’t see women in print ads, commercials, or in TV and film portraying women in boxing. Now, most gyms have some type of boxing equipment in them. I believe that in addition to access, women seeing other women helps them identify and encourages them to feel comfortable boxing, which is creating the open market I envisioned seven years ago.