Who Is Jaz Graham
Jasmine “Coach Jaz” Graham is an accomplished entrepreneur and health coach. With over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry, working for top brands such as DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Rocawear, she made a bold move to transition to a career in health and fitness after being laid off in 2008 due to the financial crisis. She became an ACE-certified fitness professional and RRCA-certified running coach, and since then has run numerous marathons and started her own company, Pace For Success, offering runners bootcamps that gained a large following in the running community.
In 2012, Jaz opened Fit Factory NYC, a boutique independent training studio in Chelsea, NYC, where she was the only woman of color successfully operating this type of gym. Her innovative approach to health and fitness caught the attention of media outlets such as Runners World, Vibe, Ebony, and Sports Insight, and Fit Factory was even featured in segments by VH1's Love and Hip Hop, OWN Network, WE TV, and NBC’s weekday show New York Live. Jaz also became a contributing coach to the New York Times’ Run Well online program, partnered with fitness brand Sweaty Betty, and appeared on numerous podcasts and business panels, as well as hosting her own seminars and workshops.
Jaz's dedication to empowering women extends beyond physical health. As a National Board Certified Health & Wellness coach, she has a unique ability to help her clients feel autonomous in their decision-making and encourage them to take charge of their own lives. Jaz has improved the lives of many women with her coaching expertise, co-creating personalized lifestyle interventions that elicit mind and body transformations, inspired by her own journey of healing from an autoimmune disease. Through her coaching, Jaz has empowered women to feel confident and strong, improve their physical health, and embrace a positive outlook on life while teaching them how to take ownership of their health and wellness journey.
Jaz's unwavering commitment to social justice and community outreach is truly inspiring. For over a decade, she has spearheaded a holiday gift drive for the Incarnation Center, a Washington Heights orphanage that cares for children and teens living with HIV/AIDS. Her ten-year tenure as the running coach for Yachad, a global nonprofit that supports disabled Jewish youth, is a testament to her boundless dedication to uplifting the community. Jaz has also raised over $50,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society through her work with Team in Training, solidifying her position as a true champion for social causes. Her unparalleled devotion to the Woman Of The Year event in 2012 was nothing short of incredible. Jaz's tireless fundraising efforts and unwavering support for this important event were instrumental in raising awareness and funds for the fight against blood cancer.
With her passion for empowering people to feel strong, healthy, confident, and fit, Jaz is a true beacon of hope in the health and wellness community. She has devoted 14 years of her life to helping others transform their lives, and her unwavering commitment to philanthropy and social justice is truly remarkable. Jaz's dedication and hard work serve as an inspiration to us all, and we look forward to seeing her continue to make a positive impact on the world for decades to come.