Katie Hughes, PHD
Katie Hughes is an inventor and entrepreneur, whose creative ideas have built a business with a patentpending product that protects the knees and joints of over 10,000 dance fitness instructors, and their students. While pursuing her PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University, Katie, a certified group fitness instructor with many years of experience teaching multiple class formats, began to teach at a dance fitness class at Princeton. After several of her students complained about knee pain and expressed their reluctance to buy expensive dance shoes, the idea to create a straight-forward product that solved this problem intrigued Katie. In 2010, after receiving her PhD and while working fulltime, Katie created Slip-On Dancers™, a product that people in fitness and dance classes could wear over a regular gym shoe to safely spin and pivot on surfaces such as carpet, hardwood and rubber. Since its introduction to the market, Katie has driven the company to spectacular growth due to creative innovation and targeted marketing. She effectively uses her scientific background and management experience to analyze the business and to focus on creating new products and line extensions for Slip-On Dancers™. She was a winner of the Make Mine a Million $ Business Competition and has been featured in Women’s Entrepreneur Magazine, the Charlotte Business Journal, and USA Today. She has been an invited speaker on entrepreneurship at Princeton University. Katie lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two dogs. To learn more about Katie Hughes, Slip-On Dancers™ and how you can own a pair, visit: www.slipondancers.com or call 1-877-988-7420.