Mitzi Connell
Updated October 2014
I am Beyond Maxed Out.

Yoga: I've taught a helluva lot of it. Then, I burned out.

My yoga these days? Putting myself back together & sharing what the view is like Beyond Maxed Out.

I’m an intuitive Hatha Yoga teacher in Huntsville, Alabama. I’m also a single mom, coffee drinker, housework avoider, Liam Neeson lover, loud laugher, cat whisperer, dog chaser and smart-asser. At various times in my life, I’ve known the absolute highs & utter lows of life. Yoga has helped me find balance for decades.

Every year, I organize the largest yoga event in North Alabama: Rocket City Yoga Week – bringing our entire yoga community together on the mat for 7 days of free yoga all over the Tennessee Valley! I In addition, I mentor newly-graduated yoga teachers and teach Yoga of Business workshops & CEU modules.

I’m also a BNI Leader in my chapter – Power Referral Partners. With over 150,000 members worldwide, BNI (Business Network International) is the largest business networking organization in the world.


  • Equally left & right brain
  • Awarded Huntsville's Healthiest Woman.
  • An Ordained Minister.
  • INFJ. (We're a rare breed.)
  • I not only think OUTSIDE the box, I usually squash the box altogether.
  • My Mantra: #DoSomethingEPIC



Server, Expeditor

  • DAVGAR Corporation - Pebbles Restaurant
  • Apr 16, 1990 - Nov 17, 1993

Executive Assistant

  • ABB (Asea Brown Boveri)
  • Sep 7, 1992 - Oct 1, 1993

Presentation Systems Sales

  • Oct 4, 1993 - Aug 26, 1994

Moved to Anniston, AL from Orlando, FL

  • August 28, 1994
  • Aug 28, 1994

Account Executive

  • WHMA - Alabama 100 Radio
  • Oct 10, 1994 - Jun 7, 1996
  • Hired as commissioned Sales Executive. Responsible for attracting new advertising clientele. Challenged to rebuild solid relationships with previous clientele. Successfully reached annual sales in excess of $300,000. Re-established solid relationships with more than 10 previous clients. Expanded customer base with more than 70 new clients through selling advertising, sponsorships and remotes.

Personal Chef

  • Feb 1, 1999 - May 31, 2006
  • Full-service personal chef, creating customized menus & healthy meals for busy professionals

Staffing Manager

  • Jun 10, 1996 - Apr 2, 1999
  • Full accountability for attracting, qualifying and maintaining a solid portfolio of clients and prospects. Challenged to match employee’s skills to employer’s needs while exceeding expectations of both. Built profitability for start-up satellite office. Saturated market with name recognition. Executed top-of-mind selling. Effectively recruited, interviewed, and retained staffing employees. Consistently exceeded employee and customer expectations, offering creative employment solutions. Generated, managed and serviced over 30 different accounts totaling over $1.1 million in sales. Increased office productivity and profitability to district-leading levels. Wholly accountable for successfully meeting and exceeding individual sales growth targets.

Sr. Corporate Recruiter - 411 Call Center

  • Apr 5, 1999 - Oct 1, 2004
  • Established protocol for sourcing, screening, interviewing and selecting candidates; Ensured ongoing flow of qualified and diverse applicants; Implemented skill evaluations; Pioneered first employee survey for call center; Attended numerous recruitment events; Built recruiting relationships with key organizations and area schools; Assisted in designing/implementing company’s online application system; Generated quarterly detailed reports analyzing the recruiting ROI; Launched marketing campaign to recruit Bilingual applicants All postings consistently filled every month, hired in excess of 70 operators per month; Improved applicant flow; Hired more than 4500 candidates in 5 years. Recruited for 2nd start-up call center in Fall 2003, increasing entire call center staff by 30%.

Sr. Sales Recruiter

  • Oct 4, 2004 - Jun 2, 2006
  • • Consistently accountable for more than 80 ongoing job requisitions, skillfully managed online career center applicant flow. • Negotiated rates for external vendors, career posting sites and advertising sources. • Developed partnerships with third-party recruiters: renewed and strengthened existing relationships, bringing in new vendors to increase coverage. • Responsible for administering pre-screening evaluations on all candidates. • Successfully rebuilt sales force headcount from 175 in March 2005 to 250 by August 2005, strategically meeting recruiting goal. • Steadfastly sourcing and presenting over 330 sales executives per month, personally averaging 18 placements per month. • Trained and mentored 3 new recruiters. • Created all sales force job postings on all sites, effortlessly managed Kenexa Recruiter system and CareerBuilder, and partnered with 2 additional high-exposure career board sites, increasing candidate inflow by 60%. • Created highly successful Account Executive employee referral blitz, awarding over $6000 in cash bonuses and a big-screen TV.

Moved to Huntsville, AL from Anniston, AL

  • June 3, 2006
  • Jun 3, 2006

Sr. Corporate Recruiter & Global Project Recruiting Manager

  • Jun 12, 2006 - May 1, 2009
  • Virtually supported, recruited & sourced for US and Global Sanmina-SCI plants. Recruited for numerous divisions, spanning IT to Defense to Logistics & Global Supply Chain. • Administrator of applicant tracking system, responsible for globally training all new users • Full life-cycle recruiting • Full management and responsibility of job requisition process, candidate database accuracy, EEO electronic records and reports, employment offer approval process, recruitment project management • Applicant tracking system (Trovix) administrator, responsible for training all new users Key Contributions: Successfully filled over 310 positions for 15 different divisions spanning 12 different locations Corrected EEO documentation platform and solved problems with OFCCP compliance


  • YOGA with MITZI
  • May 4, 2009 - Current
  • Since 2009, I've been a Hatha yoga teacher, offering private sessions, workshops, customized Align & Wine events, corporate wellness programs, and yoga for professional athletes. I've been the yoga teacher for Milwaukee Brewers' AA baseball team, the Huntsville Stars. TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS • Registered with Yoga Alliance at E-RYT200® level • Trained & certified by White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA • Possess Federal Security Clearance: MBI, Level 5 – Moderate Risk Public Trust. (Adjudication date: 02/10/2012)


  • ALIGN & WINE with Mitzi
  • Oct 7, 2010 - Current
  • In late 2010, I was invited to teach yoga at the Huntsville Museum of Art - their business hours were changing and they planned to stay open later for 1 night a week. I proposed the concept of Align & Wine – a yoga class for any level, followed by noshing, sipping & laughing. My vision was to create a one-of-a-kind event that brought yoga, food, wine, laughter, friendship, and the Huntsville community together.My plan worked! In the 3 years I taught Align & Wine, it attracted folks from all over the world. I’ve had the pleasure of rolling out a yoga mat with folks from Japan, Russia, Canada, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Australia, Germany, England, Ireland…and from every corner of the United States. I no longer teach at the museum of art, however, I now offer private Align & Wine parties – a wonderful evening good for the body, heart, mind, soul…and the belly!

Voted Huntsville's Healthiest Woman

  • Healthy Huntsville 2012
  • Aug 18, 2012
  • Healthy Huntsville 2012 wrapped up with an awards ceremony in August. Joe Martin and I won Huntsville's Healthiest Man and Woman!

Joined BNI Alabama

  • Power Referral Partners
  • Jul 17, 2012 - Current
  • "With over 150,000 members worldwide, BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. Last year alone, BNI generated 5.4 million referrals resulting in $6.5 billion dollars' worth of business for its members. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals." ~BNI website


  • Yoga HoM Studio
  • Sep 10, 2012 - May 31, 2014
  • Created a beautiful, spacious yoga studio, nestled sweetly in downtown Huntsville. Hosted & taught yoga classes, workshops, & Align & Wine. Brought in guest teachers for special events. Conceptualized & managed studio's website. Created studio's social media platforms. Designed studio logo and generated ongoing email campaigns utilizing Constant Contact & Robly.

Creator, Organizer & Promoter

  • Mar 1, 2013 - Current
  • I created the largest yoga event in Huntsville. 2014 Rocket City Yoga Week (Huntsville, AL) 24 teachers, 58 classes, 2000 students. (COMING SOON) Music City Yoga Week (Nashville, TN) Iron City Yoga Week (Birmingham, AL The mission of every Yoga Week I create: • Bring the benefits of numerous types of yoga to people of all ages & stages. • Showcase the community's diverse and talented collection of yoga teachers. • Promote beautiful venues in each community. • Increase health, wellness, balance, and a sense of community. • Help alleviate stress, tension, and body-mind disconnection.

2013 Rocket City Yoga Week

  • June 17-23, 2013
  • Jun 17, 2013
  • The inaugural Rocket City Yoga Week launched with 12 teachers offering 24 classes. By week's end, we had taught almost 700 students! My final class under the Saturn V Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center had 108 students.

Chapter Vice-President

  • BNI
  • Oct 1, 2013 - Current
  • "With over 150,000 members worldwide, BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. Last year alone, BNI generated 5.4 million referrals resulting in $6.5 billion dollars' worth of business for its members. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals." ~BNI website

2014 Rocket City Yoga Week

  • June 2-8, 2014
  • Jun 8, 2014
  • The 2nd annual Rocket City Yoga Week's totals doubled & tripled the 2013 numbers. This year, we had 25 teachers offering 58 classes. My final class under the Saturn V Rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center had 241 students and our total attendance for the week was 2000 students.

Independent Consultant

  • Jul 13, 2014 - Current
  • Health. Wealth. Freedom!
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