American Spa Announces Leadership Conference for Industry Women

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American Spa is launching its first Women in Wellness Leadership Conference, which will take place March 6, 2018, in New York City. This carefully curated day-long experience is designed to help female leaders and aspiring leaders in the wellness space develop their professional and personal goals while networking with their peers. The idea for this conference has been germinating in the mind of American Spa’s editor-in-chief and publisher Julie Keller Callaghan for a few years and came to fruition following the spectacular response from the magazine’s first-ever Women in Wellness Awards, which were announced in March and garnered more than 400 nominations across the five award categories. The winners will be announced on American Spa online the week of September 18.

“For years, I have been inspired by the women in this industry and have been blessed to have befriended so many who juggle powerful careers with equally important personal lives,” says Keller Callaghan. “As I have grown in my career while expanding my family, I have used so many of them as sounding boards and mentors, and I realized that creating a conference to try to do the same for others is both invaluable and necessary. Seeing how our awards resonated with the industry reinforced the idea that American Spa was in a unique position to create an event that could help us all share strategies for success while addressing issues that could help us grow in our careers and as women.”

Speakers and panelists for the conference will be announced in the coming weeks, but the day will be split between several keynotes and a variety of breakout sessions attendees can attend based on their personal goals. Among the topics that will be addressed are:


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  • Cultivating Effective Leadership Traits
  • Developing Effective Personal and Professional Social Media Strategies
  • Embracing Feminine Traits to Effectively Collaborate in Business
  • Managing Millennials
  • Organizing Personal Finances to Ensure Your Financial Future
  • Women Managing Women
  • Strategies for Fair Compensation & Overcoming the Gender Gap
  • Networking & Mentorship
  • Creating Work-Life Balance


The day will also include a networking lunch and end with a networking cocktail party. Attendees will receive a gift bag, local hotel and spa discounts, and VIP passes to IECSC New York, which takes place the prior weekend. Post-event, they will have access to a private American Spa Institute eLearning course with videos, presentations, and more from the day.

American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conference ($350 per participant) will take place at Convene 117 W 46th Street in New York City. Space is limited, so registration will close when capacity is reached. Register at