American Spa Named 2018 ISPA Innovate Award Winner


American Spa was recently selected as a 2018 ISPA Innovate Award Winner in the leadership and philanthropy category for its Women in Wellness campaign. The publication was celebrated by the International Spa Association (ISPA) at the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo in Phoenix in September, where Julie Keller Callaghan, founder of American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conference and editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa magazine, was presented with the award.

Born out of the political and social events from the fall of 2016, American Spa wanted to do something powerful to support women, particularly those within the spa and wellness industries. The brand debuted the Women in Wellness Awards in March 2017 and received over 400 nominations before announcing the winners in the October 2017 issue. After the successful launch of the awards—which just returned for 2018 in the October issue—the leadership conference was created. Over 230 women attended the March 2018 event in New York City, which featured a number of breakout and keynote speakers as well as a catered lunch and networking cocktail hour. Two Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences are already in the works for 2019.

Julie Keller Callaghan, editor-in-chief and published of American Spa, accepts the ISPA Innovate Award

“I am honored by this recognition by the members of ISPA,” says Keller Callaghan. "The cause of women in leadership is one that is near and dear to the hearts of everyone on the American Spa team, and we are all so thrilled with the success of our first conference and our awards program. We look forward to continuing our efforts and supporting the empowerment of women—and men—in leadership.”

Now in its fifth year, the ISPA Innovate Awards celebrate ISPA members and their creative solutions and products that help continue to launch the spa industry forward. Members of ISPA voted for and selected 15 winners from a list of over 80 nominations for categories including experience, technology and equipment, leadership and philanthropy, and product. “Constant innovation is the nature of the spa industry,” says ISPA President Lynne McNees. “We are so proud to be able to recognize the achievements of our forward-thinking members year-in and year-out with the ISPA Innovate Awards. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.”

Other 2018 ISPA Innovate Award winners can be found below. For more info on the two Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences in 2019, visit


  • Canyon Ranch Lenox
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai
  • Salt of the Earth

Leadership & Philanthropy

  • American Spa Magazine
  • Eminence Organic Skin Care
  • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa


  • Dazzle Dry
  • Noel Asmar Group
  • RAD

Technology and Equipment

  • Book4Time, Inc.
  • Living Earth Crafts
  • Technogym


  • Canyon Ranch
  • Miraval Resort & Spa
  • Zents Body Care



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