American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences Will Return Twice in 2019

American Spa's Women in Wellness Leadership Conference will return twice in 2019 // Photo courtesy of American Spa

American Spa is bringing back its popular Women in Wellness Leadership Conference twice in 2019. The first event will take place March 12, 2019, in New York City, and the second will take place on the West Coast in October 2019. The conferences will be designed for women in the wellness industry looking to develop their professional and personal leadership skills while networking with their peers. They will feature speakers who will address a variety of business topics, delving deeper into some themes addressed at the inaugural conference as well as even more targeted leadership, entrepreneurship, and business tracks.

“I’m beyond thrilled with how our first conference came together and inspired so many women—and men—who attended,” says Julie Keller Callaghan, editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and founder of the conference. “We did comprehensive post-event research, and we found that attendees loved the content and want even more extensive and meaningful programming that will give them the tools they need to succeed, whether it is in their current roles, their future endeavors, or their entrepreneurial aspirations. My team and I look forward to creating two even more memorable events in 2019.”

Tickets to each event are $400 per person (prices increase after Dec. 31 for the New York event and after June 30, 2019, for the West Coast event). Both conferences will follow a format that includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, a networking lunch, and an end-of-day cocktail party with fun activities like a photo booth, mini spa treatments and experiences, and more. Attendees will also receive a gift bag with more than $300 worth of goodies, local hotel and spa discounts, and passes to IECSC New York for the March event ($60 value). Post-event, attendees will have access to a private American Spa Institute eLearning course with videos, presentations, and more from the day.

Registration for the March 2019 event is now open at Space is limited, so registration will close when capacity is reached. The West Coast dates, location, and registration will be announced shortly, as will the roster of speakers for both events.

The American Spa Women in Wellness Leadership Conference debuted March 6, 2018, to much acclaim. A host of powerful speakers, including Emme, body-positive model and women’s advocate; Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and cofounder of Ellevest; and Lesley Jane Seymour, founder of the Covey Club and former editor-in-chief and social media director of More magazine, among others contributed to the day. Attendees raved about the experience, with comments like:

“I had an amazing time at the WIW conference. The keynotes delivered empowering content with passion and wit. I left feeling equipped with tools I could put into place immediately. Thank you for creating this necessary conference and for choreographing smart, beautiful women to help us become our best version of ourselves as Women in Wellness leaders.”—Allison Schumann, hotel manager and spa director, Grace Hotels

“What an amazing day! The powerful energy was absolutely palpable. It was so great seeing so many colleagues and meeting new friends who are passionate about our future and our industry.”—Angela Cortright, owner, Spa Gregories

“This conference was much needed in our industry. It was essential! You nailed it from every angle, and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for you being the magnet that pulls it all together, as women often do.”—Sultan Gonen-Griffin, co-owner, A La Turca Textiles

“I deeply appreciate the investment you all made in developing us personally. It was inspiring, motivating, and just so wonderful to be back amidst friends. Thank you for filling me to overflowing.”—Cherie Jackson, chief everything officer, Froozeballs

“What a conference to remember. I’m very grateful that I was able to attend the first WIW event. The speakers were all amazing, the networking was incredible, and I look forward to attending this event every year! Kudos to Julie and the whole team at American Spa for organizing such a stellar event and for such an inspirational, well-thought-out day for us all. It was great to connect with so many fun, powerhouse, and passionate women.”—Joanne Berry, founder and CEO, Wellness Education Hub

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