Global Wellness Institute CEO Susie Ellis to Keynote SPATEC by American Spa

Wellness industry icon and CEO and chairman of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) Susie Ellis is slated to keynote SPATEC Spring, taking place May 19-22 at the newly rebranded JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and Spa. Ellis will be speaking on The Future of Wellness: Trends and Predictions for the Industry at the inaugural SPATEC by American Spa event.

In addition to serving as chair and CEO for GWI, the industry's leading global research and educational resource, Ellis is also the cofounder, chair, and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international business, academic, and government leaders in the $4.2 trillion global wellness economy. She sits on numerous academic and industry boards, including the advisory boards of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and the Aspen Brain Lab. An MBA graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, she has been a member of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, served as president of Spafinder Wellness, was the recipient of the International Spa Association’s Visionary Award, and was named an Industry Icon finalist in American Spa's first-ever Women in Wellness Awards

Earlier this year, American Spa announced its expanded partnership with SPATEC, the industry's top hosted-buyer event. SPATEC, known for its unmatched ability to pair qualified buyers with powerful wellness brands, is now being led by Julie Keller Callaghan, publisher/editor-in-chief of American Spa, who has worked closely with SPATEC for more than a decade. Under Keller Callaghan's leadership, the American Spa editorial team will select highly qualified buyers to participate at SPATEC, and will also cultivate exciting educational opportunities, offer incomparable media exposure, and plan effective, fun, and inspiring networking opportunities. Also joining the SPATEC team as the new director of sales, American Spa Events, is industry veteran Maura Igoe. Igoe has more than 10 years of industry experience working with the International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conferences in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Florida. In addition to SPATEC, Igoe will be heading  up sales for American Spa’s Women in Wellness Conferences and the American Spa CBD Summit.

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