Approximately 250 women attended American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conference at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on March 12. “The second edition of American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conference was a smashing success,” said Julie Keller Callaghan, editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and founder of American Spa’s Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences. “I’m so proud of my team for producing such a remarkable event, and I’m so grateful for the attendees, speakers, and sponsors who made it happen. The day was filled with powerful sessions from brilliant women, amazing networking opportunities, and a lot of fun. The vibe was positive, empowering, and unforgettable. I can’t wait for our next event.”
Intended to inspire and motivate women to live their best lives, the event opened with a welcome from Callaghan and a galvanizing keynote speech on achieving financial wellness from Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s “Today Show.” The day involved a host of savvy speakers, such as Dolores Barclay, an award-winning Columbia University professor; Diane Harris, editorial director of Considerable and a passionate financial wellness advocate; Carrie Kerpen, author of Work It: Secrets For Success From the Boldest Women in Business; Brunilda Nazario, M.D., associate medical director and lead medical editor at WebMD; Betty Ng, founder of Inspiring Diversity; Elizabeth Scherle, cofounder and president of Influenster; and Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid. From sessions on maintaining integrity in business to aging well to overcoming perfectionism, the event provided attendees with tangible tools to transform their careers and lives.
Attendee feedback to the conference has been resoundingly positive:
“I absolutely recommend the Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences! I gained wise insights and a wealth of information, renewed friendships, and made new connections and wonderful memories. Thank you!”—Kim Collier, international spa educator and wellness experience planner, Collier Concepts, JAMU & Organic Spa Rituals, and Blu Spas
“I recently spent an inspiring day in New York attending the Women in Wellness Leadership Conference. Very thought-provoking speakers from many walks of life, giving very informative information and ideas to inspire us all. What a terrific group, both attendees and presenters. Makes you feel proud to be a part of Women in Wellness!”—Terry Prager, executive director of spa and wellness, The Estate Yountville, Hotel Villagio & Vintage House
The Women in Wellness movement continues this year in California. Registration for the inaugural West Coast event, which is planned to take place on October 28, 2019 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA, is now open, and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. For more details and to register, go to www.americanspawiw.com. For a peek at what the experience is like, check out the video below:
Nominations for American Spa’s annual Women in Wellness Awards are also underway. The awards recognize women in the industry who are making a difference. The third installment of the celebratory awards program honors women for their influence, passion, inspiration, innovation, and accomplishments. Nominations, which are open to the public, will be accepted through Friday, May 31, 2019 in the following categories: Industry Icon, Owner and Operator—Spa or Wellness Facility, Founder—Product or Equipment Company, Spa Director, Spa Consultant, Educator and Trainer, Philanthropist, Industry Insider, Environmental Leader, PR and Marketing Guru. The winners will be selected by a panel of wellness journalists and announced in the fall in American Spa magazine and at American Spa online.