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13 Mar 2018
Wellness professionals gather for inaugural Women in Wellness Leadership Conference

On 6 March, two days before International Women’s Day, 230 wellness professionals from across the US and beyond convened in New York City for the first-ever Women in Wellness Leadership Conference presented by American Spa magazine.

Recharging and reinvention were the focus of three keynote sessions. “I saw a general theme that many people who get into the spa business are looking for healing themselves,” said Emme, a model, TV personality, designer and women’s advocate whose infectious zest and joie de vie inspired women to be more accepting of themselves and of others in relation to body image, self-esteem and overcoming negative thought.

Lesley Jane Seymour, former editor in chief of women’s lifestyle magazine More, spoke about the importance of reinvention and preparing for unexpected opportunities for change.

Since leaving More in 2016, she’s set up the Covey Club – an online and offline hub for the 40-plus set.

“Ageing is not a disease. It’s not something you can outrun or outsmart. It will happen to you,” she said. “After starting Covey Club, I’m learning that I don’t have to build consensus. And I’m still learning that I can try anything I want that’s new.”

Seymour plans to launch spa retreats for her subscribers – something they have been very vocal about needing to incorporate into their lives.

Sallie Krawcheck, the CEO and co-founder of women’s investment platform Ellevest addressed the need for women to create their own financial future through smart investing and planning. The room was filled with laughter thanks to her unique style of storytelling, along with not so funny and eye-opening anecdotes about losing her life’s savings along with her job, when the market crashed in 2008.

Between keynotes, breakout sessions ran with topics ranging from burnout to brand building, and financial wellness to embracing feminine traits. Discussions were also held throughout lunch with each table focusing on different subjects such as managing toxic working environments and cultural sustainability and self-care.

Commenting on the day, attendee Michelle Gamble, VP global business development for the Global Wellness Summit, said: “Today was an extraordinary event on so many levels – inspiration, information and connections with women that I admire and respect.”

Attendee Glenny Legendre, executive vice president of sales and marketing for LaFlore Probiotic Skincare, agreed. “I came to the conference to celebrate my years of friendships of women in the spa and wellness industry, get a little work in and make new friends,” she said. “My takeaways are threefold: to take control of my financial destiny; to commit to indie beauty as a vendor; and to create a partnership with a potential new spa partner for our brand that I met here at the conference.”

Julie Keller Callaghan, editor in chief and publisher of American Spa, who’s behind the event, said inspiration for the conference first came when she was inundated with more than 400 nominations for the magazine’s Women in Wellness Awards last year.

“I’ve been at American Spa for 14 years – what I love most about the industry are the women in it,” said Keller Callaghan. “I’ve always been empowered and inspired by you. I wanted to put something positive in the universe.”

In her closing remarks she added, “I hope that everyone left today with powerful tools to help them grow and evolve, and be better leaders and better people – and to spread the word of women's empowerment and wellness.”

Join American Spa's Women in Wellness Leadership Group on Facebook for ongoing updates and news about future conferences and events.

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15 Mar 2018
Jeff Kohl to receive ISPA Dedicated Contributor award
The International Spa Association (ISPA) will present Jeff Kohl, former chief operating officer of Spa & Club Ideations, with the 2018 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, US, set to take place 24-26 September.
08 Mar 2018
RKF debuts luxury linen line with Paris fashion show
RKF Luxury Linen has debuted its new collection of high-end luxury linen wear with a fashion show in Paris.
08 Mar 2018
Attendances for women’s elite sport events set to break 500,000 barrier for first time
Women’s sport has never been more popular, as the number of spectators attending elite events in the UK is set to break the half-million barrier for the first time this year.
07 Mar 2018
Details confirmed for first ever FIBO USA event
Reed Exhibitions has confirmed the dates and venue for the first ever FIBO USA fitness trade show later this year.
02 Mar 2018
Global head of Miraval unveils plans for growth
Hyatt has plans to grow both Miraval and Exhale following its recent acquisition of the two wellness brands, with the hospitality giant investing another US$100m in Miraval by the end of this year, according to Marc Ellin, global head of Miraval Group, who spoke at the World Spa and Wellness Convention in London earlier this week.
01 Mar 2018
Matt Roberts reveals details of spa and fitness partnership at The Langley
London-based fitness entrepreneur, author and personal trainer Matt Roberts has called for a greater integration of spa and fitness in today’s holistic wellness space.
26 Feb 2018
Programme of speakers revealed for boutique fitness event Sweat
Daniel Macaulay, CEO of sports marketing group Brandwave, has been revealed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Sweat event, taking place on 8 March.
26 Feb 2018
Kamalaya takes top honours at WSW awards for the second year running
The World Spa and Wellness Awards were announced last night (25 February) at a gala dinner in London.
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