career development 

The Career Development Initiative was inspired by the research report commissioned by the GWS "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps." A task force was formed to further the initiative, all in the spirit of the Summit’s tag line, “Joining Together. Shaping the Future.” Members include:


peter anderson

Principal, Anderson and Associates, United States

Mr. Anderson, a veteran in the leisure industries, is the founder and CEO of Anderson and Associates, a consultancy firm specializing in developing and programming issues related to hotel and resorts, as well as spas and wellness and lifestyle issues. His day-to-day activities include developing strategic operating plans for his clients with respect to new construction, expansion, renovations, branding and enhanced operation. Encouraging meaningful career planning is a passion of his, as evidenced by his faculty positions at the Collins College of Hospitality Management and Cal State Long Beach.

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Brand Manager, Rocco Forte Hotels, United Kingdom

Irene Forte joined Rocco Forte Hotels in 2013 as quality standards executive. Today, whilst still leading learning and development, Irene oversees the wellness proposition across the group, having launched Rocco Forte Spas in January 2016. There are four key pillars that form part of the wellness proposition: Rocco Forte Rituals, Rocco Forte Fitness, Rocco Forte Nourish and Rocco Forte Health. Irene was also awarded government funding in 2015 to create a careers and training app for the hospitality industry. Map My Future launched at Rocco Forte Hotels in August 2016 and is now being pushed out to market.

mia mackman

Spa & Wellness Consultant, United States

Mia Mackman specializes in spa and wellness, strategic planning, forecasting, business development, consulting and coaching. Based in Sedona, Arizona she is a 20+ year Spa and Wellness industry veteran. Consulting since 2001, Mia has predicted some of the leading shifts in the transition of the spa and wellness market since 2004. She works with Fortune 500 Companies, private clients, industry groups and global networks. She is the founder and president of the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association, a World Spa & Wellness Awards official visiting judge for North and South America and a Global Wellness Day U.S.A. Ambassador.

stephanie rest

Wellness and Education Consultant, United States

Stephanie Rest is currently based in Washington D.C working as a consultant, as well as collaborating in the Americas on wellness and education projects.  Stephanie’s previous experience in the hospitality industry is vast. She has led opening teams for resorts and spas around throughout the Americas. Stephanie believes in promoting the entrepreneurial-spirit, leadership and service to the community. She was creator and Chair of the first TCI Hospitality Adventures: Spa Camp.  Currently, she is preparing for Global Wellness Day, where she serves as Global Wellness Day Ambassador for the Caribbean. She has also serves on the International Spa Association Speaker Task Force.

paul schmidt

Executive Director, Green Spa Network, United States

With 30 years of experience in the spa industry, Paul Schmidt brings his passion for healing and the environment to the Green Spa Network as Executive Director.  A non-profit association incorporated in 2006, GSN currently supports over one thousand members businesses and individuals who share a vision that personal and planetary vitality are a singular pursuit and that spas can be powerful catalysts for positive change. 

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Kate Sornson

Spa and Wellness Project Manager, United States

Kate Sornson assists Spa and Wellness Companies as a project manager, bringing their initiatives to fruition. Previously, Kate worked with all three programs of the Career Development Initiative bringing their projects to life, including developing and managing the Mentorship Program for six regions of the world, curating the content for the Careership website, and working with the Internship Committee to conduct an industry wide survey and the following reports on the current state of internships in the spa and wellness industry. Kate has over 10 years of spa industry experience and a Spa Management degree from the University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College. 




Geeta Morar

Chief Operating Officer, SVA Spas, United States
Regional Supervisor, India

After completing a degree in economics, Geeta Morar attended the spa and hospitality certification program at the University of California, Irvine. Today, she designs therapies with varied modalities that are indigenous to the region. As a passionate advocate of mentoring and entrepreneurship and a prominent expert on conceptualization and hotel and resort spa operations, she has spoken at many workshops on the power of education and transcendental magic of human touch.

kent richards

Corporate Operations Director, Six Senses Spas (Global), Asia Pacific & China
Regional Supervisor, Australasia 

ENERGY. EXCITEMENT. ENTHUSIASM. These are the values Kent finds essential in all careers. Without passion, Kent believes you cannot be successful in the longterm. The greater the passion the better the guest experience and this is what achieves the ultimate goal – brand loyalty. Sales training and tracking are essential too but passion is the secret ingredient to boost your creativity and achieve each day. Kent has worked across the globe in more than ten countries at leading entrepreneurial brands including bliss spa, W Hotels and Virgin Active gyms. This experience landed Kent with his dream job as Global Operations Director Six Senses Spas. Kent thrives visiting Six Senses teams across the globe motivating them to « add oil » and passion.

Shahida Siddique

Owner & CEO, Spadunya Color Experience, United Arab Emirates
Regional Supervisor, Middle East

Shahida Siddique (MBA, Marketing and Consumer Behavior) is experienced in the commercialization of health related services and products. In 2007, she created Spadunya SARL in Bellegarde, France, producing organic products that are efficacious in the Altearah Bio range. In 2009, she launched SpadunyaClub Dubai, incorporatingthe concept of holistic wellness. She is involved with production, sales, marketing, distribution, management teams and partners worldwide.

emmy stoltz

Wellness Consultant, Spa Fusion, South Africa
Regional Supervisor, Africa

Emmy Stoltz, winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Visionary Award 2011, has a comprehensive background as a skincare therapist & spa manager for the past 19 years. Emmy has combined her respective skills and experience, including bringing Elemis to South Africa in 2006, to offer innovative mentorship programmes & consultancy to some of the country’s top spas through her company Spa Fusion. She sits on the board of the South African Spa Association and heads the Spa Distribution Division for MatsiMela Home Spa who services over 370 salons and spas and exports to 7 countries.


wendy bosalavage

President, American Leisure, United States
Chair, Global Internship Program

As President of American Leisure, Wendy Bosalavage has redefined the way Americans interact with their communities, unwind and live the 21st century American dream. Wendy works with residential communities and hotels to bring health and wellness centers, programs, and education to residents.  Her Nanuet, NY based firm provides consulting, design, marketing, and operations for lifestyle and recreation facilities, spas and fitness and wellness centers. In addition to her role at American Leisure, Wendy is one of the founders of the Medical Spa Society, the only non-profit organization created to promote the sound development of the medical spa field. 

sallie fraenkel

President, Mind Body Spirit Network, United States

Sallie Fraenkel is the Founder and President of Mind Body Spirit Network, a company that provides that crafts travel experiences with a focus on well-being of the individual and wellness of the planet.  Fraenkel also offers marketing and business development consulting services to clients involved in wellness and travel-related industries.  Fraenkel is the former CMO & COO of SpaFinder Wellness and EVP of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit.  Fraenkel has 30 plus years of experience as a marketer and business development executive in the spa/ wellness and entertainment industries.


Kathryn Gallagher 

Professor, Seneca College, School of Fashion and Esthetics, Canada

Kathryn Gallagher MBA, Kathryn Gallagher has worked in the spa industry for twenty eight years, beginning her career as an Esthetician, which led to management, sales, training and consulting for spa properties, before becoming a full time professor for the two and three year Esthetician and Advanced Spa Therapies program.  Kathryn completed her graduate studies May 2016, at the University of Guelph, specializing in hospitality and tourism.  

nancy griffin

Principal, Contento Marketing, United States

Nancy Griffin is Principal of Contento Marketing, a leading business development and strategic marketing firm for the spa and wellness industry. With more than two decades of spa industry experience, she has delivered presentations at IECSC, ISPA, IHRSA, Luxury Travel Expo and Professional Spa London. She is a founding Advisory Board Member of the University of California Irvine Spa & Hospitality Mgmt. Program, and has a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University. Griffin’s strong social media presence includes a Twitter following of more than 20,000.

monique iacobacci

Territory Manager and Educator, Greater New York City Area, Image Skincare, United States

With over 23 years of experience in the spa and wellness industry as a licensed Esthetician, Monique's Iacobacci’s career has progressed from advanced esthetics to management and operations, sales, marketing and project and program consulting role. She is the Territory Manager and Educator in the Greater New York City area for Image Skincare, a Pharmaceutical grade skincare line for Physicians, Laser Clinics and Spas.

reneta mccarthy

Senior Lecturer, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, United States

Reneta McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration where she has been teaching in the operations management area since 1995.  She teaches the introductory hotel operations and casino operations courses, and will be teaching the spas and wellness course starting in 2017.  She was the faculty on record for the 80th Hotel Ezra Cornell, a student run industry conference, through The 91st Annual Hotel Ezra Cornell.


anna moine

Principal, ALM, United States

Anna L. Moine has crafted a varied and multi-dimensional expertise in the personal care market within both retail distribution and spa development. Anna’s extensive experience includes brand building, product and retail development, financial planning, sales and distribution strategy, and management oversight. In 2013, she launched a new retail initiative, Almbijoux, to offer fine resorts and spas, a unique collection of semi precious jewelry.

sheila otieno-osanya

Owner, The Spa People and The Spa at Marion on Nicol, Africa 

Sheila studied Hotel Management in Switzerland and once qualified began specializing in hotel operations. Sheila has held numerous spa and wellness management positions, including managing a 90 room 5 star resort in Zanzibar; Deputy General Manager at the Misty Hills Country Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg; and Spa Manager at the Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays. In 2008 Sheila formed The Spa People consultancy and in 2016, opened her spa The Spa at Marion on Nicol in a 5 star boutique hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.



Veljko Savic, Director of Spa, Hotel Del Coronado, United States 

Veljko has extensive luxury spa experience prior to joining the iconic "Del".  He worked for Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton brands and held Spa Advisory Council member position with Marriott International. His therapist background, hands on approach to leadership and passion for spa helped Veljko create unique "Aerial Silk Massage" and "The Night Spa" concept that lead his team to win Asia Spa Crystal award and gain innovative recognition within the industry.


Dr. Mary Wisnom

Spa Management Coordinator and Professor, School of Resort and Hospitality Management at Florida Gulf Coast University, United States

Dr. Mary Wisnom is a Professor and Coordinator of the Spa Management program in the School of Resort and Hospitality Management at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Mary boasts over 25 years of hospitality experience in resorts and clubs in Michigan, Colorado and Florida.  In 1996, she began teaching full time and in 2006 joined the FGCU faculty.