Pulse March / April 2016 - Page 4

2016 ISPA BOARD FROM YOUR OF DIRECTORS ELECTED OFFICERS CHAIRMAN Michael Tompkins PALM Health VICE CHAIRMAN Todd Shaw La Quinta Resort & Club SECRETARY/TREASURER Laura Parsons ESPA International (US) Ltd. (Spa Division) IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN Ella Stimpson The Spa at Sea Island e all have been under their wings at one point: women leaders who embody both nurturing qualities and fortitude in character. These women who modelled the very first idea of leadership in our heads may be our grandmothers, who wouldn’t let age get in the way of discovering new things, or our mothers who, often putting themselves last, teach us the value of leadership with servitude. It could also be our favorite aunt or niece, who first taught us to sprinkle fun while we take on creative adventures, or our first-grade teachers who inspire us to excel because they see our potential. Some of us are even lucky to look up to women leaders at work, particularly those who are not afraid to show us the ropes and allow us to spread our wings so we can soar even higher than them. In our industry, Deborah Szekely embodies the idea of a woman leader who continues to push the industry to become a forerunner in health and wellness. Personally, there are many women who made an impact in my life through their example, character and leadership. Among them are Canyon Ranch founder Enid Zuckerman and this year’s ISPA Dedicated Contributor Jean Kolb. Enid was the epitome of spa lady, teaching me about the beauty of space, art, leadership presence and what spa-goers want when they come to a spa. Jean had a firm grasp on continuing to move ISPA forward during the downturn of the economy, setting a roadmap for former ISPA Chairmen Deborah Waldvogel and Ella Stimpson, and me, to continue in getting ISPA back to strength. I admire these women immensely. As we celebrate “Women and Mother Earth” in this Pulse issue, I encourage you to look back with gratitude to all the women leaders who inspired you and helped you become who you are DIRECTORS Sharilyn Abbajay ISPA Foundation Vice Chairman Noel Asmar Noel Asmar Group, Inc. Blake Feeney Feeney & Co. Michael Harmsworth ESPA International (US) Ltd. Todd Hewitt Shangri-La International Kristine Huffman Huffman Hospitality Concepts Garrett Mersberger Kohler Co. Julie Oliff St. Regis Aspen Resort Frank Pitsikalis ISPA Foundation Chairman Eric Stephenson Well World Group Dawn Tardif BodiScience Wellness Center & Spa Todd Walter Red Door Spas Lynne McNees International SPA Association MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent A. Bauer, MD Mayo Clinic today. One of my favorite quotes from a female leader and entrepreneur is by Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. who once said: “Aerodynamically, the bumblebee CHAIRMEN’S COUNCIL shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.” I’d Past ISPA Chairmen who are current members: like to think that’s what great women leaders do—they make the impossible possible. Gayle Brady • Brady Spa Consulting Jeff Kohl • Spa & Club Ideations Jean Kolb • Well By Choice John Korpi • Korpi & Korpi Kate Mearns • 5 Spa Consulting LLC Jim Root • Glen Ivy Hot Springs Jane Segerberg • Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC Deborah Waldvogel • Sedona Resorts —MICHAEL TOMPKINS, CHAIRMAN 2 PULSE ■ March/April 2016