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Global Careership Initiative

The Global Careership Program is one of three programs within the Global Career Development Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute. The Global Career Development task force was formed in 2012 at the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) by industry leaders to address the market gaps presented in the research report commissioned by GWS, "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps."

The Global Careership Program focuses on promoting spa and wellness careers through education and inspiration. Under the guidance and dedication of the late industry leader, Lori Hutchinson, the program has been able to create this website, an infographic and video to showcase the benefits of spa and wellness careers, and a universal message of support for those who are joining our industry. These projects were also made possible through the support of our founding sponsors, Hilton, Hutchinson Consulting, Leisure Media, Mandarin Oriental, Massage Envy, The Zen Girl, Triology Spa Holdings and Universal Companies.

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Global Careership Initiative Members

CG Funk, Initiative Chair, United States

As a teacher, national leader and an industry driver, CG has helped shape the US massage therapy and spa industries over the past 25 years. Her roles have included corporate leadership, franchise operations, school administration, training, legislative advocacy, marketing and public relations, and she is a motivational writer and speaker. CG held the position of Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Franchising for 10 years and currently consults for spa and spa education companies. She received the One Concept Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and was inducted into Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2012.
Read CG Funk's spa and wellness success story here

Kate Sornson, Project Manager, Global Careership Program, United States

Kate Sornson volunteers with the Global Careership Program to further the growth of the spa and wellness industry. With over 10 years of spa and wellness experience and a Spa Management degree from the University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton College, Kate has practical knowledge in spa management, spa development, luxury customer service training, guerrilla & traditional marketing, and technology & software.
Read Kate Sornson's spa and wellness success story here

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.

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, including leading opening teams for resorts and spas around throughout the Americas and creating and Chairing the first TCI Hospitality Adventures: Spa Camp. Stephanie believes in promoting the entrepreneurial-spirit, leadership and service to the community. In addition to her role with the Careership Program, she is the Global Wellness Day Ambassador for the Caribbean and serves on the ISPA Speaker Task Force.
Read Stephanie Rest's spa and wellness success story here

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.
Read Mia Mackman's spa and wellness success story here

Irene Forte, 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.

Former Initiative Members

Stacy Conlon, Founder, The Zen Media Group LLC, United States

Stacy Conlon, also known as The Zen Girl, is a certified wellness coach and mindfulness training facilitator. For the past 15 years, she has worked in spa and wellness sales and marketing, most recently as the founder and CEO of The Zen Media Group, LLC and regularly practices yoga and meditation. Today, Stacy provides mindfulness sessions, guided meditations and wellness coaching for companies including Cisco Systems and Moving Art.

Lori Hutchinson, Initiative Chair, Founder, Hutchinson Consulting, United States

Lori Hutchinson founded in 1994 Hutchinson Consulting, a hospitality management recruiting firm. Lori, her husband Bill and their five staff have placed over 720 people in 28 states and 12 countries, at 290 hotels, resorts, and spas. Ninety five of the firm's clients are Forbes Five-Star or Four-Star properties. Lori has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Iowa in Social Work and Sociology.

Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Hong Kong

Jeremy McCarthy is the Group Director of Spa for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group leading their internationally acclaimed luxury spa division featuring 44 world-class spa projects open or under development worldwide. He has over 20 years of experience operating luxury spas in resort and hotel properties worldwide and is the author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing.

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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