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Global Mentorship Program

The Global Mentorship Program creates Mentor-Mentee relationships for Spa, Wellness & Hospitality professionals around the world. By matching Mentors & Mentees, the Global Mentorship Program is helping talented & motivated Spa, Wellness & Hospitality professionals develop the skills necessary for a successful career and allowing those with experience to pass along their best practices.

This first-ever global mentorship initiative was launched by a committee of Spa professionals at the 2014 Global Wellness Summit in Marrakesh and is based on the International Spa Association's list of core competencies for spa management professionals. With the support of the pioneer sponsor, Biologique Recherche the 2015 Global Mentorship Pilot Program ran January to June, hosting two three-month sessions that paired 33 Mentees with 16 Mentors across 22 countries.

Detailed reviews from the 2015 participants indicated that the program was very successful and everyone found value in their mentorship experience. Discussion topics varied across the countries, however more than 50 per cent of the mentorships discussed Leadership & Management and Strategic & Business Planning.

In 2016, the Global Mentorship Program doubled the mentoring time allocated for each Mentee, featuring two six-month sessions instead of the three-month sessions offered during the 2015 Pilot Program. The number of Mentors and Mentees is also increasing, with almost double the participants in 2016. Mentees and Mentors represent over 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, Maldives, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, UK, & USA.

To participate in the program, please visit There you will find information on how to join the program, additional resources for getting the most out of your mentorship, and soon an online platform to connect with Mentors and Mentees around the world.

Initiative Members

Jean-Guy de Gabriac, Founder, Tip Touch International, France

Along with being Chair of Global Mentorship Pilot Program, Jean-Guy de Gabriac is CEO, Tip Touch International, Spa training & consultancy since 2004. Main activities include: concept & feasibility studies; Spa marketing strategies; Signature Wellness experiences; 'DO YOU SPEAK SPA' & 'WELL-COME ATTITUDE' workshops. Jean-Guy is conference producer PSWC (London & Dubai); Judge of World Spa & Wellness Awards; and International Coordinator of Global Wellness Day.

Geeta Morar, Chief Operating Officer, SVA Spas, United States

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.

Shahida Siddique, Owner & CEO, Spadunya Color Experience, United Arab Emirates

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.

Kent Richard, Corporate Operations Director, Six Senses Spas (Global), Asia Pacific & China

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.

Emmy Stoltz, Wellness Consultant, Spa Fusion, 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.


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