DEDICATED CONTRIBUTOR 2017 ISPA CONFERENCE & EXPO have been tough to develop a compre- hensive spa management curriculum. Without my ISPA family, launching and making our on-campus spa a success would have been a much more difficult task. ISPA helped me achieve many of the tasks I faced after reentering the industry as a professor. ISPA helps me succeed every day so, naturally, I wanted to do my part to help ISPA succeed. What was the most rewarding part of compiling the ISPA Academy? With a project this size, I think the launch in March was the most rewarding. We had been working on the project for nearly two years, so to finally see the fruits of our labor was very exciting. To finally have a comprehensive collection of spa industry resources all in one place is really fantastic. Who do you hope benefits from the ISPA Academy? I think anyone interested in the spa industry will benefit from the ISPA Academy. The resource contains so much interesting and enlightening content, that I believe anyone from new students to seasoned industry leaders can learn something. Academy content, including textbooks, industry articles, research, inspirations, and the new Spa Offerings (treatments and services) Encyclopedia content (found in the “Glossary Terms” section) has informative and inspirational content for all. What do you think is one of the biggest hurdles the spa industry currently faces? Limited growth in the number of 38 PULSE ■ August 2017 (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 36) academic programs available to educate future spa leaders in an industry that continues to grow at a rapid pace. As an educator, you get the oppor- tunity to teach the future leaders in the spa industry. What is one common trait you see in the spa leaders of tomorrow? Passion for wellness and the desire to help people live healthier lives. When I started in the industry spa- ing was a luxury. I love that today’s spa management students understand that spa services are an important part of a wellness lifestyle, not just a luxury. huge smile on my face and enthusiasti- cally jump to my feet. Her business-sense, philanthropic efforts, wellness activism, support of the arts, energy-level at age 95, and her prominent place in spa industry history makes her my favorite part of any ISPA Conference. This year’s ISPA Conference & Expo theme is IGNITE. What do you hope your work will “IGNITE” in the future leaders of the spa industry? As an educator, it is always my desire to IGNITE Deborah Szekely is a student passions and I do this major inspirational figure primarily through teaching, for Dr. Wisnom. research, and sharing infor- mation. My work with ISPA has included committee volunteering, textbook editing, Who was the most influential ISPA speaker mentoring, and, of course, the Conference & Expo speaker you’ve recent work developing the ISPA ever seen? Although I’ve been inspired by many ISPA Academy. It is my hope that my work with ISPA will kindle the flames of Conference speakers over the years, the individual that most inspires me year-after- knowledge for my fellow spa industry year is Deborah Szekely. Whenever she enthusiasts and IGNITE their passion to enters the stage I, like many others, get a never stop learning. n WHAT MAKES A DEDICATED CONTRIBUTOR TICK? Dive deeper into Dr. Wisnom’s personality at pulse.experienceispa.com. 2017 ISPA CONFERENCE & EXPO Join the rest of the ISPA community as we recognize Dr. Wisnom for her contributions. GENERAL SESSION H TUESDAY, OCT. 17 9:30 – 11 a.m.