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Women from all walks of the wellness world will gather for inspiring education, networking, experiential services, and more.

Longtime wellness industry veterans Julie Keller Callaghan and Heather Mikesell, co-founders of Well Defined, have announced the 2022 Well Defined Women in Leadership Summit. This inspiring event will take place March 1, 2022, on International Women’s Day, in Tustin, CA.

This powerful day-long summit invites women from all walks of the wellness world to partake in education, networking, experiential services, and more.

Prominent speakers will focus on topics including empathetic leadership, financial wellness, mental wellness, burnout, mentorship, and career advancement strategies. The day will also feature a networking lunch, experiential offerings, and a celebratory closing cocktail party.

Well Defined Women In Leadership Summit
Well Defined Women In Leadership Summit

About Julie Keller Callaghan & Heather Mikesell

Keller Callaghan and Mikesell are both revered and respected journalists and wellness experts, speakers, and industry-award judges. Together, they led the American Spa brand for more than 15 years. Under their leadership, American Spa evolved to include a print publication, a popular website, an active social media community, several beloved awards programs, and numerous events.

In addition to her work at Well Defined, Keller Callaghan currently serves the wellness and hospitality industry as an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa. She is also a seasoned freelance writer, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, and beauty and has been published in Departures, ForbesTraveler.com, E! Online, Gayot.com, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.

Mikesell, the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Spa, Travel Agent, abcnews.com, jetsetter.com, outside.com, and wellandgood.com, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for outlets, such as The New York Times, Well + Good, and Crain’s.

“Supporting women in our industry has always been a passion of ours. Now more than ever, it is an important time to support our sisters in wellness and provide them with tools and strategies to lead and to thrive personally and professionally. The pandemic has had a huge negative impact on women, both at work and at home. We plan to create a day that will inspire and motivate women and help them as they navigate these trying times while working to forward their careers and entrepreneurial aspirations and create a work-life balance that helps them thrive.”

Julie Keller Callaghan

Co-Founder, Well Defined

The Women In Leadership Summit will be inclusive of women from every aspect of wellness and will include:

  • Spa owners, directors, executives, estheticians, cosmetologists, and massage therapists
  • Salon owners, directors, and stylists
  • Wellness brand founders and team members
  • Corporate wellness administrators and human resource directors
  • Nutrition, health, and wellness coaches
  • Functional and integrative medicine professionals
  • Wellness travel agents and wellness tourism experts
  • Event planners
  • Fitness facility owners, managers, instructors, and more
  • Wellness real estate executives and team members
  • Wellness publicists and marketing and communications specialist
  • And more

“For so many, wellness feels like an unattainable goal. We want to make it more accessible and inclusive of all women. There is so much we can learn from each other and from various cultures throughout the world. In our fast-paced and constantly connected society, it’s easy to lose sight of what it means to live a healthy, balanced, and joyful life. This summit is an opportunity to define wellness on our own terms and reconnect with what’s truly important to our wellbeing.”

Heather Mikesell

Co-Founder, Well Defined

Keller Callaghan and Mikesell have a long history of supporting women in wellness.

During their tenure at American Spa, they launched the prestigious Women in Wellness Awards, as well as the American Spa Women in Wellness Leadership Conferences. They also received an ISPA Innovate Award in 2018 for their work with women in leadership. Keller Callaghan is also the chair of the Global Wellness Institute’s Women in Leadership Initiative and the founder of an active Women in Wellness Facebook group.

Well Defined Women In Leadership Summit

About The Well Defined Women In Leadership Summit
The W/D WIL Summit will take place March 1, 2022, at the Live Love Spa headquarters in Tustin, CA. Tickets start at $325 and include access to powerful speakers, networking, a lunch, experiential services, a cocktail party, and a gift bag. For out-of-town attendees, Well Defined has secured a room rate of $109 per night at the nearby Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Santa Ana. Follow along at www.welldefined.com/women and by following #WellDefinedLeadership on your favorite social media platforms as we unveil speakers, sponsors,  surprises, and more.

About Well Defined
Well Defined is a comprehensive wellness resource for industry professionals and consumers. Our mission is to be your trusted source of wellness information and to empower you to make educated choices that positively impact and enhance your health and that of your business. Visit www.welldefined.com for more information and to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

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