Washington Spa Alliance to host 7th Annual Symposium at The Watergate Hotel on Monday, March 20, 2017

Themed “Connect, Engage, Deliver: How Spa is Fostering America’s Wellbeing Today”, gathering will celebrate the life and accomplishments of “Godmother of Wellness” Deborah Szekely

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 20, 2017 – Washington Spa Alliance is set to host its 7th Annual Symposium at The Watergate Hotel on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The interactive day-long event, whose audience will include local, regional, national and international leaders in spa and allied disciplines, will kick off with a tribute to legendary spa founder and wellness activist Deborah Szekely in advance of her 95th birthday.

This gathering of spa leadership on the vernal equinox will continue a national conversation designed to inspire the spa community to advance a human agenda of health and well-being. Washington Spa Alliance is a knowledge center, connecting spa professionals in the nation’s greater Capital region and throughout the United States. The group works to promote the exchange of ideas, education and innovation in the field and to ensure the highest spa ideals are met through policy and interaction.

WSPA has assembled a strong list of industry leaders including:

  • Deborah Szekely, dubbed the “Godmother of Wellness” by the Huffington Post, will be fêted as she approaches her 95th birthday. Co-founder of Rancho La Puerta and founder of the Golden Door and Wellness Warrior, she will offer her insightful words of wisdom as she reflects on her work as a wellness pioneer.
  • Samer Hamadeh, experienced entrepreneur, and founder & CEO of ZEEL.com, has created, led and advised successful tech startups for nearly 20 years. Hamadeh’s background and education offers the industry a new perspective on the role of technology.
  • Les Sweeney, President of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), brings a wealth of knowledge as well as data from recent studies on the state of the massage industry.
  • Mia Kyricos, president and CEO of Kyricos & Co., with over 20 years of experience to share, has helped to develop, operate, and market wellness-related brands and facilities across more than 100 countries.
  • Nancy Davis, the chief creative officer and executive director of the Global Wellness Institute, leads with the mission to “Empower Wellness Worldwide”.
  •  Ophelia Yeung, senior fellow researcher at the Global Wellness Institute, has extensive experience leading research and strategy development for business, nonprofit, multilateral and government organizations in dozens of countries around the world.

The growing roster of presenters also includes:

  • Julia Sutton, chief operating officer, Exhale Enterprises
  • Frank Pitskikalis, founder and CEO, ResortSuite
  • Amanda Al-Masri, vice president of spa services, Equinox
  • Yael Alkalay, owner, red flower
  • Kathleen Shea, chief marketing officer, Canyon Ranch
  • Maggie Dunphy, executive director of spa and wellness, Destination Hotels
  • Damon Cory-Watson, director of development, Wellness Warrior

The Symposium’s host hotel is The Watergate Hotel, the luxurious urban resort in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, which is unveiling Argentta, a breathtaking spa and wellness center offering revitalizing treatments, well-appointed amenities, membership packages and intriguing design. Following the legendary hotel’s reopening on June 14, 2016 after undergoing a $200 million renovation, the brand new $3.5 million luxury spa and wellness center welcomes guests to relax and rejuvenate in European elegance and refinement, combined with the technical attributes of the Swiss and French.

Inspired by the Italian word for silver, the name Argentta simultaneously pays homage to the hotel’s original architect, Luigi Moretti, and one of the most powerful healing agents in the world. The space brings to life this concept as silver hues with gray and white undertones bejewel the reception and treatment rooms, while the pool features mosaic tiles with genuine silver flecks.  The spa’s logo – Ag – takes its cue from the Silver symbol on the periodic table as all treatments manipulate molecules to produce undeniable results.

Attendees are invited to extend their stay to March 21st to join Wellness Warrior in congressional visits on Capitol Hill.

Registration and Sponsorship

For schedule updates and registration details for the Symposium, log onto https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-engage-deliver-how-spa-is-fostering-americas-wellbeing-today-tickets-31180361300?aff=erelexpmlt

For information on sponsorship opportunities, log onto https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wspa-2017-sponsorship-opportunities-tickets-31202378153?aff=erelexpmlt

 

Where to Stay

Several area hotels are offering a WSPA Symposium rate for a limited time and on a space available basis:

 

The Watergate Hotel (Host Hotel)
2650 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington DC 20037
202-827-1600 or email reservations@thewatergatehotel.com
Mention WSPA for preferred rate (space available basis)

 

Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20008
202.387.7783
Contact: Nebiyu Abate at Nebiyu@cosmosclub.org
Mention WSPA

 

Residence Inn by Marriott – Foggy Bottom
801 New Hampshire Ave, Washington DC 20006
Contact: Rachel Antosh at 202.785.2000

 

University Inn
824 New Hampshire, Washington DC 20037
202.337.6620

 

About Washington Spa Alliance

Washington Spa Alliance is a knowledge center, connecting spa professionals in the nation’s greater Capital region and throughout the United States. The group works to promote the exchange of ideas, education and innovation in the field and to ensure the highest spa ideals are met through policy and interaction. Washington Spa Alliance can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter @WASpaalliance. www.washingtonspaalliance.com