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GWI Women in Leadership Initiative Launches Groundbreaking Survey of Female Wellness Leaders


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The Global Wellness Institute’s Women in Leadership Initiative, is spearheading a groundbreaking survey of women in wellness leadership roles and is seeking feedback from female leaders.

To begin, the group defines a wellness leader as a woman who works in some capacity in the wellness space, has a vision, and shares it with others. 

With this in mind, the group wants to hear from anyone who identifies as a female wellness leader, via this anonymous 15-minute survey. The survey features questions about compensation, leadership qualities, burnout, the impact of COVID-19, work-life balance, sexual harassment, mentorship, entrepreneurship, stress-relief strategies, and more. The results will be used to help create resources, programming, and more that address the needs of women in wellness leadership roles and help women evolve in their leadership positions and aspirations.

The survey closes on May 31.

The GWI Women in leadership initiative members include chair Julie Keller Callaghan, co-founder of Well Defined; vice chair Sara Jones, managing director of Spa & Wellness MexiCaribe; Joanne Berry, founder of the Wellness Education HubDr. Rekha Chaudhari, the global wellness ambassador for India; Darlene Fiske, owner of The Fiske Group and co-founder of Swell Public Relations; Sara Hirsh Bordo, founder and CEO of Women Rising; Liz Lehman, CEO, Aluminate Life; Tara LoCastro, principal of LifeSync; Francie Rawlings, digital strategy & innovation head for SCS Partners; Jessica Timberlake, public relations manager for Eminence Organic Skincare; and Kenzie Vath, director of wellness & sustainability for Pacific Hospitality Group.

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is 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 and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.