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GWI Women in Leadership Initiative Launches Second Edition of Female Wellness Leader Survey

GWI Women in Leadership Initiative is seeking feedback from female leaders.


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Following the buzzworthy results of its debut survey of women leaders, the Global Wellness Institute’s Women in Leadership Initiative, is spearheading the second edition of its 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 invisible workload, 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 November 1.

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; Ke’Anna Ballard, an aspiring spa owner; 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; Liz Lehman, CEO, Aluminate Life; Tara LoCastro, principal of LifeSync; and Francie Rawlings, digital strategy & innovation head for SCS Partners.

The first edition of the survey unveiled several noteworthy trends, including:

  • Female leaders lead with longevity
  • Female leaders value leadership with heart
  • Lack of support by other women can be a challenge
  • Ageism is an issue
  • Women wellness leaders embrace healthy stress relief strategies (for the most part)
  • Women leaders desire and need financial wellness collaboration, support, and education
  • Female leaders are seeking mentorship

Visit here for the full results of the 2022 survey.

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.