Global Mentorship Program

“Mentorship… the path of excellence for servant leaders”

As one of the early Initiatives of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the Global Mentorship Program decided to address head-on the burning topic in the Spa, Wellness & Hospitability industry: the staffing crisis.

The Global Mentorship Program was created as a response to the 2012 GWI study “SPA MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE & EDUCATION: ADDRESSING MARKET GAPS”, showing the gap between the expansive job opportunities and lack of qualified candidates in the spa & wellness industry.  Researchers Ophelia Yeung & Katherine Johnston examined industry challenges, made recommendations to increase management talent pool and explored ways to spotlight the available job opportunities.

In “GLOBAL WELLNESS ECONOMY MONITOR” (GWI, January 2017), authors Yeung & Johnston concluded that, « …since 2013, spas added 237,424 jobs to the global economy. Projections for the Spa industry growth over the next 5 years indicate that there will be an estimated 2.8 million persons employed by spas in 2018 (1 million in Asia-Pacific ; 950,000 in Europe & 540,000 in North America). An additional 400,000 trained spa therapists and 70,000 experienced Spa managers/directors will be needed by the industry in 2020. »

 

Launched in 2014 by a team of Spa and Wellness experts from around the world, under the auspices of the Global Wellness Institute, the Global Mentorship Program (GMP) is now growing in about 50 countries:

  • AFRICA: KENYA, NAMIBIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH AFRICA, TUNISIA…
  • AUSTRAL-ASIA: AUSTRALIA, CHINA, FIJI, MALAYSIA, NEW ZEALAND, THAILAND…
  • EUROPE: CROATIA, CYPRUS, FRANCE, GREECE, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, NETHERLANDS, POLAND, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SERBIA, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM…
  • INDIA
  • MIDDLE EAST: BAHRAIN, JORDAN, LEBANON, UAE…
  • UNITED STATES of AMERICA 
  • CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA, MEXICO…
  • CARIBBEAN: ANTIGUA…

 

Participants register on an ONLINE PLATFORM at no charge, to create their profile & rate their skills:

  • Mentors must have a minimum of 5 years experience
  • Mentees must have a minimum of 2 years experience

Then they connect monthly via face-to-face, video conferencing platforms, or phone, to discuss the Mentees goals and aspirations for their career growth.

 

The GMP is a pro-bono initiative, supported by ALTEARAH, BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE, GHARIENI, SPA GENIE & TIP TOUCH. Visit our sponsors’ page

 

Global Mentorship Program

Country Ambassadors

2017- 2019

 

AFRICA:

  • KENYA: Lucy IMISON – Assistant Spa Manager Kempinski Hotel
  • NAMIBIA: Marinette KRITZINGER – Spa Manager Strand Hotel
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Dr Nadine de FREITAS – Editor Les Nouvelles Esthétiques /Executive Member South Africa Spa Association
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Taryn LILLEY – Spa Manager Cape Grace
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Corli SCHOEMAN – Spa Consultant/Distributor Niche
  • TUNISIA: Imen LATROUS – Regional Director,Middle East region, Groupe GM Paris

 

AUSTRAL-ASIA:

  • AUSTRALIA: Nicolette WIJERS – Wellness enthusiast and Hotel General Manager Six Senses Krabey Island
  • CHINA (Chengdu): Kelly COATES – Director of spa operations at The Temple House, Swire Hotels
  • FIJI : Debra SANDRANU – Spa Academy and Rejuvenation Centre
  • MALAYSIA: Jeanette TAMBAKAU – Co-Founder & Director of Jari Jari Sdn Bhd, President of The Association of Malaysian Spas
  • NEW ZEALAND: Michael CLARKE – Six Senses Fitness and Special Projects Director
  • THAILAND: Tara HANRAHAN, Group Spa Director Centara Hotels and Resorts

 

EUROPE

  • CROATIA: Mladenka NASTOVSKI, Corporate Spa Director LOSINJ HOTELS & VILLAS
  • CYPRUS: George TAVELIS – Managing Director Sanctum Spa & Fitness & President Cyprus Spa Association
  • GREECE: Dimitris OREOPOULOS – Owner & General Manager Uniteam Beauty
  • LATVIA: Alla SOKOLOVA – Founder & Managing Director Inbalans Group
  • LITHUANIA: Ina TURSIENE – Managing director ISPADO
  • NETHERLANDS: Annemarie L. WORTMAN – Owner of Consuming Passions  – Concept & Project Studio Health|Wellness|Hospitality
  • POLAND: Arkadiusz DAWIDOWSKI – Owner FORSPA & President European Spa Foundation
  • ROMANIA: Ioana MARIAN – Founder and CEO of despreSpa.ro and Spa & Wellness Magazine in Romania
  • RUSSIA: Elena BOGACHEVA – Founder & President Spa & Wellness International Council
  • SERBIA: Natasa RANITOVIC – Europe Spa Expert & Consultant, President of Cluster Wellness Serbia
  • SPAIN: Cesar TEJEDOR – Founder & CEO Massage Around the World
  • SWITZERLAND: Larisa MARINICA – Spa Director Fairmont Montreux Palace
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Helena FIELD – General Manager, UK Spa Association ; Director & Founder Spa Pulse

 

INDIA:

  • Geeta MORAR – CEO SVA Spas and Salons
  • Dr Ranjan KAPOOR – Spa and Wellness Director at Six Senses Resorts and Spas
  • Alejandro LEO – Spa Director Grand Hyatt Goa
  • Gurpreet KAUR – Spa Director ITC Hotels Mumbai
  • Mahima SHARMA – Spa Director JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar
  • Harish KALATHI – Spa Director The Park Hotel

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • BAHRAIN: Ferdinand TAACA – Spa Manager The Domain Hotels
  • JORDAN: Andrew BARGE – Spa & Leisure Manager Marriott Hotels
  • LEBANON : Kamal KHALIL – Director, Spa and Wellbeing at Resense Spa
  • UAE: Maria HAGGO – CEO Little Miss Wellness

 

UNITED STATES of AMERICA

  • CALIFORNIA: Terry Prager – Director of Spa & Wellness Villagio & Chair Advisory Council of Florida Spa Association

 

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

  • ARGENTINA: Willie CARBALLO – Ceo – Owner at Fine Hotels, Spas & Resorts of The World – LATAM
  • COLOMBIA : Alejandra Millan – General Manager Alejandra Millan Cosmetologia & Spa
  • MEXICO: Adriana AZUARA – CEO ALL4SPAS SA DE CV

 

CARIBBEAN:

  • ANTIGUA: Lisa M. ABRAHAM, Owner at House of Pamper Unisex Salon & Spa

 

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