StarrCast

StarrCast

Did you ever consider a career in the world of wellness? Lisa Starr of Wynne Business chats with people from varying backgrounds who have achieved success in the wellness industry, and they share their journey and tips for success.

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November 16, 2022 22 min

Imagine spending 10-20 minutes per day to improve your brain function, lower stress, and improve creativity! Dr. Patrick Porter and team have created an effective and easy-to-use system, utilizing both software and optional hardware, that does just that. Listen in to the science behind BrainTap, and learn about the many ways this tool can be effective in spa and wellness settings, as well as for home use.

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Massage is the most sought-after service in any spa, but that wasn't always the case! Join us as industry veteran C.G. Funk, former massage therapist and instructor, and current Senior Vice President of Culture and Industry Relations for Massage Heights, shares the evolution of massage within spa and wellness businesses, and sheds some light on the current therapist hiring challenges.

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October 26, 2022 53 min

Many people dream of starting their own business, but this busy NYC marketing executive made her dreams become reality. Lisa Bare created and ran a very successful day spa in the Hudson Valley for almost twenty years, through financial downturns and pandemics, and the usual daily dramas, and still came out smiling! Listen in as Bare shares the lessons learned along the way.

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We hear much talk about sustainability, but the concept of Wellness Architecture is less well-known. The Founder of Apostoli Studio, Alberto Apostoli, is a global leader in the field, having designed dozens of hospitality and spa projects around the world, including the multi-award winning Lefay Resorts. Apostoli discusses what defines wellness architecture, and how it contributes to a successful wellness business.

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October 12, 2022 58 min

Is the wellness bubble doing more damage than good? Tune in to hear wellness industry veteran Lisa Henry Jacobs delve into this and other questions for wellness professionals to consider. Jacobs brings a unique perspective amidst her own health challenges, and urges that we consider how wellness is baked into our business models, and the true impact we are having on our communities. We need to perpetuate the need to give back, but ...

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Supply chain issues are still impacting businesses across the globe; at the We Work Well Hospitality event in Malta, we took a deep dive into the challenges this is creating for hospitality operators and suppliers in the EMEA market. Denis Karalic, Diderick Woltering, Mirko Habek and Rich Burden share their management strategies for the moment.

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September 29, 2022 61 min

Since its 2014 inaugural report, the Global Wellness Economy Monitor has become the go-to source of comprehensive global wellness economy data for business leaders, researchers and the media. We visit with the brilliant researchers behind the data, who share their insights behind the post-pandemic findings in the eleven wellness sectors.

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With so much interest in wellness from consumers, this might be the right time for you to open your own wellness business, or to consider selling one you have built. We are joined by the very knowledgeable CPA April McDaniel from financial advisory firm Kopsa Otte, who shares many useful and informative tips and strategies on how to structure your business and handle your accounting to avoid unpleasant surprises at sale time!

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The unique Healing Summit, an initiative of Healing Hotels of the World, gathers leaders from the worlds of business, hospitality, and non-profits to explore a holistic approach to life and business, with the aim to create a global community of influencers who commit to doing good in the world. We've collected brief contributions from a few of the world-class presenters including Paul Polman,  Gina Diez Barroso and others, re...

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With the opening of their newest Medical Resort on the German resort island of Sylt, the Lanserhof Group continues to raise the bar in their genre. Everything from architecture, decor & design, food and staff training has been intentionally created to support a detoxification, cleansing and centering journey for its guests. Group CMO Nils Behrens and Medical Director Dr. Jan Strikze share the purpose and thought behind the busi...

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Natural thermal springs and "taking the waters" have been hallmarks of communal wellness for hundreds of years, and the recent pandemic has renewed interest in this health practice. In advance of World Bathing Day on June 22, we hear from Charles Davidson, visionary entrepreneur and CEO of Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria, Australia, on the latest developments in hot springs resorts, and how they can become a launchi...

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Long-time professionals in the spa world know the U.S. roots came from the salon industry, but the product and education supplier networks that existed 25 years ago have been completely up-ended by consolidation and the worldwide web. The process of delivering products and training is both easier, and harder, than ever! Distribution expert Brian McGee, General Manager of the nail supplier Dazzle Dry, shares his insights on what ...

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Jim Chenevey left the world of top-five consulting and international business to take ownership of Living Earth Crafts/Earthlite 20 years ago, and has never looked back. In our conversation, Chenevey reflects on owning and managing this global leader of massage & wellness equipment and product manufacturing, with annual sales of over 37k products across 193 countries. Chenevey's passion for wellness, people and the plan...

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In the U.S., not only are massage therapists and estheticians licensed by different boards, these boards have different requirements for licensure in each of our 50 states, making it very difficult for therapists to work beyond their initial licensed area. However, change is looming; Deirdre Strunk, VP of Spa, Beauty, Fitness & Retail for Canyon Ranch, and a member on the Compact for Licensure task force, reports on the movem...

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In spring of 2022, much of the world is receding from an active pandemic, although the results still linger. We check in with two spa leaders, Aldina Duarte-Ramos of Accor and Four Seasons' Christelle Besnier on how the spa and wellness industry is recovering in Europe and the Middle East. Recorded live at We Work Well EMEA 2022.

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April 26, 2022 56 min

Wellness is in big demand, attracting developers who want to create projects with wellness elements; but the first question always is, where is the data? While we have excellent broad numbers on many wellness-related silos courtesy of the Global Wellness Institute, at the intersection of wellness and hospitality there is a dearth of detailed data on how spa and wellness components affect ADR or occupancy, or which particular serv...

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April 20, 2022 56 min

Consumers today want wellness at every turn, including while traveling, and hotels are always promoting their wellness offerings, which may or may not be relevant to that guest. But did you know that in German-speaking Europe you could stay in a qualified "Wellness Hotel?" Wellness Hotels & Resorts has been certifying hotels for their quality of stay, food & environment for over 25 years! Managing Partner Michael...

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April 19, 2022 55 min

Now that "wellness" is front and center, you can find the term everywhere. While that's probably a good thing, it can also create confusion for those seeking information online. Julie Keller Callaghan and Heather Mikesell of Well Defined discuss how they position their website, and the process of sifting through information to provide content that is relevant for both consumers and professionals.

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April 12, 2022 57 min

The world has approximately 160k spas, so what makes one more special than the next? Tune in to hear highly-regarded spa consultants Tracy Lee and her colleague Michael Lahm share their process behind the vision and planning that goes into the creation of a unique spa and wellness retreat.

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