Earn a V.I.P. Scholarship Ticket to L.E.A.D.
We are proud to announce the second chance to earn a VIP Conference Experience Scholarship, this time with the support of Leading Spas of Canada (leadingspasofcanada.com)- Canada’s only spa and wellness member association. Leading Spas has been there for more than 20 years, providing support for the development of the Canadian spa industry and represents spas, spa suppliers, and spa education institutions.
Your ticket includes an elegant cocktail reception, full day of learning at the L.E.A.D. conference, a bonus day skills training with L’Moor, and a night’s accommodation at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre in Cobourg (if needed).
Here’s what you need to be considered for this generous offer:
- Be a student who is currently enrolled in a community or private career college in esthetics or massage therapy
- Tell us why you think you should come, or what you would like to get out of L.E.A.D.
- You can enter by sending us a video, a Facebook message, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Entry needs to be received by Sunday , February 18 at midnight
Entries won’t be shared publicly, and the recipient’s name won’t be announced. Everyone who has a ticket has equal value! You are responsible for travel arrangements and accommodation if you’re coming from away. Winner will be contacted privately on Monday, February 12
Make sure to tell your friends in the industry, especially those who you think should be there.
Win a $300 prize pack from Brand Ambition!
Just buy your tickets to the LEAD Conference before January 31, 2018 and you’ll be automatically entered to WIN a Social Media Suite, generously gifted by Brand Ambition! The deal just got sweeter.
Not only will you have access to some of the best speakers and topics in a one-day event unique to the Canadian spa and wellness industry, but one lucky winner will win 30 days of branded social posts, ads & graphics to be used to boost Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter content. Use your brand pieces to create a professional and cohesive look to your business.
**Winner will be announced February 1, 2018, selected from all event ticket purchases from January 15 to 31, 2018.
For more tips and advice on how YOU can build your spa or wellness brand, JOIN US on February 26 at the L.E.A.D. Spa & Wellness Conference. BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY AND YOU COULD WIN!!! #spaLEADers2018
Bill 148: More Than Just an Increase to Minimum Wage
When Bill 148 went to first reading in June 2017, it proposed many changes to the employment landscape – the biggest change in a generation. Fast forward to Nov 30 2017, and Bill 148 passes into law.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an Ontario business owner, employee, or a contractor in the spa/esthetics/wellness industry – changes to Human Resources law are affecting YOU. While the implementation of the new Bill 148 is challenging, there’s no question about the intent of the legislation. It’s meant to level the playing field and to support workers to make ends meet. Unfortunately, everywhere you look on both social media and traditional media, you’ll find a lot of finger pointing and fear.
The key is to find an experienced professional to help sort out the facts from the fear, accept the changes, and make plans to move forward to continued business success.
We’re thrilled to have Sara Bibb, Certified Human Resources Leader at MKS HR Consulting join us at LEAD to talk about changing requirements for scheduling, record keeping, classification of employees, paid leave, and how these changes can be implemented to strengthen employee/employer relationships and maintain business profitability. Even if you’re not currently an employer, these legislative changes can affect you.
Bill 148: learn about changing requirements for scheduling, record keeping, employee classification and more. Strengthen employee relationships AND maintain profitability!
Keynote Speaker Announced
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s keynote speaker for the L.E.A.D. Spa and Wellness Conference is Barb Stegemann: best-selling author, social business innovator, entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of The 7 Virtues.
Barb is nothing if not a dynamo. Among her many accomplishments, she has:
- Been named one of Canada’s Top 30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs (Profit Guide Magazine)
- Received the Women’s Innovator Award (U.S. Department of State)
- Been the first woman from Atlantic Canada to land a venture capital deal on Dragon’s Den
- Won the much-acclaimed Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the Emerging Entrepreneur category for Atlantic Canada
A frequent presence in the media, you may have seen Barb on The Lang & O’Leary Exchange and ET Canada; or read about her in publications including The Financial Post, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Chronicle Herald, and Best Health.
It cannot be denied: Barb always engages and thrills her audiences with smart, inspirational entrepreneurial skills and know-how advice! Her unique insights will help you identify what sets you apart in your industry, and how to build the structure you need in your critical
business-building thought process.
Prepare yourself for a motivational LEAD keynote that will surely resonate with you for months—and even years—to come!
1. Bring a Buddy!
2. Stay at the conference's designated accommodations
3. Take plenty of business cards, to help new acquaintances remember you
4. Become an active participant, asking questions and making comments
5. Meet and thank everyone who served on the conference planning committee
6. Participate in the larger conversation
7. Connect with our LEAD social pages to stay in the loop
8. Find out who’s going
9. Having business cards doesn’t nessessarily mean you’re ready to attend the conference
- Your name
- What you do
- Why you are attending
In addition to those three elements, keep your pitch shorter than 30 seconds, and keep it relevant to the conference.
Here’s an example:
“Hi, my name is Joanne Smith. I am a spa owner in Bowmanville and have a large clientele for waxing and I would like to expand my business to include body treatments. I am here to learn the skills that will allow me to scale up and brand my business so people know me for all the services I offer.”
10. Don’t eat lunch with your friends
11. Walk the floor
12. Attend the pre and post-parties
13. Don’t forget to follow up