women in leadership initiative Members

Darlene Fiske

Owner of The Fiske Group: Public Relations + Marketing Strategies, United States

Darlene Fiske is a dynamic, results-orientated communications professional with 20+ years of experience in marketing, branding, media relations and publicity. She is a self-proclaimed spa junkie and the owner of an award winning national PR firm based in Austin, Texas servicing clients in the luxury hospitality, spa and arts sectors. Prior to starting her own business, Ms. Fiske worked as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Lake Austin Spa Resort where she was responsible for sales and marketing efforts targeting the top 1% of affluent consumers in the United States. Ms. Fiske has shared her knowledge via webinars for UC Irvine, American Spa, conferences including ISPA, SXSW V2V and at the University of Texas in Austin on how brands can achieve social media success. Ms. Fiske is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism in public relations.


Susan O’Connor

Principal, PranaHealth Strategies, United States

Susan began PranaHealth Strategies because growing businesses is in her DNA. Her expertise is understanding the intersection of science and wellness, using evidence-based approaches and scalable business models to realize the potential of a business. Previously as an Executive at Pfizer, Susan grew $300-400 million businesses by 7-14% and led global initiatives to advance gender diversity metrics. She is passionate about advancing women in leadership and promoting wellness.


Emma Roberts

Head of Sales and Business Development, VOYA, United Kingdom

Emma Roberts manages luxury spa brand VOYA’s global sales, training teams and marketing teams. VOYA caters for evolving demands in the international spa market, where they have become a leading organic influence. Roberts has 19 years of experience working within the spa industry. In 2015, Roberts was drawn to VOYA’s unique brand story and a genuine passion for results-driven yet environmentally conscious organic skincare; as a greater demand for transparency in the beauty industry began to snowball. Roberts is proud to join the GWI Women in Leadership initiative as a committee member for the UK and helping to promote equality in the workplace.


Shahida Siddique

Owner, Altearah SAS, France

Shahida Siddique is the owner of the French company ALTEARAH SAS producing within its own ISO certified organic laboratory the wellbeing product ALTEARAH BIO. The Face and Body products are unique in their concept and delivery and are promoted within the professional spa and wellness institutes in over 24 countries. Shahida has been in the business of wellbeing for the last 12 years but has been a proponent of natural and organic ingredients and holistic wellness for over 20 years. She is the Co-Founder of Wellness Inc Global which is connecting all the different modalities of wellness professionals under one large umbrella. She has been the Regional Director – Middle East and Treasurer for the Global Mentorship Program an initiative of The Global Wellness Institute since 2015. Shahida has for many years initiated, worked on and has been passionate about gender issues and the empowerment of women through education, health awareness and business advice. She joins the committee as Regional Director Middle East for the Lean In Initiative – Women in Wellness.


Alison Stone, PhD

Owner & Founder of The Wellness Professionals & Its Detox Baby, Thailand

Owner of the Wellness Professionals, Alison started her wellness path 25 years ago as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Stress Consultant after achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Alternative Medicine -Ayurveda. Moving into operational and managerial roles with Chiva Som, Six Senses & Kamalaya resorts in Asia, she expanded her experience to medical and clinical business development. In 2015 she achieved her Ph.D in Metaphysical Science, which supports her exploration and research into Pulsed Electronic Magnet Frequency and Vibrational Cellular Transformation and is currently developing The Medicinal Earth Project. In 2017 Alison joined the Aman group as Regional Wellness Director for Indochina based at the flagship iconic property of Amanpuri Phuket.


Camilla Thompson

Managing Director & Co-Founder, Selected Wellness, Australia

Camilla Thompson is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Select Wellness who specialise in workplace Wellbeing Consulting as well as Executive Coaching. Camilla’s purpose is helping people and organisation’s thrive and flourish through the delivery of strategic tailored & effective wellbeing programs. Her own brand, The Wellness Coach, has enabled her to deliver keynotes and workshops on health, nutrition & mindset over the last 8 years. She also writes for Thrive Global and The Collective Hub. Camilla’s long held passion and commitment to encouraging and supporting women both in and on their journey to leadership positions has led her to joining the committee and initiative.


Jessica Timberlake

Public Relations Manager, Eminence Organic Skincare, Canada

Jessica Timberlake has over 15 years of experience in the spa industry. With a background in luxury spa operations, Jessica is now the Public Relations Manager at Eminence Organic Skin Care and coordinates the nonprofit Eminence Kids Foundation. Jessica also has a passion for photography, learning firsthand how art can contribute to healing and wellness after the tragic loss of her only brother. She believes in the wise words of the Dalai Lama, “The world will be saved by the Western Woman” and is thrilled to be a part of this important initiative.


Todd Walter

CEO, Red Door Spa Holdings, United States

Todd joined Red Door Spa Holdings in July 2005 as CFO.  He became COO in March 2006 and CEO later that year.  In a very short period, Todd fell in love with the beauty and wellness industry, inspired by the genuine passion of the people who are called to serve in it.  Operating under two brands, The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden and Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, Red Door Spa Holdings’ nearly 3,000 associates provide services to ~1.5 million guests annually…helping people look and feel their best.  More than 100 years ago, Elizabeth Arden built a global empire dedicated to helping women walk a little taller and feel a little stronger, all before women had the right to vote in the United States.  Todd and the 3,000 associates of Red Door Spa Holdings are committed to these same values and objectives today.