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.


Tesla La Touche

Founder, Zymonetics, Canada

Tesla La Touche founded Zymonetics, a market access and commercialization hub in the functional wellness, biopharmaceutical and regenerative technologies sector to bridge the gaps in evidence based accountable, clinical leadership, education and funding. A clinically published executive working with the best research minds in large multi-national firms such as Johnson & Johnson, Women’s Health and Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, Tesla has a proven track record scaling health economic business models to deliver turn-key private and public funding solutions for novel therapeutics in healthcare. Her current passion is to facilitate the evidence for change in regenerative medicine health policy allowing Canadians to lead an optimal user centric self care literacy pathway funded through insurance that will deliver global social impact. She joins the GWI-Womens Leadership Initiative passionate about representing BIPOC women giving voice and being in action to resolve decolonization and indigenization issues in the global wellness space.


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.


Michael Pugliese

CEO, Circadia by Dr. Pugliese, United States

In 2006, Michael took over the signature professional skin treatment line founded by his grandfather, Peter T. Pugliese, MD, beloved educator and author of Advanced Professional Skin Care, Medical Edition. Over the last twelve years, Michael has continued the family tradition of educating esthetic practitioners with product-neutral lectures, covering topics of functional ingredients, cosmetic chemistry, skin physiology and disorders, and the biology of circadian rhythms. Michael’s dedication and leadership have positioned Circadia as a superior education-driven American skin care company with international recognition, opening distribution in Europe, Asia, Australia, Scandinavia, Russia and Latin America. By understanding and utilizing physiologically compatible products, Circadia by Dr. Pugliese gives estheticians the tools to design an effective skincare protocol for every client’s concern. Michael, a member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, continues to personally investigate cutting edge raw materials, and the development of new products for face and body care.


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.


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.