Archive for February 16th, 2010

Make a Difference and Host a
Dining for Change Event this March

Last Friday, while volunteering along with the rest of the American Spa staff for the Healing Arts for Haiti event, I was once again reminded of the importance of giving back. For those of you interested in getting involved with a worthy cause, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and National Cosmetology Association (NCA) have deemed March as Dining For Change Month. A charitable outreach program for the beauty industry, Dining For Change is inviting beauty professionals to network, share, and enjoy each other’s company over a meal while raising money for three worthy causes: Look Good…Feel Better, a program that assists cancer patients; Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund’s CUT IT OUT program; and the PBA-NCA Disaster Relief Fund.

If you’re interested in hosting an event, check out As a host, you get to choose the kind of event (casual or formal dinner, pizza party, etc.), number of invited guests, location, and suggested charitable donation. Each guest then makes a voluntary donation, which is combined with other donations from across the country. One hundred percent of the Dining For Change contributions are used to support the selected charities. In 2009, participating beauty professionals and their colleagues raised more than $100,000. Visit the NCA’s website for a rundown of how to get started. Giving back couldn’t be easier or more fun.

Institute of Management Consultants Launches
New Spa Consultant Chapter

A collection of 14 spa industry business consultants was officially inducted into The Institute of Management Consultants USA and received its charter as the International Spa Chapter at the annual conference in Reno, NV. The founding members of the Spa Consultant Chapter each possess more than 10 years of experience consulting within the spa industry, and many more years of working in the fields of beauty, hospitality, wellness and fitness. “Our group came together with the shared desired to raise the bar by creating a mandatory code of standards and ethics for consulting within our industry,” says Deborah Evans of SpaSense Group, the founding chapter president. “Even though we are all competitors, we recognized the need for this, as we’ve seen many projects delayed or incurring serious cost overruns and operational glitches due to inexperienced advisors. Our group realized that IMC could bring tremendous value to both our prospective clients and our unique niche of experienced consultants.”

The International Spa Chapter has several objectives, including:

  • To set new industry standards and promote industry best practices
  • To create a forum for professional collaboration
  • To educate and inform potential clients through a robust website, blog, and e-newsletter
  • To set and uphold a code of ethics and standards of practice
  • To promote its members
  • To encourage certification of its members under the IMC “CMC ®”,  Certified Management Consultants, an internationally recognized mark of consulting excellence
  • To provide ongoing education to members

For information on spa consulting and the Spa Consultants chapter, visit

Healing Arts for Haiti Successfully Raises Funds and Awareness

American Spa is proud to announce that Friday’s Healing Arts for Haiti at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City was a huge success. It was amazing to see the New York City spa community come together for such a worthy cause. We’d like to thank Bruce Schoenberg for spearheading this project and whose amazing energy made this event a reality. Also, we would like to commend the long list of volunteers who came together to make Friday happen.

Along with Oasis Day Spa and the Swedish Institute, additional supporting organizations and media partners include: The Grand Hyatt Hotel New York, American Spa magazine, Spa Magazine, Curiosity Works, Reed Exhibitions, SpaFinder, Savoy Professional Magazine, Matis Paris, MD Corrective Care, the Day Spa Association, and What’s Hot.

Also, American Spa would like to thank its partners for donating products for the retail area and silent auction. A special thanks to: Aetó Botanica, B. Kamins Chemist, Bliss, Cuccio Naturale, Darphin, Dermafile, Dermalogica, Dermaquest, Duri, Éminence Organic Skin Care, Enjoy Hair Care, GliSODin Skin Nutrients, Guinot Paris, HBL Hair Care, Image International Skin Care, Izunami, Jan Marini, NovaLash, OPI, Phytomer, Pevonia, Skin 2 Skin Care, Skinceuticals, Sonya Dakar, Star Nails, TanTowel, Temptu, Yon-Ka Paris, and Youngblood.

If you weren’t able to make it on Friday, you can still donate to the cause via the organization’s UNICEF page. Click here.

Stay tuned for the total amount raised at the event and for more event coverage!

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