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Ms. Wolski

Leslie Wolski

President, Wolski Spa Consulting

With more than two decades in the spa industry, veteran Leslie Wolski brings a wealth of experience to her clients as a Spa Operations Consultant. Most recently, Ms. Wolski was the Spa Director at Villagio Inn & Spa, overseeing the daily operations for the luxurious 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio and its staff of seventy-five massage therapists, estheticians, concierge and spa attendants, Ms. Wolski was directly involved in the design and development of the Spa Villagio project. Spa Villagio was recognized as a top resort spa by both Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure. Ms. Wolski has worked as a spa consultant to nationally-recognized full service spas and clubs nationwide. Her clients have included such notables as: The Houstonian in Texas; Ventana Resort & Spa in Big Sur, California; The Mayacama Club in Sonoma County, California; The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California; Turnberry Ocean Colony in Sunny Isles, Florida; and The Spa at the Hilton Cancun Resort, in Cancun, Mexico. Previously, Ms. Wolski worked as spa operations manager and then spa director, serving on the executive committee of the well known Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California. In her capacity with the hotel, Ms. Wolski oversaw the resort's multi-million dollar spa upgrade and renovation, opening the new Sonoma Mission Inn Spa in 1999 to rave reviews. Boasting a passion for spa education, Ms. Wolski is an accomplished author of SPA - Refreshing Rituals for Body and Soul which was published in 2002 for The Body Shop. The book focused on how to care for yourself with simple treatments from around the globe that cleanse, relax and revitalize the body and spirit. Ms. Wolski is a former executive committee member of the International Spa Association (ISPA) board of directors, an instructor at The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology in San Francisco, as well as, being a contributing writer to ISPA's Pulse Magazine and SKIN INC. Magazine. Ms. Wolski also serves as a spa industry speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications Studies, where she graduated with Cum Laude from California State University, Sonoma. The Santa Rosa, California resident is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family and training for triathlons in her spare time.

Ms. Wolski can be contacted at 707-953-2202 or lwolski@sonic.net

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.