The International SPA Association will hold its inaugural ISPA Talent Symposium April 15 at The Ritz-Carlton, Bacara in Santa Barbara, CA. This event will be a first of its kind for the spa industry and focus solely on workforce issues.

Engaging one’s team is key to attracting and retaining employees in today’s competitive labor market, and the new ISPA Talent Symposium will highlight energetic and innovative approaches to solving workforce challenges. In addition to insight from established spa industry and workforce development professionals, the event will feature keynote speakers providing high-impact takeaways attendees can use to build an engaged workforce.

Seth Mattison is the first announced keynote speaker for the event. As the founder and CEO of Luminate Labs (a digital media platform, production company and global community for luminaries, leaders, influences and subject-matter experts representing the most forward-thinking organizations in the world), Mattison advises leaders on key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership and the future of work. His goal is “to help facilitate a shift in consciousness around what work and leadership will mean in the 21st Century and the role individuals can play in intentionally leading organizations and legacies that bring deep value to the world.” To learn more about Mattison, check out the ISPA Blog post on him here.

The day prior to the ISPA Talent Symposium, a half-day Resource Partner Summit will take place that will focus exclusively on the issues that matter to ISPA’s valued resource partner members, such as the rise of online retailing, how to capture the attention of spa decision-makers and more. The Resource Partner Summit is only open to ISPA vendor members.  

Register today for $399 by clicking here and logging in to the ISPA Member Portal. 


Resource Partners interested in securing brand exposure opportunities can select from a variety of options. This will be an intimate event and sponsorships are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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April 14 - Pre-event Evening Networking Reception and optional wellness activities
April 15 - 7:30 am - 5:30 pm  (Full day of education and networking with lunch provided)




The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is the official host hotel of the inaugural ISPA Resource Partner Summit and ISPA Talent Symposium. It welcomes visitors with five-star amenities, scenic ocean views and easy access to the region’s vineyards, restaurants, shops and attractions. If you have any questions about hotel booking, please contact

Courtyard View Guestrooms
$229/night (before taxes and fees) plus $20 daily resort fee*

*Although the resort fee has been reduced to $20 for ISPA attendees, Marriott messaging will reflect standard pricing of $39 when ISPA guests make their reservations at the link above. This displayed price cannot be altered in the Marriott's system to reflect ISPA's reduced rate. The price will be adjusted to the reduced rate when ISPA guests check in. 

Bacara Deluxe King

Benefits of staying at the host hotel:
  • Below resort fee inclusions
  • Reduced resort fee
  • Reduced valet parking fee
  • 20% discount on standard spa pricing
Resort Fee includes:
  • Unlimited high-speed internet access hotel wide (not including meeting space)
  • One bottle of Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir Wine per stat, available in your guestroom
  • Fitness Center, Spa facility use, and access to private, professional grade clay tennis courts
  • Ambassadors of the Environment Guided Ecohike Tour
  • Complimentary Bike Rental for 2 Hours, based on availability
  • Complimentary Shuttle Ride to Sandpiper Gold Course
  • Complimentary Shoe Shine throughout stay
  • Complimentary Local and Credit Card Calls
  • Early Morning Coffee in the lobby

Reserve your hotel room here.

Overnight valet parking: $29
To receive special pricing for the ISPA Room Block, reservations must be made by March 6, 2020.