ISPA Conference & Expo Announces Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers

March 15, 2016

The International SPA Association (ISPA) welcomes University of Houston research professor, Dr. Brené Brown and leadership expert, Simon Sinek, as the opening and closing keynote speakers for the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev. from Sept. 13 – 15, 2016. 

“With Brené and Simon we have great bookends to the Conference that will allow us to develop ourselves personally and professionally. Brené will encourage us to look at ourselves inwardly with openness to vulnerability and courage. Simon will challenge us to look at how we manage and lead people that will result in employees who are motivated to go to work each day,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. 

The opening keynote speaker for the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo, Dr. Brené Brown, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, New York Times bestselling author, and CEO and chief learning officer of The Daring Way. The Daring Way is a training and certification program for professionals who want to facilitate her work on vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. She will speak the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 13. 

The 26th annual event will close with Simon Sinek, the New York Times bestselling author, motivational speaker and TED Talk participant. Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. Sinek will present the morning of Thursday, Sept. 15.

The second day keynote speaker will be announced at a later date. More information about attending the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at

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