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volunteer groups

ISPA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities which provide wonderful avenues for members to get more involved with ISPA and build new connections.

Immediate Ways to Get Involved

  • Participate in the monthly Snapshot Surveys
  • Attend virtual Town Halls 
  • Share press releases with ISPA
  • Contribute to Pulse Magazine (see below)
  • Connect with ISPA on social media
  • Attend the annual ISPA Conference
  • Participate in the annual ISPA Foundation Auctions
  • Contribute data from your organization to the annual ISPA U.S. Spa Industry Study (conducted by PwC) 

ISPA Ambassadors

ISPA Ambassadors help promote the value of being part of the ISPA community to grow the membership base and share their expertise through volunteer service throughout the year. These tasks involve participating in discussions, sharing feedback through surveys, assisting with tasks onsite at the annual ISPA Conference, serving as a source for Pulse magazine and helping identify future research topics.

ISPA Ambassador Requirements:

  • Must be a current member of ISPA.
  • Must have an ISPA tenure of at least two years.
  • Must have attended at least one ISPA Conference.
  • Must be willing to volunteer approximately 1-2 hours each month to assist with tasks outlined above.

If you have an interest in volunteering, or if you do not meet the criteria listed above and would like to serve in another capacity with ISPA, please email alexandra.harper@ispastaff.com.

Resource Partner Task Force

The ISPA Resource Partner Task Force is a committee of exhibitors who collaborate to share insights and provide feedback to consistently improve and evolve the Expo floor at the ISPA Conference. As a member of the Resource Partner Task Force, you are able to contribute to what we are able to accomplish at future events through monthly collaboration calls.

Resource Partner Task Force Requirements:

  • Must be a current member of ISPA.
  • Must have an ISPA tenure of at least two years.
  • Must have attended at least one ISPA Conference.
  • Must be willing to volunteer approximately 1-2 hours each month to assist with tasks outlined above.

ISPA Board Service

The ISPA Board is fully engaged in the leadership of the organization. This engagement involves being proactive, attending all ISPA Board meetings, reading materials ahead of time, responding to communications from the team between meetings and calls, along with other expectations below. Although the board does not focus attention on the details of the daily operations of ISPA, it does provide guidance and goals for the team. In order for these strategies to be fulfilled, the board must be prepared to make decisions and provide feedback when approached by the team with questions and requests.

The ISPA Board’s top priority is to create strategies to engage existing ISPA members and attract new members. The ISPA Board defines the association’s strategic vision to ensure ISPA continues to grow and remain relevant to members. In order to fulfill this important task, board members must be fully engaged and committed to the association. These are some of the ways to stay engaged:

  • Utilize ISPA member benefits including event attendance and encourage your team members to participate.
  • Read all ISPA communications to stay on top of the latest industry news.
  • Communicate with members, exhibitors and event attendees to gather feedback to ensure ISPA keeps its finger on the pulse of the industry.
  • Express full support of policies and or decisions made by the ISPA Board and executed by the ISPA team.
  • Respect the strict confidentiality of ANY board business, discussions or strategy. The board holds itself to a policy that each director fully supports the decisions made on behalf of the association.

Learn more about the ISPA Board Expression of interest process here.

The Expression of Interest is currently closed (as of January 19, 2024). The opportunity to put your name forward for ISPA Board service will reopen in early 2025.

ISPA Collaborative on Higher Education (CoHE)

The ISPA Collaborative on Higher Education (CoHE), coordinated through CORE Unlimited, is a group of industry leading experts in university recreation & wellness throughout North America who serve to:

  • Provide expertise and insight in areas of industry trends, program development, marketing and membership initiatives  overcoming potential barriers
  • Create allies in brand management and growth
  • Advise on business development opportunities
  • Drive innovation and best practices for the industry
  • Serve as educators and ambassadors for ISPA and the industry as a whole

The current CoHE group is comprised of: Jennifer Aarons (Stockton University), Amber Brown (UCLA), David Frock (Clemson University),  Aaron Hobson (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Tamara Jarrett (CORE Unlimited), Melissa Longino (University of Dayton) and Mary Wisnom (Bowling Green State University). 

Pulse Magazine Contributor

Pulse Magazine serves as the official publication of the International SPA Association. Each issue is filled with innovative ideas, tips and relevant takeaways shared by the ISPA member community. If you have an interest in serving as a guest contributor or a source for a specific topic, please contact scot.gillies@ispastaff.com.

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