American Spa recently released their fourth annual “Women in Wellness” awards, recognizing “extraordinary women who are leading the way” in the spa and wellness industries. Saltability founder and CEO Ann Brown is honored to be recognized in the category of Philanthropist, an award category honoring a woman who is making an altruistic impact on a charity or cause within the spa and wellness industry.
Brown’s commitment to educating others about the value of spa wellness and salt therapy has led to her service as vice chair of the Global Wellness Salt & Halotherapy Initiative and involvement in the Global Wellness Institute Mentorship Program. She was also a founding member of the American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council and a former member of the ISPA Board of Directors.
Since she founded Saltability in 2014, Brown has made giving back and support of key nonprofit organizations a guiding principle of her business. Through Citizens Foundation USA and the Hunar Foundation, she supports education and work opportunities for the people of Pakistan, particularly women and children, to give back to the area where Saltability sources its pure Himalayan salt. By partnering with Seagull Services, Saltability supports its mission to provide meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities.
In addition, Brown serves her South Florida community in several ways, including service through Rotary International, the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, and the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2018, Brown served as event chair for the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Boca Raton, Florida drew a record-breaking 2,600 participants and raised nearly $340,000. For her work to raise money and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, Brown was honored with a 2019 ISPA Innovate Award in the Leadership & Philanthropy category. Currently, Brown is the head ambassador for Downtown Boca Raton Rotary Club's CHOW (Children's Health on the Weekends) initiative.
Most recently, Brown works with the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida, supporting sea turtle conservation by adopting a sea turtle hatchling for every Himalayan salt stone warmer purchased by a new Saltability professional account and sponsoring the center’s annual Gumbo Limbo 10K, a noncompetitive race that helps the center achieve its preservation goals.
See all the winners in the October issue of American Spa, available here.