Toshiana Baker, a licensed esthetician, global spa educator and spa consultancy owner, has created the Network of Multicultural Spa and Wellness Professionals (NMSWP), which is now welcoming founding members.
Having seen a gap in the spa and wellness space for professional development and education for those of diverse backgrounds, Baker created the NMSWP to support representation and true diversity in beauty, spa and wellness. She notes that the increased collective awareness of racial inequities, disparities and lack of representation of people of color within the mainstream in 2020 also fueled her drive to launch this resource.
"This is the preeminent tribe to thrive in the industry. It provides resources for personal and professional development to create a culture of wins for underrepresented and misrepresented professionals,” said Baker. “We need to be about the business of better preparing and supporting the multicultural and multiethnic healers and practitioners across all disciplines to better serve the multiethnic and multicultural client. Anything less is incongruent and inauthentic."