Women of Distinction 2019: Elizabeth Walsh-Zimmermann

It is Milwaukee Magazine’s pleasure to introduce this special section featuring female business owners, financial and spiritual leaders, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and all-around glass-ceiling breakers!

As director of Well Spa + Salon, the calm spa sanctuary beneath the Pfister Hotel’s lobby, Elizabeth Walsh-Zimmermann is in her element. “I’ve grown up in this industry, so it is like water to me,” she says. “We get to take care of people from the outside in, which often cultivates positivity, peace and happiness from the inside out, a pretty incredible privilege.” 

She’s also a firm believer that spas are more than a place of therapeutic treatments and pampering, but a place where your time and mind space is truly your own and necessary.“Being gracious is intentional here, and it’s what our service providers do best,” she says. “Kindhearted words or small gestures can change an individual’s perspective instantaneously, although the gift of human touch is equally as profound and impactful, don’t you agree?”

“The beauty industry can be brutal and full of fluff. It can eat at an individual’s vulnerability. I try to never get lost in the minutia.”- Elizabeth Walsh-Zimmermann, Director, Well Spa + Salon

Q&A with Elizabeth Walsh-Zimmermann

How are you a force within your community?

“Any small act of grace should be celebrated every single day. I try to spread my support where I am most passionate, usually involving individuals affected by addiction, as well as supporting local animal shelters.”

What is your life purpose?

“To show kindness. I was born with an empathetic heart and always find compassion for anyone in pain or who may be struggling.”

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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine), FoodRepublic.com, CNN.com and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.