THRIVE – the only conference with an On-Site SPA! Meet the extraordinary women of The Skin Institute




Mary Ronnow – Director

Mary has over 38 years experience in the skin care industry – practicing for the last 20 years as a licensed esthetician, para-medical esthetician evolving in to Master Esthetician, licensed instructor, and school owner.  She was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the skin care licensing reform in the state of Utah.  With the successful passing of the esthetic licensing bill in 2001, Mary saw the immediate need for a higher standard of esthetics education.  The Skin Institute in St. George, Utah opened its doors to students in September 2002 to provide sold sophisticated training for spa personnel, esthetics, and the medical esthetics industry.

Mary has extensive hands-on industry experience practicing in salons, day spas, destination resorts, plastic surgery clinics, dermatologists’ offices, and medi-spas.  She continues to inspire students and employees with a refined professionalism that exemplifies grace, passion, and creativity.  She teaches and encourages others to consciously leave mediocrity behind and tap into their own human genius and limitless thinking.


 Kelli Charlton – Director of Education

Kelli holds a Bachelor degree in English Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology, a professional educators license and a Master Esthetician license in the State of Utah.  She manages the day-to-day scheduling of staff and students, as well as coordinating guest speakers, field trips and other activities for the school. She acts as Principal, Mentor, and Career Counselor.

She encourages all students to strive for excellence and does not stop at word; she encourages them in action as well. She was awarded the Business and Professional Woman “Woman of the Year,” and graduated from Dixie State University with the honor of “Female Student of the Year”.

Sadie’s Story – One of Our Thrive Inspiration Champions


Sadie’s Heart Warming Story

My name is Sadie Pulsipher. I am no one out of the ordinary. I am a wife and a mother of six amazing children. My dreams and goals are like everyone else’s. I work hard every day. I juggle the life of motherhood and wifehood, and in 2012 I joined the forces of women in business.

I have always supported my husband in his adventures, but in 2012 I had a clear impression to buy my own business. I bought Raindance Cleaners & Carwash with a long-term plan. After a much-needed makeover and with the support of my family, our one-acre property became the home of two automatic carwashes, five self-serve carwashes, one full-service Laundromat, and a dry cleaner. I knew nothing about the industry at first, but I quickly learned.

Raindance Dry Cleaners expanded to St. George in April of 2014. Every week I pick up the dry cleaning of business professionals at their place of business. This has been a very exciting venture for us. What I enjoy most about this business is the number of people I get to meet on a regular basis. Customer service is our first priority and we love feedback. We aren’t afraid to make the customer happy.

My number one goal has always been to have a job for my son with Down syndrome. Currently he works with his 16-year-old sister and offers free air fresheners to our car wash customers. It’s a beautiful sight when you see your family pull together and work together. I have been blessed with a husband who works hard to provide for our family, and he and my children are what motivate me to forge ahead every day.

Kyle always says, “If it’s not fun, we’re not doing it.”

Abbey Inn, St. George Your Thrive Home Away From Home

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The Abbey Inn in St. George is your home away from home for the Thrive Symposium Sep 18-20 

Spaces in St. George will fill up fast.  

Book your rooms now: – Ask for Paige – she has the Special Thrive Secret Discount Code

The Best Western Plus Abbey Inn is proud to support the “Thrive” event.  You’ll find the beautifully decorated and exceptionally clean rooms a welcome rest from your busy activities.  All of our rooms are complete with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, kitchenette sink and 42”TV.  We also have a complimentary business center and Free WI-FI throughout the hotel as well as a beautiful pool, hot tub and exercise facility.  Your discounted room rates include the extra-ordinary deluxe Full Hot Breakfast Buffet served daily.  The hotel is offering room rates at $99 which is a discount from the weekend rate of $124.95.  We hope you will take advantage of this special offering and enjoy your visit to beautiful St. George and this incredible, uplifting event.

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Fishbowl Supports Women’s Professional Development Initiatives: THRIVE SYMPOSIUM September 18-20

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Fishbowl is honored to support the Thrive Symposium that will take place at Dixie State University and Tuacahn September 18-20, 2014.

The event is packed with Inspiring Leaders Featured in Forbes, Best Selling Authors and Best in Class Business Leaders.  Thrive also packs in a whole lot of fun, adventure and entertainment mixed in.  Fishbowl will keep you “in the know” on this site which serves as the official landing page for Thrive and the amazing sponsors of this event.

To receive additional information and reserve your place email:

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