Sian Thomas-Moore: A woman of resilience

FOR the past 30 years, Sian Thomas-Moore has breezed her way through the corporate world while enjoying a fun-filled life and tackling new adventures. Her most recent feat is her role as a female head at Adam & Eve Day Spa where she was recently appointed general manager.

The Welsh-born native, who grew up in South Wales, recalls an animated childhood on a farm where she tended to horses and lived an organic lifestyle. As a single mom and businesswoman, she has overcome numerous challenges with resilience and sheer determination. Her adaptability and quick-thinking nature has enabled her to thrive in ever-changing circumstances, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. She has stood against the naysayers boldly by proving them wrong and due to her extensive accomplishments and expertise in the spa, beauty and business industry. She has worked internationally as a therapist, teacher, and businesswoman, with an extensive background in the Caribbean, Asian, and Malaysian markets. Due to her multi-cultural background, she has developed strict cultural appreciation values and is a master of many languages.

Making Jamaica her second home, she is excited about her new role and is ready to turn the local spa market around.

"There are many gaps in the spa market in Jamaica — many amazing spa therapies are not here yet. For me, it's about bringing the latest spa treatments and education to the island. I am so excited to be able to open an international academy under the Adam and Eve umbrella which offers UK qualifications, which is such a high standard that is accepted all over the world. This is a dream for me and will be ground breaking for many Jamaicans as this is a first for Jamaica," she explained.

After travelling all around the world and serving in numerous leadership positions, the spa visionary is advocating for greater empowerment from women in management positions.

"I would love to see greater efforts from women in higher positions to empower other women. It has taken women decades to fight for equality in the workforce and not to be discriminated against because we are women. So I think we should empower, mould, encourage and teach other women how to get to the same places that we are in," she said.

The holistic expert believes women's empowerment is lacking in Jamaica and hopes women will grow to support each other more.

"Whilst we have women who empower, many are conditioned that to empower means you are weak. I don't see it this way. Every woman should try to empower at least one woman in their day. That way we can eventually create a ripple effect," she stated.

"I want women to dream big. It doesn't matter if you live in Beverly Hills or the garrison, never let anybody take away your dreams. Do not quit or listen to distractions. Focus and write down what you want to achieve for the next six months, one year or even five years. But writing it down is essential. I believe in words manifesting and so everything you write should be positive. Create a dream board, put pictures of the things you want and visualise yourself with them — then work hard. If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Persistency and continuity are essential for women and young girls today".

Interestingly, in addition to her beauty qualifications, Thomas-Moore also holds a LLB honours degree in business law and contract law. Her kind-hearted nature and passion for helping others has propelled her to give back to the community through charity work. Her expertise has taken her to different parts of the world, including Hong Kong, Jamaica, Indonesia, France, and Nigeria, where she led and collaborated on many projects.

Her life philosophy is to make sure all women on her team feels educated, safe, protected, equal and heard.

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