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Global Wellness Summit 2023: Day Two

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From the Treatment Room to the Board Room: A Life of Transformation
Noella Gabriel, Co-Founder & Global President, Elemis, United Kingdom

Noella talked of the responsibility of brands to deliver holistic treatments rather than just treating the skin, there is a reason all Elemis rituals and treatments begin with breath. Noella built Elemis to be the first billion-dollar brand that makes a difference, it was recently certified as a B-Corp.

Your skin is a reflection of your choices! If you change your choices today, you can change your skin tomorrow. Noella is now back in the treatment room, her happy place, creating new treatments and experiences.


The Crisis in Women’s Health & the Birth of HerMD
Somi Javaid, MD, Founder & Lead CMO, HerMD, United States
In conversation with Lynette Harrison-Brubaker, Founder & CEO, LHB Group, United States

Just 20% of MDs are actually trained to deliver care for those in menopause, yet half the population will experience this.

Educate, advocate, and empower – not just the patient but the provider, this is how Somi aims to create change. The inequity in care is clear; females are less likely to be able to identify their own anatomy, females wait longer for pain medication in the ER, and they are more likely to die from heart attacks unless their care provider is female.

There are not enough female decision-makers in healthcare: less than 5% of LPs are women. Yet, healthcare decisions at home are mostly made by women. Female founders received just 2% of VC funding in the US in 2021. Women’s sexual healthcare must also be addressed, only 1 in 10 women is asked about sexual health and pleasure by their service providers.

HerMD University takes providers from classroom to clinic, helping providers implement care with their patients after receiving the education.


Collaboration Possibilities at the Intersection of Wellness, Sports & Hospitality
Moderated by Susie Ellis, Chair & CEO, Global Wellness Summit, United States

Sport Tourism is defined as travel away from home to play / take part in sports, watch sports, or to visit a sport attraction, including both competitive and non-competitive activities.

UNWTO reports that sports tourism accounts for $800 billion USD annually, accounting for 10% of all tourism.

Amber Donaldson, VP, Sports Medicine, US
Olympic & Paralympic Committee, United States
Athletes need wellness, and wellness needs sports. Elite athletes are a small percentage of people but they have a huge platform. Having resources for them to train and recover around the globe is vital to performance. Most athletes actually live below the poverty line and do not receive funding or government assistance.

Patricia Ladis, Founder & CEO, WiseBody, United States
Engaging people in sports can help to bridge the gap between metabolic disease and wellness, whereas traditional fitness can be daunting to those who are overweight and unfit.

Efficient recovery from sport and exercise is essential to ensure continuity; this is where spas and wellness facilities can come into play.

Enrico Manaresi, Global PR & Media Relations Manager, Technogym, Italy
Technogym will continue to support the Olympics in France 2024, this relationship spans over 20 years. Consumers are looking for athlete-level facilities and support, they may be training for triathlons or other races and events and desire personalized solutions for sports performance.

Liz Terry, HCM & CEO, Leisure Media, United Kingdom
A new generation of consumers is driving this trend. Millennials and younger generations want to live, move and be skilled in physical abilities. We have to provide facilities and services to cater to them.

One example is a UK hotel, which offers rooms with altered levels of oxygen and humidity to help individuals train for different climates and environments.

In China, people don’t watch sports they haven’t participated in, there is a 50-year plan for baseball in China. The sport will be introduced in schools, where children will learn the sport and then grow up to become spectators, baseball stadiums can then be built, and advertising and sponsorship dollars will follow.


The Demographic Tsunami Disrupting the Future of Wellness
Aradhana Khowala, CEO & Founder, Aptamind Partners, United Kingdom

Take out a piece of paper, and write down the exact date you think you are going to die. What if you had an extra 20-30 years of life? Are you planning for this? We need to get comfortable with our mortality and talk more about death. We want to live longer and better, for that, we need money!

The aging population has money and prioritizes travel, leisure, food, and home improvement. But only 5-10% of marketing budgets are currently targeting people over 60. When reaching 60, people are targeted with ads for health conditions, medications, crematoriums, etc. We must break the mold of what aging looks like! We need to rewire, not retire, as older generations enter education. Think about the 100-year life with optimism and positivity; science, knowledge and funding will converge to change longevity.


Fixing Cities: Acupuncture or Surgery? What Architecture Can Do to Help
Stefano Cesario, Partner & Architect, Foster + Partners, United Kingdom
In conversation with Deyan Sudjic, Professor, Lancaster University; Director Emeritus of the Design Museum in London; Founding Editor of Anima, a New Review of Architecture and Design, United Kingdom

Urban problems include homelessness, empty urban retail centers, unused office space and over-tourism. Strategies to adapt to this issue include demolition (which should be the last resort due to climate effects), renovation, and restoration.

Giving older buildings a new lease of life with innovative design is a better option than demolition, reimagining and repurposing spaces to create opportunities for gathering, workspaces, art exhibits and events, including green spaces to incorporate nature.


The Transformative Power of AI on Health & Medicine
Bill Kapp, MD, Founder & CEO, Fountain Life, United States
In conversation with Poonacha Machaiah, CEO, The Chopra Foundation, United States

The future of healthcare includes prediction, personalization, and participation. We currently have a symptom-based healthcare system, but now AI can detect and diagnose disease while people still feel healthy. Advanced molecular biomarkers are measured to detect early on, any diseases that are imminent. Very soon, all scans will be read by AI in addition to a medical professional, the AI is better at detecting information and is consistent over time. 70% of US deaths are preventable but are typically detected late stage, most cancer-related deaths are from cancers that are not regularly screened.

Young people are dying by suicide more than ever before, can generative AI meet young people where they are via gaming platforms and deliver treatment visually?


REAL SELF-CARE: Crystals, Cleanses & Bubble Baths Not Included
Pooja Lakshmin, MD, Psychiatrist, Author & Clinical Assistant Professor, George Washington
University School of Medicine, United States
In conversation with Alexia Brue, Co-Founder, Well+Good, United States

When serving executive female patients who are using ‘self-care’ methods like meditation apps, Pooja saw them struggling to accept that burnout is not their fault.

Take the yoga class example; one person stays rigid, compares themselves to the others in the class and feels out of place; while another feels the nourishment of the yoga class and enjoys their practice, knowing that taking time away from being a mother is benefiting her. These two experiences are very different.

Self-care is an inside job! The four principles are:
Boundaries – do less
Compassion – be nicer to yourself
Values – figure out what really matters, do more of that
Power – give back or ask for help

Boundaries seem to be the most challenging, when asked for something, the options are, yes, no, or negotiation. Pause first, and consider carefully. Feeling gratitude for everything that you have is a good first step. Open up to saying yes to things that maybe you feel you don’t ‘need’ or ‘deserve’.


Global Wellness Award
Bennett Family Award for Collaboration in the Science of Wellness

Presenting Sponsor
Bija Bennett, President, BijaB, United States
Presenting Advisory Board Member
Nicola Finley, MD, Principal & Founder, Dr. Nicola PLLC, United States

The 2023 Bennett Family Award for Collaboration in the Science of Wellness was awarded to Anjan Chatergee.



By Sara Jones, editor

Author: Fabiola

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