The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) supports a variety of industry initiatives, furthering the international conversation about wellness in its many and varied forms. Each GWI initiative is led by an initiative chair, who is a renowned thought-leader in his or her particular area of focus.

Global Initiatives


The Baltic to the Black Sea Initiative aims to create awareness towards ancient culture and healing sources of Eastern European countries. 


Beauty is wellness, and it’s time to better understand and quantify this often-overlooked unsung hero of the spa/wellness industry with its many dimensions.  READ MORE


The Global Career Development Initiative was inspired by the research report commissioned by the GWS "Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Market Gaps." READ MORE


While the wellness industry has been with us for more than half a century, gaining credibility within the medical community has been hard won. 

One of the aims of the Consulting Best Practices Initiative is to help individuals and businesses evaluate when a consultant would benefit them, and provide guidelines on the selection process. READ MORE

The Global Hot Springs Initiative is an international wellness ThinkTank dedicated to exploring the diverse values of geothermal waters for health, tourism and community. READ MORE


This initiative aims to increase transparency and awareness in the design and implementation of all elements of facilities involving thermal and wet treatments.

As an innovation in leading wellbeing, the purpose of this initiative is to map out a new function for benefiting people worldwide: a Minister of Wellness. READ MORE

The purpose of the Sustainability Wellness Initiative is to stimulate a provocative discussion about how wellness intersects on a personal level and on wider social, economic and environmental scale.  READ MORE


This Initiative brings together top thinkers and doers who will offer thought-leadership for a new vision of impact for wellness at work in the global community. READ MORE


The Wellness Communities Initiative brings together stakeholders with interests in residential communities with the holistic health...


This Initiative aims to assess the health impact of retreat experiences through a standardized online assessment tool that can be used across multiple locations. READ MORE


Its logical that cancer patients and survivors need to visit spas to de-stress and heal, but yet very few spas are trained or have invested in training...

This initiative brings together diverse thought leaders with the purpose of raising awareness on how our surroundings directly impact us.  


The key purpose of the wellness tourism initiative is to create a global platform of lead stakeholders in what has become one of the fastest growing tourism segments. READ MORE

More About GWI Initiatives

The chair invites other global participants, and together, they seek to shape a project that ultimately drives the initiative, with a goal to impact wellness throughout the world. This may take the form of a best practices manual, a campaign to raise awareness about an issue or an event, a project to impact wellness in a particular market segment or region of the world, or a way to innovate within the chair’s field of expertise.

Supporting Industry Initiatives

The GWI provides guidance, website prominence, limited marketing and public relations, connections to global partners and a platform for sharing the results at the Global Wellness Summit, an international event taking place in a different part of the world each year. 

If you are interested in chairing an initiative, or being part of an existing initiative, please contact Nancy Davis, SVP and executive director of the GWI.