the future of wellness at Work
Vice President of Spas & Wellness, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas & Partner, Raison d’Etre & Operating Advicor, Pegasus, Sweden
Anna Bjurstam has always been dedicated to wellness and has worked in the business for 25 years. With hands on expertise in wellness and a Master Degree in Business, her latest focus is expanding wellness in both buildings, workplaces, wellness centers and spas.
Workspace Consultant, Steelcase, United States
In his role as Workplace Consultant at Steelcase, James leverages a diversified background in management, sales, strategic design and project management to inform innovative solutions. He is focused on helping organizations understand how physical space can be optimized to promote employee wellbeing and organizational performance. Additionally, James is driving research initiatives designed to broaden our understanding of how the built-environment can support employee wellbeing.
Vice President of Sustainable Operations, The Spinnaker Group, United States
Jonathan Burgess is the Vice President of Sustainable Operations for The Spinnaker Group, a premier green-building consulting firm based in South Florida. In addition to his substantial LEED project experience, Jonathan recently helped complete a WELL feasibility study for a Title-1 school in San Diego, CA. In addition, he is the co-Founder of the Green Veterans group, an initiative partly focused on utilizing the WELL building standard to aid in trauma resolution for veterans through therapeutic building design.
Director, Team Member Development, The Breakers Palm Beach, United States
As director, team member development, for The Breakers, the iconic, luxury resort property located in Palm Beach, Florida, Pat Ciavola oversees training, development, benefits, work-life and wellness programs, café operations, rewards, recognition and internal communication for 2,000 team members. Programs address team members’ wellbeing in seven dimensions. Pat chairs the wellness team and is a member of The Breakers senior management group.
Leader, Workplace Wellbeing Solutions, Humana, United States
Jonna Graulich leads the Worksite Wellbeing Solutions team at Humana, supporting a team of consultants who drive wellbeing strategy and programs for a variety of employers across the country. She is passionate about creating cultures that support work life balance, high productivity and a thriving workplace culture for her own team, as well as the employer groups that they support.
Manager of Finance, IT and Healthy Workplace Advisor at Materials Distribution Agency, Canada
Joel is the Manager of Finance, IT and Healthy Workplace Advisor at Materials Distribution Agency. He has over 20 year’s involvement in workplace dynamics. Joel has guided MDA to become the provincial government leader in wellness. He has presented locally and nationally on the concept of creating healthy workplaces. He has had several articles published in leading U.S. Corporate Health Magazines. Through Joel’s efforts MDA is now linked to the World Economic Forum Workplace Wellness committee. His passion and vision is to inspire people to create great, healthy and fun workplaces.
Health & Performance Manager, Google, United States
Michelle Hocking is a Health & Performance Manager at Google, leading its massage, self care and recovery programs for employees in over 80 offices in 36 countries. The services and spaces her team provides educate and empower workers to care for their bodies and minds through massage, exercise, movement and relaxation. With 16 years in the spa and wellness industry, Michelle holds a master's degree from Cornell University and has worked as a massage therapist, dean of education and international consultant.
Chief of Staff & Vice President, Business Development, Downtown Project, United States
Maggie Hsu sits on Downtown Project's executive team and oversees its business development and partnership efforts. Hsu is also the Chief of Staff to Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and Founder of Downtown Project. Previously, Hsu was Director of Strategy for Brands & Commercial Services at Hilton Worldwide and a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York. Hsu holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University.
Dr. Fikry Isaac
VP, Global Health Services and Chief Medical Officer, Health & Wellness Solutions, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., United States
Dr. Isaac is Vice President of Global Health Services, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He directs the development of health & wellness strategies, policies, guidelines, and services worldwide (Occupational Medicine, Employee Assistance Program, Wellness). He is also the Chief Medical Officer for Johnson & Johnson’s Health & Wellness Solutions, offering comprehensive wellness solutions for employers, health plans, and other organizations.
Head of Marketing, Virgin Pulse, United States
Shawn LaVana is the Head of Marketing with Virgin Pulse. He has a passion for finding simplicity in the face of complexity, and has put this to work for more than 15 years while marketing innovative technology products. At Virgin Pulse, Shawn leads the company’s demand generation, marketing communications, and branding teams.
Kelley McCabe Ruff
CEO, eMindful Inc., United States
Kelley McCabe Ruff, M.B.A. is the founder and CEO of eMindful, Inc., an online company offering live, online programs in applied-mindfulness. These programs provide scientifically demonstrated solutions to major healthcare cost drivers such as diabetes, weight management, and chronic pain. Ms. McCabe Ruff has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1997 and worked as a senior IT executive on Wall Street. She holds an M.B.A. from NYU.
Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier
Clinical Professor of Medicine & Professor of Public Health, University of Arizona & University of California Schools of Medicine, United States
Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine. At the University of Arizona School of Medicine, he is Director of the Corporate Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is a collaborative research program between CHIP and 15 of the Fortune 500 corporations and serves as Chairman of the American Health Association.
Mary Ellen Rose, PhD
Founder & Chief Science Officer,
Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation (IHDA), United States
Mary Ellen Rose, PhD has worked in the health science field for more than 30 years. An educator, scientist, consultant, published academic and author, she is a subject matter specialist in comprehensive health promotion. Her work consistently expands the applicability of research into sensible and relevant practices across a variety of industries. In 2012, Dr. Rose co-founded the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation.
Wellness Director, Plus One Health Management, Optum, United States
Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT is a Wellness Director for Plus One Health Management, a division of Optum. She works onsite for one of their leading financial services clients focusing on wellness and benefits programming, communications and strategy. Prior to joining Plus One, Ms. Senft was the Wellness Coordinator for National Financial Partners (NFP) and worked with more than 70 companies to help them create and grow impactful wellness programs. She has more than 20 years of corporate experience.
Kirstie K. Settas-Jones
Vice President, Health Outcomes Consulting – Southeast Region, Willis North America Human Capital Practice, United States
Kirstie brings almost 25 years of experience in finance and brokerage administration with a background that includes 20 years of corporate health and wellness consulting. Most of her previous experience was with a consulting company that she established in 1996, which focused on organizations with over 1000+ employees in multiple locations.. Her experience covers all aspects of business operations, but was highly concentrated in the health and wellness arena. Kirstie holds an Accounting degree from Chancellor University in Cleveland, Ohio and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
President, Shackleton Advisers, United States
Shackleton Advisers is focused on the development of unique engaging personal experiences rooted in wellness, lifestyle and adventure. Previous roles: Chief Operating Officer and Founding Member/Partner Marilyn Monroe Spas Emerging brand of salons, spas and branded spa operations in key US market areas. President & Partner Niki Bryan Spas Independent Spa Company, owner and operator of multiple Spa locations at Walt Disney World Resorts.
Director of Health & Wellness Division, Grupo Diarq, Mexico
Michael Tedori leads Grupo Diarq’s efforts in operating businesses and new venture investments in the health & wellness space. Prior to Grupo Diarq, Mr. Tedori held both operating and investment roles at The Gores Group, Quasar Ventures, Enterplast Inc., Blackford Capital and Boku Ikasu. He has professional experience in South America, Central America, Japan, China and the United States. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a B.A. in East Asian Studies & Japanese Language from the University of Pennsylvania. Michael is passionate about health & wellness and grew up in Southern California where he was actively involved in the healthy living lifestyle it offers.