Digital Innovations for Healing
The Digital Innovations for Healing Initiative is a global group of thought leaders dedicated to understanding the role of mindfulness, meditation and nature in leadership. The cultural expectation is that we stay technologically interconnected at all times, but our digital dependency makes us less connected to each other, to nature and ultimately to ourselves. As we shape the technological landscape of the future, it’s critical we realize that creativity and innovation come from focused, healthy minds.
Vice President of Spas & Wellness, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, 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, she has successfully led Raison d’Etre Spas to become one of the leaders in the spa industry. In addition, she has taken over the reigns of Six Senses Spas, which has 30 locations worldwide.
CEO, The Zen Media Group, LLC, United States
Stacy Conlon, also known as The Zen Girl, is a certified wellness coach and mindfulness training facilitator. For the past 15 years, she has worked in spa, wellness and hospitality sales and marketing, most recently as the founder and CEO of The Zen Media Group, LLC. With a passion for physical and mental wellbeing, Stacy practiced yoga and meditation to reduce stress while working in high-pressured environments. These practices continue to keep her grounded, focused, relaxed and happy. Today, she provides mindfulness TED-style talks, customized guided meditations and wellness coaching for startups and established companies worldwide, including Cisco and Samsung. Stacy lives in Marin County, Northern California.
Talk Show Host, United States
Thom Hartmann is a national and internationally syndicated talk show host whose shows are available in over a half-billion homes worldwide. Thom is a New York Times bestselling, 4-times Project Censored Award winning author of 24 books in print in 17 languages on five continents. Talkers Magazine named Thom Hartmann as the 8th most important talk show host in America in 2011, 2012, and 2013 (10th the two previous years), and for three of the past five years the #1 most important progressive host, in their “Heavy Hundred” ranking. As an entrepreneur, he's also founded several successful businesses which still are operating, and lived and worked with his wife, Louise, and their three children on several continents. They also started a community for abused children and a school for autistic and ADHD kids that are all still operating in New Hampshire, and he helped start international relief programs on four continents and the largest community for abused children in the entire country of Israel. His latest book is The Crash of 2016.
Keith Holden, MD
Medical Doctor, United States
Keith R. Holden, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and trained in Functional Medicine. He delivers innovative health education backed by the latest science-based evidence. He enjoys speaking at medical conferences and employs workshops to teach cutting-edge mindfulness and meditation concepts. He believes that mindfulness and meditation practices hold the key for enabling individuals to take an active role in their own healing process. He has a special interest in energy-based therapies, mind-body medicine, parapsychology, and spirituality in medicine. His online course “Power of the Mind in Health and Healing,” teaches how to use mindfulness and meditation to harness the power of your mind to heal your body and maximize your intuition.
President, L&L Media, United States
Lyn Davis Lear is a producer, activist and philanthropist and president of L&L Media. Ms. Lear co-founded the Environmental Media Association (EMA) in 1989 to bring awareness to the public about global environmental issues through multimedia platforms. She is on the board of The Sundance Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts and The Norman Lear Center at USC, among others. Ms. Lear has been given many awards, most recently, along with the honorable Al Gore, the UCLA IoES recognition for Environmental Excellence. Ms. Lear has produced several documentaries, including Cesar’s Last Fast, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Working with director Louie Schwartzberg, she produced the opening film for the 2014 UN Climate Summit in NYC for Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. They then created a second film shown at the Lima, Peru climate summit in December. Both were simulcast around the world in six languages. Ms. Lear has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, is married to producer Norman Lear and has three children.
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP
Medical Doctor, United States
Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health. Dr. Peeke is WebMD's lifestyle expert for their 90 million members, where she presents her multimedia lifestyle program Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke. Serving as chief medical correspondent for nutrition and fitness at Discovery Health TV, Dr. Peeke is featured on the award winning National Body Challenge series and is the host of the Could You Survive? series, based upon her national bestselling book Fit to Live. Magazines including O, Prevention, Fitness and More feature her columns and editorials. Dr. Peeke is a regular in-studio science and health news commentator for the national and cable networks.
Kathy Van Ness
General Manager/COO, Golden Door Resort, United States
Kathy Van Ness is the General Manager/COO of the legendary and luxurious Golden Door Resort in Southern California. She brings with her three decades of experience in brand development and management in luxury and fashion to her role. Kathy began her career at Federated Department stores rising from buying to merchandising in Miami, Florida. She then moved to New York City becoming President of Diane Von Furstenberg, a luxury designer brand. Kathy then moved to Portland, Oregon when she was recruited to join VF Corporation, a Fortune 500 public company, as President of the Jantzen Division and the Mexico Joint Venture. After returning the division to profit, she was recruited to Warnaco, a public company were she held several posts starting with President of Authentic Fitness, that held the Speedo licensed business in North America and several designer swim brands such as Ralph Lauren. Kathy went on to become the President/EVP of the WSG Group with revenues over $400.0M, adding brands such as Michael Kors, Nautica, and more. Kathy worked at Warnaco for over 14 years.