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Giselle Fernandez, Emmy Award Winning Journalist and Noted Philanthropist, to Emcee 2015 Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City

Five-time Emmy award winning journalist, producer, filmmaker and Latin media marketing entrepreneur will emcee ninth annual event November 13-15 at The St Regis Mexico City

New York, NY – March 18, 2015 – The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) today announced that Giselle Fernandez, a five-time Emmy award winner and Mexico native, will emcee the 2015 event in Mexico City. The theme of the 2015 Summit is “Building a Well World” and this year’s agenda will address the role of wellness in a wide array of industries and sectors, including spa, hospitality and tourism, but also beauty, finance, medicine, architecture, workplace wellness, real estate, fitness, nutrition, manufacturing, technology and more.

“Giselle is not only an award-winning journalist and experienced television host, but she has also won countless humanitarian and philanthropic awards for her outreach to the Latino community in her home town of Los Angeles,” said Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO of the Global Wellness Institute, the umbrella organization that runs the GWS. “Giselle’s dedication to her Latin American roots, along with her passion for wellness, and her superb interviewing skills make her the ideal emcee for the first-ever Global Wellness Summit to take place in Latin America.”

Fernandez’s journalistic career includes anchoring NBC’s weekend edition of the “Today Show” and the Sunday edition of the “NBC Nightly News;” she was also a regular contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning,” “Face the Nation” and “48 Hours.” She has covered international news stories on location including the Gulf War and the U.S. invasions of Haiti and Panama, and she has interviewed global leaders like Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger, and President Bill Clinton.

“I am thrilled to be a part of bringing the Global Wellness Summit to Mexico City,” said Giselle Fernandez. “Wellness is something I’m incredibly passionate about and being able to participate in bringing that message to Latin America is an honor. The theme of this year’s Summit - ‘Building a Well World’ – resonates with me and the work I do.”

In addition, to her role as emcee for the Summit, Fernandez will also be moderating key panels including the Global Wellness Tourism Congress that takes place on day one and features government officials, local ministries and business leaders.

Currently, Fernandez heads up her own production, management and consulting company focused on creating Latin themed productions for both English and Spanish language distribution. She also consults with companies who are looking to market to the Latino consumer and works to build a bridge between the U.S. and Latin markets.

In addition, Fernandez is a former trustee of the Latin Grammys, Latina magazine, National Counsel De La Raza and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where she remains an active ambassador. While on the Board of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Fernandez founded and executive produced the hospital’s signature bi-annual fundraising extravaganza, "Noche de Ninos," which has raised almost thirty million dollars to date. She is also a member of the Banc of California Hispanic Advisory Board and a founding member of President Barack Obama's Futuro Fund.

Fernandez was named Hispanic philanthropist of the year and was awarded the Legislative Hispanic Caucus Hispanic Spirit Award for her work with children and education. Fernandez was recently inducted to the Latina Women's Museum in Sacramento honoring outstanding Latinas in California.

The Summit is an invitation-only gathering for senior executives, for information about attending, click here. For sponsorship information, contact Michelle Gamble (michelle.gamble@globalwellnesssummit.com).

To learn more about the 2015 GWS, visit: www.globalwellnesssummit.com 

About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is an international think-tank that brings together leaders and visionaries from private and public sectors to positively impact and shape the future of the wellness industry. The GWI is the umbrella organization of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the Global Wellness Tourism Congress (GWTC). The GWI is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the $3.4 trillion wellness industry. WellnessEvidence.com, the world’s first online portal to the medical evidence for common wellness approaches, is also a GWI initiative.

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) is an international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global wellness industries. Attendees to the Summit represent diverse sectors, including spa, hospitality, tourism, health, beauty, finance, medical, architecture, real estate, manufacturing and technology. Held in a different location each year, the Summit attracts delegates from over 45 countries.