This roundtable aims to address issues of environmental impact on wellbeing, social responsibility, and creating a baseline context for future development and investment that promote personal as well as planetary health. The event will be moderated by Spa media pioneer Mary Bemis, editor in chief of Insider’s Guide to Spas, and will feature leading experts, such as Bill Reed (AIA, LEED, Founder Regenesis Group), Deborah Szekely (founder Rancho la Puerta and the original Golden Door), Mary-Elizabeth Gifford (president, Stellar Organic Certification, one of the first organic certifiers in the nation), Veronica Schreibeis Smith (Chair, GWI’s Wellness Architecture Initiative; founding principal, Vera Iconica Design), Kevin Kelly, (founder Civana and previous CEO Canyon Ranch), Professor Jonathan Paul de Vierville (author and cultural historian), and Stephen Kiesling (editor in chief of Spirituality & Health magazine). The roundtable discussion will be open for additional participation and question and answer from GSN Congress participants at the end of the forum session.
The Global Wellness Institute has become the established leader in Wellness Industry research and conversation about today’s most important wellness issues. By hosting international Roundtables to foster communication and dialogue, the Global Wellness Institute promotes a more comprehensive understanding of complex concepts about wellness and innovative solutions on how to address the issues. The Global Wellness Institute has hosted nearly 20 international Roundtables since 2015, on diverse topics such as Workplace Wellness, Wellness Tourism, Beauty Meets Wellness, Wellness Communities, and Wellness for Cancer.