The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced the appointment of Mindbody cofounder Rick Stollmeyer to its advisory board.
After stepping away from running Mindbody’s day-to-day activities last year, Stollmeyer wrote a book to inspire wellness entrepreneurs to maximize opportunities: Building a Wellness Business That Lasts, which outlines how the at-home digital wellness revolution will become even more accelerated in the years to come.
“Rick is a true innovator and long-time advocate for wellness businesses and has a proven track record of predicting what’s coming next in our industry,” said Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GWI. “Of note, Rick oversaw Mindbody’s successful pivot to a business-saving digital platform for tens of thousands of its wellness, fitness and spa clients during COVID lockdown.”
As an advisory board member, Stollmeyer will contribute to GWI’s mission of empowering wellness worldwide by facilitating collaboration, providing global research and insight, triggering innovation and advocating for growth and sustainability, and contributing to the development of the organization’s five pillars: Research, Initiatives, Roundtable Discussions, WellnessEvidence.com and The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease.
“COVID-19 has laid bare the true societal cost of un-wellness, where preventable diseases such as obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cancer defined populations much more at risk to the ravages of the virus,” said Stollmeyer. “As the world recovers from this historic pandemic, now is the time to partner with governments, employers, healthcare providers and insurance companies to educate and incentivize billions of people toward healthier and happier lifestyles. I’m thrilled to contribute to GWI’s mission of increasing access to wellness for everyone.”