The Summit Is Born

At the beginning of the 2000’s, a group of spa and wellness industry leaders decided to create and fund a conference where experts and visionaries from all parts of the world would gather to solve shared problems. Thus, the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) was founded. Today the GWS is the foremost gathering of international leaders in the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy and is held annually.


A variety of interactive sessions are on the Summit agenda. They include panel-led discussions, general sessions, small group breakout sessions, and hosted dining conversations. Efforts are made to ensure that all attendees participate at whatever level they choose: observer, panelist, contributor, questioner, or table host.  Standard business attire is recommended for all Summit sessions. For social events, delegates may dress in business casual.  Interpreters will be made available for groups upon request in the online registration questionnaire.

Summit Mission

The Global Wellness Summit is an international organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global wellness industry. The objectives of the Summit are to:

  • Establish a forum for dialogue among global industry leaders
  • Create community by fostering friendly relationships among stakeholders
  • Inspire a spirit of collaboration to solve shared problems
  • Facilitate healthy growth for the industry and its individual businesses
  • Support quality research
  • Encourage innovation
  • Cultivate leaders for tomorrow


Global Wellness Summit Agendas

Each year’s Summit agenda is exciting and unique.  The agenda develops over time right up until the Summit and, therefore, features the very issues of the moment, giving the Summit the vibrancy and relevancy that have become its trademark.  As invited delegates register, their expertise, interests, and areas of greatest concern are noted.  This information, global events, and industry trends are considered as the Summit agenda takes shape. The following past Summit programs provide a better idea of the agendas that emerge from this dynamic process:

Summit 2019: Shaping the Business of Wellness, Grand Hyatt Singapore, Singapore
Summit 2018: Shaping the Business of Wellness, Technogym Village, Cesena, Italy
Summit 2017: Living a Well Life, The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
Summit 2016: Back to the Future, Kitzbühel, Austria

Summit 2015: Building a Well World, Mexico City, Mexico

Summit 2014: Fast Forward, Marrakech, Morocco
Summit 2013: A Defining Moment, New Delhi, India
Summit 2012: Innovation through Imagination, Aspen, CO
Summit 2011: Engage the Change, Bali, Indonesia
Summit 2010: Bridges Worth Building, Istanbul, Turkey
Summit 2009: The Power of Collaboration, Interlaken, Switzerland
Summit 2008: Defining the Global Spa Economy, New York, NY
Summit 2007: Joining Together. Shaping the Future. New York, NY


In 2015, the Ellis family and Global Wellness Summit co-founders established a separate entity, Global Wellness Institute TM (GWI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation whose mission is to empower wellness worldwide by educating the public and private sectors about preventative health and wellness. Through its five pillars, Research, Initiatives, Roundtable discussions, The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease and, the GWI serves as a “hub” that informs and connects key stakeholders capable of impacting the overall wellbeing of our planet’s citizens.

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