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2021 Wellness Master Class Series

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Upcoming Master Classes

All Master Classes take place via Zoom on Wednesdays, 10 am – 11 am EST

The Wellness Master Class Series will return in 2022.

Recent 2021 Wellness Master Classes:

“Beyond Sustainable: Why we must adopt a Regenerative Economy”

Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè | WEDNESDAY, July 7, 10am – 11am EST
Andrea Illy may be known for building the leading global coffee brand, illycaffè. But he has a new mission: Move far beyond sustainability and create a Regenerative Economy by 2030.  During his Wellness Master Class, Mr. Illy will explain why this transformative program has three interdependent pillars—Regenerative Economy, Climate Action and World Happiness—and how, as responsible leaders, we must take radical action to tackle the climate crisis.

“Mid-Year Trends Update: Where the future of wellness is heading”

VP, Research & Forecasting, Beth McGroarty and Wellness Forecasters | WEDNESDAY, June 23, 10am – 11am EST
The Global Wellness Summit keeps a close eye on its trends predictions to help you understand how they are evolving—especially as the world pivots to a post-COVID economy. We invite you to join a special Wellness Master Class on June 23 when we take a close look at each trend and its impact on global markets. The lively (and often provocative) conversation will be moderated by GWS Chief Creative Officer & Executive Director Nancy Davis, and feature VP, Research and Forecasting, Beth McGroarty and 2021 trends forecasters.

“Clodagh: Up Close and VERY Personal”

Clodagh | WEDNESDAY, May 12, 10 am – 11 am EST
Watch the Wellness Master Class with Clodagh, the internationally acclaimed designer, environmentalist and philanthropist whose work is synonymous with spa and wellness design. During her presentation, Clodagh will get Up Close and VERY Personal, as she takes a deep dive into her approach to life and art, her current projects and passions—and why she believes good design is the foundation of wellbeing for both our world and its inhabitants.

“Be Half the Age You Are by 2030”

Michael Roizen, MD | WEDNESDAY, April 21, 10 am – 11 am EST
Are you younger or older than your chronological age? In the upcoming GWS Wellness Master Class, Michael Roizen, MD, the Cleveland Clinic’s first Chief Wellness Officer and author of four New York Times best sellers, will demonstrate how scientifically proven lifestyle changes can dramatically improve our health and decrease our “real age.” Dr. Roizen will also explain why the increased focus on wellness evidence is changing lives for the better and how this trend is transforming the wellness industry worldwide.



“Why Am I So Exhausted? How Your Sleep has Changed and What You Can Do About It”

Michael J. Breus, PhD | WEDNESDAY, March 24, 10 am – 11 am EST
You’ve probably noticed that sleep (or lack of it) is a hot topic. The GWS is excited to announce that Michael J. Breus, PhD, renowned sleep expert and best-selling author, will lead the next Wellness Master Class on March 24, from 10-11 a.m. ET. During this special presentation, Dr. Breus will speak on the science of sleep and Peak Performance, including bio-hacking your sleep, executive sleep practices for busy CEOs, and more. Named one of the 10 most influential people in sleep, he will also explain why healthy sleep programs are a major trend in wellness—and why they matter to your business.



“Defining an Industry: A Conversation with Ophelia Yeung and Katherine Johnston”

Ophelia Yeung and Katherine Johnston | WEDNESDAY, March 17, 10 am – 11 am EST
Research is the foundation of the Global Wellness Institute’s goal to empower wellness worldwide. Join the Institute’s Senior Research Fellows Ophelia Yeung and Katherine Johnston for a behind-the-scenes look at how these authoritative studies defined—and have helped to develop—the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy. You will also learn how this research leads the trends that impact your business.



A Future Shaped by Current Events: Integrative Wellness at Last

Sue Harmsworth | WEDNESDAY, February 24, 10 am – 11 am EST
Sue Harmsworth is a visionary leader who has shaped the spa and wellness industry we know today. Honored by Queen Elizabeth the Second for her services to the spa and beauty industries, she is responsible for the design of 500+ spas in 65 countries as well as creating groundbreaking products, treatments and programs.  In this inspirational and informative Wellness Master Class, Sue will explain how current events are shaping the future of the industry and why disruptive change will lead to truly integrative wellness—at last.


Unpacking the Microbiome and Strategies for Aging Well 

Frank Lipman, MD | WEDNESDAY, February 17, 10 am – 11 am EST
The community of bacteria living in your body has a bigger impact than you may realize—from your mood to your heart health. In a Wellness Master Class that will change how you see true health, Dr. Frank Lipman, a vocal pioneer of integrative and functional medicine and chief medical officer of The Well, unpacks the too-often misunderstood microbiome and outlines strategies for living—and aging—well. After attending his Wellness Master Class, you will understand how he has helped thousands of patients feel healthier, increase energy and resilience, and look great.

Redefining Clean Beauty

Stephanie Stahl | WEDNESDAY, February 10, 10 am – 11 am EST
Stephanie Stahl, CEO and co-founder of zero-waste skin-care and nutritional supplements brand Ace of Air, is redefining Clean Beauty with a disruptive circular packaging model designed to avoid the staggering amount of plastic waste generated by the beauty industry. In Stephanie’s boundary-pushing Wellness Master Class, you’ll learn how a clean business model based on “buy the product, borrow the packaging” could transform the industry and the planet.

Wellness Trends Get Real: What Matters and Why in 2021

Beth Mcgroarty | WEDNESDAY, February 3, 10am – 11am EST 
With wellness at a watershed, “get real” moment, trends in the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy are radically more important. GWS and GWI VP, Research and Forecasting, Beth McGroarty is the special guest for this Wellness Master Class: “Wellness Trends Get Real: What Matters and Why in 2021.” During the discussion, she will share her thoughts on how wellness will become more inclusive, accessible, affordable and evidence-based—and address how the industry will rewrite vast markets, such as the entertainment industries, travel, financial services, architecture, design, and the meetings sector.

Wellness: The Overlooked Dependent Variable in Pandemics, Plagues and Politics

Dr. Richard Carmona | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 10am-11am EST
A dependent variable is something that depends on other factors. Dr. Richard Carmona explains how the often-overlooked dependent variable of wellness is impacting the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic—and why the wellness industry must play a leading role in combating preventable disease.

TGIO: Thank God It’s Over! Lessons Learned and What Matters Most in 2021

Jessica Jesse | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 10 am -11 am EST
We can’t think of a better way to kick off the 2021 Wellness Master Class series than by inviting you to spend an hour with Jessica Jesse, CEO and creative director, BuDhaGirl. Jessica will share her unique insights on everything from “Black Swans” (those rare events that have a major impact around the globe) to how beauty is being redefined in a post-pandemic world.

Previous Wellness Master Class Videos:

“Delos on Strategies for Healthier Schools and Buildings During the Pandemic” Paul Scialla, Jie Zhao, & Isaac Mulvihill
“Create Revenue in the Face of the Pandemic” Tammy Pahel, Rupert Schmid, Pierre-Louis Delapalme, & Samer Hamadeh
“Change for Good: Seven Principles for Creating a Positive Impact” Paul Klein, Founder and CEO, Impakt
“The Power of Light: Fighting COVID-19 and Future Pandemics with Far UV” Dr. David Brenner, Fred Maxik, & Dr. Michael Roizen
“Euromonitor’s 2020 Health and Nutrition Survey: Understanding Health By Generations” Amrutha Shridhar
“Wellbeing as a Net Winner in the Post-Pandemic Era” Thierry Malleret
“Creativity in the Time of COVID: A First Look at a New Project” Bill Bensley
“The New Normal: Global Affluent Consumer’s Mindset Post Covid-19” Amrita Banta, Managing Director, Agility Research & Strategy
“Meditation in the Age of Anxiety” Bob Roth
“Israeli Innovation in the Time of COVID-19: Investing in Wellness Technology” Amir Alroy
“Inhale Optimism: Experience the Latest in Breathwork” Sandy Abrams
Health Disparities in Black and Brown Communities” Dr. Nicola Finley
“Love as a Business Strategy” Mia Kyrico
“What if the Vaccine for Chronic Racism was Humanity and Kindness? A Candid Conversation about Diversity and Inclusion” Helen Shelton
“Coronavirus: The Challenges of Moving from Mitigation to Recovery and Reopening” Dr. Richard Carmona
“Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer…Especially Now” Dan Buettner
“The Future of Global Hospitality–What Is Going to Really Matter” Neil Jacobs
An Open Conversation About Race and the Role of the Wellness Community Moderated by Susie Ellis & Nancy Davis
“Shred Your Crisis Communications Plan –Solutions for PR and Marketing in a Pandemic” Kim Marshall & Darlene Fiske
“Learning from Resilient Brands” Catherine Feliciano-Chon
“From Self-Quarantine to Self-Immunization” Kenneth R. Pelletier, MD
“Coronavirus: from Prevention to Recovery –What You Need to Know” Dr. Richard Carmona
“Turning Adversity Into Action: Operation Mask-Lift” John Wood & Amy Powell
“Spas and Wellness in the Time of Global Crisis” Sue Harmsworth
“Creativity in the Time of a Global Crisis” Anna Bjurstam
“Faith in the Time of a Global Crisis” Martin Palmer
“Leading Consciously in Times of Stress” Danny Friedland
“Managing Cashflow During the Coronavirus Crisis” C. Victor Brick

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