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The GWS Wellness Master Class is an extraordinary opportunity to gain new insights and information about leading in a time of crisis—and learn practical solutions on how to manage effectively in these challenging times. You can RSVP for the next Master Class and watch recordings below.

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Upcoming Wellness Master Classes

Helen Shelton: What if the Vaccine for Chronic Racism was Humanity and Kindness? A Candid Conversation about Diversity & Inclusion

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, July 8

Helen Shelton is a communications strategist with particular expertise in creating impactful platforms and programs that address the needs and interests of diverse audiences. In her Wellness Master Class, Helen will challenge us to think beyond typical proposals to end chronic racism and ask us to imagine a world where humanity and kindness drive our actions. At Finn Partners, Helen oversees the agency’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion program, Actions Speak Louder – Partners for Diversity. She has worked tirelessly in the industry to responsibly promote products and advance important causes, from adult education and housing to voter registration to disease awareness initiatives.

Mia Kyricos: Love as a Business Strategy

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, July 15

Mia Kyricos is a globally respected thought-leader in the business of wellness, wellbeing and hospitality.  In this unique Wellness Master Class, Mia will explain why “love” will be an essential partner for businesses looking to thrive in these tumultuous times. We encourage you to join us for Mia’s inspiring, surprising and life-changing presentation.

Dr. Nicola Finley: Health Disparities in Black & Brown Communities

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, July 22

As wellness leaders, it is crucial that we understand the sobering facts about health disparities so we can help create a world where wellness is available to all. Nicola Finley, MD, brings a unique perspective to this timely and sensitive issue. At Canyon  Ranch, Tucson, Dr. Finley practices integrative medicine with an emphasis on prevention and wellness. Previously, she worked for over 10 years with Tucson’s economically disadvantaged communities at El Rio Community Health Center and St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson.  Her diverse experiences make Dr. Finley exceptionally qualified to address the health disparities that too often lead to increased rates of chronic disease and premature death in black and brown communities.

Sandy Abrams: Inhale Optimism: Creating Your Best Mindset for Post Quarantine Life

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, July 29

Sandy Abrams is a longtime, self-taught entrepreneur in the personal care space who turned a wellness product idea into a multimillion-dollar business. In her interactive Wellness Master Class, Sandy will explain the power of breath and mindfulness and why “breath is meditation at the speed of business.” She will also share experiences from her Breathe to Succeed workshops at Google offices, WW, Universal Music, Facebook HQ and McKinsey & Co., to name a few. Her mission is to help us create our optimal energy for wellness and success…one deep, mindful breath at a time.


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Dr. Richard Carmona: Coronavirus: The Challenges of Moving from Mitigation to Recovery and Reopening

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, July 1

Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Chief of Health Innovation, Canyon Ranch, and acclaimed author, will lead the Global Wellness Summit’s fourteenth Master Class, “Coronavirus: The Challenges of Moving from Mitigation to Recovery and Reopening.” Dr. Carmona, known for his down-to-earth, sound strategies and advice, is a renowned advocate for disease prevention and access to health services for the underserved. In this illuminating class, he will explore the unique and ever-evolving challenges of transitioning from the COVID-19 global health crisis to a period of recovery and reopening.

Dan Buettner: “Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer…Especially Now”

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, June 24

Explorer. National Geographic Fellow. Award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author. Dan Buettner is renowned for discovering the Blue Zones, the five places in the world where people live the longest, healthiest lives. In this inspiring Wellness Master Class, Dan will explain why it is more important than ever to learn from the Blue Zones—and how we can apply this life-changing wellness lifestyle to our daily lives, during and beyond the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Neil Jacobs: “The Future of Global Hospitality–What Is Going to Really Matter”

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, June 17

Visionary wellness and hospitality leader Neil B. Jacobs has the experience, knowledge and passion for understanding what lies ahead for the wellness industry—and to predict what changes in the industry will really matter. During this insightful one-hour Wellness Master Class, Neil explains how a renewed commitment to constant innovation, new initiatives and meaningful programming can change the spa and hospitality industry for the better—and why it is essential to provide benefits to local communities and operate in harmony with the natural world.

An Open Conversation About Race and the Role of the Wellness Community

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, June 10

Moderated by Global Wellness Summit Chair & CEO Susie Ellis and Chief Creative Officer & Executive Director Nancy Davis

Kim Marshall and Darlene Fiske: “Shred Your Crisis Communications Plan–Solutions for PR and Marketing in a Pandemic”

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, June 3

Kim Marshall and Darlene Fiske, co-founders of S’Well Public Relations, are results-oriented communications professionals focusing on clients in the many facets of the global wellness economy. During this timely Wellness Master Class, Kim and Darlene explain why it’s time for brands to look far beyond crisis communications and focus on new PR and marketing solutions and opportunities.

Catherine Feliciano-Chon: “Learning from Resilient Brands”

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 27

As founder and managing partner of CatchOn – A Finn Partners Company, Cathy Chon has consulted with countless luxury, hospitality and retail brands worldwide in her diverse 30-year career. In this illuminating GWS Wellness Master Class, she shares the qualities of resilient brands that help them thrive in the midst of crisis and adversity—and the lessons we can apply to our own businesses and practices. Cathy is a highly sought-after speaker known for her provocative insights on industry trends.

Kenneth R. Pelletier, MD: “From Self-Quarantine to Self-Immunization”

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 20

Dr. Ken Pelletier, a renowned integrative medicine pioneer and clinical professor of medicine, knows the science behind boosting your immune system. In the Global Wellness Summit’s eighth Master Class, he shared practical ideas about how to “self-immunize” with proven wellness practices—and explained how your choices and behaviors can change your genes and create optimum health and longevity. A best-selling author, Dr. Pelletier is clinical professor of medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine and is chairman of the American Health Association.

Dr. Richard Carmona: “Coronavirus: from Prevention to Recovery–What You Need to Know”

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 13

Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States and Chief of Health Innovation, Canyon Ranch, will lead the Global Wellness Summit’s seventh Master Class, “Coronavirus: from Prevention to Recovery–What You Need to Know.” Dr. Carmona, who received the Summit’s first “Leader in Social Impact” award, is an acclaimed advocate for disease prevention, and for access to health services for the underserved. In this illuminating Master Class, Dr. Carmona will help attendees understand the real science behind COVID-19 – and separate fact from fiction.

John Wood & Amy Powell: Turning Adversity Into Action: Operation Mask-Lift

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, May 6

John Wood and Amy Powell, founders of Operation Mask-lift, a global movement to deliver life-saving masks to tens of thousands of frontline health care workers, will conduct the Summit’s sixth Master Class, “Turning Adversity into Action: Operation Mask-lift.” John, author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, is also founder of the nonprofit  Room to Read, which is focused on literacy and gender equality in education. He was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Global Wellness Summit.

Sue Harmsworth: Spas & Wellness in the Time of Global Crisis

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, April 29

Sue Harmsworth, a leading spa and wellness expert, will conduct the Summit’s fifth Wellness Master Class, “Spas & Wellness in the Time of Global Crisis.” Harmsworth is also renowned for founding the legendary global ESPA brand and was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her services to the spa and beauty industry. She will discuss what lies ahead in the spa and wellness industry.

Anna Bjurstam: Creativity in the Time of a Global Crisis

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, April 22

The “Creativity in the Time of a Global Crisis” Wellness Master Class was led by Wellness Pioneer Anna Bjurstam. During this uplifting discussion, Anna explores why creativity matters more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic–and how new challenges inspire ideas that will help the wellness industry flourish.

Martin Palmer: Faith in the Time of a Global Crisis

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, April 15

In this inspiring Wellness Master Class, Martin Palmer, theologian, author, broadcaster and environmentalist, reminds us that during a global crisis, faiths and beliefs can improve our world and help us prepare for the changes that lie ahead. Palmer explains why science and faith need to co-exist and gives concrete examples of the lessons faith can teach us during a global pandemic. Martin is a regular contributor to the BBC on religious and ethical issues, and as president of FaithInvest, he helps faiths of all types move their investments into programs that align with their values.

Danny Friedland: Leading Consciously in Times of Stress

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, April 8

In the Global Wellness Summit’s second Wellness Master Class, Danny Friedland, MD, leadership trainer, coach and author, explained why now more than ever, wellness industry leaders must stay purposefully connected to their colleagues and their community. During his Master Class on “Leading Consciously in Times of Stress,” Dr. Friedland offered concrete strategies to address the leadership challenges created by the Coronavirus epidemic—and guided participants through virtual breakout sessions where they learned to become more conscious leaders.

Victor Brick: Managing Cashflow During the Coronavirus Crisis

9:30–10:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1

Victor Brick, founder and CEO of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, kicked off the GWS Master Class series with an interactive discussion on practical ways for businesses to manage cash flow during the Coronavirus crisis. This informative Master Class offered real-world, bottom-line solutions, including principles of cash management during a financial crisis; rent and payroll; debt; operating expenses; and tips for applying for loans, grants and government assistance. Victor is also the founder and CEO of the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation and has presented workshops and seminars in 30 countries around the world.

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