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We're excited to announce the following keynote speaker lineup for NWC 2017! Gather with fellow attendees for informative, engaging, and inspiring keynote presentations. 


“Cultures that Flourish: Applying the Science of Happiness and Human Sense”

Presented by Sunny Grosso
Culture Chief, Delivering Happiness


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Experience the inspiration and insights of the Delivering Happiness approach to work (and life) starting with Sunny’s personal journey to realize the role of happiness in success. We’ll follow the story of form their unlikely success using happiness as a business model to the global movement known as Delivering Happiness, sharing key learnings along the way. We’ll uncover the simple formula that’s been used to build authentic, lasting happiness in organizations around the world, and discuss how the same, simple formula ripples out positive impact in our personal lives, in our communities, and ultimately, the world. This will be a lively talk with colorful examples from companies like Zappos leading the way and interactive experiences of some key concepts. We’ll end with simple actions you can take to immediately start building a culture where everyone wins—your people, partners, company, community . . . and world.

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Sunny is passionate about creating positive work cultures. She travels the world speaking and consulting on sustainable culture building. She is a happiness coach, a Zappos culture expert, and a thought leader in the culture movement. An ORSC and NLP trained coach with a BA in psychology, Sunny is a founding member of the Delivering Happiness consulting team where she co-built the model, developed the approach and led the coaching team. She brings an informed, lively brand of energy to her clients focused on revealing and transforming their best authentic culture from the individual to the team to the organizational level.



“WE ARE WELL: How Our Buildings and Communities Can Enhance Our Health and Well-being”

Presented by Rachel Gutter
International WELL Building Institute


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We know this to be a simple truth: Where we spend our time matters. Daylight matters. Good acoustics matter. Cleaner, fresher air matters. Design that encourages movement matters. Access to healthy food matters. Just being in the moment in our surroundings matters. Every corner of our built environment should provide these things so we can enhance our health and well-being, not compromise it. It should be our baseline, but all too often it’s our aspiration. So how do we change that? How do we more clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally transformational impact on human health? IWBI’s Rachel Gutter will draw on her global experience in working with the architecture and design community, product manufacturers, and real estate professionals to show how we can develop and demand that our buildings and communities help us live into our rallying cry: WE ARE WELL. 

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Rachel Gutter joined the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in late 2016, bringing with her a wealth of cross-cutting experience in safer, healthier environments where they matter the most: in school rooms across the globe. She joins IWBI after a nine-year career at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she founded the Center for Green Schools, convening and collaborating with a diverse group of partners, including teachers unions, the National PTA, the Department of Education, the Princeton Review, executives from Fortune 100 companies, and green building councils around the world. Under her direction, the Center published more than 1,000 pages of technical guides and original research, mobilized more than $275 billion in investments in LEED certified educational facilities, and deployed more than half a million volunteers to contribute $50 million in donated time to transform schools and campuses on every continent. A transformative leader, in 2014 she expanded her scope and brought her creative and strategic imprint to launch Education @USGBC, a groundbreaking platform for professional and executive education that delivers more than 100,000 hours of online courses to learners annually.
A widely sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s rallying cry of “where our children learn matters” caught the imagination of the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, Parenting Magazine, FOX News, and CNN, among hundreds of others news outlets. In 2012, she received the World Green Building Council’s Chairman’s Award and was honored by Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine as an eco-heroine in 2011 .


The Audacity of Wholeness: Self-reflection and Dialogue in Six Dimensions

Facilitated by Joel Bennett, PhD
President, Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems, and NWI Board Member

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The identity of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) involves helping practitioners to develop the competencies and connections they need to promote inclusive, whole-person wellness. At NWI’s core is the Six Dimensions of Wellness model, which recognizes the interrelationship between the physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social, and intellectual dimensions. Join NWI leadership and your peers as we connect in our own real-time “micro-community” to emphasize the importance of inclusive, multi-dimensional wholeness and learn ways to incorporate the Six Dimensions of Wellness into any type of wellness practice (workplace, coaching, or otherwise). Through a large group experiential exercise, you’ll discover more about your own wellness journey while learning how to facilitate this sharing in your own settings.

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Joel Bennett is President of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems, whose mission is to catalyze healthy work cultures form the inside-out with science. Dr. Bennett first delivered stress management programs in 1985 and has since developed several evidence-based programs, reaching over 100,000 workers world-wide. He has authored four books, the latest is Well-Being Champions. OWLS provides e-learning, mobile health, consultation, training, and evaluation. Joel also serves on the National Wellness Institute Board of Directors and as chair of the NWI Membership Committee.



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