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We're excited to announce the following keynote speaker lineup for NWC 2016! Gather with fellow attendees for informative, engaging, and inspiring keynote presentations. 


“Wellness: Our Environment = Our Health”

Presented by Seema Wadhwa, LEED AP
Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness, 
Inova Health System

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Society’s relationship with the environment has shifted. The historical context was framed around the human impact on the environment. This understanding was centered on how we as a society were impacting our eco-system: our air, our water, and our natural resources. Our new societal vantage point is centered on how our environment is impacting human health. The framework looks beyond nature and our moral imperative as it considers how our air, water, chemicals in our environments, and our food systems are impacting our health. The definition of wellness also continues to take on a broader designation. Progressive employee wellness program are developing the relationship between the macro concept of environmental health, micro-environmental health factors, and, most importantly, how those two interrelate. Employers are developing approaches to intertwine both the operational and engagement strategies with sustainability and wellness while demonstrating cost savings. Developing the synergies between sustainability and wellness allows for an opportunity to create an enhanced culture and ultimately a more engaged workforce. This presentation will inspire you to use a broader definition of sustainability and wellness while providing the foundational building blocks for developing a comprehensive program.

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Seema Wadhwa is the Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness for Inova Health System. Seema embraces health and wellness as core drivers for sustainability. She uses these values to oversee strategic planning and management of sustainability and wellness. Her efforts have demonstrated multimillion-dollar savings and measurable impacts. Seema influenced the national conversation on sustainability in healthcare while leading the Healthier Hospitals Initiative from launch to over 1,300 hospitals enrolled across the nation.

Seema began her career as a civil engineer working to build communities, and she now works to build healthier communities. She has a passion for sharing knowledge and co-authored the first book for leadership in the field of healthcare sustainability. Seema is most fulfilled when serving in the local and global community. She also enjoys serving on the board of the USGBC-National Capital Region. Connect with Seema on Twitter (@HCgogreen).



“The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities”

Presented by Will Allen
Founder and CEO, Growing Power Inc.

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MacArthur "Genius" recipient and among Time's "100 Most Influential People," former NBA star Will Allen left a corporate career, cashed in his savings, and built America's preeminent urban farm. As the CEO of Growing Power Inc. and author of The Good Food Revolution, Will Allen expertly discusses urban agriculture as a practical way to bring healthy food to underserved populations.

Join Will Allen for a book-signing of Good Food Revolution following his presentation. 

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Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved urban populations. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter & Gamble, Will Allen returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner-city land with greenhouses, where he has built the country’s pre-eminent urban farm. He is now the CEO of Growing Power, an organization that develops community food systems.

In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur “Genius Grant” Foundation Fellow. He is only the second farmer to have ever received this award. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and, in February 2010, Will was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” – her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will one the “World’s 100 Most Influential People.” In 2011, Will was named one of the “World’s 7 Most Influential Foodies” by Michael Pollan and Forbes Magazine. He was also named the 2012 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award recipient. For more information on this speaker, please visit


Neha Sangwan, MD“A Different Kind of Prescription”

Presented by Neha Sangwan, MD
CEO and Founder, Intuitive Intelligence

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Does your mouth say yes when your heart says no? Do you avoid conflict at any cost? When is the last time your doctor spoke with you about the way your communication impacts your health? If your answer is never, don’t miss this interactive hour with internal medicine physician Dr. Neha Sangwan. She combines the science of medicine with the art of communication to empower sustained change for individuals, teams and corporations. Join us as she addresses one of the biggest dilemmas in healthcare: How do we inspire and engage people to make everyday choices for their ongoing wellness?

And join Doctor Neha for a book-signing of Talk Rx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations that Create Connection, Health and Happiness after her presentation.

View Dr. Neha Sangwan's bio

CEO and founder of Intuitive Intelligence, is an internal medicine physician, international speaker, and corporate communication expert. Her private practice and corporate consulting focuses on empowering individuals, organizational leaders, and their teams with the tools for clear, effective communication. She addresses the root cause of stress, miscommunication, and interpersonal conflict, often healing chronic conditions such as headaches, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. She consults with organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Express, Kaiser Permanente, and Google, and has had the honor of sharing her journey on the stages of TEDx Berkeley and TEDx San Luis Obispo. She is the author of TalkRx: Five Steps to Honest Conversations that Create Connection, Health and Happiness. For more about Doctor Neha, visit



“Global Wellness: From the Individual, to the Community, to the Planet”

Presented by Patrick Williams, EdD, MCC, CWP
Founder, Institute for Life Coach Training and Coaching the Global Village

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The world needs global warming--not the glacial kind, the relational kind! During this keynote address, Dr. Williams presents a challenge: that all wellness initiatives include a vision of wellness that looks beyond the individual and the company to the global community. Drawing on his training throughout the world, he will share how wellness professionals have the power to ignite a new movement of well-being and optimal living that focuses on interpersonal, cross-cultural and community wellness.

Considering global well-being in our current wellness promotion efforts could enhance our inherent value of living optimally and bring the same to communities where opportunities and resources are limited. Through broadly defined civic engagement, we can foster sustainable change in ourselves, our communities, and beyond. Discover how you can incorporate coaching conversations, leadership development, and community well-being into your practice and be part of this movement toward global “warming” in wellness.

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Dr. Patrick Williams, psychologist, author, and leadership coach, is a pioneer in the field of Life coaching and founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training, and Coaching the Global Village (CGV). A developer of leaders for three decades, he founded Coaching the Global Village in 2006 to bring the power of the coach approach to the underserved and resource poor of the world. CGV associates provide leadership training to grassroots organizations and/or non-profits, NGOs, or corporate social change initiatives. Pat is a past board member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is past president of the Association of Coach Training Organizations (ACTO), an honorary VP of the Association of Coaching Psychology, and a Founding member of Harvard University’s Institute of Coaching.

Pat's message is that leadership is an activity, not just a position. Pat's speaking and training is inspirational, providing an igniting spark to individuals, communities, or organizations and offering methods and tools to "keep the fire burning" after the training. Learn more at

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