NWI wants to motivate emerging wellness professionals to become active members of the organization and support NWI’s efforts to engage and empower the wellness leaders of tomorrow. We consider anyone new to the field of wellness an emerging wellness professional — whether you are just graduating college or changing careers later in life.
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Below are links to articles and videos from the EWP Task Force to emerging wellness professionals.
10-minute podcast about the EWP Taskforce
Make Yourself Marketable by Samantha Diedrich
5 Things I Learned During an Unanticipated Job Search by Suzanne Hunt
Who Are Wellness Professionals? by Suzanne Hunt
NWI Emerging Wellness Professional Task Force Member Bios
Romy is a millennial engagement expert and the author of The Ultimate Guide to Engaging Millennials! He's also the CEO of One Stop Wellness, an employee engagement tech company with a mission to create wellness communities within organizations while helping employees get healthier, happier, and more productive. Romy is also a Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach, and Corporate Wellness and
has worked with clients all over the world. Romy was the winner of the 2018 Young Wellness Professional Award by the National Wellness Institute and now leads the Emerging Wellness Professionals Task Force. His goal is to bring innovation to the wellness field while supporting the next generation of talent in this industry.
Title: CEO, One Stop Wellness; Emerging Wellness Professionals Task Force Lead
Location: San Antonio, TX
What Wellness means to me: Wellness means being in a continuous process of holistic growth- physically, mentally, and spiritually while being present and making choices that influence your true purpose.
Nicole Block is a Well-Being Specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She currently co-leads Mayo Clinic’s Well-Being Champion program and focuses on health promotion and employee well-being in the workplace. Nicole is also a motivational speaker and Instructor of Health Care Administration where she specializes in Practicing Gratitude and Stress Management and Resilience Training. Nicole has spoken at several national conferences and was an expert for the 2017 12 Habits of Highly Healthy People campaign. Photo: ©Mayo Clinic Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
Title: Well-Being Specialist at Mayo Clinic
Location: Rochester, Minnesota
What wellness means to me: “Do something amazing. Be great. Inspire.”
Samantha Diedrich, CWP
Samantha is a Certified Wellness Practitioner and Health Coach with Aspirus Business Health - Wellness. She is passionate about engaging business partners and clients to improve their lives through health and happiness. Sam has her master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is active with multiple non-profits in her community where she serves on the Board of Directors for United Way Emerging Leaders and the Leadership Council for Women United. Additionally, Sam is the current Board Chairperson for the North Central Wisconsin Chapter of the Red Cross and most recently on the Emerging Wellness Professional Task Force for the National Wellness Institute.
Title: Wellness Specialist and Certified Wellness Practitioner at Aspirus Business Health
Location: Wausau, WI
What is Wellness to me: As a wellness professional, I view wellness as a means to inspiring other people to achieve their fullest potential through health and happiness.
Suzanne started her engagement with NWI through assisting in the development of the NWI student chapter at her undergraduate institution. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with her MPH, she went to work with North Carolina State University where she began health coaching, developing campus-wide wellness initiatives, creating a gamified wellness module, and conducting research in health behaviors. Since becoming a Certified Wellness Practitioner, Suzanne continues to provide leadership in the development of holistic approaches to wellbeing for students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest University.
Title: Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Health Promotion at Wake Forest University; Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Science, North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
What Wellness Means to Me: Wellness is the ability to connect the dots between short-term actions and behaviors to long-term health and wellbeing through intentional actions to develop a holistic lifestyle.
NWI Emerging Wellness Professional Task Force Advisor Bios
Eirasmin Lokpez-Cobo, MA, CPHWC, ACC
Eirasmin is a Strategic Marketer with fifteen years of experience building brand equity in marketing, media and advertising agencies in the U.S. and in Latin America. She holds a Master’s degree in Digital Marketing and Marketing Analytics and a Master’s degree Strategic Communications.
She has a proven record developing effective and innovative multichannel campaigns and providing strategic direction for Fortune 500 brands – such as Walmart, Bank of America, Kraft, DHL, HP, MasterCard and Volkswagen, and for non-profit organizations – such as the American Heart Association, Memorial Hermann Hospital, the National Wellness Institute and The Wellness for Growth Foundation.
Eirasmin has dedicated the last eight years of her career to making an impact on the wellness industry. As a Wellness Strategist, she has experience designing effective and culturally relevant programs for communities and corporations. She is also an ICF Certified Professional Health & Wellness Coach with numerous corporate and community wellness certifications.
Eirasmin is Board Member at the National Wellness Institute and Founder & Director of the Wellness for Growth Foundation, an organization that empowers underprivileged Hispanic families through integral wellness education.