NWC 2017 Keynote Presenters

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 Zappos.com 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.


Sponsored by the International WELL Building Institute

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

Presented by Paul Scialla
Founder, 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 Founder Paul Scialla will draw on his 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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What if your building could be a public health intervention tool?  What if your office space made you healthier just because you spent 8-10 hours a day there? It was the potential of joining the world’s largest asset class – real estate – with the world’s fastest growing industry – wellness — that led Paul Scialla to found the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) and develop the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), the performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact the health and well-being of the people who use these spaces every day.  Today, WELL is in 28 countries and more 85 million square feet are registered and certified under this evidence-based standard.

Paul knows both worlds well.  He spent 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, where he came to understand the power of purpose-driven capitalism to impact the world’s problems. He’s a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation, as well as a board member of the Chopra Foundation.  Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, and he currently resides in New York City. He has become a leading voice for the idea of human sustainability through better buildings, and speaks at green building, real estate, and technology forums around the globe.


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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