GWI Board of Directors
Dr. Richard H. Carmona
Chief of Health Innovation, Canyon Ranch; 17th Surgeon General of the United States, United States
Dr. Richard H. Carmona was the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. He is also a decorated US Army Special Forces Veteran and a distinguished professor with a wide range of training and experience in healthcare management, clinical care and research. Currently, he is chief of health innovation of Canyon Ranch and serves as director on several publicly traded corporate boards and private companies.
Chief Creative Officer & Executive Director, Global Wellness Institute, United States
Nancy Davis has decades of experience in strategic communications for Fortune 100 companies. Since joining the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) in 2013, Nancy has helped expand the organization’s global footprint through events and activities that promote the mission of both the GWS and the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute™ (GWI). She infuses her work with passion and creativity.
Chairman & CEO, Global Wellness Institute, United States
Susie Ellis is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of the GWS, now in its 13th year. She is also chairman and CEO of the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute, known for its pioneering research, wide-ranging initiatives, international roundtables, wellnessevidence.com and The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease. She sits on numerous academic and industry boards and holds an MBA from UCLA.
CEO, R&J Abramson Foundation, United States
Michelle Floh, MBA, is the CEO of the Rona & Jeffrey Abramson Foundation. She leads the organization’s vision for improving the health and wellness of families—particularly women and girls—worldwide. Drawing on her diverse experience in both the private and public healthcare sectors, she collaborates with partners to help bring the Transcendental Meditation® technique to companies, government organizations and nonprofit organizations.
Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin
President & CEO, Grupo Diarq, Mexico
Gina Diez Barroso has been a pioneer in the fields of arts and education for over 20 years. In 1990, she created and launched Grupo Diarq, a holding company with eight subsidiaries. In 2004, Gina founded CENTRO, the first university in Mexico City specializing in creative studies with an emphasis on business and entrepreneurship. In 2016, she founded Dalia Empower, an initiative created to empower women under a unique educational methodology.
Founder & Owner, Sue Harmsworth Ltd, United Kingdom
Sue Harmsworth has spent five decades shaping the spa and wellness industry globally. She founded the global brand ESPA in 1993 and sold it in 2017. She sits on various boards and is currently advising owners on creating wellness destinations. Sue also advises private equity companies and innovates new products and skin care for various brands and owners. She is an advisory board member for GWI, GWS and Forbes.
Omer K. Isvan
President, Servotel Corporation, Turkey
Omer K. Isvan is president of Servotel Corporation, which is widely recognized among the leading advisors in the investment and development of hotels, resorts and integrated mixed-use developments worldwide. Omer’s experience spans 43+ countries and numerous projects, and he has advised investors in every step of development, from greenfield stage to asset management. He is a frequent keynote speaker on hospitality development at conferences and leading universities.
CEO & Creative Director, BuDhaGirl LLC, United States
Jessica Jesse’s career has spanned over 30 years in high-end fashion retail. Her passion has been to live well every day and to do so with great presence. In the modern era of wellness and mindfulness, she has become a change agent by combining contemplative practice with evidence-based science and fashion. Through BuDhaGirl, she introduces the importance of ritual in all we do each and every day. Jessica also designed the inspirational calendar for The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease.
SVP & Global Head of Wellbeing, Hyatt, United States
Mia Kyricos joined Hyatt as the company’s first senior vice president and global head of wellbeing in 2018. In this role, Mia oversees Hyatt’s holistic wellbeing strategy for colleagues, guests and customers around the world. With over 25 years of experience, Mia has helped to develop and grow wellness-related brands, products and services across 100+ countries and has served on the boards of GWS and GWI.
Renee Moorefield, PhD
CEO, Wisdom Works, United States
Renee Moorefield is CEO of Wisdom Works, dedicated to building thriving leaders and organizations worldwide. She’s coached thousands of senior and emerging executives—from Fortune 500 teams to social entrepreneurs—seeking to operate from greater consciousness, wellbeing and internal balance. Renee also chairs GWI’s Wellness at Work Initiative and is the author of the monthly communications for the inspirational calendar supporting The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of Preventable Disease.
Dr. Michael Roizen
Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic, United States
Dr. Michael Roizen serves as chief wellness officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position at a major US healthcare institution. He’s also chairman of the Wellness Institute there; has published 175+ peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, and four medical books; received 13 US (and many foreign) patents; and hosted six PBS specials. His RealAge and YOU series of books has resulted in four #1 New York Times’ bestsellers.
President, Wellness Interactive Branding, LLC, United States
Desiree Watson is president of Wellness Interactive Branding, LLC, which represents innovative branding for “Companies Who Care.” She proudly represents over 30 registered brands within the wellness industry, capitalizing on consumers’ interest in wellness, aesthetics and the environment.
Chair Emeritus, Girard Securities Inc, United States
Richard Woltman is a successful entrepreneur who pioneered a new business model for financial services. He works in philanthropy within the fields of health and palliative care, end of life planning, diabetes research, and electronic records management. He envisions the spa industry becoming a major part of healthcare delivery in collaboration with established institutions.
Advisors to the Board of Directors
Partner, The Tower Companies, United States
Jeffrey Abramson is a partner at The Tower Companies, an award-winning, family owned real estate development company, and is recognized as a green building leader. In 2004, Tower was the first in the US to build a LEED®-certified, multifamily residential community, and in 2008, the company built its LEED-platinum office headquarters, the largest commercial expression of Vastu architecture. Jeffrey also co-founded The David Lynch Foundation.
Co-Founder, Well+Good, United States
Alexia Brue is the co-founder of Well+Good, the award-winning wellness media company, and is SVP of the Fitness & Wellness Group at Leaf Group. Since its launch in 2010, Well+Good has received three Webby Awards and a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Company in Wellness. Alexia’s expertise in digital media, entrepreneurship and wellness has been featured in outlets including CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, AdWeek, Digiday, and others.
Co-Chairman, Biologique Recherche, France
With over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry in Europe, North America and Asia, Pierre-Louis Delapalme has been, since 2007, co-chairman and co-owner of Biologique Recherche, a result-driven and professional skin-care brand with 40 years of existence, with a very selective network of partners in more than 80 countries and recurrent double-digit growth.
Co-Founder, Well+Good, United States
Melisse Gelula is the co-founder of Well+Good, an award-winning media company, as well as a sought-after wellness expert. She recently published the Well+Good Cookbook (Apr 2019, Clarkson Potter), which features the recipes of wellness luminaries. In 2018, Melisse was named one of the nine Most Creative Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine. Prior to Well+Good, she was the editor of spafinderlifestyle.com, beauty director at Luxury SpaFinder magazine, and travel editor at Fodor’s.
CEO & Founder, LifeSquare, United States
A seasoned entrepreneur, strategist and change agent, Laurie Racine is addicted to start-up cultures. She has launched or secured funding for a variety of cutting-edge nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. Laurie founded dotSUB, the video translation platform that is well known for powering TED’s open translation project and was a principal at Eyespot, an early leader in video remix technology. She also serves on various for-profit and nonprofit boards.
Co-President, Biologique Recherche, France
Following top-level positions at several media and communication companies, Rupert Schmid worked as head of communication and marketing at Veolia. Since 2007, Rupert has been co-chairman and co-owner of Biologique Recherche, a result-driven and professional skin-care brand with 40 years of existence, with a very selective network of partners in more than 80 countries and recurrent double-digit growth.