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Jenny Evans
Award-Winning Author, Resiliency Expert

Jenny Evans teaches resiliency and human performance better than anyone. She is founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the award-winning book The Resiliency rEvolution. Through public speaking, Jenny inspires C-suite executives, leaders and employees worldwide.

Andrew Zimmern
TV Star, Award-Winning Chef

A celebrated TV star, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is universally regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world.

Dan Buettner
Best-Selling Author, NatGeo Explorer

Dan Buettner is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones. A passionate longevity researcher, Dan has traveled the globe distilling the secrets of the world’s longest-living people. Dan has appeared as a longevity expert on Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News and CNN.

Stefon Walters
Financial Consultant, Speaker

Stefon Walters is the founder of Finessin’ Finances, a platform that uses black culture to teach financial literacy. He is also the author of Finessin’ Finances—a book that humorously covers personal finances. His works follow one motto: Make Money Easy.

Celeste Headlee
Award-Winning Journalist, Speaker

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and author of Heard Mentality and We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter. As an NPR host and journalist, Celeste has interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her work, she has learned the true power of conversation and its ability to both bridge gaps or deepen wounds.

Jes Rosenberg
Wellness Innovator, Speaker, Author

Jes Rosenberg is a nationally recognized mind-body educator and leader in the wellness community. In her more than 32 years of experience, she’s helped countless students live more inspired, stress-free lives. Beyond teaching, she brings mindfulness, breath work and yoga practices to senior care centers, public schools, and underserved populations. She is the creator of the award-winning health and wellness app for kids, Super Stretch Yoga, and has been recognized in numerous national and international publications, including The Essential Guide to Yoga and Yoga Journal.

Aparna Rae
Diversity and Inclusion Expert

Aparna is an educator, innovator, and disruptor working at the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and organizational design. Her decades-long career in workforce development has advanced thousands of individuals in under-resourced communities through culturally relevant resources and leadership.

Pilar Gerasimo
Health Journalist, Author

Pilar Gerasimo is an award-winning health journalist and social explorer. She is the founding editor in chief of Experience Life magazine, and she co-hosts a five-star rated podcast called The Living Experiment where she and her podcast partner, Dallas Hartwig, explore the art of being healthy in an unhealthy world. Pilar recently released her first book, titled, “The Healthy Deviant: A Rule Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World.”

Dr. Archelle Georgiou
Physician, Health Care Executive, Author

Archelle Georgiou, MD, has experience as a practicing physician, business executive, advisor, author, and speaker. Currently, Dr. Georgiou is the chief health officer for Starkey Hearing Technologies and is responsible for the company’s commitment to improve individuals’ overall wellness and quality of life.

Kelly McGonigal
Author, Speaker, Psychologist

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University who specializes in understanding the mind-body connection. As a pioneer in the field of “science-help,” her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She is the best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct, The Upside of Stress, and The Joy of Movement.

Dr. Amit Sood
Resilience, Wellbeing Expert

Dr. Amit Sood is the creator of the Resilient Option program. He is one of the world’s leading experts on resilience and wellbeing and executive director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. He was also a professor of medicine, and Chair for student life and wellness at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Sood has written many books, including SMART with Dr. Sood, Mindfulness Redesigned for the Twenty-First Century, and the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Stress-Free Living.

Renee Jain

Renee Jain is the New York Times Bestselling co-author of the highly acclaimed book on emotional intelligence for kids: Superpowered. She is also the founder and Chief Storyteller at GoZen!, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people by delivering online emotional intelligence programs.

Renee is one of less than 400 people in the world to earn her MA in Applied Positive Psychology. She has been personally mentored and trained by some of the top depression prevention experts in the world.

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky
Author, Speaker, Leading Happiness Expert

Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky is widely considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the science of happiness. She’s a psychologist, professor, and author of the books The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness. Her research focuses on answering three critical questions: What makes people happy? Is happiness a good thing? How and why can people learn to lead happier and more flourishing lives?

Dr. Judy Wagner
Integrative Health, Healing Expert

After receiving her Master’s degree, Judy Wagner spent a decade working as a nurse practitioner in a stage heart care clinic. She later received her Doctorate in Integrative Health and Healing from the University of Minnesota and started the integrative health program at the VA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She now works with veterans to create holistic treatment plans that work for them.

Dr. Maria Anderson
Cardiologist, Lifestyle Medicine Expert

Dr. Maria Anderson is a cardiologist specializing in abnormal heart rhythms. She graduated from Tufts University and has spent more than 26 years working in cardiology. Her interest primarily lies in lifestyle medicine, helping her patients build habits that lead to heart-healthy outcomes. She currently works at the VA hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, assisting people in making heart-healthy nutrition plans that focus on plant-based, whole foods.

Dr. Haider Warriach
Cardiologist, Author

Dr. Haider Warraich is a physician, researcher, and author. He’s an Associate Director of Heart Failure at the Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital, Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Warraich frequently writes about health care and policy for the New York Times, and he contributes to the Guardian, the LA Times, and the Atlantic. He’s appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, and PBS, and has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The World, Marketplace, and the BBC World Service.

Dr. Daniel Griffin
Chief of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Griffin is a physician-scientist, board certified in infectious disease with expertise in global health, tropical medicine, parasitology, and virology (including COVID-19.) He is the Chief of Infectious disease for Pro-Health New York and a senior fellow for infectious disease at UnitedHealth Group. Dr. Griffin also teaches clinical medicine at Columbia University’s Irvine Medical Center.

Dr. Jennifer Hone
Board-Certified Endocrinologist, National Chief Medical Officer

Jennifer Hone, MD, FACE, MHCDS is the National Chief Medical Officer for Diabetes in the Population Health Solutions Department for Optum Health. Dr. Hone is a Board Certified Endocrinologist who’s been practicing for more than 25 years.

Bob Farrell
President and Co-Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute

William H. Polonsky, Ph.D., CDE, is President and Co-Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, the world’s first organization dedicated to studying and addressing the unmet psychological needs of people with diabetes. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.

Ranelle Kirchner
Certified Diabetic Care and Education Specialist, Dietitian, Author, Chef

Ranelle Kirchner is a Licensed Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetic Care & Education Specialist, and Le Cordon Bleu culinary graduate with a passion for health and wellness and a desire to help people find theirs. She owns and operates a private practice called ChefRDN, LLC, providing nutrition counseling with an emphasis on teaching individuals how to eat for their health.

Gary Scheiner
Award-Winning Diabetes Educator, Exercise Physiologist

Gary Scheiner is a masters-level exercise physiologist and a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist. Having lived with diabetes for more than 30 years, Gary is the owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a practice located near Philadelphia that specializes in intensive diabetes management and education for children and adults. He was named 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year and has written several books, including “Think Like A Pancreas”.

Tim Desmond
Psychotherapist, Author, Scholar

Tim Desmond is a psychotherapist, author, scholar, and student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He’s the co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, NH, and teaches mindfulness and self-compassion practices around the world. His publications include Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy and The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook.

Dr. Elisha Goldstein
Psychologist, Author, Speaker

Elisha Goldstein, PhD is founder of The Mindful Living Collective — the world’s central online mindful space to find the teachings, practices, and a tribe to up-level your mind, life, and business. He’s also the co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and creator of the online coaching program, A Course in Mindful Living. In an increasingly fragmented society, he works to bring people together so they may motivate and inspire each other in far-reaching ways.

Dr. Reed Tuckson
Doctor, Health Executive, Author

Dr. Reed Tuckson, author of The Doctor in the Mirror, is the former Chief of Medical Affairs for United Health Group and is now the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a non-profit focused on improving health and healthcare throughout America.

He is the President of the American Telemedicine Association. He also serves on a variety of boards including the National Academy of Medicine’s Health Sciences Policy Board, the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, and others.

Jen Elmquist
Author, Licensed Family Therapist

Jen Elmquist is a passionate expert that helps individuals and couples form deeper bonds. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Nationally Approved Supervisor and is the author of Relationship Reset.

Chris Farrell
Author, Radio Host, Financial Advisor

Chris Farrell is NPR’s senior economics contributor and host of American Public Media’s Marketplace. Chris is also the author of the best-selling books “The New Frugality” and “Unretirement”. He also writes for Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo, Frontline and Investment Advisor.

Richard Leider
Best-Selling Author, Renowned Life Coach

Richard Leider is the best-selling author of The Power of Purpose, Life Reimagined, and Repacking Your Bags. Richard is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive life coaches.

Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer
Global Wellbeing Expert, Speaker, Researcher

Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and director of the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. If you’ve come to learn about wellbeing, Dr. Kreitzer is one of the world’s top experts.

Patty Starr
Executive Director of Health Action Council

Patty Starr is an industry leader in benefits management. Through Health Action Council and numerous health advisory boards, she is a passionate driver of conversation and programming to deliver healthier, more productive workforces who get the most from their benefits dollar.

Alex Haley & Mariann Johnson
University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

Alex Haley is an assistant professor and the mindfulness faculty lead at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, assists with research, and helps support external-facing mindfulness programming.

Mariann is an experienced mindfulness instructor, organization development consultant, and mediator who teaches mindfulness and mindful leadership to small and large organizations and the community.

Dr. Wendy Troxel
Sleep Scientist, Psychologist, Speaker

Dr. Wendy Troxel is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, both within individuals and within couples. She is internationally recognized for her research on sleep the consequences of sleep loss on health, our relationships, and the economy. Arianna Huffington recently called her one of the 5 most influential people in sleep. 

Melanie Merriman
Writer, Research Scientist, Consultant

Melanie P. Merriman, PhD, is a writer with experience as a research scientist and health-care quality consultant. Her unique career stems from a passion to illuminate, understand, and find meaning. She is the author of Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging, winner of American Book Fest’s 2017 Best Book Award for Autobiography/Memoir, and a choice for best caregiving book of 2017.

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Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan
Cardiologist, Professor

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, Michigan. She has studied Advaita Vedānta, a non-duel eastern tradition, Āyurveda, an ancient medical science of India, and Yoga with teachers worldwide. Her workshops, courses, and writings strive to bring these time-honored traditions to modern living in practical ways.

Jen Scheinman

Jen Scheinman, MSN, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with over twenty years of experience working in the nutrition and wellness space. Through a combination of clinical research, content development, and practitioner education, Jen is uniquely positioned to help wellness brands grow their business in today’s competitive climate. She has been featured in Thrillist, Well + Good, Vital Proteins, Greatist, Cooking Light, and CNN.

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Dr. Patsy Manzanares
Clinical Psychologist, Recovery Coach

Patsy Manzanares, MS, PsyD (she/her) is a doctor in clinical psychology and a recovery coach. She completed her residency and post-doctoral fellowship at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Dr. Manzanares has experience providing recovery services in the following levels of care: detox, residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. She has also worked in a residential drug program inside a federal prison. 

Dr. Christine Sterling
Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Mother, Pregnancy Health Advocate

Dr. Sterling obtained her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Southern California (USC), graduating summa cum laude. She continued at USC for her medical degree and residency training, where she fell in love with pregnancy health. Dr. Sterling’s pregnancy philosophy is born of a deep passion for improving the lives of pregnant people and parents.

Dr. Jonathan Bricker
Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington

Dr. Jonathan Bricker is one of the nation’s thought leaders in methods for stopping smoking. For over twenty years, he has devoted his career to using science to help people overcome their cravings and live healthier, more vital lives. His work has been covered by CNN, The New York Times, and hundreds of other news outlets. His TEDx, The Secret to Self Control, has been viewed many millions of times and translated into 10 languages.

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Dr. Todd Marshall
Dental Clinician

Todd Marshall, DDS, MBA, FACD, has over 30 years as a dental clinician, business leader, owner, entrepreneur, thought leader, and director of oral health care. He currently serves on the board of the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. Dr. Marshall is a fellow at the American Colleges of Dentists and is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and Minneapolis District Dental Society.

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Kay Van Norman
Author, Speaker, Consultant, Founder and President of Brilliant Aging

Kay A. Van Norman is a leading authority in older adult wellness. She’s an author, speaker, consultant, and the founder and president of Brilliant Aging. She taught for the department of health and human development at Montana State University (MSU) and directed MSU’s Young at Heart exercise program. She served as the national chair of the Council on Aging and Adult Development as well as director of the Keiser Institute on Aging.