LA Master Event: The Business of Health and Well-Being
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About this event: What is one of the Biggest, fastest growing, most Exciting industries to be in right now?Â
It's the business of Health and Well-Being . Whether you're a life coach, a nutritionist, a relationship advisor, a food or health blogger, a speaker, an author, a fitness instructor or studio owner, a therapist or even just a fan and follower of all things healthy and well, you will Not want to miss this Master… Show more Event featuring four fascinating thought-leaders in the business. We'll be talking about trends in health and wellness, fitness, nutrition and spirituality, in addition to the Business Models that support these industries in various ways.
And what would this event be without healthy snacks? Enjoy whole foods from Farm Box La and fresh made jams from Preservation Society, plus smartwater ! Moderated by Smarty Founder, Amy Swift Crosby Panelists:Â
Kipp Stroden, founder, Essential Living Foods
Kathy Freston, NY Times Best Selling Author, The Lean, Veganist, Quantum Wellness
Edison de Mello, MD, PhD, founder, Akasha Center
Carol Espel,Â national director of group fitness programming for Equinox Fitness Clubs
About Kipp Stroden of Essential Living Foods Prior to joining Essential Living Foods in 2006, Kipp spent 20 years as a highly successful entrepreneur and international production and artist manager. During this time, he launched a number of profitable companies including Innerspace Design, a commercial and residential design and construction company where he acted as chief designer and project manager. Kipp also launched Cool Therapy Records & Management where he created and implemented grassroots marketing strategies for its independent artists and took a number of them from anonymity to national touring acts and placement in major movie soundtracks. Mr. Stroden also produced major music festivals with artists such as: James Taylor, Widespread Panic, Carly Simon, James Brown, Blues Traveler, Willie Nelson, Stephen Stills, Robert Cray, Primus, Ziggy Marley.
Kipp also founded Iris Records, home of Ben Taylor (Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon) and simultaneously Force of Nature Enterprises was started and served as the management firm that handled all aspects of Ben Taylorâ€™s career. The Company evolved into fundraising, marketing, strategic partnerships and business development for entertainment, alternative energy, natural products and media companies. Â
Kipp's company, Force of Nature, was hired to produce the opening ceremonies for United Nations World Environment Day featuring over 50 clean tech companies displaying the newest innovations in cutting edge green technology culminating in the gala event for Governor Schwarzeneggerâ€™s signing of Executive Order S-3-05 which established greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for the state of California.
In, 2005, Kipp joined Essential Living Foods to pursue his lifelong passion for improving the quality of life on earth for all living things through healthy living and protecting the planet's ecosystem. Â He brings a vast network of business associates in the natural products industry, entertainment and finance to drive capital, develop strategic relationships and build new business for Essential Living Foods. His experience in building teams, raising equity financing, grass roots marketing and creating strategic partnerships has been instrumental in growing Essential Living Foods. Kipp graduated with a Ba in Economics from Skidmore College.
About Kathy Freston NY Times Bestselling Author : The Lean, Veganist, Quantum Wellness Kathy Freston is a New York Times best-selling author with a concentration on healthy living and conscious eating. Her books include Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness, The Quantum Wellness Cleanse: The 21 Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit, The One: Discovering the Secrets of Soul Mate Love and Expect a Miracle: 7 Spiritual Steps to Finding the Right Relationship. Her newest book is, The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss (Weinstein Books). Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Dean Ornish penned the introductions for two of her books and her work has garnered accolades from such respected names as Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Neal Barnard, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Freston has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, The Dr. O Show, The View, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose, The Martha Stewart Show, and Extra, and also on Own . Her work has been featured notably in Vanity Fair, Harperâ€™s Bazaar, Self, W, and Fitness . She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post .
Freston promotes a body/mind/spirit approach to health and happiness that includes a concentration on healthy diet, emotional introspection, spiritual practice, and loving relationships, among other tenets. Her work is focused on providing guidance for conscious and healthy living in our increasingly busy world. Freston continually cites the proven value of â€œleaning intoâ€* change and the benefits of â€œprogress, not perfection.â€* Â
About Edison de Mello, MD, PhD founder of Akasha Center The Centerâ€™s founder Edison de Mello, MD, PhD, is a board certified Family Physician by the American Board of Family Medicine and a licensed psychotherapist by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. He practiced psychotherapy for 13 years before entering medical training and now practices and teaches evidenced- based integrative medicine.
Dr. de Melloâ€™s PhD dissertation, entitled â€œGut Feelings - A Psychosocial Approach to Gastrointestinal Illness,â€* inspired his conception of a center where Western and Eastern medicines combined with psychology would be fully integrated. The de Mello Institute was formed in 1996 with the goal of employing safe and complementary approaches to healthcare while also addressing a personâ€™s emotional and spiritual health. Fully committed to these goals,in 1999 Dr. de Mello entered residency at the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center Urban Family Residency program in New York City, including training at the Center for Health and Healing also in Manhattan. His training utilized a biopsychosocial model offering innovative experiences in the integration of complementary medicine into the practice of Family Medicine. Upon completing his medical training, Dr. de Mello expanded the de Mello Institute and founded the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. de Mello was at a very early age introduced to the practice of complementary medicine by his beloved grandmother, Nana. Dr. de Mello remembers her as a natural healer who, with her many teas and potions, always had a remedy for the common everyday malady. Nana practiced her â€œmedicineâ€* with so much love and dedication that her simple presence, caring manner, smile, and unwavering respect for people were healing and inspiring. Nana became Dr. de Melloâ€™s most significant mentor and in 1979, when he started college, a career in healthcare was a natural choice.
He graduated from the University of North Texas in 1982 with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Psychology and went on to earn an Ma degree in Psychology and a doctoral degree in Health and Human Services - Psychology. For his masters degree thesis Dr. de Mello was the co-author of a Head Start program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health entitled â€œ Strengthening Head Start Families through Mental Health Intervention. â€* Intrigued by the biopsychosocial aspects of gastrointestinal disease - the subject of his doctorate dissertation, Dr. de Mello entered medical school in 1991 with the ultimate goal of creating an innovative medical practice that would bridge the gap between Western and Eastern medicines.
Dr. de Melloâ€™s strong commitment to the practice of integrative medicine is evidenced in his clear vision for the Akasha Center. â€œA healing sanctuaryâ€* where all parts that compose a person, namely mind, body and spirit, are equally addressed when treating and preventing disease. His goal is to help every patient get the best out of the integration of science-proven approaches to medicine - drawing from both the technological advances of the West and the ancient wisdom of the East.
Dr. de Mello is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is an attending physician at the Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and at Saint Johnâ€™s Medical Healthcare Center in Santa Monica. Dr. de Mello is a voting member of the Family Medicine Department Committee at Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center. In addition, He is also on the advisory board of several organizations such as Helpquide.org and volunteers/teaches at the Venice free Family Clinic Integrative Medicine program. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association of integrative Medicine, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Doctorâ€™s Without Borders.
About Carol Espel, Â national director of group fitness programming forÂ Equinox Fitness Clubs
Carol Espel is the Senior National Director for Group Fitness Programming and Pilates for New Yorkâ€™s Equinox Fitness Clubs. With their recent expansion across the Us, and most recently, international openings in Toronto, Canada, and London, England, she is responsible for all programming, for 58 + clubs. Â Carol oversees the Senior National Creative Team in its role as leaders and trend â€œcreatorsâ€* for group fitness. Â Known as the true resource for all things group fitness, she and her team design and implement innovative and revolutionary programs worldwide. Her role on the Equinox Task Force, and the prestigious Health Advisory Board, play a central role in the continued effort to bring research and science, wellness, and specific lifestyle integration efforts to our program development and strategy. Previous to Equinox, she opened the 150,000 square foot Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, also in New York as the Program Director.
Carol was an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College in the department of Health and Physical Education and holds a Bfa in Music Theater from Carnegie-Mellon University. Â She received her Masterâ€™s of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University. MS. Espel is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine in both Exercise Leader and Health/Fitness Instructor categories. Â She is a Certification Examiner for the Acsm. Â She serves on the Board of Advisors for Womenâ€™s Health Magazine. Â Carol is also certified by the American Council on Exercise and Aerobic Fitness Association of America.
Carol worked extensively on program development for Reebok University as a Global Master Trainer and was instrumental in educating and mentoring junior Ru trainers. Â She continues to be a featured presenter and expert at educational conferences nationally and internationally including Eca, Body, Mind, Spirit, Asia Fitness, and many others. Ms. Espel has choreographed and starred in numerous exercise videos and DVDâ€™s. Â She has been the featured expert on such television and radio shows as CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox News, The Food Network, Sirius Radio Doctorâ€™s Network, Associated Press, and media spokesperson and contributing fitness expert for the New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Rodale Press, New York Newsday, Allure, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Harperâ€™s Bazaar, Vogue, Menâ€™s Fitness, Weight Watcherâ€™s Magazine, Ym, Longevity, McCallâ€™ s, Family Circle, Womenâ€™s Wear Daily and numerous others. Smarty Members email Diana for the Member discount code.
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