We want to build a movement of meaningful influence and shine a light on the power that can come from gathering a coalition focused on positivity and healing
April 27, 2021
The nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the leading research and educational resource for the global wellness industry, welcomes a new Initiative to its fold: Living Well From Within. The formation of this Initiative, which joins 30 other industry-specific collaborative groups of Initiatives, was catalyzed by Dr. Daniel Friedland’s recent diagnosis of terminal brain cancer as a way of underscoring and amplifying the power of transformational learning in the process of healing, growth and flourishing wellness, something that is central to the Conscious Capitalism movement.
Affectionately known as “Dr. Danny,” Friedland is the author of Leading Well from Within and CEO of SuperSmartHealth. He brings deep knowledge in the practices of Conscious Capitalism, which focuses on helping leaders and business transform the way they function to generate both meaning and prosperity for all, and the XCHANGE Approach, a leadership coaching model that focuses on unlocking collective wisdom to facilitate exponential results, to his role as Initiative Chair.
The Initiative has already garnered support from dozens of notable transformational leaders, including Chip Conley, founder of Modern Elder Academy; Dr. Peter Angood, CEO of the American Association for Physician Leadership; and Alexander McCobin, CEO of Conscious Capitalism. In addition, the Initiative has attracted an impressive group of Coalition Partners, including the Whole Health Institute, the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, and Summit Partners as well as the entire leadership representing the Global Wellness Summit and Global Wellness Institute, who are committed to amplifying the Initiative’s message, including sharing the tools and curriculum it develops with a wider audience.
“The group of individuals and companies we have gathered have the influence to transform their communities and the world at-large,” said Dr. Daniel Friedland. “We intend to bring together all stakeholders on a quarterly basis for a series of two-hour online experiential Awakening Conscious Leadership programs, the first of which will happen in June, and will incorporate an annual in-person event when the time is right. We are humbled to serve as an entrusted catalytic energy center for driving transformative change through the wellness industry.”
“When I heard about Dr. Danny’s inspiring Living Well From Within channel on YouTube, a project his whole family embarked upon as a way to find—and share—the positives that can come from a life-altering situation, I knew that it was important to bring his message to the entire GWI family,” said Susie Ellis, GWI’s chair and CEO. “It’s such a privilege to be able to listen in on Dr. Danny’s conversations with his medical and integrative physicians about his diagnosis and the next steps in his treatment and to see and hear the transformative learnings he and his family are experiencing on a daily basis.”
The Living Well From Within Playlist (YouTube) can be found on the GWI Initiative’s home page, as can the first-ever Conscious Capitalism Workout, which Dr. Danny developed as a way to integrate the mission, tenets, economic value and scientific basis of Conscious Capitalism with an exercise routine designed to catalyze daily growth and wellness.
“This work is incredibly dear to my heart,” said Friedland. “We want to build a movement of meaningful influence and shine a light on the power that can come from gathering a coalition focused on positivity and healing. I thank my GWI family, including my co-chairs Sallie Fraenkel and Wendy Bosalavage, for their support in helping spearhead our activities.”
Co-chairs Fraenkel and Bosalavage are joined by a formidable team of inspirational leaders, all keenly aware of the importance of awakening conscious leadership, who serve as GWI Living Well From Within Initiative members:
- Julie Bach, founder, Wellness for Cancer
- Jon Berghoff, co-founder and CEO, XCHANGE Approach
- Dr. Dan Diamond, founder, NogginStorm
- Heath Dieckert, CEO, Dieckert Group and COO, Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches
- Heidi Hanna, Chief Energy Officer, Synergy Brain Fitness
- Alexander McCobin, CEO, Conscious Capitalism
- Maureen (Mo) McKenna, founder, Return on Energy
- Corinna Yap, Director of Wellness, Rosewood Hong Kong
Save the Date
On June 10, the Initiative will host its first collaborative workshop entitled “Awakening Conscious Leadership.” This first two-hour experience will be co-facilitated by Jon Berghoff, XCHANGE Approach CEO, with Dr. Danny and will focus on how, as a group, we can apply and practice transformational learning skills to bring healing and positivity to ever-changing personal and business landscapes. Media are invited to participate in this invite-only event (to register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
About the Global Wellness Institute: The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is considered the leading global research and educational resource for the global wellness industry and is known for introducing major industry initiatives and regional events that bring together leaders to chart the future. GWI positively impacts global health and wellness by educating public institutions, businesses and individuals on how they can work to prevent disease, reduce stress, and enhance the overall quality of life. Its mission is to empower wellness worldwide.
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