Chef Cathal Armstrong
Chef and Co Owner of Restaurant Eve
Diet and Exercise in Season: How to Sustain Your Mind and Body in the Four Seasons
Diet and Exercise in Season: How to Sustain Your Mind and Body in the Four Seasons
Native Dubliner, Cathal Armstrong, Chef and Co Owner of Restaurant Eve was born into a family with a passion for food. Unusual for families living in Dublin proper at the time, they had a fruit and vegetable garden, ate plenty of garlic and had their own travel business. Armstrong was exposed to the cuisine of other cultures by his father and developed an appreciation of gastronomy. According to Armstrong, “My father is a natural, a great cook.”
This Irish chef still cherishes the memories of working alongside his father in the family garden. It was in France, at the tender age of seven, that Armstrong began his annual student exchange and his food curriculum for life. These influences instilled in Armstrong the importance of organic growing and sustainability, before they were buzzwords. Today he honors that tradition by demanding the highest-quality ingredients from a handpicked network of suppliers revered for their wholesome products.
This impassioned toque’s significant contribution to the local food movement has garnered him accolades that extend beyond his cooking, including The National Restaurant Association “Neighborhood Community Award,” Edible Chesapeake Magazine’s “Local Hero Award” and The Washingtonian Magazine’s “Green Giant
Award.” Chef Armstrong was recently honored by the Virginia House of Delegates, recognizing him for his business and culinary success in Alexandria, as well as his service to Virginia. Chef Armstrong served as a board member of Fresh Farm Markets, which operates eight farmers’ markets in the Chesapeake Bay region.
His devotion to the ideals of environmentalism, health and conservation has led him to lecture abroad at the request of the US State Department. He was invited by the ambassador to the Bloom festival in Ireland to “recreate” First Lady Michelle Obama’s Garden and demonstrated to school children and attendees the joys and benefits of “growing your own.” His own love of horticulture drove him to create an organic, worm composted garden, with a natural rain water irrigation system, behind the restaurant. Fruits from his trees, seasonal vegetables and herbs from his organic garden are harvested and incorporated into mouthwatering dishes that nourish the palate and the soul.
The White House has taken notice of his four star intentions as well and in 2011 honored him as a “Champion of Change.” Under President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative (whitehouse.gov/champions), the White House features a group of Americans who continue to ‘Innovate, Educate, and Build’ throughout their respective communities. In honor of this recognition, the Office of Public Engagement hosted an event at the White House to commend Armstrong and like minded individuals who promote empowerment and inspiration.
Chef Armstrong was a Best Mid-Atlantic Chef nominee by the James Beard Foundation in 2014. He was selected as Food & Wine magazine’s “10 Best New Chefs 2006” and “50 Hall of Fame Best New Chefs,” along with honored as a Best Chef Award Winner by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington DC in 2007. He also sits on the Saveur Tastemakers chef advisory board. In Fall 2011, President and Mrs. Obama celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary in Eve’s tasting room.
In 2014, Chef Armstrong and his wife/business partner Meshelle were featured in the Washington Life Magazine Power 100 issue, a list of the most powerful people in Washington, DC. In March 2014, Chef Armstrong debuted My Irish Table, a warm and personal narrative, featuring 130 recipes showcasing Modern Irish fare, interlaced with stories about his journey from Dublin to Washington, DC and his path to successful restaurateur, chef and leader in the sustainable food movement.
Rave reviews continue as Armstrong expands with complex, thoughtful cooking that knits together his Irish upbringing, his French training, and his grasp of the American culinary moment. Cathal Armstrong is considered by both Ireland and America’s epicurean fraternity, to be one of our finest chefs, a chef whose ability and creativity are boundless. In addition to his cherished roles as chef, husband and father, his next great love is the sport of Tae Kwon Do, which he took up with vigor more than three years ago. Armstrong is the current National Champion in his weight class.
A fitness expert for more than 30 years, Denise Austin has published 12 books, hosted the longest running fitness show in TV history, and inspired millions to get fit and live their healthiest lives. Now, Denise is as active as ever, and she’s continuing to help women reach their goals, no matter their age or background.
Beryl Bender Birch
Sav ing the Planet (and Ourselves!) – One Breath at a Time:
National yoga expert Beryl Bender Birch will address the conference about her philosophy on the mind/body connection as an avid student of classical yoga and the study of consciousness.
Her work merges the traditions of Classical Raja Yoga, Vedanta, Buddhism and Jainism. Ms. Birch has been a teacher in the tradition of classical yoga for over 35-years and is the author of three best selling books, Power Yoga, Beyond Power Yoga, and Boomer Yoga. Through her school The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, she has been training yoga students and teachers as “spiritual revolutionaries”. She is the founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation.
Mark T. Bertolini
Chairman & CEO Aetna Inc.
How to Integrate Mindfulness into Your Daily Lives
How to Integrate Mindfulness into Your Daily Lives
Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, is not your typical CEO. Mark is committed to practicing mindfulness in his personal life as well as his professional life. Tragic circumstances he experienced in his life sent him on a path to learn the benefits of mindfulness and holistic medicine. As a result Mark is living an extraordinary life and an entire industry has been changed. One man effecting millions of lives. It has been reported that “this CEO (a former hippie) manages by walking around, slowly and mindfully, actually practicing walking meditation, and attentively listening to his employees”. Mr. Bertolini is actively engaged in the national dialogue on the future of health care. Mr. Bertolini promotes measures that increase access, lower costs and improve the quality of health care. He is a strong advocate for a consumer-centered health care system.
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. He is a board-certified nutritionist with a degree in psychology and the author of eight bestselling books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb and The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth. A frequent guest on television and radio, he has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition, weight loss, and longevity. He is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Men’s Health magazine, is the Nutrition Editor for Pilates Style, and is a regular contributor to AOL, Clean Eating
Magazine, Better Nutrition and Total Health Online. Dr. Bowden has written or contributed to articles for dozens of national publications (print and online) including New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair Online, Time, Oxygen, Marie Claire, Diabetes Focus, GQ, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Self, Fitness, Family Circle, Allure, Men’s Heath, Prevention, Natural Health, and many other publications. His most recent book is The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer.
Teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community
Mindfulness and Finding Your True Refuge
Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Tara is the author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha and True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013). Learn more about Tara here.
Co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and a best-selling author
An Honest Conversation
Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and a best-selling author. Her most recent book,Obsessed: America’s Food Obsession – And My Own, launches us into a no-holds-barred conversation with family and friends, in schools and kitchens, in Congress and the food industry, to help us all find ways to tackle one of the biggest problems standing between us and a healthier America. Her memoir All Things At Oncebecame a “New York Times” best seller in January 2010 and her second book, Knowing Your Value, which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached #1 on the “New York Times” best sellers list for business books in spring 2011. Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the “CBS Evening News Weekend Edition” and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to “CBS Sunday Morning” and “60 Minutes.” Learn more about Mika here.
Sister Deidre Byrne
Clinic Director of the Spanish Catholic Center
A Window into Spiritual Health
Sister Dede is not only an active missionary sister and superior, but a board-certified family practitioner and general surgeon as well. Sister Dede served 29 years in the US Army and retired with the rank of colonel in 2009. Sister Dede is the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts house, where the sisters run a pro-bono physical therapy clinic and diabetic eye clinic, as well as a pre-school for underserved children. Sister Dede’s other charitable medical/surgical service includes hands-on ministry in the rubble of the twin towers following the terrorist attack on 9-11, and annual medical missions in Kenya, Haiti and Sudan. She currently acts as the clinic director of the Spanish Catholic Center, serving the uninsured in the Washington Diocese. She is also a general surgeon who works through the clinic to serve those in need.
Dr. Richard Carmona
The Power of Possibilities
Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006). Dr. Carmona’s extensive experience in public health, clinical sciences, health care management, preparedness, and his commitment to prevention as an effective means to improve public health and reduce health care costs, while improving the quality and quantity of life, led to his nomination in 2002. In 2006, after successfully completing his four-year term, Dr. Carmona was named vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, the country’s leading health and wellness company for more than 30-years. Dr. Carmona also serves as chief executive officer of the company’s Health division and oversees health strategy and policy for all Canyon Ranch businesses. He is president of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute and the first Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Alicia H. Clark
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Panel Discussion: The Latest Steps in Achieving a Better Healthier You
Alicia H. Clark, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializes in relationships and anxiety, and helping people cope with stressors ranging from the mundane to the extremes of modern life. She has longstanding interests in anxiety and emotional regulation, and endeavor to help people understand the broader impacts of anxiety and depression on different life stages, as well as how interpersonal relationship patterns can substantially affect these experiences. Her current areas of interest include harnessing the productive power of anxiety, the commodity of attention, and the critical role of empathy and emotional expression in relationships.
She has also been publishes in the areas of trauma, alcohol and adult development, and have spoken at international Women’s Leadership conferences on Anxiety, Life Transitions, and Wellness. As an Assistant Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, She teaches Advanced Psychopathology and Advanced Practicum to doctoral candidates at the Washington, DC campus.
Motivational Speaker and New York Times Bestselling Author
Revolution in Aging: How to Be Younger Next Year
Chris Crowley is a motivational speaker and the NY Times bestselling co-author of the Younger Next YearBooks, which have been called ‘The Boomers’ Bible’ and ‘The Best Thing Ever Written’ about fitness and wellness for the Baby Boom generation. Chris was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1934 and is a graduate of Exeter (1953), Harvard College (1957) and The University of Virginia Law School (1965). Chris considers himself that comparative rarity: a happy lawyer but retired in 1991 because he ‘wanted to live more than one life.’ Chris and his wife Hilary experienced a life-changing event in 1996 when Hilary broke her neck in a fall. She was a quadriplegic for a time and is ‘one in a thousand’ to walk after an accident this serious. Her recovery is the central miracle in their lives. Chris is hard at work on the next book in the series Thinner Next Year and spends a great deal of time traveling the country lecturing on the “Revolution in Aging.” Learn more about Chris here.
Founder GUWellness, Associate Vice President For Benefits and Payroll & Chief Benefits Officer
Charles DeSantis is Georgetown University’s Associate Vice President and Chief Benefits Officer, responsible for Benefits, Payroll and Wellness. Charles leads the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits, Payroll Services and GUWellness, striving to make the culture of Georgetown a place that people want to work through providing the benefits that will attract and retain employees. He also strives to keep the communituy well both personally, professionally and financially. DeSantis has a passion for serving others that manifests itself both in his work as Associate Vice President and Chief Benefits Officer at Georgetown University, his board seat on the regional American Heart Association Board and in his service in the humanitarian sector through his commitment to working directly with youth in Kenya and on the Boards of Nyumbani, an organizations that serves children with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and as chairman of the board of USA for UNHCR (The UN Refugee organization) serving the needs of refugees worldwide. Learn more about Charles here.
Dr. Chris Exley
Internationally Recognized Researcher on Alzheimer's Disease, Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Keele University
Professor Chris Exley has been studying the effects of aluminum on living organisms for 30 years. His research career has focused on an interesting question, why is the third most abundant element on Earth’s crust (aluminum) non-essential and largely harmful to life? In particular, Dr. Exley has examined the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dr. Exley graduated in 1985 with a degree in Biology (Univ. Stirling) and in 1989 with a PhD in the ecotoxicology of aluminium (Univ. Stirling). In 1992 he moved to Keele University with Professor JD Birchall FRS OBE to establish what is now The Birchall Centre. In 1994 Dr. Exley was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and in 2002 he was appointed Reader in Life Sciences at Keele. In 2009 Dr. Exley was appointed Honorary Professor at The University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland. He was promoted to a personal chair in Bioinorganic Chemistry in 2011 at Keele. In 2015 Dr. Exley was elected Fellow Royal Society of Biology. My research centres about the role of aluminium in all forms of life including humans
Tracy Freeman, M.D.
Chief Medical Advisor, BB&R Wellness Consulting
Dr. Tracy Freeman has successfully merged the worlds of conventional and holistic medicine. Her work reflects the philosophy that we have an innate constitution that allows healing with the right tools. Dr. Freeman further feels that the body does everything for a reason and that her job is to uncover the process that has led to pathological states. By gently assisting the patient in finding homeostasis, the inherent physiology is allowed to flourish again. Her practice focuses on holistic primary care to both prevent disease and assist in healing.
Dr. Robert Hariri
Founder and Chairman of Celularity
Dr. Robert J. Hariri is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Celularity Inc., a privately held company developing novel cellular and regenerative therapeutics around the human placenta. Celularity’s technology platform is the product of over two decades of innovation and discovery by Dr. Hariri to unlock the human placenta’s regenerative potential to amplify the body’s ability to fight disease, heal and regenerate itself, and extend the healthy human lifespan.
Dr. Hariri served as Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, a division of Celgene Corporation [NASDAQ: CELG] from 2002 to 2014. He was founder, Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer at Anthrogenesis Corporation/LIFEBANK, Inc., a privately held human stem cell therapeutics company, which Celgene Corporation acquired in 2002.
In 2013, Dr. Hariri co-founded Human Longevity, Inc., a privately-held genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy, high performance human life span. He also co-founded and served as Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Neurodynamics, a privately held medical device and technology corporation. Dr. Hariri is an adjunct associate professor of pathology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and has held key academic positions at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Science, including serving as the Director of the Center for Trauma Research.
Dr. Hariri is a Director of Cryoport, Inc. [NASDAQ: CYRX], Bionik Laboratories Corp. [OTCQX: BNKL], Provista Diagnostics, and Rocket Racing, Inc. He is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Archon X Prize for Genomics, which is awarded by the X Prize Foundation. Dr. Hariri also serves as a trustee of the J. Craig Venter Institute; a trustee of the Liberty Science Center; and a commissioner of the New Jersey Commission for Cancer Research. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to biomedicine and aviation. He has served as a member of the board of visitors at Columbia University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and the Science & Technology Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Hariri received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and was awarded his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University Medical College. He received his surgical training at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he directed the Aitken Neurosurgery Laboratory and the Center for Trauma Research.
Founder of BlueFlower Wellness Products and Services
The Power of the Flower: Giving Nature a Chance
Gazelle founded BlueFlower, a wellness products and services company in 2016 after she personally benefited from healing powers of essential oils and other natural ancient remedies. Her health transformation was so drastic that she decided to share her story and inspire others. Her goal for BlueFlower is to become premier and trusted provider of natural wellness products and services to families nationwide and abroad.
Gazelle Hashemian is the President/CEO of BlueJuniper, inc, a technology services firm she founded in 2014 supporting the private and public sector. BlueJuniper offers industry best practices in the field of Corporate and IT Governance, Advanced Data & Analytics, and Technology & Enterprise Solutions. Previous to BlueJuniper, Gazelle co-founded , Paragon Technology Group with her husband where she led the company from 5 to 240 employees. The company was twice selected to the Inc. Magazine 5000 list in 2010 and 2011; and received industry awards such as the 10th largest 8a business supporting the Federal Government in 2011 and top small business in US.
Gazelle is an active member of the community. She supports multiple activities at any given time. She has offered mentorship in local Women-In-Technology Mentor/Protégé program and actively supporting The Children’s Inn at NIH. In 2011, she was appointed a member of the George Washington University School of Engineering National Advisory Council which she is now chairing. In 2015, Gazelle partnered with Relief International to cofound a task force, Project Turquoise, to provide personal care packages and medical/dental missions to refugees in middle east and beyond.
Robert J. Hedaya
Treating Mood Disorders , Anxiety, and ADD without Medication: Is it Possible?
Robert J. Hedaya, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., is a diversely trained and experienced psychiatrist who has been board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry, and certified as proficient in psychopharmacology by The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He has been recognized as a Master Clinician in functional medicine by the Institute for Functional Medicine. He trained under the auspices of some of the most renowned students of Goodwin, Beck, and Bowen, who are recognized leaders in today’s psychiatric community. Dr. Hedaya obtained both a B.A. in Psychology
(1974) Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and his Medical Degree (1979) at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Patrick Hwu
Department Chair of Melanoma Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Using the Immune System Against Cancer
Dr. Patrick Hwu is considered one of the leading tumor immunologists in the country, and a primary force in the development of novel vaccine and adoptive T-cell therapies. His laboratory and clinical work have led to insights and advances in the understanding of the interactions between tumors and the immune system, and the development of cellular immunotherapies. He was recruited to be the first Chairman of the Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology in 2003. Since that time, he has also served as Associate Director of the Center for Cancer Immunology Research and is the current Chair of MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Promotion and Tenure Committee. His laboratory is significantly funded by the National Cancer Institutes. He is the principal investigator on three RO1 translational immunotherapy grants, as well as a P01 comprehensive program grant that is investigating the use of plasmacytoid dendritic cells to enhance immunotherapy. Dr. Hwu is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Immunotherapy. He is a frequently requested national and international lecturer. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Hwu is the recipient of numerous awards such as the George and Barbara Bush Endowment for Innovative Cancer Research in 2004, the Robert R. Herring Professorship in Clinical Research 2004 – 2007, the Moshe Talpaz Endowed Chair in Immunology from 2007 to present, and the Division of Cancer Medicine Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Mentor of the Year for FY2009, just to name a few.
A. J. Jacobs
New York Times Bestselling Author of Drop Dead Healthy
A Lighthearted and Funny Approach to Achieving Your Optimal Health
A.J. Jacobs is the editor at large at Esquire Magazine, commentator for NPR, and the author of FOUR New York Times Bestsellers, including Drop Dead Healthy, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, and The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. His next book is about building a family tree of the entire world and throwing the largest family reunion in history.
Yi Jin, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer & Chairman of the Board, Brain Treatment Center
Protecting Your Sleep: An Essential Skill for Maintaining Wellness
Protecting Your Sleep: An Essential Skill for Maintaining Wellness
Dr. Yi Jin received his M.D. from the Shanghai Medical University and completed his residence training in Neuropsychiatry in Shanghai Institute of Mental Health, one of the two WHO collaborating and training centers in China. He continued his fellowship training in consultation-liaison psychiatry and neuroscience in UCLA and UC Irvine, respectively. He held many leading positions in academic and private clinical institutes. He served as director of the Behavioral EEG Laboratory in UC Irvine during the period between 1997 and 2007, faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in UC Irvine, and is currently a volunteer faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology in UC San Diego. He also worked as chief of Neuroscience in Brookside Institute from 2004 to 2008. He has co-founded two biomedical companies, Neosync Inc. and Newport Brain Research Laboratory, where he served as chief medical officers. Dr. Jin has received many research grant awards including those from Stanley Foundation, Dana Foundation, and National Mental Health Institute. He also has patented several new inventions in neurosciences and clinical treatment for mental disorders. During the past 28 years of brain research, Dr. Jin has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and presented in many academic conferences.
Renowed Educator and Owner of Grace's Anatomy
Realizing the Heart's Full Potential
Realizing the Heart’s Full Potential
Grace Jull has been an experiential educator in the field of human potential since 1984.
Teaching about the power of the heart is a particular passion, and she has moved thousands of people in her eloquent, playful and profound presentations that accessibly integrate activism, embryology, osteopathy, anatomy, aquatic massage, and yoga.
Having trained over 3000 yoga teachers and massage therapists, she is gifted at translating the non-verbal resilience of mind, body and spirit into language, technique and palpable presence. Her passion as a guide has culminated in an online course – gracesanatomy.com – which illuminates the body as a collaborative field of consciousness.
She has been adjunct faculty as an anatomy and yoga expert in various mind-body medicine programs such as Harvard’s Rehabilitation Medicine Residency, Cirque de Soleil’s Inuit Intervention, Saybrook University’s doctorate program, the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Scholar in Residence at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her popular presentation about the heart has also been well received at popular yoga conferences such as Wanderlust.
She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Adult Education, and is also co-founder of Shakti Initiation, a women’s yoga leadership advanced training in Bali, Indonesia and New England.
Internationally Known Scientist, Writer and Meditation Teacher
Mindfulness and Optimal Health: The Challenge of a Lifetime and the Adventure of Living Our Lives as if it Really Mattered
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, & Society at the University of Massachusetts.
Jon Kabat-Zinn recruited chronically ill patients not responding well to traditional treatments to participate in his newly formed eight-week stress-reduction program, which we now call Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Since then, substantial research has mounted demonstrating how mindfulness-based interventions improve mental and physical health—comparably so to other psychological interventions. The MBSR technique has spread to over 720 medical centers, hospitals and clinics around the world.
He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses.
Nadine Kabbani, PhD
Scientific Group Leader at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Brain Health: A Balancing Act
Protecting Sleep: An Essential Skill for Maintaining Wellness
Nadine Kabbani, PhD is a scientific group leader at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study and an Assistant Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor signaling in the developing brain. Her laboratory explores the role of acetylcholine in synapse formation and maturation in developing hippocampus and cortex during the early stages of life using cutting edge live cell imaging and proteomic tools. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Protein Society, the Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and the VA Youth Tobacco Program. She serves on the editorial board for Amino Acids and Proteomics Insights and is a book editor in the Springer series Methods in Molecular Biology. She has been the recipient of the Pre-doctoral Intramural Research and Training Award from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Philip Morris Award, the Foundation for Medical Research Award, the International Brain Research Organization World Congress Award, and the Philippe Foundation Scholar Award. In 2014 she was presented the Emerging Research Scholar Creator Award by George Mason University. She is funded by the VA Youth Tobacco Program, the National Institutes of Health, the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation, and the Jeffress Memorial Trust. She is an author on numerous peer-reviewed published scientific works in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Neuroscience, and Molecular Pharmacology. Her findings have featured in U.S. News & World Report, Los Angeles Times, and The Week. She pursued her postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Patricia Goldman-Rakic (Yale University) and Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux (Pasteur Institute). She received her doctorate in Pharmacology from the Penn State College of Medicine in 2003 under the tutelage of Professor Robert Levenson.
Author, Educator & Culinary Translator
Transforming Health Through the Power of Food: The Science and Alchemy of Yum
As a consultant, speaker, teacher and chef, Rebecca works closely with patients, physicians, nurses and wellness professionals to include the powerful tools of flavor and nutrition in their medical arsenal. A nationally-recognized culinary translator and expert on the role of foods in supporting optimal health, she has a Master of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Education, and she received her culinary training from New York’s Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts. She is the author of the award-winning cookbook The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Beyond, The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top-16 Age Busting Power Foods and One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for Cancer Survivors and their Friends.
President of KAK, Consulting, LLC | Dietitian & Consultant of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute
Kristin Kirkpatrick is the President of KAK, Consulting, LLC and a dietitian and consultant of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a best-selling author, an experienced presenter, and an award winning Dietitian. Kristin has been seen on both local and national shows such as the TODAY show, NBC Nightly News and the Dr. Oz show and has contributed to several national Newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Runners World, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Food Network, Costco Connection, Self and Women’s Health. The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on twitter.” In December, 2017, Kristin’s show “The New Rules of Food” aired nationally on PBS and received rave reviews.
President of Naropa University
What It Means To Live A Balanced Life
Charles Lief is the President of Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Founded in 1974, Naropa is the birthplace of Contemplative Education and the modern mindfulness movement. Naropa serves 1000 undergraduate and graduate students in Boulder and increasingly more online and through programs in Authentic Leadership, Mindfulness in the Workplace, general extended studies and professional development. Naropa’s 60 core faculty and more than 200 adjunct professors deliver a curriculum built upon a foundation of contemplation, mindfulness and compassion. Majors include undergraduate and graduate degrees in counseling psychology, elementary education, religious studies, pastoral counseling, performing and fine arts, writing and poetics, environmental studies, peace studies and a robust interdisciplinary program.
Chuck has been a Buddhist practitioner for 45 years, studying closely with the Tibetan Buddhist teacher and Naropa founder, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and is a teacher in that lineage. Chuck was the first President of the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, New York, one of the earliest models of integrated nonprofit social enterprises and service providers. As a principal in the Hartland Group of Burlington, Vermont, Chuck worked to create affordable housing and economic development projects in Vermont and New Hampshire. He was a founding board member and CEO for Amida Care, a nonprofit, special needs HMO for low income residents of New York living with HIV/AIDS and chronic mental illness, today a $450 million social enterprise. He has been a member of many nonprofit boards working toward sustainable social, economic and personal transformation.
Chuck now serves as chair of the Board of Trustees of Lions Roar Foundation, which publishes the magazines “Lion’s Roar” and “Buddhadharma”, and is also a member of the Veteran’s PATH and the Bridge House Board of Directors. He is married to the Buddhist teacher and author, Judy Lief, and has two adult daughters and three grandchildren.
F. Mannello, PH.D.
Professor of Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Urbino
Personal Care Products and Breast Cancer
Dr. Ferdinando Mannello received the degree of Doctor of Biological Sciences cum laude in 1982, and is Professor of Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Urbino in Italy. His main expertise is the breast physiopathology, focused on biomolecular factors involved in cancer initiation. He is author of 160 peer-reviewed full-length scientific papers and two books.
Robert L. Manuel
Robert L. Manuel is an Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. He has gained international recognition during his 15-years in higher education for his development and implementation of novel academic programs, including graduate and online learning strategies at Georgetown and New York University (NYU). As the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies, Dr. Manuel oversees all of Georgetown’s professional, summer, and continuing education programs as well as the first doctoral degree program in Liberal Studies in the United States and Canada. He is a member of the Dean’s
Council at Georgetown University and the University Campaign Council. He sits on the editorial advisory board for Continuing Higher Education Review and is a former University Continuing Education Association commissioner.
Former NFL Linebacker
The Transformative Power of Mindfulness
Keith Mitchell played as a linebacker in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars and was named to the Pro Bowl. His NFL career ended when he had a paralyzing injury in a game. Keith found the practice of yoga to help him regain functionality. Yoga helped him move again, and it opened his mind, body and soul to so much more. His goal is to bring the transformational power of yoga and meditation to a wider audience, including athletes and men, through his passion, knowledge, story and unique yoga approach.
Master Instructor at Equinox Sports Club, Washington D.C.
Get Up And Move
Kevin Mullins, CSCS, is a Master Instructor at Equinox Sports Club in Washington D.C. and a writer for a variety of fitness publications such as Men’s Health and the Personal Trainer Development Center. A graduate from the University of Maryland he holds a degree in Kinesiology, as well as certifications in nutrition coaching, Olympic sports performance, and corrective exercise modalities. As a coach Kevin Looks to boost the lives of his clients and class members by improving their fitness, psychological sharpness, and overall wellness via laughter, support, and motivation.
You can find out more about Kevin by visiting KevinMullinsFitness.com or scheduling a session with him at the Equinox Sports Club in the West End.
Yoga Teacher, Wounded Warrior and Professional Speaker who has been inspiring audiences around the world with his message of perseverance, resiliency and hope for more than a decade.
The Healing Power of Yoga
Dan Nevins is a professional speaker who has been inspiring audiences around the world with his message of perseverance, resiliency and hope for more than a decade.
A highly decorated soldier, Dan was severely injured during combat in Iraq in 2004 after an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated beneath his vehicle. He lost both legs below the knee, and lives with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the emotional wounds of war.
Dan credits Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) with his successful rehabilitation, which instilled a “can-do” attitude, positive outlook and passion for helping his fellow wounded warriors in him. He quickly became an advocate for the organization, inspiring both his peers and the public to create positive change for themselves and those around them, simply by sharing his powerful story. Dan’s charismatic personality and relatable, lively approach resonated with audiences of all shapes and sizes, and he soon found himself sharing his story with hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
In 2008, Dan received WWP’s highest honor, the George C. Lang Award for Courage, for his efforts on behalf of the organization. He went on to become the director of WWP’s Warriors Speak program, where he taught other wounded warriors and their caregivers how to share their stories with the public and serve as spokespeople for the organization, much like he had.
More recently, Dan discovered the life-changing power of yoga, which has enabled him to heal from the invisible wounds of war in a way that nothing else could. He quickly realized that other wounded warriors could benefit from yoga in the same way and knew he had to become an instructor. Dan became a Baptiste Yoga teacher in 2015, and now incorporates the notion of “yoga for every-body” into his speeches and classes, encouraging people from all walks of life – and veterans in particular – to take up the practice.
Word of Dan’s efforts spread quickly, and he has been invited to teach yoga throughout the world, from the White House in Washington, DC to the Africa Yoga Project in Nairobi, Kenya. Nowadays, when he’s not leading classes for hundreds of participants, Dan can usually be found sharing his passion for life, WWP, yoga and his fellow wounded warriors with the attendees of major events ranging from the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to the Wisdom 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
However, Dan refuses to rest on his laurels, and is continuously searching for new ways to help other veterans. In late 2015, he decided to take his advocacy work one step further and established the Yodha Foundation. Through the foundation, he is developing the Warrior Spirit Retreat, a non-profit that will empower warriors and their families to greater possibilities by providing them with new tools for healing from the invisible wounds of war. Set on a serene organic family farm in St. Augustine, Florida, the holistic retreat will offer a curriculum centered on yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and will be free of charge to veterans and their families.
President and CEO of Vermillion
Ovarian Cancer and How Early Detection IS POSSIBLE
Ovarian Cancer and How Early Detection IS POSSIBLE
Ms. Palmieri was appointed President and CEO of Vermillion in January 2015. She joined Vermillion as Chief Operating Officer in October 2014. Ms. Palmieri brings to Vermillion more than 30 years of experience in the diagnostic laboratory industry, serving in numerous sales, operations, and executive leadership positions for both laboratory service and consulting organizations.
Prior to Vermillion, Valerie was CEO/President of MOMENTUM Consulting. Prior to MOMENTUM, Ms. Palmieri served as CEO/President of two healthcare start-ups that resulted in a successful exit for one and won her recognition as one of the “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of Springboard Enterprises” for the other. She also spent six years as National Vice President of Anatomic Pathology Operations with LabCorp, the successor company to DIANON Systems where she served as Senior Vice President of Operations. She was a key leader in the sale of DIANON to LabCorp in 2003.
Ms. Palmieri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Western Connecticut State University.
Linda F. Powers
Managing Director of Toucan Capital
Your Cells Can Cure: Personalized Immune and Regenerative Therapy Breakthroughs
Linda F. Powers is a co-founder and Managing Director of Toucan Capital, and CEO of Northwest Biotherapeutics based in Bethesda, MD. Ms. Powers has become a recognized leader in the stem cell industry nationwide in the U.S, as well as in Europe, India and Israel. She served as the Chair of Maryland’s Stem Cell Commission for the first two years after it was established, and has continued to serve as a Commissioner since then. Ms. Powers holds a B.A. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School/Economics), magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Learn more about Linda here.
Patricia Reilly Koch
Founding Partner of BB&R Wellness Consulting
Tricia lives her life to the fullest. She emphasizes excitement over routine and incorporates curiosity and acceptance into her daily life. She is a firm believer that the mind and body are interconnected.
What do we mean by this? From an early age, Tricia was introduced to the world of meditation through her maternal grandmother, who was a regular visitor to ashrams in the 1950s. Since then, she has been fascinated with the world of healthy living.
As a holistic health coach, Tricia is well versed in what type of nutrition is “good” for the body. She is a student of ayurvedic living, is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, and studied the healing powers of energy through reiki and yoga. In the past 25 years, she balanced her career in the business world with immersing herself into the study of what it means to nourish your mind and body. She attended yoga retreats, raw food seminars, juice cleanses, and hiking excursions to come to more fully understand the connection between the mind and the body.
As a mother of four children, Tricia recognizes the significance of passing on knowledge to others, particularly to those you love. It is this mindset that inspired her and her partners to create BB&R Wellness Consulting. With her dual background in education and business, she brings a valuable perspective to the BB&R team and is committed to providing others with the tools to achieve their optimal health.
Dr. Michael Roizen
So you think you’re doing what it takes to be Healthy?
Dr. Michael Roizen, one of our nation´s leading experts on how to achieve better health. An American anesthesiologist and internist, best selling author and Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Roizen is best known for creating the Real Age concept. He has authored or coauthored, with Dr. Mehmet Oz, five number one New York Times best sellers, including Real Age and four in the YOU series. Enormously in demand, his goal is to encourage Americans to make lifestyle changes, to exercise and to live healthier lives.
Dr. Christopher A. Shaw
Neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia
Aluminum in Neurological Disease
Dr. Chris Shaw Dr. Christopher A. Shaw is a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He holds a Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and he is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed papers and 5 books. He has served on numerous research panels and is currently a member of the Research Committee of ALS Canada and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Neurological Heath Charities Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada. His research has focused on the causes and early stages of various neurological disorders, including ALS, Parkinson’s, and autism. A key element in past and ongoing studies involves the role of environmental neurotoxins and their interactions with genetic susceptibility factors. His most recent work has examined the potential of aluminum adjuvants to induce behavioural changes and nervous system pathologies in animal models of ALS and autism. Learn more about Chris here.
Thomas G. Sherman
Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology
Thomas G. Sherman, PhD, is the Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University. Dr. Sherman’s interests and teachings have focused on issues of the endocrinology and biochemistry of metabolism, on issues of nutrition and food as medicine, and on the control of body weight, exercise, and appetite. He is currently teaching courses at Georgetown University including: Human Nutrition & Health, Advanced Topics in Nutrition and Human Nutrition & Obesity. He joined the faculty in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism at Georgetown University Medical Center in 1996. He is now in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, and is the Director of the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program, Associate Director of the Special Masters in Physiology Program, and Chair of the Medical Center Graduate Advisory Committee. Learn more about Dr. Sherman here.
Dr. Bernie Siegel
Reflections on the Art of Living and Healing
Also featured in the conference is Dr. Bernie Siegel, one of the founders of the Patient Empowerment Movement and the choice to live fully and die in peace. Dr. Siegel embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to break new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love. His book, Love, Medicine and Miracles has been the bible of the patient and caregiver healing movement for the past 30-years.
Dr. Robert Silvetz
Director iSychrony Clinic
Brain Science: Clinical Successes and Future Developments in Individualized TMS
Dr. Silvetz’s interest in Individualized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a natural outgrowth of his long interest and accomplished career in both technology and healthcare. Graduating from Boston University in 1989 with a Doctor of Medicine degree and a B.A. in both Computer Science and Medical Sciences, he spent the next several years developing and implementing medical software for large healthcare systems.
In the mid-1990’s, Dr. Silvetz served as the Chief Software Specialist for , as a member of Senior Staff, international technology contractor, SAIC, leading complex systems integration projects for healthcare providers such as Kaiser Permanente. In 1999, he founded Clinical Care Connexions in Washington, D.C. where he developed the first version of Care Call and CareCall Creator, tools that help to automate patient follow-up and monitoring.
In 2002, Dr. Silvetz began focusing more on medical sciences, moving to San Diego to help establish a novel cancer treatment as the Chief Medical Officer of Theraphesis, Inc., that showed great effectiveness on solid tumors. Over the next ten years, he worked as an Independent Medical and I.T. Consultant specializing in project management, sales support, economic utility, end-user redesign and evaluation of medical devices.
In 2012, he became the Chief Science Officer and Physician Liaison at Newport Brain Research Laboratory, where individualized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation was first shown to effectively treat symptoms related to autism, stroke PTSD, depressions, anxiety, and stroke-induced dementia. At the Brain Treatment Center, Dr. Silvetz provided Practice of Medicine support to six client clinics worldwide and provided research and development directly to the protocol in mathematics and thermodynamics.
Dr. Silvetz has continued to contribute to cancer research with his invention of the BioPACK , a microfluidic immunotherapy device for cancer treatment, and the Protected Immunologic Space (patent awarded), another immunotherapy device to help cancer patients.
Returning to the Washington, DC area in 2016, Dr. Silvetz and his wife, Lorraine Silvetz, and partners, launched iSynchrony Clinics, where he is Director.
Senior Vice President Marketing & Business Management, Fidelity Investments
Reducing Stress Through Financial Empowerment
Reducing Stress Through Financial Empowerment
Alexandra Taussig is senior vice president, Marketing and Business Management, for Personal Investing’s Tax-Exempt Market Retirement (TEM) organization, a unit of Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.
Ms. Taussig assumed her current position in August 2013 and is responsible for leading TEM’s strategic planning and driving the development and execution of Plan Sponsor and Participant Marketing solutions.
From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Taussig was responsible for developing, designing and driving the strategy, positioning, packaging and promotion for all of National Financial’s marketing initiatives. She also oversaw all market research, competitor analysis and market share analysis efforts. Prior to that, she served as vice president, Marketing for National Financial. In her role, she was responsible for all client, prospect and product marketing and was part of the team that launched National Financial’s managed account offering. From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Taussig was vice president, Acquisition Marketing within the Fidelity Retail division where she was responsible for leading all direct marketing efforts to acquire new households.
Ms. Taussig was vice president, Online Brokerage Marketing for Fidelity Retail from 1999 to 2001 and vice president, Customer Segment Group beginning in 1997. She served as a director of Marketing, focusing on small company retirement plans from 1995 to 1997 and began her marketing career with Fidelity Investments as a Distribution Channel Marketing manager in 1992.
Ms. Taussig received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Cornell University in 1986 and her MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in 1992. She holds her FINRA Series 7 and 24 licens
Kathie Madonna Swift
Leading Integrative Dietitian, Author, Educator and Innovator, Co-Founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
Nutrition for Digestive Health and Happiness
Author, educator, integrative clinical nutritionist and certified in qigong, Kathie is recognized as a visionary dietitian who is “making a difference”. Kathie is the co-founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy™ and the Education Director for Food As Medicine, a professional nutrition training program sponsored by the Center for Mind Body Medicine. She has created cutting-edge integrative nutrition programs at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center. Kathie is the author The Swift Diet and co-author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Health. Stay connected with Kathie at www.kathieswift.com and www.IFNAcademy.com.
Spiritual Lifecoach and New York Times Best Selling Author. Iyanla is also the Host and Executive Producer of the award-winning breakout hit “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” the No. 1 reality show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
An Intimate Conversation With Iyanla Vanzant
From welfare mother to New York Times best-selling author, from the Brooklyn projects to Emmy Award winner, from broken pieces to peace, Iyanla Vanzant is one of the country’s most celebrated writers and public speakers, and she’s among the most influential, socially engaged, and acclaimed spiritual life coaches of our time.
Dedicated to facilitating the growth and evolution of human consciousness, Iyanla’s body of work spans over three decades and includes 17 published books, six New York Times best-sellers (translated into 23 languages and with sales exceeding eight million copies), CDs, television, radio and stage performances.
A woman of passion, vision, and purpose, Iyanla embodies
a no-nonsense approach in her message and teaching style. Outspoken, fiery, transparent, truthful, and wise, she is living testament to the value in life’s valleys and the power of acts of faith. On stage, as she tours the country, Iyanla uses humor and straight talk to deliver her consistent message of love, forgiveness and living your best life.
Today, Iyanla is the host and executive producer of the award-winning breakout hit “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” the No. 1 reality show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. It is here that Iyanla goes behind closed doors and deep inside people’s lives to reveal emotionally riveting experiences where she applies spiritual principles to help people gain inner peace and healing by learning to “do the work.”
There is no better arena in which to experience Iyanla’s dynamic presence as teacher and spiritual guide than in one of her regular weekend retreats at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. As Founder of Inner Visions World Wide, Iyanla is actively engaged in personal development courses and on-going training programs for spiritual life coaches, and ordained ministers.
Cornell University’s John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing
Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life
Dr. Brian Wansink is Cornell University’s John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing, Director of the Food and Brand Lab and Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. He is best known for his work on consumer behavior and food; his research has focused on how micro-environments influence what and how much people eat and how much they enjoy it. He will talk to us about mindless eating (something that most of us are guilty of!) and how we can make changes in our lives to control it. Brian is the author of more than 100 academic articles, and his newest book is Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. His other books include Marketing Nutrition and his best-selling book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.
Julien Williams, A.C.E
A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
Get Up and Move!
Get Up and Move!
Julien Williams is an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer on a mission to optimize the health-related components of physical fitness, and provide a positive experience for individuals of all fitness levels. He is proficient in designing and implementing comprehensive exercise programs to improve the functional strength, athletic performance, flexibility, and cardiovascular conditioning of his clients. In 2013, Julien became an independent distributor for Herbalife, building a clientele of over 50 members worldwide, and rapidly earning multiple promotions within the company. Now as an Active Supervisor, Julien and his team of Herbalife health coaches are growing their business and encouraging those within their network to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
Julien dedicates most of his free time to the health and fitness of others, hosting training sessions throughout the Washington DC area, and supporting those in the community as they adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.