Host

Valerie Smaldone_Host of the HEALING SUMMIT 2017, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldValerie Smaldone is a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on-air position in the New York radio market. She has hosted, produced and created several nationally syndicated programs featuring in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Elton John and Mariah Carey. She is an accomplished interviewer, always interested in procuring each individual’s unique story. Valerie has also been the “Voice” for numerous prestigious live events, e.g. The Clinton Global Initiative, The Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS and many more. She is a sought after motivational speaker, and calling on her years of speaking experience, coaches individuals on their presentational skills. Additionally, she consults companies and experts on their brand strategy. Valerie is proud to be able to help others accomplish their personal goals.

Speakers

Hemant Kanoria_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldHemant Kanoria reshaped India’s infrastructure landscape with innovative ideas and a strong passion for excellence. “Srei” was conceptualized in 1989 as an initiative marking the entry of the private sector into the field of infrastructure, a domain hitherto restricted to the public sector. Today, it is one of India’s leading Public Financial Institutions with an asset base of around USD 5.5 billion. In 2005, Srei became one of the first Indian non-banking finance institutions (NBFIs) to get listed on the London Stock Exchange. Hemant’s contribution towards inclusive infrastructure development in India has been non-pareil. He made it possible for millions of rural people to gain access to e-commerce and e-learning, opening up revenue opportunities for thousands of village-level entrepreneurs.
Sophia Yang_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldSophia Yang is the General Manager of the Grand Bay Hotel Beijing, the first Premium Member of Healing Hotels of the World in China. Before her current position, Sophia has been in the top management at the Conrad and Sofitel hotel group. It is her mission to apply the holistic healing concept as a bridge between Healing Hotels and standard hotels. Sophia is a Doctorate student of Hotel and Tourism Management of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Dr. Ken Redcross_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldKen Redcross, MD, is founder of Redcross Concierge, a personalized medical practice designed to enhance the patient-doctor relationship while providing convenient access to a full spectrum of healthcare services and holistic and wellness counseling. As one of the first full-service concierge, personalized medical practices in the United States, Redcross’ patient portfolio includes C-level business executives, athletes and professionals in the entertainment industry, as well as individuals from all walks and stages of life including college students, young professionals, busy parents and retirees. His focus on developing the patient-doctor bond is a unique characteristic of his concierge services that allows for a more strategic and customized approach to each patient’s healthcare plan. With extensive on-camera experience with major national television shows including “The Doctors,” “The Insider” and E! Entertainment Television, Redcross frequently shares his expertise in managing everyday health challenges to a broad audience. He has also authored numerous consumer-focused health articles for MSN Latino and Everyday Health.
Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldWith over 30 years of experience in the industry, Ms. Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal has been instrumental in transforming Fischer Travel into an elite travel and lifestyle brand that prides itself on crafting close and lasting relationships with each of its clients. She has reshaped the company’s customer base with contacts in the financial industry and has brought a new demographic in search of the kind of care and attention unheard of in the digital age. Ms. Fischer’s present responsibilities include running the day-to-day business, managing the staff, and working with the travel consultants to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for their clients. Ms. Fischer has streamlined management through information and technology processes so that consultants are able to travel, expand their knowledge, and maintain the integrity of the Fischer Travel brand. Her leadership is fundamental to Fischer Travel’s future success and innovation. Ms. Fischer sits on the advisory boards of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Ritz Carlton Hotels and Resorts, Luxury Travel Advisor, JG Black Book of Travel, Belmond (formerly known as Orient Express) and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.
Carina Preuss_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldCarina Preuß successfully completed her Bachelor degree course at the international Ecole hotelière de Lausanne in 2011. Subsequently, as part of her professional familiarization period in her family hotel operations at the Ayurveda Parkschloesschen, she worked in all departments of the hotel and optimized them firsthand. Next to her managerial role in the hotel, Carina gives regular talks encompassing all aspects of Ayurveda and Spirituality, completed her training as a yoga instructor in 2012, gives laughter yoga sessions and is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant. As she loves to pass on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and spirituality her brand new Ayurveda Lifestyle Online Course will release mid-March 2018.
Diana Stobo_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldDiana is one of the original pioneers of the raw food movement, an award winning author, motivational speaker, leading raw food chef, health and wellness educator as well as an expert spokesperson for alternative healing. She has coached over 1,000 people back to good health. Diana has created many successful products in health and wellness, and currently has turned her energies toward an international endeavor, The Retreat Costa Rica, a lifestyle hotel that opened May 2015 and already dubbed “Best wellness Spa in the Americas”. Diana is also the creator and lead formulator of the Truth Bar, an innovative probiotic/prebiotic bar and is passionately involved with every part of its development. She currently splits her time between Southern California and Costa Rica.
Steve Griffith_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldSteve Griffith is the Director and Founder of Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Spa, Bali as well as the Director and Founder of Griffith Consulting Group and Veda Wellness in Australia. As a leading pioneer in the application of Meditation in the workplace, Steve is a motivational public speaker and has been teaching, coaching and inspiring people around the world to utilize meditation for creativity, resilience and productivity while reducing stress. Steve was instrumental in the establishment of the first rural University in the Prey Veng province of Cambodia, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, during the early 1990’s (now called Chea Sim University of Kamchay Mear). Under his leadership and inspiration, funds were raised to build the first classrooms and halls of residence, and to subsidize faculty wages and student scholarships. Degree programs in agriculture and management were offered to help rebuild the country and to restore the wellbeing and confidence to the youth of the country following the devastating Pol Pot Regime. For 25 years and at over 200 seminars and conferences a year, Steve has coached and taught thousands of CEOs, organizational leaders and athletes how to utilize meditation as part of their high-performance, leadership and cultural strategy programs, with extraordinary results. Steve’s mission is to bring the latest research and thinking on how to create positive thinking and an solution orientation into the workplace through a holistic approach to wellbeing and productivity.
Abby Ellin_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldIn the past Patrizia worked in the luxury hotel management as General Manager and Spa Director in several Hotels and Resorts all over Europe. From 2010 to 2017 she entirely designed, created and managed the multi award winning Vair Spa for Borgo Egnazia, in Southern Italy. An amazing Spa concept with deep meaning and allure that reached great results in customer retention, people care and industry innovation. Patrizia places a high value in self-discovery. She manages to create successful work environments rich in humanity and highlighted by an innovative, unforgettable touch. Her personal development training grants her a great understanding of Spa management; spa marketing on one hand and on the other a personal appreciation of skill in psycho-somatic naturopathy, natural therapy, psycho-aromatherapy, wellness life coaching, hydrotherapy and the many holistic approaches to personal care.
Abby Ellin_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldAward-winning journalist and author Abby Ellin has been writing professionally for over 17 years. In 2005, Ellin’s book “Teenage Waistland” was published by Public Affairs and shortly after was nominated for the prestigious Books for a Better Life award from the MS Society. Ellin is also the winner of the Arlene Award for her New York Times piece “When the Fine Print Applies to You,” on Lasik regret, and the Sword of Hope Award from the American Cancer Society for her piece “Confronting Cancer” in the Boston Tab. Her work has been published in an array of prestigious newspapers, magazines and web sites. Her interests range from cultural criticism to travel to trends to health to business. The video for her Most Emailed story on Ms. Senior America won the 2017 Best of Photojournalism, Feature Multimedia Award by the NPAA. Her new book, “Duped”, based on her cover story for Psychology Today, will be published in 2018 by Public Affairs/Hachette.
Sherry Amatenstein_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldSherry Amatenstein, LCSW is a NYC-based therapist and author of three books. She edited an anthology and is a former editor at Hearst and ivillage.com, and longtime journalist who has written for major publications. Before becoming a therapist she spent two years volunteering at a suicide hotline. She was also an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s USC Shoah, a foundation dedicated to taking audio-visual testimony from Holocaust survivors. She and author Priscilla Warner, are starting a podcast: (IR)RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES: Provocative Conversations to Get Our Nation Talking Again. In the spring she will be leading a workshop called How to Talk to a Trump Voter. Sherry runs seminars nationwide on how to deal with trauma and has offered relationship advice on Today, Early Show, and NPR. She co-led a workshop at The Omega Institute – Women Writing to Change the World as well as the retreat Women Writing to Change the World in Costa Rica.
Jocelyna Dubuc_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldJocelyna Dubuc is a pioneer in the integrated health vacation industry. A sojourn to India initiated Dubuc’s interest in wellness. Upon her return to Canada she opened Spa Eastman in Quebec in 1977, a sanctuary where university credentialed kinesiologists and gourmet chefs converge with naturopaths and spa therapists to create a comprehensive personalized lifestyle and detox program. Spa Eastman is now recognized as the first Destination Spa in Canada and has gained numerous awards for its overall excellence. Dubuc’s passion is healthy nutrition as a most effective way to heal and prevent the inflationary increase of lifestyle diseases. Again Dubuc is a pioneer by offering at her resort a mostly vegan, gluten free diet. Dubuc’s influence has exceeded the borders of her spas and significantly impacting the industry as a whole. Dubuc was recently inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame.
Victoria Yanacova_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2018, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldVictoria is a co-owner at the newly-opened Resort in Greece. Born in Moscow and with background in Financial journalism and PR, she is based between Russia, London and Greece and is committed to create a new global Wellness destination. Victoria herself is a truly wellness-minded person and a happy mother of 3 children, who is trying to combine Russian traditions of healing and illness prevention with traditional Greek massage techniques and treatments and thermal water therapies, which is a very challenging process. Before discovering the wellness world Victoria 4 years ago was an international business reporter for 10 years, Marketing consultant for Deloitte In Moscow, and PR director for American chamber of commerce in Russia. She has financial and journalistic education and is now doing her Master degree in Luxury hospitality management with London school of Hospitality and Tourism.
Stella Photi_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldStella Photi combined her passion for preventative health with her extensive travel industry experience to create Wellbeing Escapes in 2005, a pioneer in the wellness space. Stella has ever since been at the forefront of inspiring people to take a different type of holiday, helping to highlight wellness tourism as a serious segment in the mainstream travel market. Wellbeing Escapes offices are located in Islington, London and won ‘Best Specialist Tour Operator’ at The Telegraph Travel Awards 2016. Stella lents her extensive expertise to many different media publications such as Cosmopolitan and Grazia and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post lifestyle pages. She considers wellness a journey that doesn’t have an end, but needs like-minded people for guidance. Prior to starting Wellbeing Escapes, Stella managed Leisure Sales for a major U.S. airline in Europe.
Marjorie Woollacott_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldMarjorie Hines Woollacott, PhD, has been a neuroscience professor at the University of Oregon for more than three decades and a meditator for almost four. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation; Marjorie has authored the book: Infinite Awareness: The Awakening of a Scientific Mind, exploring scientific studies which offer evidence that consciousness functions beyond the mind. She has also co-authored a popular textbook for health professionals and has written more than 180 peer-reviewed research articles — several of which were on meditation, the topic that motivated her to write her latest book.
Catherine Parrish_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMITCatherine served as the CEO of International Humanitarian organizations for over two decades. The initiatives of her agencies worked to improve the quality of life for people living in poverty. Her firsthand experience as a leader in the humanitarian sector convinced her that the empowerment of individuals to be true to their higher purpose is the key to the transformation of the condition of life for all. Catherine founded NextLevel Leadership Inc. out of her commitment to assist individuals and organizations in ‘playing their best game’ for the sake of a world that works for everyone. She has provided training and consulting to the leaders and staffs of hundreds of companies, universities, not-for-profits, and foundations, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Australia and India. She holds degrees in history, psychology, and education from the University of California at Berkeley.
Asa Siegel_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017Asa is a champion of sustainable and holistic living; a certified Holistic Health Counselor, and the founder of STAMBA Superfoods – a NYC based company providing distinguished organic nutrition products to its clientele worldwide. Asa also provides high-level consulting services to select businesses and organizations, guiding them to clarify their unique identity and purpose, and expand their vision. Asa believes in empowering an educated and informed consumer base, and his approach to business is focused on arriving at the “sweet spot” where brand distinction, profitability, and service to the greater good across the supply and value chain, unite. This becomes the foundation for developing integrative business systems and structures designed to achieve maximum beneficial impact.
Claudia Roth, speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017, organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldSoul Luxury’s Founder, Claudia Roth is a unique voice in her field. After 25 years working across the globe with some of the world’s most prestigious brands, she is an expert in evoking the ever-evolving spirit of luxury. As a global senior executive she lived and worked in Paris, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. The final years of her corporate career as Vice President of Europe, Middle East and Africa for The Leading Hotels of the World she was managing revenue in excess of US$300 million; and leading a multi-cultural, international team through growth, change and transformation. Described as “a pioneer in luxury and consciousness”, Claudia created Soul Luxury to help decision makers reach beyond their own boundaries to create a new paradigm of success. Claudia combines business nous with a visionary spirit to inspire others to view life and business differently, understanding the evolution of luxury lifestyle.
Isabelle Duchesneau_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017Isabelle Duchesneau has extensive experience in internationally renowned companies in the hotel and tourism industry, in the areas of management, sales, marketing and customer service as well as events organization. A university graduate in business administration, she also has several years of experience teaching college-level courses in hotel management, marketing, sales, professional communication and conference organizing. Isabelle has been working for several years as a consultant and professional coach, helping individuals and companies to achieve their full potential, optimize their resources and reach their goals. Isabelle is passionate about all aspects of holistic health, and has been working since 2012 as Executive Director in the design, development and implementation of an innovative concept for the Monastère des Augustines in Quebec City, Canada.
Elizabeth Galis_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017_organized by Healing Hotels of the WorldElizabeth brings 20 years of vast experience studying, practicing, and teaching cross cultural healing arts including shamanism, yoga, dance, energy medicine, spiritual alchemy, music, writing, and bodywork. She is known for her gentle straight forward loving and playful approach, working with people and businesses as a healer, mentor, leader, and coach worldwide. Elizabeth is a prolific creator and entrepreneur, with a focus on assisting her clients understand and transform their blockages to deeply align with their dreams.
Velleda Dobrowolny_Speaker at the HEALING SUMMIT 2017Velleda is a certified life and business coach and a trainer for leadership and authentic communication. She is also a renowned meditation teacher, traveling regularly to India for studying and teaching. Her sessions on self-awareness meditation support people to draw strength and wisdom from within, taking the mind to the heart. In her book ‘From Intention to Action’ she offers her experience of working with peoples’ intention over the last ten years, providing a clear method to overcome inner and outer obstacles to fulfilling one’s projects and dreams.