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Can’t-Miss Moments: What’s To Come at the Inaugural WELL Conference

Be ready to dive deep into the world of well-being, social sustainability, human-centric design and beyond at the WELL Conference

Can’t-Miss Moments: What’s To Come at the Inaugural WELL Conference

Be ready to dive deep into the world of well-being, social sustainability, human-centric design and beyond at the WELL Conference

Published 04-12-24

Submitted by International WELL Building Institute

The outside of a 'Long Beach' building that has palm trees outside the windows

By Liz Peters

At the WELL Conference–less than a month away–attendees can look forward to a series of thought-provoking sessions, inspiring speakers and invaluable insights, all aimed at shaping a healthier, more inclusive future for everyone. At IWBI’s inaugural global gathering on May 7-9, visionaries, thought leaders and changemakers are primed to take the stage and reshape the way we think about our buildings.

From world-renowned architects and designers to globally recognized public health experts and sustainability pioneers, come prepared to explore cutting-edge strategies, share transformative insights and collaborate on solutions that prioritize well-being for people through our places and spaces.

Five can’t-miss moments in Long Beach, Calif., include:

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1. Visionary women reshaping the future of design.

On the MainStage: Design and the Future of the Human Experience

Human-centric innovation, intentional inclusion, designing for tomorrow. Explore innovative approaches and emerging trends in creating spaces that promote both physical well-being and inclusivity with leading experts in design, architecture and the creation of people-first places.


  • Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA, moderator
  • Maya Bird-Murphy, Founder and Executive Director, Mobile Makers
  • Gabrielle Bullock, Principal Director of Global Diversity, Perkins&Will
  • Yiselle Santos Rivera, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Principal, HKS
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2. Pioneering leaders of the healthy building movement exploring just how “smart” buildings can be.

On the MainStage: How Smart is Your Smart Building? Innovations for Planetary and Human Health

The spotlight is on the future of high-performance buildings and the pursuit of the sweet spot known as the energy-health nexus. This session will explore:

  • Transformative solutions at the intersection of health and decarbonization
  • Leveraging sensors, IoT and AI for enhanced productivity and optimized performance
  • Data harmonization, real-time monitoring and immersive analysis through digital twinning
  • Accelerating the trajectory to net zero and resilience


  • Eran Chen, AIA, Founder and Executive Director, ODA
  • George R. Oliver, Chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls International
  • Rachel Hodgdon, President & CEO, IWBI
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3. It’s back! PechaKucha stories of experiences that move us.

On the MainStage: WELL PechaKucha: Stories that Transform and Transcend

Members of our community from various sectors–including Olympic Gold medalists and leading consultants–will share their impactful stories about the influence of WELL on their businesses and lives. Through visually compelling presentations in the fast-paced PechaKucha format, discover the transformative effects of wellness-focused design in just 400 seconds.


  • Ramy Kim, Designing Justice, Designing Spaces,
  • Kimberly Lewis Inkumsah, International WELL Building Institute
  • Annemarie Lombard, Sensory Intelligence
  • Michael Przytula, Accenture
  • Kyle Steele, Global Wave Integration
  • Dana Vollmer Grant, ELS Architecture & Urban Design, Olympian
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4. Learn, gain and earn: sharpening your knowledge of WELL.

With WELL Connects roundtables and scores of WELL Speaks sessions, the WELL Conference presents an opportunity to gain new technical skills, as well as explore how emerging technologies are impacting the industry. Under the California skies, earn all of your required continuing education credits for 2024 through fast-paced technical sessions.

5. Immersing yourself in a place curated for you.

Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark, we have something for everyone.

  • Discover the benefits of mindfulness and breath techniques for both business and life in sessions led by Sandy Abrams, C.E.Om founder and TEDx speaker.
  • Optimize your conference experience with Sensory Intelligence® and take the Senses@Work™ personalized DNA assessment, free for all attendees.
  • Experience special installations designed to transport attendees into a world where technology and wellness converge, creating a uniquely captivating experience.

Join us at the WELL Conference

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International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world’s leading organization focused on deploying people-first places to advance a global culture of health. IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL Standard) and WELL ratings and certifications, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here.

IWBI is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, and helps companies advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of WELL.

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