I positioned the chair so speakers could see the beautiful Sonoran Arizona desert and Saguaro cactuses (do you all know how amazing these plants are?!) while I worked on them for a moment of calm before they took the stage. One of the most beloved parts of the whole backstage wellness zone was a pair of incredible crystals that the Ritz brought for me and the guests. Last year I had one of them, and this year they brought me two! Jackpot.
I’ve been working in the natural beauty space and as a makeup artist and wellness expert for more than 10 years, so getting to spend some quality time with other wellness trailblazers is a real treat. As their makeup artist, I'm the last person they see before the head onstage, so I'm often reminding them to breathe, calming their nerves, and helping them feel like the most beautiful version of themselves as they speak their truths. This year the lineup was epic: actor and writer Hill Harper, a crowd favorite from last year's summit who opened this time; Andrew Huberman Ph.D., Ashley Neese, and Brian Mackenzie, who were on a panel about breathwork; Aviva Romm, M.D., who did an inspiring solo session on women's health; Meredith Kessler, who spoke about limits and boundaries as a competitive athlete; environmentalist (and mbg's 2017 Person of the Year award winner) Paul Hawken; ESPN sportswriter and author of What Made Maddy Run Kate Fagan; Daniel Chao, Ph.D., and Cavan Canavan, who spoke about the future of fitness tech; Lisa Merkle, who shared her story about being a yogi with cancer; Emily Silverman, M.D., who spoke about the roles of illness and wellness in becoming a doctor; and Jason Fung. M.D., Carrie Diulus, M.D., Vincent Pedre, M.D., Frank Lipman, M.D., Mark Hyman, M.D., and Steven Gundry, M.D., a team of all-star doctors who discussed intermittent fasting, microbiomes, mitochondrial health, and new healing horizons; as well as nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, who helped present mbg's Next Great Nutritionist award.
These are some inspiring folks!