Global Wellness Summit Announces Co-Chairs for 2018 Conference

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) announced Mia Kyricos, president and CEO of Kyricos & Associates, and Tony de Leede, founder of Fitness First, will co-chair the 2018 conference. 

“I’m grateful for the talents and expertise that both Tony and Mia will bring to curating an agenda that not only furthers conversations on the big business of wellness, but also embraces the heart and soul of Italy’s lifestyle, including its art, fashion, and food,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chairman and CEO. “I know we’ll create an unforgettable 12th Summit together!”

Kyricos, a well known developer of wellness brands, has sat on the board of the GWS for five years and been present at all of the Summit conferences. Kyricos has had over 25 years of experience in the wellness industry, helping develop brands and acting as a leader for companies like Spafinder Wellness, Exos, and Spa Brands for Starwood Hotels & Resort worldwide. She also has served as a research advisor for the Global Wellness Institute and is a chair for the Wellness Communities Initiative.

“Having witnessed the growth and magic of the Summit since its inception, and watched it evolve into the event of the year for any decision-maker serious about the business of wellness, I’m honored to have been asked to co-chair this year’s event,” said Kyricos. “And I’m particularly thrilled to do so at the global headquarters of Technogym in Italy.”

TechnoGym Village, a 37-acre campus located in Italy, features a gym, the Technogym factory, centers for research and education, and farm-to-table restaurant. The company, which manufactures workout equipment, is also a supplier of the Olympics. Nerio Alessandri, Technogym founder, will also be present at the GWS conference.

In addition to founding Fitness First, an Australian-based chain of fitness clubs, Tony de Leede serves as a GWS board member. He also co-owns a variety of businesses, including Gwinganna wellness retreat, and Komune surf and beach club. 

“It’s an honor to be a part of an event that facilitates deep cooperation among this group, and ultimately, encourages relationships that end up shaping the business of wellness for years to come,” said de Leede.

The 2018 Summit, which takes place at a different location each year, is set to be held in Italy’s “Wellness Valley” at Technogym’s headquarters from Oct. 6-8. Designed to bring together leaders of the global wellness economy, the conference has previously taken place in countries like Switzerland, Morocco, and Austria.

Interested participants who register before Feb. 28 will be eligible for a registration discount. Geared toward leaders of the wellness industry, the GWS is invite-only; however, new members can apply if they wish to attend.


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