The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has announced its flagship WELL Conference earlier this week. Part of the WELL 2024 | Recharge event series, the flagship WELL Conference will kick off the series with three days of insight and inspiration around the topic of human health in buildings.
The WELL Conference will take place in Long Beach, California, May 7-9, 2024 and, according to IWBI, will give attendees plenty of opportunities to learn more about human-first building practices. In addition to the flagship conference, WELL 2024 | Recharge includes a series of regional WELL summits throughout the year.
According to Rachel Hodgdon, President and CEO, IWBI, the goal of the WELL series moving forward aims to “transform how we convene,” with Hodgdon placing a special emphasis on being able to leave a lasting impact in the locations where the conference convenes, as well as with attendees.
“WELL 2024 | Recharge is designed to shift how we connect, further engaging our community and building critical momentum in the healthy building space and beyond,” says Kimberly Lewis Inkumsah, Executive Vice President, Equity, Engagement and Events.
Capitalizing on that momentum, IWBI released a new licensing program earlier this year called ‘Works with WELL’ which has been designed to make it simpler for building professionals to vet wellness technologies and products that comply with WELL standards.
Programming at the WELL Conference will stress the importance of building resilience, what’s next in health through the eyes of our Nation’s Doctors, former U.S. Surgeons General, and explore how global leaders are elevating health across the environmental, social and governance (ESG) landscape.
Speakers planned for the 2024 WELL Conference include:
- Cindy Blackstock, PhD, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University
- Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States and IWBI Governance Council Member
- Brendan Owens, Chief Sustainability Officer, United States Department of Defense
“We know our buildings can be positioned as a prescription for health,” says Dr. Richard Carmona. “I look forward to joining this incredible global community of leaders supporting efforts to foster a culture of health and rally around the power of people-first places to scale well-being.”
Building on the success of the 2023 WELL Summit, regional summit will also be held throughout the year in multiple global locations, including Bangalore, India; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; London, United Kingdom; Mumbai, India; New York, United States; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia; and Tokyo, Japan.
Registration for the WELL Conference and regional summits is open at wellcertified.com/events.
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