Photo courtesy of Olga Brycht / MissO Photography.
Photo courtesy of Olga Brycht / MissO Photography.

10 Most Inspiring Quotes from WELL Summit Brooklyn

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WELL Summit in Brooklyn on Oct. 5 and 6, 2018, brought together wellness luminaries and experts from across the country. They shared their expertise and enlightened more than 700 attendees with grounded knowledge and actionable challenges. Here are 10 of the most inspiring quotes from WELL Summit 2018.

1. Christy Turlington Burns, activist, film maker, founder of Every Mother Counts

“Most pregnancy and postpartum mother fatalities are preventable. … The United States is one of the only developed countries where mother mortality rates are not decreasing. In 2015, we ranked 41st in the world for maternal mortality. In 2018, we’ve dropped to 47th in the world. … Our country likes treatment—we don’t like prevention, especially when we’re talking about pregnancy complications. You can only recognize issues, whether it’s with your health or with your pregnancy, if you’re getting proper, ongoing care.”

Blair Badenshop. Photo courtesy of Olga Brycht / MissO Photography.

2. Blair Badenhop, wellness copywriter and brand strategist

“When we align with our purpose, trust our instincts and embrace all of who we are, we become unstoppable.”

3. Dr. Steven Gundry, best-selling author,  founder, Center for Restorative Medicine

“Whenever you get advice from a well meaning practitioner think about this quote by Upton Sinclair: ‘It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.'”

Nastia Liukin. Photo courtesy of Olga Brycht / MissO Photography.

4. Nastia Liukin, Olympic gold-medalist in gymnastics, founder of Grander

“After I got a standing ovation from falling off the uneven bars, and flat on my face, it hit me that people would love me even if I wasn’t the best. It’s not about medals but about doing something you are proud of and love.”

5. Nell Rueckl, founder of Spot Spas

“Without a conscious inclusion of the shadow [your weaknesses] on a regular basis in life, there can not be a clear connection to the creative sources of the soul.”

6. Allison Knott, MS, RDN, CSSD

“You need to do what works for you and your body.”

Latham Thomas and Julee Wilson, Fashion & Beauty Director at ESSENCE Magazine. Photo courtesy of Olga Brycht / MissO Photography.

7. Latham Thomas, author, doula, founder of Mama Glow

“Stop checking your status and check your pulse.”

8. Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water

“Access to water is a women’s issue. Culturally, across the globe, girls and women fetch the water. It’s not a mystery. It’s a solvable problem. We want to bring these stories to life.”

Jenny D. Brice. Photo courtesy of Olga Brycht / MissO Photography.

9. Jenny D. Brice, MFT, MPH

“Knowledge doesn’t always equal behavior change—that’s cognitive dissonance. We’re made to be resistant to change. It’s disruptive! It’s risky! We consistently over or under estimate how hard change is. But, the brain is easy to hack at some level and if you can’t do top-down [brain to behavior] change, bottom-up is  better. We can’t think our way to change. We have to feel it.”

10. Ksenia Avdulova, speaker, social media coach, and founder of @BreakfastCriminals and @wokeandwired

“If anyone can do something 80 percent as well as you can, outsource it.”


Want more insight from WELL Summit speakers? Get to know them in our Inside the WELL Summit series. 

About The Author

Nicolle Mackinnon

Nicolle Mackinnon

Stemming from her personal journey to treat her celiac disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Nicolle serves as a writer and editor for several leading publications helping women understand how important, stylish and fun it is to commit to clean beauty. By way of her contributions to No More Dirty Looks, Thoughtfully Magazine and numerous beauty brands' blogs, websites and social media, Nicolle has become a trusted voice on the correlation between health and beauty. Follow her journey on Instagram and connect with her via nicollemackinnon.com.



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