Maggie Hsu, a Leading Voice in the Convergence of Technology and Wellness, Joins the Global Wellness Summit Advisory Board

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Miami, FL – February 23, 2021 – The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), an organization at the heart of the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy focused on facilitating collaboration, today announced the appointment of Maggie Hsu, Global Business Development for Amazon Web Services’ blockchain product, Amazon Managed Blockchain, to its advisory board.

In 2017, Hsu served as one of the co-chairs of the 11th annual Summit, sharing her experience as chief of staff to Tony Hsieh, former CEO of online retailer, as the company developed its unique workplace wellness culture/vision and embarked upon the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas. Hsu also participated in the 2015 Roundtable hosted by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) on “Redefining Workplace Wellness.”

Prior to that, Hsu served as Director of Strategy for Brands & Commercial Services at Hilton Worldwide and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. In addition, she co-founded Gold House and Mochi Magazine, both nonprofits focused on helping Asian-Americans flourish in life and business. Hsu is a Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures Industry Scholar and holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard University. 

“The impact—and acceleration—technology is making on the wellness industry borders on mind-boggling,” said Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GWS. “From on-demand fitness everywhere to meditation apps, health trackers, ingestible body sensors and so much more, technology is a critical component of wellness moving forward, and Maggie’s deep expertise in tech innovation, including the blockchain, will help GWS chart the future with a deeper understanding of all the opportunities tech can deliver to the health and wellness communities.”

In 2018, Hsu led a special event for GWI Ambassadors, discussing blockchain, cryptocurrency and wellness. “Joining the GWS board is a real honor, and it gives me a unique opportunity to further what I believe is a very relevant conversation around the issues that blockchain technology can solve for the wellness industry—and, importantly, for the wellness consumer,” said Hsu. “There are many areas where the wellness industry can benefit from creating a decentralized trust system across multiple parties—whether it’s to give back control of an individual’s data to themselves versus storing everything in a centralized database or to develop a rewards program that is able to monitor wellness activities and reward users with digital tokens.”

Hsu joins an esteemed group of health and wellness-minded leaders who serve as Advisory Board members for GWS.

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit is an organization that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the $4.5 trillion global wellness economy. In addition to an annual conference held at a different location around the globe, GWS also hosts regular virtual gatherings, including Wellness Master Classes and collaborative Wellness Sector Spotlights. The organization’s annual Global Wellness Trends Report offers expert-based predictions on the future of wellness. The 2021 GWS will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, in November 2021.

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February 23, 2021 (Chandler, AZ)–The GSN Foundation and Dazzle Dry have proudly teamed up this Earth Day 2021 to introduce the ‘Promise To The Planet’ social media campaign. Calling on members of the beauty and wellness industries together with consumers, the campaign encourages supporters to join forces in solidarity by painting their nails green and blue, snapping and sharing their one promise and painted nails across social media with the hashtag, #promisetotheplanet, in response to the urgent need to help combat climate change.

“We’re honored to partner with GSN Foundation on this social media campaign for Earth Day,” says Dr. Vivian Valenty, Founder of Dazzle Dry. “I know we share a collective core mission for wanting to create sustainable and impactful practices for both the well-being of the industry and consumers that will allow us to continue to have fun and enjoy our beautiful planet together.”

To continue its ongoing social responsibility efforts and partnership with WeForest, in honor of Earth Day, for every order made on Thursday, April 22 that includes a lacquer from the Earth Day Collection released that day, as well as select blues and greens, Dazzle Dry will plant two trees with WeForest. To date, Dazzle Dry has planted about 150,000 trees with WeForest in the Khasi Hills of India and most recently, in Luanshya, Zambia. You can learn more here:

Suggestions for a promise to the planet consumers and industry leaders can make and share in the social campaign include, but are not limited to:

  • composting
  • eating less meat
  • using reusable bags
  • shortening showers
  • recycling / precycling
  • shopping vintage, secondhand
  • eliminating plastic water bottles
  • using reusable PPE as much as possible
  • walking, biking, carpooling or taking transit instead of driving alone
  • choosing clean beauty brands / green ingredients and less packaging
  • buying in bulk and refilling containers to cut down on packaging waste
  • planting trees in your yard or donating towards tree planting via the GSN Tree Planting Initiative

“GSN is extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dr. Valenty and Dazzle Dry on this Earth Day Promise to the Planet Campaign, says Thor Holm, GSN Planet Board President. I think we can all agree that the health of the planet is not a political matter, but a threat to our future and the future of the next generation. We can make a difference and we can do it together!”

To learn more about this joint campaign and ways to get involved in sharing this message with friends, family, colleagues, industry leaders, please visit: To plant trees as part of GSN Foundation’s Tree Planting Initiative, visit

About GSN Planet:
GSN is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association serving the spa industry in support of action for a sustainable future. Their mission is to promote the vital connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability, and the health of our planet. Through networking, education, and best practices developed with a membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet. Learn more at

About GSN Foundation:
The GSN Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization leading the global wellness community to make a positive impact on the planet. The Foundation supports the efforts of GSN Planet through industry-based fundraising initiatives focusing on education and activism. Learn more at

About VB Cosmetics:
VB Cosmetics is a manufacturing company incorporated in the state of Arizona that has transitioned from its beginnings as a private label manufacturer of its inventions to building its own global brands of clean, nature – and science-based, functional and proprietary beauty products. Its transformational product called Dazzle Dry®, a quick-dry, long-wear nail polish system, is living up to these attributes and revolutionizing the nail industry, creating a class of its own. The company sells direct to consumers at retail prices and to salons and spas at wholesale prices. Learn more at

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Nicole Myden

Kelsey Kyro


Therabody Raises Strategic Investment To Advance Innovation And Accelerate Global Growth

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Therabody, formerly known as Theragun®, the global leader and innovator in tech wellness, announced today it has raised equity from more than 100 names in sports, business, culture, and entertainment. The round includes investments from Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), Jay Brown, and Larry Marcus’ Marcy Venture PartnersAaron Rodgers’ growth equity fund Rx3 Growth PartnersTRUE Capital ManagementJames Harden’s 13 Endeavors, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, and Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Ventures.

The global group of investors includes nine current and former professional quarterbacks, as well as notable individuals spanning the worlds of sports and entertainment, many of whom already incorporate Therabody into their training, recovery, and overall wellness routines.  Other high-profile investors in the round include:

2 Chainz

Maro Itoje   

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Nicky Jam

Josh Allen

Rodney Jerkins

Kyle Allen

Karlie Kloss

Lance Bass

Mau y Ricky

Cody Bellinger

Shawn Mendes

Troy Carter

DK Metcalf

Kat Cole

Jordan Palmer

Will Compton


Kirk Cousins

Albert Pujols

Daniel Craig

Marcus Rashford

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber


Sam Darnold

Suzy Ryoo

Kevin De Bruyne

Shiza Shahid

Brent Faiyaz

Maria Sharapova

Pau Gasol

Ryan Sheckler

Andrew Gertler

Breanna Stewart

Ashley Greene

Marcus Stroman

DeAndre Hopkins

Justin Timberlake

Julianne Hough

Bobby Wagner

Desmond Howard

Russell Wilson and Ciara

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GSN Announces Board Appointments of Industry Leaders Dedicated to Making Positive Change

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February 18, 2021 (Nantucket, MA)— GSN Planet (GSN) is pleased to announce the recent re-election of two members and emeritus appointment of one member. Those elected as members of the GSN Board are dedicated to leading the spa and wellness industry in creating long term, regenerative, and life-sustaining practices. 

The GSN Board of Directors unanimously voted to re-elect Wendy Bosalavage and Adar Venyige for another 2-year term. Venyige has served on the GSN Board of Directors since 2016. Bosalavage completed her first term and has served as GSN Board Treasurer since 2019. GSN is delighted to have their continued efforts to deliver an ongoing positive contribution to GSN Planet. 

Tracie Wertz served three consecutive terms for a total of 6 years and was unanimously voted to the Director Emeritus status. Tracie completed her service at the end of 2020. GSN shares its deepest appreciation and gratitude for her energy, leadership, and commitment to the organization. Tracie served as the chair of the nominating committee and will continue to volunteer for GSN.  

“It is with great pride that we add Tracie Wertz to the ranks of our esteemed Emeritus Members of GSN Planet,” shared Thor Holm, GSN Board President. “Tracie has served the Board with distinction for the past six years and continues to contribute through her support of our new Nominations Committee Chair, a position that Tracie fulfilled with mastery.”

A current list of GSN Board of Directors is available on the GSN Planet website at

About GSN Planet: 

GSN Planet is a 501(c) 6 nonprofit trade association serving the spa and wellness industry in support of action for a sustainable future. Their mission is to help grow green businesses by promoting the connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability, and the health of our planet. By providing networking, education, and best practices developed with a membership of top innovative green and wellness leaders, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet.

Media Contact:  

Joanna Roche

Executive Director


GSN Planet Announces Dates for 2021 Buyers Conference Events

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February 16, 2021 (Nantucket, MA) —GSN Planet (GSN) will host a Virtual Buyers Conference April 19-21, virtually bringing together sustainably-minded spas and suppliers. This 3-day gathering creates an opportunity for brands to showcase their products or services to a variety of spa partners just as businesses begin to plan to reopen or ramp up programming.  

GSN’s Virtual Buyers Conference will also include a wide range of virtual social gatherings such as meditation sessions, industry education, a pre-conference cocktail party, and a marketing workshop with Carolyn Parrs of Mind Over Markets on the importance of brand storytelling.

“We have been very successful with our virtual events by keeping them small and intimate. Focusing on building community has been key,” says Thor Holm GSN Board President.  

Additionally, GSN will host an in-person event October 31-November 3 at the Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, California. The conference will feature a halloween themed kick off party that will truly be a celebration in bringing people together. Julie Callaghan and Heather Mikesell of Well Defined will be sharing their first Trend Report, coming off the launch of their new digital platform and other industry and self-care workshops.  

“GSN looks to curate an exceptional experience for our community bringing buyers and unique brands together to forge relationships and business opportunities,” says Joanna Roche, GSN Executive Director. This year will be special and we look forward to being back in Ojai.”  

Since 2012, GSN Buyers Conferences have gathered leading suppliers and buyers who understand the collective impact they have on the earth. With the intention of supporting a spa’s ability to make informed choices for the well-being of people and the planet, GSN provides a wide range of brands who prioritize social and environmental sustainability. Attendees come prepared to collaborate with these like-minded companies. This shared passion encourages lifelong relationships that collectively create a brighter future. 

Buyers Conference creates a productive environment through one-on-one meetings of brands and interested buyers, fun networking opportunities, and sustainable education. The event creates the opportunity to cultivate connections with the most prestigious properties in North America by sharing their sustainability story. Past buyers have included WTS, Marriott, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Mohonk Mountain House, Destination Hotels and Resorts, Pharmaca, and more.

To learn more about the upcoming Buyers Conferences, please email GSN at Suppliers and buyers interested in either event can register by visiting

About GSN Planet: 

GSN is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association serving the spa industry in support of action for a sustainable future. Their mission is to promote the vital connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability, and the health of our planet. Through networking, education, and best practices developed with a membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet.

Media Contact:  

Joanna Roche

Executive Director