Plenary Speakers


Tuesday, 28 February

Plenary Session 01: One Mother's Story: Healing a Broken Heart Became a Mission to Dismantle Health Inequity
8:45-9:45
Jacqueline Salomon

Jacqueline Salomon

Founder & Visionary
Seeds to Inspire Foundation
United States

Jacqueline Salomon


Jacque Salomon lives in the home of the Akimel O'odham and Piipaash people (Phoenix, AZ) where she founded Seeds to Inspire Foundation 501(c)(3). Ancestrally from Boriken (Puerto Rico) she grew up in the New York City Housing Authority's projects called Vladecks. Jacque received her Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies eCornell. She is also an ACLM Health Equity Achieved through Lifestyle Medicine (HEAL) Initiative Committee Member, collaborator/supporter to Let Our Ancestors Rest Campaign, Board Member for Eat for the Earth 501(c)(3). She shares her work and healing journey as a Speaker and supports individuals as a Transformational Coach. Through Whole Plant Foods, meditation, yoga, and psycho-spiritual remediation, she arrested/reversed Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, GERD and shed 164 lbs. Realizing the power we have over health, she channels this into her work as a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner and Intersectional Activist supporting historically marginalized communities and surrounding reservations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Her work focuses on bringing Whole Plant Food Nutrition literacy, access/affordability and trauma-resiliency support to underfinanced, underserved communities in collaboration with grassroots organizations devoted to healing our most distressed zip codes.

Plenary Session 02
16:30-17:30
Vanila Singh

Vanila Singh

Clinical Associate Professor
Stanford School of Medicine

Vanila Singh


Dr. Vanila Singh M.D., MACM, is the former Chief Medical Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Singh is a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, peri-operative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the founder and president of Nevaria, LLC, a strategic health solutions company. She serves on the board of directors of both public and private health care companies and is a frequent contributor to FOX Business News, MSNBC, KTVU and other major media outlets. Recent published editorial works can be found in the Washington Post, the Hill, Stat News and others. Dr. Singh has expertise in acute and chronic pain management, the illicit drug crisis, the opioid epidemic, mental health, public policy and medicine. She has a background in molecular and cell biology and economics.

Wednesday, 1 March

Plenary Session 03: Food Nutrition and Security in Integrative Medicine
8:45-9:45
Edwin McDonald

Edwin McDonald

Assistant Professor of Medicine / Associate Director, Adult Clinical Nutrition
UChicago Medicine
United States

Edwin McDonald


Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD, is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through nutrition education. He works with patients with small bowel diseases, obesity and other conditions affecting the digestive system. Dr. McDonald's interest in the effects of nutrition on health and disease stem from his experience with Project Brotherhood — an innovative clinic dedicated to providing accessible, affordable care for Black men on Chicago's South Side. While training barbers to serve as health educators, he became keenly aware of the impact of social determinants of health, including the role of nutrition. In 2012, Dr. McDonald received a certificate in professional cookery from Kendall College School of Culinary Arts. Dr. McDonald also is an active researcher. He recently investigated the effects of vitamin deficiency in patients requiring parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding) and studied the usefulness of fecal calprotectin in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He also created a web-based mobile program to assess the utility of applications in managing inpatient hepatology patients. Dr. McDonald's work has been funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Plenary Session 04: Pursuing the quadruple aim: the emerging role of the Chief Wellness Officer
16:30-17:30
Francoise Adan

Francoise Adan

Chief Whole Health and Well-being Officer
University Hospitals Health System
United States

Francoise Adan


Françoise Adan, MD, is the Chief Whole Health and Well-being Officer for University Hospitals Health System (UH) and the Director of UH Connor Whole Health in Cleveland, Ohio. Through her skilled leadership, Dr. Adan created and directs a system-wide initiative integrating state-of-the-art medical care with innovative, evidence-based therapies and services, bringing whole health and well-being to all patients and employees. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Adan spearheaded UH4YOU, a new system-wide program designed to provide practical resources and compassionate support for UH’s 30,000+ caregivers during this challenging time and beyond. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Adan encourages an understanding of the critical connection between mind, body, and spirit. In her early years of medical practice, she recognized the limitations of traditional medicine and embraced the benefits of an integrative approach. Trained in psychiatry and board certified in holistic and integrative medicine, Dr. Adan specializes in stress management, work/life balance, and the mind/body/spirit connection. She presents frequently on the importance of utilizing integrative medicine to maintain optimal health.
Gaurava Agarwal

Gaurava Agarwal

Chief Wellness Executive
Northwestern Medicine

Gaurava Agarwal


Gaurava Agarwal, MD is Associate Professor in both the Departments of Medical Education and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He serves as the Chief Wellness Executive for Northwestern Medicine. He is also the Director of Faculty Wellness for Northwestern University. Dr. Agarwal is a nationally recognized educator who has won numerous national awards for his teaching. He serves as a wellness consultant to multiple national research groups. Dr. Agarwal is a certified leadership, organizational, and well-being coach who specializes in occupational and organizational psychiatry with an emphasis on workplace mental health.
Kelly Holder

Kelly Holder

Chief Wellness Officer
Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University

Kelly Holder


Dr. Kelly Holder currently serves as the Chief Wellness Officer for the Warren Alpert Medical School. Dr. Holder earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University and completed postdoctoral training in Behavioral Medicine from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has experience working in community mental health, private practice, college counseling centers, and health systems. Most recently she served as the Director of the Office for Professional Mental Health at Penn State University College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center. She is trained in national mental health and suicide prevention gatekeeping programs: Mental Health First Aid and Question. Persuade. Refer (QPR) Dr. Holder is passionate about mental health and aiding individuals to improve their well-being and the quality of their lives.
Amy Locke

Amy Locke

Professor and Chief Wellness Officer
University of Utah
United States

Amy Locke


Amy Locke, MD is an Integrative Medicine trained Family Physician and Chief Wellness Officer for the University of Utah Health. Her research, educational, and clinical interests center around professional well-being, health behavior change, and prevention of disease through lifestyle.

Thursday, 2 March

Plenary Session 05: Is There a Balm in Gilead? Integrating Faith and Health in a Religiously Diverse World
10:00-11:00
Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel

Author, Speaker, Educator, and Interfaith Leader
Interfaith America
United States

Eboo Patel


Named "one of America’s best leaders" by US News and World Report, Eboo is Founder and President of Interfaith America (formerly Interfaith Youth Core), the leading interfaith organization in the United States. Under his leadership, Interfaith America has worked with governments, universities, private companies, and civic organizations to make faith a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council, has given hundreds of keynote addresses, and has written five books, including “We Need to Build: Fieldnotes for Diverse Democracy” published in May 2022. He is an Ashoka Fellow and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Eboo lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz, and two sons.



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