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The NUSHU Thought Leader Series is a webinar series hosted by NUSHU founder Vanessa Cornell. It was born out of a desire to offer connection and support during a challenging time through inspiring conversations.

We are proud to offer live access to our Thought Leader Series free of charge to the NUSHU community and encourage you to register for any upcoming conversations below. If you would like to revisit any of the past talks or watch them on your own time, by accessing the recordings, the complete series is available for purchase.

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Wellness isn't always welcoming. Millions of Americans participate in a range of self-care activities daily, but it has become very clear that access is not equal when it comes to the wellness industry. Many companies in the space still only cater to one demographic: affluent and thin white women.

This pandemic has highlighted the gross inequities in access to healthcare and wellness, especially for marginalized communities. Currently, the wellness practices online are still dominated by white voices of privilege.

Maryam Ajayi is working hard to change that. As the founder of Dive in Well, Maryam is cultivating space, community, conversations and change for a more equitable and accessible wellness industry. Maryam and the Dive in Well team seek to amplify diverse voices in wellness, which means wellness for all.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss what meaningful allyship looks like, for individuals and businesses, and how we can leverage privilege to actively participate in creating real change, both in ourselves and in the world, and continue to push for the change we need even during challenging times.

Wednesday, June 30
12:00-1:00pm EST


The Wellness Industry Needs a Diversity Overhaul

Maryam Ajayi

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Join us in conversation with Benis and Robert Reffkin, the dynamic power couple and team behind the new book No One Succeeds Alone.

As the founder and CEO of Compass Real Estate, Robert Reffkin can certainly claim tremendous personal success. He made history this Spring, taking the real estate technology company public and putting himself on a path to become the youngest-ever Black billionaire. But, as Robert shares in his book, the journey wasn’t easy and a key secret to his success was to “learn everything you can from everyone you can.”

As the driving force behind No One Succeeds Alone and his partner in life, Benis Reffkin shares this growth mindset. Join us for an intimate glance into the real lives of this powerful husband-wife duo.

This NUSHU Thought Leader Series talk is for everyone - whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or household CEO. We’ll discuss everything from rising above adversity, exceeding expectations, and belonging to navigating big dreams, failure, and vulnerability as human beings. Benis and Robert will speak to the power of mentorship and the people who have helped shape them on the road to success.

Wednesday, July 14
12:00-1:00pm EST


No One Succeeds Alone

Benis and Robert Reffkin