This year we celebrate our first decade of the Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference. I am humbled and excited as to what the conference has become and look forward to inspiring women in our community for many decades to come. Our theme this year; “ Live Your Purpose” exemplifies our mission on empowering women to live in love and to be fearless in becoming the women they are destined to be.

The theme this year reminds us of the importance of making the right choices at each stage of our lives. In my own life I have come to embrace my story. Being present in the lessons and gratitude for my blessings.

GEWWC is a safe place for women to Connect, Empower and Educate each other on living healthier happier lives. Join us as we inspire you to Live Your Purpose!

I look forward to meeting you and connecting the year on 9/15/18 in NY #WomenInspiringWomen

GEWWC 2017 Women of Honor Honorees

Founder's Welcome Address 2017 - Embrace Your Story

GEWWC 2018 Conference Agenda

Time Conducted by: Seminar Description
9:00am -10:00am Registration Guests arrive to the conference
10:00 am -10:30am Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison Welcome Address from our Founder: Listen to her story on how she created the Gaia’s Essence Movement.
10:30 pm -10:45pm Wendy Beckmann Women and Heart Disease: Understanding the physiology of the heart and how to prevent heart disease through lifestyle choices.
10:45 am -11:00am Dr. Stacy Yearwood Mental Health: Building tools to manage depression, anxiety and stress. How to live your best life!
11:00am -11:15pm Linda Springer Financial Health: Girls Just Wanna have Fund$: Focus on educating women on financial literacy.
11:15 am - 11:30pm Sherry Fields Sheago Cosmetics: What’s in your spa products? Understanding the correlation between Skin Care and Body Care.
11:30am - 12:00pm Dr. Stacy Yearwood, Maria Gavriel & Alicia James Mental Health Panel: Understanding the brain and the impacts of past traumas on our current life experiences.
12:00pm - 1:00pm LUNCH & NETWORKING Network and Connect with other like minded women!
1:00pm - 2:00pm Dr. Mary Oz More is Possible; Building Emotional Strength!   The Wheel of Life approach, lays out all the different areas of our life where MORE is possible.
2:00pm - 2:30pm BREAK & Networking Network and connect with other amazing women!
2:30 pm - 3:00pm Mel Trammel Essential Oils: An introduction to essential oils and their health benefits.
3:00pm - 3:15pm Jose Grullon Water Purification: Understanding how a water purification system benefits the home.
3:15pm - 3:45pm Dr. Alan Sherr Discovering Optimal Health from the Inside Out
3:45pm - 4:15pm Mala Bhansingh Money Talk: Creating and Keeping More.
4:15pm - 4:30pm BREAK & Networking Network and connect with other amazing women!
4:30pm - 5:00pm Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison & Soh Young Lee Segredo Women of Honor Award Ceremony / Performance by Soh Young Lee Segredo/ Mini Art show

GEWWC 2018 Speakers

Dr. Alan P. Sherr

Founder of the Northport Wellness Center

Dr. Alan P. Sherr is an established chiropractor since 1980, and established the Northshore Wellness Center in 1995. A holistic health care practice that takes a vitalistic approach to health care and encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own health. Dr. Sherr truly enjoys assisting others along their path to optimal health.  Dr. Sherr approaches all of his patients with knowledge and compassion. He recognizes that all individuals and families present with unique symptoms and experiences. Join Dr. Sherr as he demonstrates how we can discover our Optimal Health From The Inside Out. Join Dr, share as he empower women to become an active participant in their own health care by becoming educated on the opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing. Dr. Sherr's personal story and professional experience will inspire individuals to take action, with the understanding that with effort and drive, optimal health and a greater quality of life may be achieved.

Wendy Beckmann, NP-C

Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner

Wendy is a board certified nurse practitioner in cardiovascular medicine. For over 17 years, she has treated a wide variety of cardiac and vascular ailments, including coronary and peripheral artery disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and arrhythmias that can often be more severe or debilitating in the setting of diabetes. Her passion is to bring health and healing to those who have conditions that compromise their hearts. She focuses on education for lifestyle modification and management, so the patient has the ability to achieve success and, most importantly, feel good. Wendy will be addressing heart disease in women. The heart and blood vessels comprise the cardiovascular system which serves to feed and oxygenate the cells. Preventing heart disease does not have to be difficult. Following a healthy lifestyle can improve women's heart health.

Orlandina Balan

IFBB, Founder the Fitter Woman

Orlandina's fitness journey began in the Fall of 2011.  It was a time filled with doubts, uncertainties and unknowns. The gym initially served as a place to help her escape the stressors in my life at that time. After awhile the purpose of the gym changed. It became a vehicle which would help her to look directly at her circumstances and face them head on. The company has three-fold purpose; to expose women and families to various forms physical fitness activities; to educate women and families about good eating habits and how to sustain them with busy lifestyles; to empower women and families by helping them to develop healthy and positive mindset. Orlandina demonstrates how to set our worries aside, strengthen our resolve and prepare our mind, body and spirits for change. In the process you will unveil and discover the Fitter Woman that lies within yourself.

Linda Springer

Financial Advisory

Linda joined Primerica in 2003 after hearing about a business opportunity from a Primerica Representative. At that time in her life, she was working as a Museum Curator and was searching for a chance to improve my family's quality of life. For me, the Primerica Opportunity was a dream come true. Linda is an investment advisor with Primerica for 20 years, teaching families how to save for retirement, how to protect their families with life insurance, and how to stay debt free. Prior accomplishments include co-authoring 3 Field Guides on Long Island's Woodland, Wetlands and Seashores.

Mel Trammel

My name is Melodin “Mel “ Trammel. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, educator and essential oil lover. A Registered Nurse of 29 years. I had lost my passion for nursing and worked solely out of financial obligation. Back in 2009 a doula walks into our birthing center with her laboring client, and I had no idea how much my life was about to be blessed and changed forever. I watched how she cared for this woman. These were all the things I had lost from my nursing career. It brought tears to my eyes. The most profound piece was the essential oils she used. I felt as if I could breathe, focus.

Jose Grullon, CWS CI

Founder: Purifed Water Solutions

José Grullón was coached by pioneers in the water treatment industry since then. As an exclusive authorized dealer of Puronics® Water Systems (founded in 1947), Bluewater Group among others, José has marked the path of “Optimal Health and Lifestyle” to his clients with his passion and integrity. As a Certified Water Specialist and Installer from The Water Quality Association, José has earned the trust of everyone looking to improve the water consumed at homes and business locations.”

Dr. Stacy Yearwood

Dr. Stacy Yearwood is a board Certified Adult Psychiatrist and former Chairperson for the Department of Psychiatry at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital.  Dr. Yearwood enjoys working at the interface of psychiatry and medicine – of particular interest are perinatal psychiatry and the full spectrum of women’s mental health.  True health involves balancing physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and financial health.  Dr. Yearwood seeks to create appropriate balance in her life and thrives on assisting patients in finding balance in theirs.  In addition to being a practicing psychiatrist – Dr. Yearwood is a fitness instructor for Shape Up NYC and teaches line dancing on a bimonthly basis.

Mala Dukhi-Bhansingh, CPA, Ms. Ed

Life and Money Coach

Mala has worked for the past twenty plus years as a Certified Public Accountant for various Fortune 500 companies in NYC as well as one of the “big four”, Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Her positions included, Asst. Controller, Senior Manager and Corporate Consultant. I have managed multiple Fortune 500 clients in the capacity of an audit manager reviewing financial statements for accuracy and completeness. Additionally, she have been trained as an Educator with an MS in Education as well as a Life Coach. Currently the owner and Founder of Wise Women Smart Money where she coaches women entrepreneurs as well as individuals on money and financial related issues.

Sherry Fields

Health and Wellness coach,

Sherry has been teaching self-care and wellness seminars around the country since 2001. After battling an illness in 2006 she became passionate about helping others to take control of their health. In 2008, Sherry introduced the Juice With Me 10 Day Body Detoxify Program. In 2010 Sherry published her first book, Juice With Me, A Handbook for Everyday Juicing. A graduate of Stanford University, Sherry also received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a fellowship from the Consortium for Graduate Study Management. In 2008 Sherry became a Certified Educator with the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, GA. Her personal motto is "Nurture Your Temple, You Only Get One!"


According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention adult females reported a suicide attempt 1.2 times as often as males.

Mental Health Panel presented by the following women

Our Mental Health Panel is presented in collaboration with the Preserve A Mom ( PAM) Project


Melissa Del Giudice

Melissa is known for her gentle ways of making others feel extremely comfortable and eager to learn. Her goal is to create a safe and comfortable environment, while facilitating all aspects of health and wellness progression.  Moving into 2018, she has begun adding another 300 hours of yoga training to her practice as well as plenty of self-study to really add more value to her programs. Melissa is determined to bring a whole new  level of success to businesses and communities all across Long Island with her whole-person wellness approach.

Overcoming addiction 11+ years ago, Melissa strives to accomplish each and every one of her goals on a daily basis--  this includes, helping others to cultivate wellness through basic-beginners yoga, meditation and healthy empowering workshops.

Having 10 years experience in the corporate world,  two years of studying psychology, Melissa knew she needed a career that would change people's lives. Practicing yoga always made her feel amazing so in 2014 she took a leap of faith and decided to embark on the journey of becoming a certified 200-HR yoga instructor. Working in various studio's across the island, Melissa knew there had to be a better way to reach others with this gift, thus Yoga for Health Long Island was born.

Join Melissa for a complimentary yoga class. Yoga mats will be provided. Namaste


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