Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference – September 19th 2015, 12pm-8pm – Islandia Marriott – 3635 Expy Drive N, Islandia, NY 11749 – Get directions here

Time Conducted by: Seminar Description
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch & Registration Enjoy lunch and connect with other guests
1:00pm-1:20pm Director of Sukyo Mahikari Center for Spiritual Development
1:30pm-2:00pm Donna Martini Perception is 9/10’s the Law!
2:00pm-3:00pm Vallori Thomas 2015 Keynote Speaker: “50 Shades of Success”
3:00pm-3:30pm Break & Networking Visit our Exhibitor Room, Kids Room, Photo Booth and Author Alley
3:30pm-3:50pm Theresa Venezia What is My Purpose and How Do I Get There
3:50pm-4:00pm Dr. Marla Friedman Creating Lasting Change and Optimal Wellness
4:00pm-4:20pm Dr. Ianniello The Complete Guide to Balancing Women’s Health Naturally
4:20pm-4:30pm Orlandina Bolan Who is the Fitter Woman? with MsED, IFBB Pro, NASM Certified PT
4:30pm-5:00pm Break & Networking Dance Performance by GEWWC Women of Honor 2013 Honoree: Zazel O’Garra
5:00pm-5:05 Keely E. Harris The story of Brody’s battle! President/Founder g6pd Deficiency Foundation
5:05pm-5:30pm Dr. Julissa Hernandez Sex, Women, and Looking and Feeling Younger ND, CNHP
5:30pm-6:00pm Caryn M. Horsley Kegels and Giggles: A Healthy Girl’s Guide to Pelvic Fitness
6:00pm-6:20pm Break & Networking Visit our Exhibitor Room, Kids Room, Photo Booth and Author Alley
6:20pm-6:40pm Ivana Kostic Solar Energy – The Power is Yours
6:40pm-7:00pm Soh Young Lee – Segredo  East meets West: Eat all the colors! Cooking Demonstration
7:00pm-7:30pm Jennifer Nyx & Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison Women of Honor Award Ceremony – Fashion & Culture segment
7:30pm-8:00pm Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison Power circles. Join us as our Founder shares her passion and dedication to creating GEWWC

2015 Keynote Speaker: Vallori C. Thomas

“50 Shades of Success”

Success may not be as “cut-and-dry” as some would have us believe. In this lively, engaging keynote, Vallori Thomas, using a mix of humor, introspection and “outro-spection,” presents some of the nuances of success, and imparts tips, tools and techniques that will empower you to BE AMAZING in almost any situation.

photoVallori Thomas is a certified life coach known for delivering potent results. She has expertise in team/group dynamics, communication, and both one-to-one and group coaching. A practitioner of Context Mastery, Vallori is adept at vision building and breakthrough learning. With more than 15 years’ experience, she is an enthusiastic and indefatigable facilitator who conducts adult and youth leadership development programs for Momentum Education in New York and Los Angeles, and for Aiming High Inc. in Atlanta.

Vallori also operates her own nonprofit organization that provides personal effectiveness and performance training to women seeking to re-enter the workforce following an institutional hiatus. Vallori has been profiled in local newspapers, and was a recurring guest on the cable access program, “Something to Offer,” with host Annemarie Offer. She lives in New York and loves traveling the world, laughter, funky music and connecting with all people in a way that they feel valued and empowered. She is currently writing a book of inspirations called “It’s a Great Day to be Amazing.”

Bookings for keynote addresses, workshops, live events, telesummits and breakout sessions can be forwarded to


Love, Freedom and Wellness with Dr. Marla Friedman

Marla_FriedmanDr. Friedman will offer her insights as a psychotherapist and nutritionist into the emotional, nutritional, and spiritual aspects critical for wellbeing. She will focus upon:

  • Self Care
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Honor
  • Developing Healthy boundaries in all aspects of our lives
  • Resolving resistances and self defeating behaviors
  • Overcoming adversity and healing unhealed hurts
  • Facing and addressing addictions in ourselves or others close to us
  • Making positive and empowered decisions

Marla Friedman, a Ph.D. in Psychology, is NYS licensed and Nationally Certified in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with over thirty years in practice. She is a Certified Nutritionist, an Associate of the Viktor Frankl Institute for Meaning Centered Therapy, an Advanced Fellow and Board Certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine and holds a Certification from the Institute for Functional Medicine in Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. In her private practice Dr. Friedman offers individual, couples, and group psychotherapy integrating the benefits of in depth emotional and nutritional counseling. Dr. Friedman’s first book, Love, Freedom and Wellness: A Guide to Living an Empowered Life was just released.

 Sex, Women, and Looking and Feeling Younger with Dr. Julissa Hernandez, ND, CNHP

GREENJKTSex as a part of our lives is at the most basic, elemental center of our being. Most women have some sort of sexual dysfunction. And these sexual dysfunction challenges range between: Poor or No Orgasm, Low Libido, Frigidity, Vaginal Atrophy, and more. Sexual dysfunction challenges are not something that is occurring now in today’s day and age. Women (and Men) at all times in history have felt the need for help in the sexual area. But some women have figured out a way to enjoy healthy sex with their partners again, and look and feel younger without prescription drugs and conventional medical procedures. In this seminar, Dr. Julissa discusses the specific reasons behind the most common sexual dysfunction challenges among women, their impact emotionally, and suggests natural therapy solutions to overcome these so women can enjoy life to the fullest in love, health and intimacy.


Kegels and Giggles: A Healthy Girl’s Guide to Pelvic Fitness with Caryn M. Horsley

carynWhat are the problems associated with weak pelvic floor muscles? How do kegels help? How does strong pelvic muscles improve your quality of life?

I will discuss how kegels play a vital role in every woman’s fitness regime, especially:

  • Pre- and post-pregnant women
  • Women who suffer from stress or urge incontinence
  • Athletes involved in high impact sports
  • Pre- and post-pelvic surgery patients
  • Post-menopausal women

As a Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist the human body is my area of expertise and interest.  I understand the importance of keeping our muscles toned.  Like many women, I experienced insecurity and suffered from vaginal muscles that were too weak.  I tried to do kegels but would always lose interest.  I realized I needed the satisfaction that comes from physical feedback and I also needed something to motivate me.

I researched the market to see what I could find.  I was completely appalled!  There were devices that looked sexual in nature with parts that protruded outside of the body when used, and others that consisted of tubes and gauges.  Using them meant hiding myself in the bedroom to exercise privately.  Who has time for that?  Seriously!

Happy kegeling!  You’ll be glad you did!

 The Complete Guide to Balancing Women’s Health Naturallyis with Dr. Thomas J. Ianniello

10430905_1363675696997646_1539595708232858597_nAre you tired? Do you feel cranky? Do you have trouble falling asleep or have interrupted sleep? Join us as we address these common issues that we often ignore. Dr. Thomas Ianniello D.C. will explain how balancing your hormones can improve your energy, quality of sleep, and overall mood. He will demonstrate through examination how he uncovers nutritional deficiencies that have led to stress on the female system. He will give participants a complete understanding of the cause of symptoms that occur during PMS and menopause. He will then discuss how he evaluates women through multiple methods, including saliva testing through functional lab analysis, as well as a program evaluation of diet, detoxification, rehabilitative exercise and nervous system stress reduction.

Dr. Thomas J. Ianniello is a 1992 Graduate of New York Chiropractic College. He has been in private practice in his Miller Place, New York healing center, North Isle Wellness Center, since September, 1993. Additionally, he is a Master Clinician in the art of Nutrition Response Testing, a level reached by only 400 doctors globally to find root causes of nutritional deficiencies by a physical, non-invasive examination. In 2014, he became certified in the Instinct Based Medicine System of healing to address deep rooted stress related illness. This system was created and developed by Dr. Ianniello’s friend and mentor, Dr. Leonard Coldwell, a leading alternative Cancer cure expert for 40 years with 35,000 documented cured patients with stage 4 cancer.

Who is the Fitter Woman? with Orlandina Balan, MsED, IFBB Pro, NASM Certified PT

ShareThe Fitter Woman lives within every one of us.  Our charge in this life is to nurture her development and growth. The Fitter Woman is not solely defined as a state of physical fitness; she is a balance of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

The Fitter Woman is one who has been made whole through her life’s journey.  She has been forged by life’s joys and pain, as well as by life’s successes and challenges. She has defined herself, her purpose, her wants, her needs and her desires.  The Fitter Woman has freed herself of the confines of what society has dictated to be the picture of perfection. Though she may be inspired by others, The Fitter Woman NEVER seeks to imitate or duplicate.  The Fitter Woman celebrates and embraces her own uniqueness.

Although she always seeks to improve, The Fitter Woman strives only to be a healthier and happier version of herself. This is because The Fitter Woman is at peace with herself and her life choices.

– Be Fitter, Healthier and Happier

How is the Fitter Woman created?

The Fitter Woman is one who has been broken down to her finer parts and made herself whole. She is not flawless but she is beautiful.  She walks with confidence and grace.  Every blemish, scar and imperfection tells a story of her bravery and strength.  In the process of rebuilding herself, she has learned who she truly is and what she desires in life.   This woman has accepted and embraced all aspects of her life journey; the joys and the challenges.  By her journey’s end she has  learned every complex facet of herself and indoctrinated in what I refer to as the tenets of womanhood.

I entitled these tenets of womanhood  as the Tenets of the Fitter Woman. The Tenets of the Fitter Woman affirms the belief women must practice self care and attend to their needs first.  In doing so, they will be better able to help those dependent upon them. i.e. significant others, children, families, friends etc…

One of the most pressing concerns and or challenges most of my clients (and most women I speak to) is the lack of time for themselves.  As women are the center of their household; everything and everyone in the family revolves around them. If she is well and happy, then so will her family be. However, there needs to be a balance between responsibility to their families, careers etc and responsibility to themselves. Many women find it difficult to re-prioritize; they view it as the complete antithesis of womanhood.  Some have even admitted to having feelings of guilt when attending to their own personal needs or desires.  When they do try to “escape” and get some desperately needed me-time, their minds start racing and they start thinking about the other tasks they should be completing. It becomes overwhelming and they pay the cost with their health and wellbeing.

What is My Purpose and How Do I Get There? with Theresa Venezi

TVenezia_Headshot• Do you feel called to do something Greater than what you are doing now?

• Are you aligned with your Higher Purpose, but have no idea how to start living it?

• Do you feel like you are flouting aimlessly or long to feel fulfilled at the end of the day?

Many of us have been hearing a voice inside telling us there is something more we need to be doing—a Greater Purpose for our lives. While at first it was easy to ignore, that voice has gotten louder and more insistent and our gut feelings are making it hard to function in the way we used to.

We will be diving into questions like, “What is that bigger thing?” and “How does that fit into my life?” You will come away with answers and creative ideas to joyfully move forward in the direction of your dreams without overhauling the rest of your life!

Theresa Venezia is a Metaphysician, Energy Therapist, Speaker, Life & Spiritual Coach at Healthy Vibrant You—a spiritually based healing practice where she empowers people to step into the highest version of themselves. For more information or to book a session or Angel Reading, visit

The story of Brody’s battle! with Keely E Harris, President/Founder g6pd Deficiency Foundation

This story will be told in hopes to increase awareness of g6pd Deficiency, an enzyme deficiency that should be known as a health issue in every household.

The g6pd Deficiency Foundation (g6pdDF) was started to promote awareness of the genetic disorder g6pd Deficiency because of a baby boy named Brody. Brody’s lifetime battle of health complications could have been avoided if this enzyme deficiency was considered at time of his birth. The foundation’s mission is to prevent this from happening to another family. Recent fundraising efforts have allowed us to start developing a website that will provide accurate up to date information regarding g6pd enzyme deficiency (g6pdD.) This program will create a community of support for those affected by g6pdD, and the medical personnel treating g6pdD.

We hope to create an environment where ideas are exchanged to guide the g6pd Deficiency Foundation’s success. This success will promote education and research that will benefit awareness. Our fundraising efforts will help achieve our goals for the necessary screening for this deficiency. Remember; many have it (10% of the world’s population), few know they do!  The story of Brody’s Battle shall become renown to bring forth awareness of g6pdD, an important health issue for families. Help us spread the word!

keelyheadshot 300Keely E Harris actively started a 501C-3 non-for profit foundation to bring awareness of the enzyme deficiency that affects 10% of the world’s population. I’m also involved as a volunteer/board member in several community organizations on Long Island. Experienced in running fundraisers to raise funding & awareness for breast cancer & children athletics.  Previously employed as IVF Research Technician for over 10 years. I worked side by side with fertility specialist at: University of Penn Medical School and LI IVF. Received a BS degree majoring in Biochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook in 1982.

Nothing is more rewarding to me than having a healthy family; husband, three children, daughter n law and a grandson. My education & hands on experiences will help me orchestrate the foundation in a direction of success so many can be healthy!

East Meets West: Cooking Demonstration with Soh Young Lee-Segredo

IMG_2576“East meet West” is cooking presentation by Soh Young Lee-Segredo at Gaia Essence Women’s Wellness Conference. She will talk about western and eastern vegetables and how they are good for us. Then they will be prepared with western sauce and eastern sauce and served.

Soh Young Lee-Segredo ia a life long performer of singing, storytelling and cooking demo. She has lived in many countries and performed in different countries. Her mother takes care of her health with home remedy and natural ingredients. Soon Ae Lee is close to 80 years and still looks young while she makes everything she eats from scratch. Soh Young has been presenting Korean demo cooking in Queens Library New Americans Programs and at our wellness conference. This year she will present ‘East meets West’ and compare different vegetables. The audience will get to taste after the cooking demo. She also has performed and has been bringing different performers to our wellness conference. (Her website is


Dance Performance with ZCO Dance Project

zZazel-Chavah O’Garra is an accomplished dancer, actor, model, Artistic Director of ZCO/DANCEPROJECT  and a brain tumor survivor!!

Early in her career, thanks to a .combination of determination, hard work, positive attitude, and charm, Zazel established a thriving career in the performing arts, with a body of work extending from the concert stage to magazine publications. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts (New York), Zazel also attended the SUNY Empire State College and the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Arts in dance performance. A Presidential Arts Scholar, she performed with Mark Dendy Dance Company and Alvin Ailey wksp II, choreographed fashion shows, and conducted master classes in Modern, Jazz, and African Dance in the United States and Europe. Zazel also performed in numerous stage productions Off Broadway and Europe; her modeling credits include the covers of two issues of Essence Magazine, as well as several catalogue and runway jobs in Europe. She also appeared in national and regional commercials, numerous industrials and supplied voice-overs for a number of ads. Zazel also served as a movement coach for the soap opera “As the World Turns.”Zazel received the John F. Kennedy Center (VSA) Very Special arts – National Teaching Artist Fellowship.  Wanting to share her story she performs Inside/Out…Voices of The Disability Community nationwide directed by the re-known Ping Chong. She also shares her disability story in Ping Chongs “Secret Histories” in the New York City Public Schools and most recently at Lincoln Center.  In 2014 she appeared as a guest speaker and a performing artist at the first Black History Month program on disability at the White House.  Zazel has just released a DVD “Dancing Beyond Disability” for individuals with and without disabilities.

Zazel is represented by Cunningham, Escott, Slevin and Dipene talent agents and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA and the IAMPWD (Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities)

Zazel holds a Master’s degree in social work from Fordham University.


Official Event Photography by Jeanine Boubli

JeanineBoubliJeanine Boubli is a mixed media artist whose work encompasses photography, design, and poetry. Jeanine specializes in helping individuals, organizations and corporate entities articulate and share their message through visual media and creative copy. She has worked with The Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Lewis Oliver Farm Sanctuary. Her photography has been published in the Daily News and the Associated Press.

Jeanine’s work has been exhibited in NYC and Long Island and archived at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.  To learn more, please visit her website at Jeanine may be reached at


Event Hosted by Jennifer Nyx

977826_496233973764959_1698421357_oJennifer Nyx is a Holistic Health Coach dedicated to support her clients with their health goals and empower them to make lasting changes in their behavior and lifestyle. Jennifer leads workshops on nutrition and offers individual, group health and nutritional coaching. She has received her training at The Institute Of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. During her training she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett; Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities. Her education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching and preventive health. She works on Long Island and has a private practice, coaching clients on how to reach their goals for their overall health, weight loss and stress reduction. Be sure to visit Jennifer’s website at or go to to schedule your 30-minute complimentary and private health coaching assessment to learn more on how she can support and encourage you on your very own wellness journey.

farrahMessage from GEWWC Founder:

“I welcome you to GEWWC. The conference started from a passion of mine to bring women together to share, empower and educate each other in a loving environment. I am always thrilled to hear from our guests on how they have made lifelong friendships, experienced healing and felt safe enough to be themselves. To be in the room with such powerful women is rare and definitely something to cherish.”

This September we look forward to the 7th Annual Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference (GEWWC). For the past six years, the event has been a source of empowerment to women on Long Island. This year the theme “Your Perception Your Reality” reminds us of the importance of our perception on creating the world we would like to create for ourselves.

The conference continues to grow and expand to be one of the top events on Long Island. We have expanded a new Author Alley section featuring local authors as well as a Non For Profit Pavillon showcasing local organizations who need the support from the community. For the little ones we have an exciting addition the “Gaia’s Kids Room”. An exclusive area for kids to attend cooking classes conducted by Whole Foods, mommy and me yoga, art, hula hoops, music and science classes taught by some of the top teachers.

Lift each other up…Real Women Empower!

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison

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