Designed to inspire attendees to focus on their well-being and extend their lifespan, this annual free event is an opportunity for community members in the Great Lakes Bay Region to learn how to enrich their lives by taking charge of their health and discovering the necessity of having purpose in their lives.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 2021 | 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Virtual attendance and registration below!

Meet the Speakers

BluWave Wellbeing
Libby Rapin and Lisa Thompson are the co-founders of BluWave Wellbeing and have a combined 20+ years of experience leading human resources and corporate communication teams. After years of grinding, they reached the point of physical and mental exhaustion, in their careers. Their journeys to wellbeing led them to rediscover the childlike wonder of playfulness to help them heal, and BluWave Wellbeing was born. Their professional development company makes wellbeing achievable for everyone and is built on the science of play. They teach their Pillars of Play framework, which helps individuals learn wellbeing habits that they can do in five minutes or less.
Dr. Gregg Stefanek
Gregg Stefanek is a family physician with QuadMed and is dedicated to providing Dow, its employees and dependents, with not only the best medical care but to be cared for in a way that everyone deserves. With 30 years of Family practice experience, Dr. Stefanek has seen firsthand what makes for a healthy life and wishes to share what he has learned in order to help you not just live but maximize your well-being. Dr. Stefanek is a board member of MiHIA, is passionate about the health of our community, and believes we should work together to increase the opportunity for everyone to thrive.

Who should attend

Community members of all ages seeking to expand their social and emotional well-being.

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky



Donald Schuster: Owner of a leadership consulting business that incorporates mindfulness. As a former human services Director and leadership consultant for over 38 years, Schuster knows firsthand about the benefits of meditation in his own life and as a powerful activity in helping people deal with the many challenges of life. Link to Presentation

Louis Alloro, M.Ed., MAPP.: Cofounder of the The Flourishing Center’s Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program and a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing. Louis consults on culture change initiatives in Los Angeles and all over the world. Alloro has been at the forefront of helping organizations and individuals achieve high potential using scientifically informed tools and strategies. Link to Presentation


Brian Pruitt –  former All-American athlete, author and entrepreneur. He discovered that people could accomplish just about anything if they had the right perspective, took the right approach, lived by the right principles and walked through the appropriate process.

Chief Master Sergeant Ernest D. Crider –  6th Operation Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) Superintendent where he is responsible for advising on the morale, welfare and quality of life of the 700 airmen assigned to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. In addition, he is a presenter of Our Community Listens, concepts that are at the core of meaningful relationships and human connection.


Vic Strecher, Ph.D. –  Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Founder of JOOL Health Inc., and author of Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything and On Purpose: Lessons in Life and Health from the Frog, the Dung Beetle, and Julia. Click here to learn more.

Michelle Segar, Ph.D. – Behavioral sustainability scientist, Director of the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center (SHARP), and author of No Sweat! How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness. Click here to learn more.


Eric O’Grey – Inspirational speaker and author of Walking With Peety. Click here to learn more.

Chef Katsuki Tanabe – Executive Chef/Owner, Mexikosher Restaurant and Top Chef contestant. Click here to learn more