The Power of Community and Storytelling

The Power of Community and Storytelling

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The African proverb, "If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together," perfectly captures the essence of community and its transformative power. Community is more than mere coexistence; it's about collaboration, support, and collective growth. This belief in the strength of unity has been a guiding principle across various facets of life, from family dynamics to professional endeavors.

Similarly, storytelling has served as a timeless vehicle for sharing wisdom, fostering empathy, and inspiring change. With this profound understanding of the power of community and storytelling, I made the decision to launch my book, "Women in Wellness: The Empowering Journeys of 35 Female Leaders in Wellness," during our Wellness Innovation Summit.

The Power of Storytelling

Community and storytelling are intertwined elements that have shaped human experiences throughout history. Together, they possess the power to connect individuals, bridge divides, and foster empathy in an increasingly fragmented world. At the core of community lies a sense of belonging and support, where individuals come together to share common experiences, values, and goals. This unity not only provides solace in times of adversity but also amplifies voices and mobilizes resources for positive change.

Similarly, storytelling serves as a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries and generations. Through stories, individuals share their journeys, struggles, and triumphs, inviting others into their world and fostering empathy and understanding. Whether through ancient myths or modern narratives, storytelling has the power to inspire, educate, and provoke thought, leaving a lasting impact on both the storyteller and the audience.

parents telling story to toddler

The Wellness Innovation Summit and Book Launch

Set against the backdrop of the Wellness Innovation Summit, the convergence of community and storytelling takes center stage. This event serves as a gathering of like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds, united by a common goal of exploring the latest trends in health, wellness, sustainability, and technology. It provides a platform for visionaries and leaders in the field to share their stories, experiences, and expertise, enriching the lives of attendees and fostering meaningful connections.

Moreover, the launch of "Women in Wellness: The Empowering Journeys of 35 Female Leaders in Wellness" during the summit underscores the power of storytelling in inspiring and empowering individuals. By sharing their stories of resilience, innovation, and empowerment, these female leaders not only showcase the diversity and strength within the wellness community but also serve as role models for future generations.

As we navigate the complexities of life, let us embrace the transformative power of community and storytelling. Together, they have the ability to unite us, inspire us, and propel us forward on our collective journey of growth and empowerment. Through the Wellness Innovation Summit and the launch of "Women in Wellness," we celebrate the strength of unity and the resilience of the human spirit. May we continue to share our stories, support one another, and create a more compassionate and connected world for all.

Meet the remarkable individuals who will grace our Wellness Innovation Summit with their wisdom and experience.


Emily Steines

500 RYT, Breathwork Facilitator, Mind-Body Intuitive Life Coach

Emily is the founder of BoopBod. She has 15 years of experience teaching women to tap into the power of their body and mind through modalities like breathwork, movement, nervous system regulation, and unconscious reprogramming. She is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, an SFG Kettlebell Trainer, an Integrative Holistic Health Coach, Breathwork Facilitator, Source Code Solvent, and Embodiment Guide. Her mission is to equip individuals with the tools to get out of their own way and into their true aliveness through her in-app subscriptions, transformative courses, 12-week mentorship, and 1:1 coaching.



Dr. Leslie Dobson

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Author, Speaker

Dr. Leslie is a clinical and forensic psychologist, author, speaker, friend, mom and wife. She walked the halls with psychopaths and dangerous criminals for years, and she learned three important things, 1) You need to protect your energy, 2) You must give yourself permission to be empowered and stand up for your life, and 3) You must set boundaries in relationships to preserve your energy and life.





Wedge Martin

Wellness in Tech, the Lost Virtue

Wedge Martin is a pioneer in gamification, augmented reality, and AI. With a team of friends, he built the platform for Grindr and helped position it as a global player in the online dating space. He architected the infrastructure for Knightscope Robotics, and designed the California power grid communications network. Right now, he's creating something super unique—a game-changing social app that's set to shake things up in a big way.




Victoria Nielsen

Author, Breathwork Facilitator + Embodiment Coach

Victoria is an Akashic Records reader, breathwork facilitator and kundalini yogi who helps you nurture your intuition and live a more embodied and empowered life. She helps you feel fully seen and supported, guiding you to a new awareness of yourself and the world around you.







Margaux Cousturian
PA-C, MMS, Biomedical Researcher, Co-author
Margaux Cousturian is a highly skilled Physician Associate (PA-C) at Performance Medicine in Fountain City. She graduated from Mercer University’s Physician Associate Program in Atlanta, GA. She has a background in biomedical research and is a published co-author.








Our goal with this event is to illuminate the inspiring journeys of our speakers and the empowering narratives of these 35 remarkable women, with some of them present to sign copies of the book and connect with our audience directly. At Crunchy Mama Box, we're exhilarated by the prospect of this community event, which promises to unite not only our Knoxville community but also a nationwide and international audience through our global outreach efforts. Expect an immersive experience, engaging panel discussions, a delightful dinner, and enjoyable activities such as photo booths, all curated to ensure a memorable and impactful event for everyone in attendance.

Looking forward to connecting with you at the Wellness Innovation Summit!

Lots of Crunchy Love, 


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