Wellbeing is complicated in the year 2023. As we emerge from a shared isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is renewed urgency to thoughtfully examine barriers to our wellbeing in the United States and around the world.

Join us for a conversation on the global state of wellbeing. Led by Semafor's expert editors and guided by Gallup data, we’ll explore global emotional trends, social connectedness, mental health, and what it means, ultimately, to be well.

Please note, this event is in-person and will not be livestreamed. 


October 24, 2023


The Gallup Building, Washington D.C.


Akua Woolbright

PhD, Global Nutrition Program Director, Whole Foods

Ben R. Leedle, Jr

President and CEO, Blue Zones

Jon Clifton

CEO, Gallup

Agnes Parent Thirion

Senior Program Manager, Eurofound

Anya Drabkin PhD, ScM

Senior Researcher, Meta

Lance Stevens

Managing Consultant, Gallup

Alden Lai PhD

Executive Advisor, Wellbeing for Planet Earth (WPE) Foundation and Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy and Management, NYU

Keith Humphreys

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Julianne Holt-Lunstad PhD

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Social Connection & Health Lab at Brigham Young University

Orna Guralnik PsyD

NYU PostDoctoral Institute for Psychoanalysis

Dan Witters

Principal & Research Director Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index

Ben Grosser

Professor of New Media, School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Corinn Cross

MD, Pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Linda Charmaraman PhD

Director, Youth, Media & Wellbeing Research Lab, Wellesley College

Laurie Theeke

Associate Dean for Ph.D in nursing at GWU

Joann Xi

PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Akron

Kristen Cooper 

Associate Professor of Economics at Gordon College

Carol Graham 

Senior Fellow of Economic Studies, Brookings Institute

Gerry Bodeker

Professor Gerry Bodeker, Chair, Mental Wellness Initiative, Global Wellness Institute, and Member, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

Dr. Jeremy Nobel

Professor at Harvard Medical, Author of "Project Unlonely"


Gina Chon

Business and Tech Editor, Semafor


Louise Matsakis

Technology Reporter, Semafor

Meera Pattni

Global Head of Communications, Semafor

Justin Smith

Co-Founder & CEO, Semafor


8:30 a.m.
Doors Open

9:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m.

901 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004


8:30 a.m.
Doors Open

9:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m.

Interested in Attending?

Kindly note, we will not be accepting onsite registrations. All guests must present a valid photo ID matching the first and last names with which they registered in order to be admitted.