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The Role of Design & Technology in Health and Wellness

Cornell Alumni Affairs and Development, the College of Human Ecology, and the School of Hotel Administration invite you to:

The Role of Design &Technology in Health & Wellness

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Boston, MA

Technology is everywhere and influences our daily lives. It is a key factor to our health and wellness. We curate wellness and treatment facilities to have a positive impact on our well-being. Let us examine the intersection of technology, design, health and wellness. What are the roles of technology and design in healthcare and wellness? What are the industry influences on and innovations in health and wellness design.

Learn how Cornell faculty and alumni are affecting the role technology plays in health and wellness. Join us to hear answers to these questions and more!

Plus, learn about Cornell’s Institute for Healthy Futures, an academic partnership between the School of Hotel Administration (SHA) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE), that is at the crossroads of hospitality, health policy/management, and design.

Mia Kyricos MMH ’03, President, Kyricos & Associates
Kim LaFontana ’91, Chief Product Officer, Docent Health
Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology; Associate Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures
Moderated by: Rohit Verma, Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Reception
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Presentations, panel discussion and Q&A
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Additional networking; event concludes
Location: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, 450 Brookline Ave, 3rd floor, YC306 conference room, Boston, MA 02215
Cost: $30 per person, includes reception and program (Young Alumni 0-10 years out $25 and Current Cornell Students $15)

Parking Directions:
The Yawkey Garage entrance is located at 5 Jimmy Fund Way, Boston, MA. Once you pull into the garage, take a ticket from the ticket dispenser and the gate will open. Please proceed to self-park on levels P3 or lower in the garage.

When you are exiting the garage, please pull up to the cashier exit booth and give them your parking ticket with “Cornell” clearly labeled on the ticket. They will take the ticket from you and allow you to exit the garage at no charge.


Mia Kyricos MMH ’03 – President and founder, Kyricos & Associates LLC

Mia Kyricos is president and founder of Kyricos & Associates LLC, a boutique advisory firm providing strategic guidance to wellness, hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies on a global scale. With 25 years of experience, Mia has helped to develop, operate, and market wellness-driven brands and facilities across 100+ countries, and has worked for industry pioneers including Spafinder Wellness, Inc., Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Exhale, EXOS and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.  She is a Global Wellness Summit Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for the University of California Irvine, and leads the Wellness Communities & Lifestyle Real Estate Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute, a nonprofit educational foundation that she helped to found.  Mia has a BA in International Relations from Wheaton College, an MMH from Cornell University and a lifelong mission to help people live well.

Kim LaFontana ’91 – Chief Product Officer, Docent Health

Kim is the Chief Product Officer at Docent Health, a Boston-based early stage company focused on delivering delightful patient experiences enabled by world-class technology and analytics. Docent Health partners with health systems and seeks to understand individual patient preferences, concerns and needs and then deliver personalized service via digital, phone and in-person channels. Prior to Docent, Kim was a Managing Director on the New Products team at The Advisory Board Company (ABCO), focused on identification of key health system challenges.  At ABC, Kim led the launch of several new products ranging from state of the art predictive clinical analytics through services to enable health system growth.

Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley – Professor, Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology; Associate Director, Cornell Institute for Health Futures.

Dr. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, B.A., M.Arch., M.A., D.Arch., is a professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis and associate director of the Institute for Healthy Futures at Cornell University. She serves on the graduate faculty in the Cornell University Department of Architecture. Mardelle is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Dr. Shepley has authored/co-authored six books, including Healthcare Environments for Children and their Families (1998), A Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-based Design (2008), Design for Critical Care (2009), Health Facility Evaluation for Design Practitioners (2010), Design for Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care (2014) and Design for Mental and Behavioral Health (2017). To enhance the link between research and practice, Dr. Shepley has worked in professional practice, full-time and part-time, for 25 years.

Moderated by: Rohit Verma – Dean of External Relations, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business; Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures

Rohit Verma is the dean of external relations for the Cornell College of Business, the executive director of the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures (http://ihf.cornell.edu/), and the Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor in Asian Hospitality Management.

He has published over 70 articles in academic journals and has also written numerous reports for the industry audience. He regularly presents his research, participates in invited panel discussions, and delivers keynote addresses at major industry and academic conferences around the world. He is co-author of the Operations and Supply Chain Management for the 21st Century textbook; Achieving Success Through Innovation: Cases and Insights from the Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism Industry textbook; and co-editor of Cornell School of Hotel Administration on Hospitality: Cutting Edge Thinking and Practice, a professional reference book that includes works of several of his colleagues at Cornell.

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