Founder of CTZNWELL, a movement that is democratizing wellbeing for all, Kerri Kelly, a descendant of generations of firemen and first responders, has dedicated her life to kicking down doors and fighting for justice. She will be sharing insights from her groundbreaking book, American Detox: The Myth of Wellness and How We Can Truly Heal, at Well Defined’s Women in Leadership Summit on June 6, 2023.
In a session titled, Decolonizing Wellness: Unlearning the Beliefs and Behaviors that Prevent our Collective Wellbeing, Kelly will share how perfectionism, scarcity, and other toxic ideologies have shaped us and what we can do to break free from our cultural conditioning and heal. A community organizer and wellness activist, Kelly is recognized across communities for her inspired work to bridge transformational practice with social justice.
She has been instrumental in translating the practices of wellbeing into social and political action, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders, and policy makers to transform our systems from the inside out. Her leadership has inspired a movement that is actively organizing around issues of racial and economic justice, healthcare as a human right, civic engagement, and more.
Teaching yoga for more than 20 years, Kelly is known for making waves in the wellness industry by challenging norms, disrupting systems, and mobilizing people to act. A recovering perfectionist herself, she reveals how perfectionism is a lie, and scarcity keeps us complicit in toxic systems of oppression.
“When ‘not enough’ becomes the default setting in our lives, it not only informs our lives, but informs how we perceive and serve others’ needs and wellbeing,” says Kelly. “Eventually, we project our ideas of scarcity internally and begin to perceive ourselves as measurable and commodified. These views are deeply scripted within us; narrated by a system that benefits from our not-enoughness and relentless striving. When we don’t feel valued, we don’t feel satisfied. It keeps us trapped by producing an insatiable sense of needing more—more money, more material goods, more validation, more status, more everything.”
In this captivating session, Kelly will explore practices that enable us to transform our beliefs and behaviors while inspiring new ways of being.