Livia Wang is chief brand officer of Access Corporate Group, a brand management company that connects 10 million consumers around the globe to a selection of premium beauty, wellness, and lifestyle brands. She spends her days looking for beauty brands to take to the next level. Wang co-founded Access Brand Management (ABM) in 2017 as a company that helps Australian and New Zealand brands connect with Chinese consumers through effective brand management, including production, distribution, marketing, and sales. ABM was later acquired by Access Corporate Group. She now oversees the strategic direction of the company. An expert on retail shopping trends and consumer demands both nationally and internationally, she understands the beauty space and is always on the hunt for products that solve a problem or make life better in some way. From identifying new companies with potential to working with entrepreneurs who want to scale their businesses, she is a woman always on the move. Here, she shares some of the ways she maintains her own health and wellbeing.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness means to sleep better, feel better, look good, have energy, and be happy. It’s no longer just about appearance or not getting sick but about someone’s overall physical and mental health and happiness. Wellness reimagined is our business focus today, as well. The wellness world has become very different, and it’s still evolving, especially after what happened in the previous two years following a global pandemic that reshaped and repurposed everyday life. Our 2022 business strategy emphasizes defining wellness living to support “Everyday Better Life.” We use our brand selection guideline—products made from leading technologies and premium ingredients—to offer trusted wellness solutions to global consumers.
What are your favorite things to do to maintain your personal wellbeing?
Be positive and be happy. Choose to embrace change and love life.
Is there a specific fitness activity that you love and why?
I love to follow YouTubers and do workouts at home.
What is your favorite healthy food, and do you have a favorite way of preparing it?
I like a simple and clean diet that is rich in nutrients.
What is your favorite healthy beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), and do you have any insider tips for preparing it?
I believe in ingestible beauty and wellness. In China, we believe we are what we eat, and the food and drinks we take in have the strength of healing. My favorite healthy beverages are collagen shots and hyaluronic acid shots. They keep you feeling good and actually help the body and mind to function well—better than tequila! Ingestible products have been a trend in Asia for a long while. We will see it shine in the western world soon.
What is your greatest wellness achievement?
Being able to do what I love to do every day and not taking one day of sick leave in the past 10 years!
What person in wellness do you most admire and why?
A 126-year-old lady in China. In Chinese, we have a phrase “含饴弄孙”, which means the person’s life is sweet, and s/he spends a lot of lovely time with the grandchildren. This is the life this lady is having now, happily enjoying her longevity every single day.
What is the best piece of wellness advice you have ever received and from whom?
Wellness is a choice.
What do you think is the most exciting wellness innovation you have recently discovered?
Cellular-level anti-aging solutions to achieve longevity. As you may imagine, our cells experience different stages as we age. Science Research Wellness (SRW) Laboratories curates the very latest in science and research to formulate premium nutraceuticals that target different stages of cellular change through the years. The founder of SRW, Greg Macpherson, authored Harnessing the Nine Hallmarks of Aging: To Live Your Healthiest Life, which aims to make the science behind the aging process accessible to the general public.
What is your idea of balanced healthy happiness?
It is to be mentally as well as physically well and happy. This balance can only be reached when a person transforms both mentality and lifestyle.
What do you think is the most overused word or words in wellness?
Do you have a secret health or wellness tip you would like to share?
I wake up around 5:30 am every day. It doesn’t matter where I am. I then do a dance workout from a YouTuber. Sometimes, I have to be up for 18 hours a day. This morning ritual helps me stay energetic and focused.
What is your favorite place for a healthy vacation or escape?
New York! Who doesn’t like the Big Apple?
Is there a particular wellness company or brand that truly impresses you with their efforts and why?
SRW and Bee Plus. SRW is not only about the leading technology and the exciting innovations in cell rejuvenation. Deep down, it represents the strong connection of a diverse team of top scientists, the passion for making a better life for mankind, thrilling inspirations and unlimited possibilities we never before imagined, and a tremendous milestone in the history of life science. Bee Plus is a brand that uses manuka honey. The value of manuka honey cannot be viewed only as a commodity but also a sweet and generous blessing from mother nature to heal us in a gentle and safe, yet powerful way.
What is your favorite self-care routine?
I find massage very relaxing.
What is your go-to for de-stressing?
Watching the TV show Making the Cut. I hope there is more!
What aspect of your wellbeing do you struggle with the most, or would most like to improve?
I’m not a great cook. I cannot make food healthy and delicious by myself.
What wellness-related books or authors do you recommend, and why?
An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives by Matt Richtel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist. I found it interesting, as it explains to lay readers as well as experts the fascinating immune system. It’s well written, fun to read, and provides more to ponder.
How do you celebrate small victories?
I have a glass of Riesling and hug my kids, telling them I’m grateful for them letting me do what I love to do.
What brings you joy?
Connecting people, whether it be brand founders with amazing stories and passions; scientists with their massive knowledge and insights; consumers, like you and me, with our unique perspectives, needs, and tastes; and manufacturers with powerful production facilities and expertise. When these people start to talk, miracles are made. And that’s what sparks my joy.