Renewal Virtual Summit 2020

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Anne Akers and Cheryl Benton are excited to co-host the fourth Renewal Summit and we are calling Tomatoes from Coast to Coast to this virtual event featuring top speakers and panelists who will inform and inspire for thriving in midlife and beyond.

The Program

Two segments will be released each week for four weeks. Details coming soon.


Keynote/Fireside Chat
“Make America Healthy Again” with Dr. Nicole Saphier

Cheryl Benton will interview Dr. Saphier around some of the topics in her book, Make America Healthy Again: How Bad Behavior and Big Government Caused a Trillion-Dollar Crisis, which will be released this spring by Harper Collins. Dr. Saphier is a board-certified radiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She is active in healthcare advocacy, legislation and a national medial contributor for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network

Panel: Life After COVID19

A panel of experts will discuss how to deal with the after effects of COVID19 from stress, trauma, grief, job losses and more.

Moderator: Jane Hanson, Emmy award winning television journalist and coach Jane Hanson has spent over 30 years helping people learn to communicate better.


  • Ross Guttler, Chief Executive Officer of The Open Center, the country’s longest running urban holistic center
  • Brett Cotter, Brett Cotter, founder of, is a stress relief expert
  • Judy Miller is Managing Director of EQ Leadership Group, a boutique firm whose expertise includes executive search, executive coaching.

Panel: Cannabis, Truth vs Fiction

We will cover everything from investing in cannabis businesses to benefits of cannabis and cannabis products and what consumers need to know.

Moderator: Jeanne Sullivan, Venture capitalist and advocate for cannabis legalization and adviser to investors in this new high growth industry. 

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Junella Chin is an advocate for better understanding of the science and medicine of cannabis. Dr. Chin and her team of physicians consult with patients all over the world. They have been integrating medical cannabis since 2001. Her work has been featured in Forbes, US News & World Report, Huffington Post, Good Morning America, among others.
  •  Wendy Nguyen is a fashion influencer (over 1 million Instagram followers), and founder of Wendy’s Lookbook.  She recently opened Artemis, a high quality CBD shop in NYC after discovering the benefits of CBD for her own PTSD from childhood sexual abuse, which she has only recently talked about publicly.

Panel: Sexual Health & Wellness

Sexual health is very much a part of our overall wellness. This will be an enlightening panel with top experts.

Moderator: Rachel Braun Scherl is a “vagipreneur” and an expert in business-building for female health companies, speaker, and author of “Orgasmic Leadership.”

Panelists include:

Alyssa Dweck, MS, MD, FACOG, is a practicing gynecologist at the CareMount Medical in Westchester County, New York.

Amy Buckalter,  CEO and Founder of Pulse®, (, a new revolutionary product with patented technology invented to dramatically improve the delivery of “goops” – lotions, gels, creams, oils, lubricants, and other liquid or fluid consistencies within the health and beauty space.

Colette Courtion,CEO and Founder of Joylux Inc., a company that provides solutions for women experiencing pelvic floor issues.

Panel: Wellness Travel & Spa Trends

Savvy, wellness-minded women are actively seeking out destinations, accommodations and experiences that will allow us to maintain a routine of fitness, healthy eating and other pursuits associated with wellness living. This panel of experts will discuss the growth of wellness travel and spa trends.

Moderator: Sallie Fraenkel, President of Mind Body Spirit Network, a leading expert in wellness travel and spas.

Panel includes:

  • Cataline Lloyd, Global Director of Luxury Leisure Sales at Proper Hospitality, luxury and wellness hotels and residences
  • Molly Anderson, Vice President, Wellness Programming and Experience Development at Canyon Ranch
  • Jodie Webber is creative director at Shou Sugi Ban House, a thirteen-room destination spa and retreat located in the Hamptons that embodies global wellness and healing-arts practices for their guests.
  • Nina Smiley, Ph.D. is Director of Mindfulness Programming, at Mohonk Mountain House, the iconic Victorian castle resort founded by the Smiley Family nestled in the Hudson Valley, Nina is co-author of The Three Minute Meditator, Mindfulness in Nature, and the CD Mini-Meditations That Will Enhance Your Life.

Panel: Women’s Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States and kills over 50,000 women a year. This panel features one of the leading cardiologists in the country, the head of the David Roth Foundation teaching TM around the world, and a woman who shares her personal story with heart issues.

Moderator:  Valerie Smaldone, celebrity interviewer, actress, radio host and 5 time Billboard Award winner.

Panelists include:

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Spokesperson, Go Red for Women, American Heart Association, is a cardiologist who has devoted her career to the treatment of heart disease through early detection, education, and prevention. 

Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation has trained thousands including John Lennon, Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey and many others, in the art of TM and the David Lynch Foundation has reached over 1 million people worldwide, including Veterans, Abused Women, and children in underserved communities.

Debbie Zipp, 3T LA Editor, author, actress, heart health advocate

Panel: CATCH THE GLOW:  Healthy Bodies, Radiant Beauty, Positive Spirits

Moderator Anne Akers, Health, Beauty, Wellness editor for 3Ts, and Founder/Publisher Glow Beauty Magazine


  • Dr. Daryl Gioffre, Wellness and Longevity Expert; Author, “Get Off Your Acid: 7 Steps in 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great and Reclaim Your Energy.”
  • Aleta St. James is a world-renowned energy healer, life coach, and author. She made worldwide news when she became the first woman in America to give birth to twins at age 57.
  • Nancy Northrop is a beauty expert who has spent her career helping women of all ages look and feel their best. 

Panel: Aging Backward

This high energy panel of experts will talk about food trends and fads, meditation, exercise and your brain, and much more.

Moderator: Kim Selby, 3T SF Editor, life-long Yogi, fashionista, and wellness advocate

Panelists include:

  • Roberta Mittman is an alternative health care practitioner, health and wellness coach, speaker, author, licensed acupuncturist and expert in Eastern medicine.
  • Lyn Genet-Recitas is a sports nutritionist, holistic health practitioner, sommelier and a NY Times and International Bestselling author of The Plan and The Metabolism Plan
  • Joan Pagano is an expert in putting together exercise and training programs for midlife women.  Her mission is to integrate physical fitness into their day to achieve a healthy, active and productive life.
  • Paula Oleska is a thought leader, award-winning brain coach and a bestselling author. 

Gift Bags and Raffles

Opportunity to purchase Luxury giftbags. And everyone can enter our raffle! Details soon.

Join The Three Tomatoes at some of our fun events from wine trips, comedy nights, trunk shows, theater, tea at Gracie Mansion and more. Check out 3T Events for upcoming fun.

Tomato Events

Join The Three Tomatoes at some of our fun events from wine trips, comedy nights, trunk shows, theater, tea at Gracie Mansion and more. Check out 3T Events for upcoming fun.

3 Responses

  1. Ella Newman says:

    This sounds like an amazing line up of interesting segments. I would like to participate as a future panelist on the connection between financial health and overall health.

  2. Karen says:

    Thank you!

  3. Janet Wise says:

    Wonderful – and generous – looking forward to it!

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