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INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER WAIBEL, CEO AND FOUNDER OF WELNYS

INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER WAIBEL, CEO AND FOUNDER OF WELNYS

by Tamara Williams, December 20, 2017

Heather Waibel

CEO and Founder

Welnys

Heather Waibel, Ceo and Founder of Welnys,  who participated in our Health IT Connections Program has a unique perspective on some of the biggest healthcare challenges and how they impact corporate profits. Stress costs companies $190B per year due to burn-out and turnover, and unhealthy habits at work reduce output by 15% – costing trillions, and there’s health care costs. “This is an employer’s second biggest budget item, averaging over $8,000 per employee. This is why 53% of companies now offer an on-site wellness program- things like chair massage, ergonomics, yoga and mindfulness classes. But, companies struggle to source quality vendors and don’t know how to appropriately screen them to make sure that they are insurance and licensed, says Heather.”  Companies have a hard time managing the logistics of their wellness program- things like tracking attendance, increasing engagement and measuring the ROI.

“Welnys is seeking to make workplace wellness easy by offering a marketplace of pre-vetted health and wellness vendors that are matched to companies who want their services. After booking, employers also get access to tools which help them to manage attendance and increase engagement in their wellness program, as well as see analytics to optimize and measure ROI. Our clients, PayPal, Jet.com, Stanley Black and Decker and others use Welnys because they love having a one-stop shop for their wellness needs, say Heather.”

“It couldn’t have been easier!” -Jet.com

Welnys is closing its $200k pre-seed raise on January 8th.  Heather has received media coverage  in New Jersey Tech WeeklyIndyri.se Podcast, and Disrupt Now Podcast.

Heather Waibel started her first business at the age of 23, Fumee, a cigar bar and media company. She became a “cigar celebrity” when she blogged about wearing the same shirt for 40 days in a row to raise awareness about Prop 86, a tax which would have put many small cigar shop owners out of business. This led to features in Cigar Snob, Cigar Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Heather also created and hosted the first ever cigar podcast which boasted 20,000 subscribers in 2006- before podcasting was mainstream. After an exit, Heather went on to spent half a decade as a technical project manager/scrum master at a Fortune 500 company working on projects for McDonalds, TiVo, MoneyGram and Disney. Now, she is returning to her entrepreneurial roots, combining her corporate experience with her 15 years of yoga practice into her next success, Welnys, a platform that makes wellness easy for companies. Heather holds an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, speaks German and has traveled to 5 continents, 36 countries and 27 US states.

 

If you are interested in connecting with Heather or learning more about the Health IT Connections Program please contact: Tamara Williams, Marketing Support Planner at Tamara.Williams@njii.com or visit njii.com/healthit