Wellbeing Experience with Dessa and Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer

The Wellbeing Experience, which was held on November 16, 2018, featured talks from international wellbeing expert Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer and Minneapolis rapper, singer, and author Dessa. Dessa also performed live music during her portion of the program, and was accompanied by Aby Wolf and Matthew Santos.

Prior to the talks, the Center hosted an indoor self-care festival at Northrop, which included live music from local artists, food trucks, aromatherapy, acupuncture, massage, therapy animals, yoga, Reiki, health coaching, engaging opportunities with our sponsors, and even an indoor forest. 

Videos of Dr. Kreitzer and Dessa's presentations can be viewed below. Additionally, you may learn more about the sponsors and vendors for this event below the videos.

Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer Presents "Global Flourishing: Igniting Change Through Personal Wellbeing"

UMN Wellbeing Experience: Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer and Opening Song by Cameron Kinghorn

Looking through the lens of wellbeing, Dr. Kreitzer challenged the audience to become catalysts for change in their personal lives – and the world around them.

Prior to Dr. Kreitzer's talk, musican Cameron Kinghorn performed "It's In Every One of Us." A version of Dr. Kreitzer's talk without the musical introduction is available on YouTube.


Dessa Presents "Greater than the Greatest Good?" and Live Music

UMN Wellbeing Experience: Dessa Presents "Greater than the Greatest Good?" and Live Music

What, if anything, do we appraise as more valuable than happiness? How do our ideas about purpose and authentic experience inform our understanding of well-being? Drawing from philosophy, published research, and her own experience as a touring musician, Dessa talked about happiness, meaning, art, and the drive to lead a self-determined life.


Vendors, Sponsors, and Activities

Special thanks to our sponsors, vendors, and those who provided activities at this event. Learn more about them below.


In addition to live performances by our headliner, Dessa, guests had the chance to hear some great local musicians.


There were many free activities for people to experience prior to the event.