This piece is part of our 21 Local Innovators To Watch roundup in the August 2022 print issue of District Fray. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
District Fray: Why you do what you do
Gerard Burley: I believe everyone deserves to feel healthy and confident in their skin. Unless we are more thoughtful as a country about who we have in mind while creating health and wellness programs, only a select few will experience the right (yes, I believe it’s a right) of good health.
How are you helping
I partner with organizations, companies, brands and community leaders to create and implement real game plans to make their groups, staff and customers more inclusive and healthier.
Who else is helping
Anyone who is intentional about incorporating social justice, diversity and inclusion to even the playing field of the health and wellness field. This can be as simple as inviting a neighbor who you normally wouldn’t to go on a walk. Or major health brands committing to developing plans to make their teams more inclusive.
Where you escape in D.C.
My bathtub. It’s my sanctuary.
Where you go to escape D.C.
I love a beach. Miami, here I come.
Literally anything Brené Brown. Love her “Dare to Lead” podcast. Everyone also needs to read “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.”
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