CEO, International WELLBuilding Institute
What if your building could be a public health intervention tool? What if your office space made your employees healthier just because you spent 8-10 hours a day there? It was the potential of joining the world’s largest asset class – real estate – with the world’s fastest growing industry – wellness — that led Paul Scialla to found the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™)and develop the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), the performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of buildings and communities that impact the health and well-being of the people who use these spaces every day. Today, WELL is in 31 countries and more than 110 million square feet are registered and certified under this evidence-based standard.
Paul knows both worlds well. He spent 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, where he came to understand the power of purpose-driven capitalism to impact the world’s problems. That’s why IWBI was founded as a public benefit corporation, a corporate governance structure that allows for public benefit to be a charter purpose of its mission. He’s a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation, as well as a board member of the Chopra Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, and he currently resides in New York City. He has become a leading advocate for the idea of human sustainability through better buildings, and has spoken at green building, real estate, and technology forums around the globe.