Areas of Specialty

Culture, Healthcare, Well-being

What matters to you?

Family, Health, Happiness, and Love

What are some wise words to live by?

Love always wins.

What brings you joy?

My daughters smiling faces, riding my motorcycle listening to the ocean.

Ryan Picarella

Senior Fellow

Ryan Picarella has worked with communities and organizations around the world to ignite social movements while improving the lives of all people. With extensive knowledge in organizational culture, Ryan approaches initiatives from a holistic perspective encompassing the many aspects of well-being. It is this alignment that has created long-term, healthy lifestyle changes for the millions he has impacted.

Ryan’s expertise and passion for his work comes from his background in psychology/anthropology and a career that spans human resources, healthcare, business and community development. In his most recent role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), Ryan was responsible for transforming the corporate wellness industry going beyond the traditional scope of clinical outcomes to a comprehensive focus on the whole person. Prior to WELCOA, Ryan worked for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee serving in human resources, corporate strategy and business development.

Widely known for his thought leadership, Ryan has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, been a keynote speaker at global conferences and currently serves as a senior fellow with WE in the World focusing on well-being and equity around the world. His work has been featured by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The American Journal of Health Promotion, Human Resources Executive and other notable publications and media outlets. Ryan has a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.