With over 700 members, the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay (WCTB) is currently the only corporate wellness networking and educational organization in the Tampa Bay area.
The WCTB aims to create networking and educational opportunities to its members through dynamic presentations at each quarterly and annual meeting, online resources, monthly email updates, and much more.
To provide a network for corporate health and wellness professionals to improve the health of the greater Tampa Bay area through collaboration, resource sharing and strategic planning.
Our Steering Committee
The Wellness Council of Tampa Bay Steering Committee acts as the strategic planning team for the Council. They coordinate events, bridge resources, and look to expand professional development opportunities for all members. They meet on a bi-monthly basis to keep the “pulse” of the organization alive.
The Wellness Council of Tampa Bay receives administrative support from Gulf Coast North Area Health Education Center. GNAHEC connects students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. We inspire, train, recruit and retain a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice in communities where the need is greatest.
In late 2009, Steve Malla, Wellness Coordinator at St. Petersburg College was searching for similar-focused wellness professionals in the Tampa Bay area to share ideas in programming, resources, and education. The unsuccessful search of an organized group led his efforts to organize a networking and resource sharing meeting.
The first informal meeting of professionals was held in February 2010. Over 20 corporate wellness, public health, and private health care professionals attended the opportunity to network, brainstorm, and educate themselves to further their expertise. The very successful first meeting led to continued quarterly meetings and an original name of the Bay Area Wellness Coordinators Networking Group (BAWC).
Through the development of the BAWC, another very similar group of wellness professionals were discovered meeting just south of the Skyway Bridge in Manatee/Sarasota region. This group, now called the Wellness Council of Tampa Bay South, decided to join our efforts to enhance the opportunities for Tampa Bay area wellness professionals. The partnership was furthered by the Inaugural Annual Meeting in December 2010 that was promoted to both groups in an effort connect wellness professionals from each region of the Tampa Bay area.
The steady momentum of a growing membership, continued quarterly meetings, and highly attended Annual Meetings led to an official 15-person Steering Committee to be appointed in October 2011. The Steering Committee agreed on the new organizational name, Wellness Council of Tampa Bay, appointed cabinet members and currently meet bi-monthly to plan meetings, events, resource sharing, and administrative business.