Wellthy founder joins leaders, innovators at Clinton Global Initiative America

Cincinnati native and 2008 Miami University grad James Dickerson attended the first-ever Clinton Global Initiative America in Chicago on June 29-30, representing his Cincinnati-based employee health startup company, Wellthy.

Wellthy is a fun, social and simple way for businesses to get more engaged in health and wellness. Coworkers share healthy meal ideas and activities and enter into health challenges with one another to earn points, badges and rewards.

Dickerson attended the Chicago summit with his Kansas City-based co-founder, Ryan Tinker, who is moving to Cincinnati this summer. The pair's company was one of only five nationwide, out of a large pool of applicants, chosen to participate in CGI America – a meeting solely dedicated to solving economic problems in the United States. The other four startups came from Boulder, Dallas and Chicago.

CGI America grew out of the Clinton Global Initiative, which annually brings together hundreds of world leaders to address pressing global problems. At the end of the convention, participants pledge to contribute to change in the world with steps as simple as using CFL light bulbs or as complex and time-consuming as rebuilding a village in Haiti.

The meeting in Chicago in late June focused on job growth and revitalization of workplaces, so Wellthy's approach to employee morale, health and well-being was a good fit, Dickerson says. He adds that as they met with high-ranking, successful men and women in breakout groups, Dickerson and Tinker were able to refine their company goals and processes.

The five startup companies also spent a few hours at Excelerate Labs in Chicago a startup accelerator similar to The Brandery in Cincinnati.

"Being accepted to the conference and being around such successful and influential people gave us the confidence we needed to keep pushing forward with Wellthy," Dickerson says.

Wellthy is currently conducting private beta testing and welcoming new organizations to test its software. Follow Dickerson on Twitter at @dickersonjames or visit the website.

By Sarah Blazak, CincyTech

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