NWI William B. Baun Lifetime Achievement Award winner Fred Leafgren, Ph.D., shares how he and his colleagues launched the first National Wellness Conference in 1977, from which the National Wellness Institute (NWI) was born. NWI continues to realize the mission of providing unparalleled resources and services to wellness and wellness promotion professionals to fuel professional and personal growth. Today the annual National Wellness Conference is the most highly acclaimed professional conference in health and wellness.