Mend Launches The Inaugural Mend 30 Awards


By Katerina Torres

Mend launched its inaugural The Mend 30 this year, honoring a group of authors, researchers, influencers, and disruptors who share the vision of opening the hearts and minds of society. The Mend 30 list isn't about money, power, or business influence, and it’s not a list to honor accomplishments reached by a certain age. The Mend 30 are individuals who through compassion and emotional intelligence pour positivity into the work they do to help others better their own lives.

We celebrated these amazing leaders in their fields with an intimate dinner at The Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California. Our founder and CEO, Elle Huerta, and television host, producer, activist, and culture expert on Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” Karamo Brown, co-hosted the event. Dinner kicked off with an intention-setting exercise led by Chris Pan, founder of MyIntent, and a toast by both hosts. Guests enjoyed a family-style dinner and had the opportunity to connect with each other to share the wonderful work they each do.

The Mend team was delighted watching everyone engage in meaningful conversations about their work, relationships, heartbreak, self care, and Mend. All guests had the opportunity to sit and listen to a Mend audio training, and a self care shrine highlighted some of our favorite ways to practice self care.

The Mend 30 honorees and other guests in attendance shared in their excitement for the event, a rare occasion when so many people in the relationship, therapy, and self care space gathered in one room. Everyone enjoyed each other’s company so much that no one wanted it to end.

At Mend, we live by our motto “Whole Hearts For Everyone” but our hearts have never been as full as they were at The Mend 30 dinner. We’re so grateful for the work that The Mend 30 do to inspire positivity in each life they touch. They truly set the standard.

All guests were treated to swag bags full of goodies from our wonderful sponsors. Throughout the night guests also had their portraits taken by John Johnson. You can view their photos and find out more about each of The Mend 30 here.

Photo Credits for Portraits

Anna Faris [Mark Seliger/NYTimes]
Esther Perel [jwtintelligence]
Cleo Wade [PopSugar]
Dan Savage [The Current]
Gary Chapman [N/A]
Mari Andrews [Hunter & Folk]
Gabrielle Korn [EDO PhotoMedia]
Terry Miller [NewNowNext/Terry Miller/Instagram]

writer photo

Katerina Torres

Katerina is a contributing editor at Mend. When she’s not cooking up new vegan recipes, she’s binge-watching another TV show. Her goal is to be your daily dose of positivity, whether through her writing, videos, or social media posts. You can watch her share bite-sized wellness tips in her weekly video series, Tub Talks.

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