1992 classmates and friends Brad Bongiovanni (left) and Jon Chandonnet

Their gift to you

January 29, 2022

Well-Being

Brad Bongiovanni and Jon Chandonnet, two friends from the Class of 1992, want you to be well.

Like, really, really well. They want you to be in such a great place that they’re still trying to figure out the right words to describe just how well they mean. Lately, they’ve been thinking about their vision as not just “well-being” but “whole-being,” as in “not that everything’s perfect, just that you have what you need to feel whole,” as Bongiovanni puts it. He adds that it’s not “a one-size-fits-all proposition.”

They are inviting Spiders to join them in exploring these questions through a conversation series they host in partnership with alumni relations.

“Spotlight on Wellbeing” is a virtual monthly discussion between themselves and a guest that combines professional expertise with personal experience. Recent guests include Jay Carpenter, R’92, author Kelly Corrigan, W’89, and Jen Fisher, chief well-being officer at Deloitte.

For Bongiovanni, this pursuit has been integral to his profession as a doctor of naturopathic medicine, a specialty that focuses on the whole person and emphasizes deep well-being.

For Chandonnet, its roots are deeply personal, the result of a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis at age 27. Since then, he’s become a father and an author sharing his story of becoming more conscious about his life and his health — trying to minimize disease impacts while powering his well-being through new approaches to diet, exercise, and spirituality.

For more information about these and other upcoming alumni events, go to alumni.richmond.edu.