Join me and my best friend of 37 years, Alison Bell, as we candidly discuss our intertwined journey to break free from diet culture’s grasp and the pivotal role our friendship played in finding freedom through intuitive eating.
She talks about the importance of trusting her body, challenging societal messages about food and weight, and making conscious efforts not to comment on other people’s bodies.
We touch on radical self-love, body neutrality, and the significance of continuously challenging ourselves and each other to grow and heal.
Alison Bell is the Regional Vice President of Western Governors University’s Central Region, which consists of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. She also serves as Chancellor of WGU Indiana. Bell has more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience, including four years of prior experience with WGU Indiana as their general manager of operations from 2010-2014.
Before returning to WGU, Bell served as Director of Degree Completion at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she led operations and supervised academic coaching and career staff.
Bell earned a M.A. in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. She received additional training through the Indiana University Advising Leadership Institute and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
Bell’s presentation accolades consist of presenting at the University Professional and Continuing Education (UPCEA) National Conference in 2017 and 2018, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) National Conference in 2017, the Quality Matters (QM) Connect Conference in 2017, and the CanvasCon Region Conference in 2017.
Bell currently serves on the advisory board for TechPoint and for Career Ready Indiana, an Indianapolis Business Journal publication. She previously served on several higher education committees during her tenure at IUPUI, including: Academic Policies and Procedures Committee, the Campus Advising Council, the Recruitment Council, the Welcoming Campus Task Force, and the Mid-North Promise Program. She was also the recipient of WGU’s Excellence in University Service Award in 2011.
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