Maggie McDaris serves as vice president of programs and partnerships at LulaFit. Among her duties at the amenities management firm is helping office and residential buildings earn a WELL building certification—the first rating system to focus exclusively on the impacts of the built environment on human health and wellness.
Tell us about your background. Where did you grow up, where did you go to school?
I was born and raised in one of the sprawling suburbs outside of Atlanta. An amazing work experience opportunity to intern in the Southern Living test kitchen (yes, it was as delicious as it sounds) meant I split my collegiate years between Auburn University and Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating with a degree in nutrition and dietetics, I completed my dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. My desire to advance human health and wellness took me around the world to communities in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and London, England where I lived and worked for hree years before settling in Chicago in 2017.