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Agenda 2020

Registration & Breakfast

Icebreaker

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

  • Denise Gaskin | Chief Operating Officer | Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Anjali Bindra Patel | Editor at Large, Overcoming Lawyer Burnout | Thrive Global

Denise Gaskin
Anjali Bindra Patel

Anjali is the Editor at Large for Thrive Global’s Overcoming Lawyer Burnout platform. She is also a TEDx speaker, lawyer and serial entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sweatours, a well being platform for law students and lawyers, as well as a Faculty Member at WELCOA Wellness Council of America.  Anjali is a member of the […]

The ABA Pledge and Resources Available for Mental Health Programs

This engaging session will bring insight from the American Bar Association and discuss why and how they created a well-being pledge for law firms and how those in legal services can better protect their lawyers and employees through mental health programs.  

  • Theresa Gronkiewicz | Senior Counsel, Center for Professional Responsibility and Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession | American Bar Association

Theresa Gronkiewicz

Theresa (“Terri”) Gronkiewicz, is Senior Counsel at the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, providing national leadership in developing and interpreting standards and scholarly resources in legal and judicial ethics, professional regulation, professionalism, lawyer and judicial assistance, and client protection. In her role, she serves as counsel to the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs […]

The Development and Evolution of a Workplace Wellness Program

Considering the Wellness Council of America has been around for 30 years, one might think that the steps for creating and launching a wellness program is easy; providing gym memberships, prizes for healthy eating, access to counseling or supporting athletic endeavors, etc – but it is not that simple. Lack of employee engagement, a shortage of leadership support, complicated incentives all have the potential to derail your wellness program before it even starts. In this session, we will look at the steps you should take in creating a workplace wellness program. We will discuss:

  • Don’t rush – take your time to develop a formal strategic plan with measurable goals
  • Recruit employees for a wellness committee
  • Exercise creativity in identifying free and cost-effective activities to improve employee health
  • Create a program that demonstrates the company cares about their employees
  • Give your workplace wellness culture time to develop
  • Determine ways to collect data and provide measurement options
  • Prioritize privacy
  • Don’t let the program run on auto-pilot, you need to keep it running and moving effectively
 
  • Melinda Rombold | Chief Human Resources Officer | SAE International

Melinda Rombold

Melinda Rombold is SAE International’s Chief Human Resource Officer.  In this role, she is responsible for leading all strategic aspects of the Human Resource function for the organization.  Melinda and the HR team focus on advancing cultural/organizational change, enabling SAE to achieve its growth objectives and to attract and retain talent.  She partners with leadership […]

Wellness as a Strategic Growth Driver

Employees are costly, likely your first or second largest cost. The cost to recruit and retain are sky rocketing. If you don’t look at your employees’ overall well-being, then you are missing out on huge opportunities to retain, engage and grow your customer base, plus grow your bottom line. Employees are looking at you for you – are you ready to meet their needs? We’ll discuss questions such as:

  • Have you really looked at your employees as a strategic asset vs. just a cost?
  • Have you peeked under the cover of what’s really brewing with your employees?
  • Do you prefer to offer standard insurance products, just to remain compliant, without asking your employees for their wants/needs?
  • Do you actually value your employees’ well-being?
  • Have you determined the actual cost of losing a talented employee?
 
  • Philip Romm | Chief of Strategic HR | Growth Solutions Team

Philip Romm

Phil started his human resources career in 1998 and over the course of his career he has held a variety of position in many different types and sizes of organizations.  For the past 3 years, he has provided business owners & community leaders with human resources & management advice. Phil possesses an MS in Industrial […]

Fireside Chat: Living With Depression: How Two Professionals Battled Their Demons And Lived to Talk about It

This engaging fireside chat will share real-life stories as how two successful professionals have battled depression. You will hear how the stigma of mental health initially affected their professional and personal lives; what they both did to change the way depression and mental health is viewed and what they are doing now to carry on personally, while shedding light into this important topic.

  • Benjamin Greenzweig | Mental Health Soldier & CEO, Co-Founder | Momentum
  • Mark Goldstein | Counsel, Labor & Employment Group | Reed Smith LLP

Benjamin Greenzweig

Benjamin Greenzweig is an entrepreneur and a seasoned business development and strategy executive whose experience includes more than two decades of working with media, technology, retail, consumer goods, financial services, energy, food & beverage, defense, government and professional services executives across the globe on a variety of topics and conference formats, from roundtables to tradeshows. […]

Mark Goldstein

Mark is Counsel in the New York office of Reed Smith and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group.  Mark’s practice is focused on helping companies in New York and around the world manage their workplace needs.  To that end, Mark counsels clients on a variety of day-to-day and also big-picture workplace issues.  […]

Networking Break

Environment and Culture: How Design, Approach and Compassion Can Help Support a Culture of Well-Being all While Managing Costs

The environment of your workplace is much more than creative decorating; it also the feeling that your employees have when walking into the door. Your environment contributes to the overall culture of your organization more than you know. Additionally, the culture of your organization is defined through the underlying beliefs, assumptions, values and ways of interacting – all of which can make or break the idea of well-being. In this session we will examine items such as:

  • Designing the right environment to best exemplify the culture you want to be seen and promoted
  • Understanding the role that compassion has in creating an engaged workforce
  • Learning how the approach you take can affect authenticity and brand
  • Identifying how a supportive culture focused on well-being is important
  • Determining ways to manage costs when developing a wellness-based culture
  • Examining the ways that a supportive culture of well-being helps in maintaining retention and morale
Meghan Hollan | Vice President of HR | CR Architecture & Design

Meghan Hollan

Meghan Hollan, is a Human Resources and personal brand enthusiast, and is coined as “the unlikely HR person.”   Meghan currently is the Vice President of Human Resources for CR Architecture + Design, a national firm.  She holds her degree in Public Relations and Marketing from Northern Kentucky University and is working on a Masters in […]

A Culture of Employee Engagement – Finding Strategies that Makes Workplace Wellness Work

HR & Benefits Executives tend to have employee engagement constantly on the mind.  How do you engage your employees?  Can I get more workers involved?  Did we do everything possible to keep people actively utilizing our wellness programs? By redefining “engagement” to fit our organization’s needs, we have made our company more fun and dynamic workplace that in turn allows our associates to treat customers and colleagues better, freedom to innovate and collaborate, and thus continuously improving our business.

  • Mary Jackson | Chief Officer, Professional Resources | Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Mary Jackson

Mary is the Chief Officer of Professional Resources at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon, a large national law firm in Canada.  She sits on the Executive Committee of the Firm and is responsible for the management, recruitment, professional development and training of legal professionals and staff at Blakes.   She is also actively involved in many […]

Mapping Culture + Wellness + Strategy

According to the ABA’s Well Being Initiative, Wellness is about creating Healthy People and a Healthy Firm: one in which all members collaborate to continually improve processes to protect & promote member well-being and firm success including profitability. In a Healthy Firm, we seek alignment of both the firm and member goals and needs so that we can grow and thrive together.  In this workshop-style session you will learn from someone who has worked both outside and inside a law firm and we will share how to measure your own culture, and “map” those findings to the elements of a healthy firm including your firm’s strategic goals. A few things we will discuss include:

  • Understanding that culture is the way things ARE around here
  • What wellness has to do with culture
  • Examining how culture can show if your organization is healthy
  • Understanding how to improve your culture and how that can improve your firm’s health & well-being
 
  • Denise Gaskin | Chief Operating Officer | Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Denise Gaskin

Lunch

Impacting Employee Well-being Through Diversity and Inclusion

An inclusive workplace supports employee well-being through its positive effects on employee self-concept and self-esteem; enhanced career achievements and progression; greater work-life balance; social connectedness and belonging; reduced discrimination, prejudice and harassment and pro-social behavior. In this session we will examine how diversity and inclusion can truly impact employee well-being, through topics like:

  • Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee well-being
  • Employees with high levels of well-being are more inclusive
  • Effective well-being initiatives accommodate the unique needs of different employees
  • Best practice diversity and inclusion programs recognize mental health and well-being as a diversity issue
 
  • Lacy Nations | HR Director | Crowley Fleck

Lacy Nations

Lacy is the Director of Human Resources for a regional law firm, Crowley Fleck PLLP. Prior to entering the legal industry, she spent over 10 years in the energy sector. Lacy believes that mindfulness and genuine interactions in the workplace is the key to success.

Worksite Wellness Programming: Is it Built to Last?

In this session you will be immersed in how to create and spread a successful wellness program with support and collaboration of key internal and external stakeholders awhile addressing barriers and threats to sustainability.  We will explore:

  • The various theoretical and practical wellness program designs
  • The implementation and evaluation strategies that will enhance the health outcomes of employees
  • Ways to gain support and collaboration from leadership
  • Ideas to keep all employees engaged
  • Manners to keep your program continuing into the future
 
  • Dr. Nicole Hare-Everline | Director of Employee Wellness and Employee Assistance Program | City of Houston

Nicole Hare-Everline

Dr. Nicole Hare-Everline is a dynamic and creative organizational leader with doctoral-level training and human resource background and over 15 years of experience developing, implementing, and marketing benefits programs to multicultural populations.   She is the Assistant Director of Benefits for the City of Houston. Her areas of responsibility include Benefits Operations and Strategy, Employee Assistance […]

Get Off Your Butt: Integrating Exercise & Healthy Habits Into Your Workplace Culture

Changing the mindset of your employees to one that includes health and wellness can be done simply by integrating exercise, nutrition and healthy habits into the workplace culture. This interactive session is sure to get you moving as it will provide demonstrations as to how you can incorporate fun and effective exercises and simple healthy tips into any workplace environment. We will look at such things as:

  • Simple breathing techniques to de-stress
  • Mindfulness exercises to clear the head
  • Short walks, walking through conference calls and ways to increase the steps
  • Using standing desks, wireless headsets to encourage movement
  • And more
  • Jennifer Paine McKay | VP Human Resources | Hercules Capital

Jennifer Paine McKay

Jennifer has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning.  She fosters a culture of full spectrum participation, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value. At Hercules Capital, she plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and […]

Networking Break

Utilizing a Remote Work Policy to Help Reduce Burn-Out

Burnout is a phenomenon that is becoming progressively common worldwide, so it’s important to be able to identify the initial symptoms of this struggle and implement a solution before it escalates. Research indicates that offering flexible work options including a remote work policy increases job satisfaction and lowers burnout. In this session, we will examine things such as:

  • Identifying the signs of burnout
  • Describing flexible work options
  • Learning about work and travel programs
  • Understanding the benefits of flexible & remote work policies
 
  • Heather Gleason | Employee Benefits and Payroll Services Manager | Arbitration Forums, Inc.

Heather Gleason

Manage Fairness for Better Health

Life isn't fair. We know this from experience. But what happens when work isn't fair? Organizational unfairness, or injustice, refers to a pattern of exposure to inequitable conditions that undermine employees’ dignity and self-respect. It runs the gamut from being unsupported by your supervisor… to being spoken to rudely… to being bullied… to being assaulted. Organizational unfairness is linked to heart disease along with a variety of other physical and mental health problems. In this session, we will cover:

  • Understanding the four categories of organizational injustice and its link to wellbeing
  • How different policies for different workers contribute to unfairness
  • Is the notion of fairness at work a product of a self-entitled workforce?
  • Strategies to prioritize wellness for everyone
  • Melissa Nelson | Professional Development Manager | Levenfeld Pearlstein

Melissa Nelson

Capturing Your Employees’ Attention: Market & Communicate Your Health and Wellness Plan Effectively

Many Benefits and HR executives don’t believe they need to know marketing to do their jobs well; however, when it comes to communicating your health & wellness plans to your employees in an effective and engaging manner, effective marketing is the key. This interactive session will provide you manners to design and create a successful marketing communication plan for your health & wellness program. In this session we will examine:

  • How to identify the biggest communication challenges employers currently face
  • Insight as to how to overcome communication challenges
  • Methods of utilizing different means of communications including social media, corporate intranets, web portals, emails, mobile apps and more
  • Utilizing behavior change principles to grab employees’ attention, engage them throughout the process and continue the program
  • Conducting a stakeholder analysis and how to target messages to each group as well as utilize different segments of your employee population to involve others
 
  • Amy Anderson | Chief Human Resources Officer | Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Amy Anderson

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

  • Denise Gaskin | Chief Operating Officer | Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Anjali Bindra Patel | Editor at Large, Overcoming Lawyer Burnout | Thrive Global

Denise Gaskin
Anjali Bindra Patel

Anjali is the Editor at Large for Thrive Global’s Overcoming Lawyer Burnout platform. She is also a TEDx speaker, lawyer and serial entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sweatours, a well being platform for law students and lawyers, as well as a Faculty Member at WELCOA Wellness Council of America.  Anjali is a member of the […]

Cocktail Reception

Registration & Breakfast

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

  • Denise Gaskin | Chief Operating Officer | Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Anjali Bindra Patel | Editor at Large, Overcoming Lawyer Burnout | Thrive Global

Denise Gaskin
Anjali Bindra Patel

Anjali is the Editor at Large for Thrive Global’s Overcoming Lawyer Burnout platform. She is also a TEDx speaker, lawyer and serial entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sweatours, a well being platform for law students and lawyers, as well as a Faculty Member at WELCOA Wellness Council of America.  Anjali is a member of the […]

Developing a Wellness Committee – How Can You Make Your Committee Actually Do Something for Your Organization

The main role of a wellness committee is to communicate, participate, motivate and support the organization’s wellness program. The problem is that many times committees end up not following through with its plans and ideas. It is important to integrate your wellness program within your organization’s business and culture and get everyone engaged. In this session, we will:

  • Discuss how to create a wellness committee
  • Understand what the wellness committee’s purpose
  • Determine how to foster collaboration and enthusiasm among employees
  • Learn how to reshape the company’s culture to promote healthy living
 
  • Maria Bruno Warner | Director, Human Resources | Nutter, McClennen & Fish

Maria Bruno Warner

Maria G. Bruno Warner is the Director of Human Resources at Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP, based in Boston, Massachusetts. She is responsible for full cycle talent management of the firm’s professional support staff. This includes: recruitment and retention; performance and compensation management; administration of the Human Resources Information Systems; benefits management; and, policy development […]

Recruiting, Retaining, Rewarding and Retiring “Key Talent” in Today’s Competitive Environment – How a Wellness Program Can Assist

Today’s employment market is not only competitive but also multi-generational; and providing a wellness program is something that can help you make sure you are not only able to recruit millennial and Gen Z lawyers and staff; but it helps you keep people who are on the partner/leadership track. In addition, baby-boomers and those ready to retire have other issues on their mind. A well-run wellness program will make sure your employees are healthier physically, mentally and financially which creates a win-win scenario for everyone. In this session, we will share stories as to how organizations are utilizing their wellness programs to improve overall talent management, such as:

  • Understanding the role a work-life balance plays in your recruitment and retention
  • Examining what different generations are looking for when it comes to benefits and wellness programs
  • Connecting and engaging employees through next generation Employee Resource groups
  • Measuring ROI in wellness and wellbeing as it applies to talent management
  • Jennifer Minks | Vice President, Human Resources | Litigation Management Inc.

Jennifer Minks

Ms. Jennifer Minks is currently the Vice President of HR at Litigation Management, Inc., where she has been for 12 years.  She holds a BS in Psychology and Sociology and an MBA. Ms. Minks has served in multiple capacities over 20 years in HR; including talent management, total rewards, organizational development and strategic business initiatives.  […]

Fostering Professional & Ethical Conduct Through Wellness

This interactive session will share how Kirkland has become one of the first in BigLaw to start a well-being program focused on resilience, connection, fitness and nutrition. We will look at such things as:

  • Utilizing apps to reduce stress and increase resilience
  • Supporting better choices in connection with addictive behaviors and substance abuse
  • Examining the mindset that can affect your mental and physical health
  • Understanding the firm’s role in providing a support system that assists employees to remain professional and ethical no matter their state of mind
  • Robin Belleau | Director of Wellbeing | Kirkland & Ellis

Robin Belleau

Networking Break

How Can You Provide the Same Wellness Programs & Benefits to ALL Your Employees Regardless of Location and Office Size

Let’s face it, companies today have remote employees, multiple offices across different regions, and offices of various sizes. So how can you make sure that you provide all your employees, regardless of location the same opportunities to be involved in your wellness programs? In this session, we will discuss:

  • Best practices of marketing wellness programs to all employees across all locations
  • Ways to designate “wellness crusaders” in each office/location
  • Ideas as to how to keep those outside of your headquarters engaged
 
  • Jayme Mayo | PA-C/Wellness Director | Nabholz Construction Corporation

Jayme Mayo

Jayme Mayo, Physician Assistant, is the in-house medical provider and wellness director at Nabholz Construction where she has successfully lead efforts over the past 13 years. Due to the Nabholz innovation, Jayme was featured in HBO’s documentary on obesity titled “Weight of the Nation” and with the CDC as a National Healthy Worksite Program Case […]

Compliance & Regulations – How to Ensure Your Wellness Program is Checking All the Boxes

Many companies are utilizing employee wellness programs to encourage their workforce to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles in a quest to better manage healthcare costs. Many of these programs use health risk assessments, biometric screenings or competitions. However, recently the EEOC has filed lawsuits against employers stating that their wellness programs violate the Americans with Disability Act. This session will:

  • Examine some of the programs that have allegedly violated the ADA and what this could mean for corporate wellness programs in the future
  • Discuss how you take due diligence to ensure that your wellness program is not ripe for litigation
  • Ron Peppe | Vice President Legal & Human Resources | Canam Steel Corporation

Ron Peppe

Ron is VP for Legal and Human Resources for Canam Steel Corporation, and oversees legal, human resources and risk management issues for the company.  Canam is the US subsidiary of Canam Group, which is the largest steel fabricator in North America. Ron previously served as VP Law and Technology for the Association of Corporate Counsel, […]

StressTech: Using Digital Technologies to Achieve Healthy Stress Levels

As individuals continue to utilize mobile devices for work; many times, they never turn-off their work-brain; as it is all too easy to be responding to emails and pings at all times of the day and night. This behavior is not only destroying the work-life balance; but also causing an alarming amount of mental and physical fatigue and stress. In this session, we will share a variety of digital technologies readily available that can help your employees achieve a more peaceful sense of being. We will look at things like:

  • What technologies can be incorporated into your wellness programs
  • How you can improve the impact of your programs through these new technologies
  • Where to invest in new applications for greater employee engagement
  • Why the data gathered through these new applications can prove helpful and actualize better savings
  • Craig DeLarge | Digital Health Strategist | The Digital Mental Health Project

Craig DeLarge

Craig A. DeLarge is a digital healthcare strategist & intrapreneur, and founder/curator at The Digital Mental Health Project (www.medium.com/@dmhp). The Project combines his occupation as digital health strategist, and vocation as mental health advocate and caregiver, to produce, education, research and events which facilitate a “responsible” adoption of digital in the mental health space. In his career, […]

Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

  • Denise Gaskin | Chief Operating Officer | Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
  • Anjali Bindra Patel | Editor at Large, Overcoming Lawyer Burnout | Thrive Global
Denise Gaskin
Anjali Bindra Patel

Anjali is the Editor at Large for Thrive Global’s Overcoming Lawyer Burnout platform. She is also a TEDx speaker, lawyer and serial entrepreneur. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sweatours, a well being platform for law students and lawyers, as well as a Faculty Member at WELCOA Wellness Council of America.  Anjali is a member of the […]

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