CONFERENCE TRACKS

TRACK 1

Building Personal Resilience
Resilience isn’t something you’re born with. It’s built. Resilience is a learnable set of skills that are essential for us to meet the increasing demands being placed on us at work and at home. In this track, you will gain the tools and ability to not just manage challenge but to move forward and personally thrive.

TRACK 2

Creating a Resilient Workforce
The foundation of high-performing teams is the ability to adapt, pivot, and recover quickly when things inevitably change. In this track, you’ll Identify what keeps employees from successfully adapting to change, the types of change that the employer has a role in supporting, and the benefits to creating a resilient workforce.

TRACK 3

Harnessing the Science of Resilience for Organizational Transformation
The World Economic Forum says that by next year, 30 percent of current workforce skills will be outdated and new work-related skills of cognitive ability are needed. In addition, burnout is at epidemic levels with 40 percent of people now suffering from it. We can solve these sweeping organizational challenges – transforming people and organizations – by applying the science of resilience at scale. In this track, you’ll learn neuroscience-based tools to model resilience as an individual, mentor resilience in your teams, and make a resilient workplace through putting your values into action.

AGENDA

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Opening Remarks

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH
Founder & CEO, Kumanu

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Employers are currently struggling with a broken employee experience. Employees want meaningful work, a positive culture, and life balance. The C-Suite expects performance, agility, and growth. The missing foundational element in most health, talent, and organizational strategies is purpose. In this presentation, Dr. Strecher discusses the role of purpose at the employee and organizational levels. From ancient philosophy to the most modern neuroscience, Dr. Strecher presents the wisdom of purposeful living, offering specific and innovative approaches to provide what your employees want, and what your C-Suite expects.

Takeaways:

  • The importance of transcending life purpose to health, well-being, resilience, and vitality.
  • The importance of transcending organizational purpose to innovation, diversity, and performance.
  • Methods of creating stronger life and organizational purposes.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions

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SPEAKER
Joel B. Bennett, PhD
President
Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems

DESCRIPTION
We cannot address the mental health crisis through short-term, individual-level, wellness solutions. The toxicity of near-sighted, profit-oriented mentality requires more than self-care band-aids. The ability to transform adversity (stressors) into a positive resource requires heart-centered collaboration across multiple levels: persons, teams, organizations, and environments. When aligned, these can transform our cultural-victim view of stress and our understanding of the positive nature of work. In this highly participatory session, participants will (1) learn how systemic approaches work, based on over 20 years of research and consulting from the presenter, (2) experience first-hand some of the evidence-based tools that can move us from individual to team resilience and from resilience to thriving, and (3) discuss how to apply these tools in their own lives and work settings. In preparation for attendance, participants are asked to reflect (journal) on how these three terms differ in their personal experience of this happening life: wellness, well-being, and wholeness. Note. In association with WWCMA, Dr. Bennett will be conducting a train-the-trainer of his “Resilience to Thriving” course in January.

TRACK 2

Creating a Resilient Workforce

Mindfulness and Mental Resiliency

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SPEAKER
Dave Nelson
Certified ICF NLP Master Practitioner
Life Coach & CMA Meditation Teacher

DESCRIPTION
Dave Nelson is a near-death survivor, mental resiliency expert and mindfulness teacher. He founded the company Milestone Mind, which helps people and organizations improve their lives by taking a closer look at habits, patterns and behaviors and then applying evidence-based practices to help them on their journey to well-being and happiness. He has had the chance to teach people from all walks of life, including top government agencies, executives from Fortune 5 companies, Boston Fire, to students and staff at a variety of schools and universities. He is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner and Life Coach, and has undergone deep meditation training and practice from Kathmandu University's Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute. Today, Dave will share his personal story of resiliency, along with an evidence-based understanding of it, having you walk away with a new look at mindfulness and mental resiliency for your organization.

TRACK 3

Harnessing the Science of Resilience for Organizational Transformation

Meditation or Medication: Mindfulness and the Cultivation of Resilience

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SPEAKER
Ellen Flynn, MD, MTS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Alpert Medical School
Brown University

DESCRIPTION
Stress if part of the human condition. We are biologically wired to cope with stress. But we are living in age when stress, rather than being an episodic experience, is now unrelenting. In this talk I will review how this impacts not only your health but also your brain function; and what you can do about it. In medicine and in neuroscience, we are learning more and more about the neurobiology of resilience. This talk will also review the use of mindfulness as means of enhancing and cultivating resilience.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Exhibitors / Stretch Break / Resilience Experience

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

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SPEAKER
Edi Pasalis
Director of RISE Programming
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

DESCRIPTION
In this experiential session, you’ll learn Kripalu’s embodied approach to resilience and the specific practices that engage the whole body to cultivate calm, clarity, and connection—qualities that research shows help to reduce stress, combat burnout, build resilience, and improve decision-making and superior long-term job performance and enjoyment.

Explore your personal or professional stressors to understand your unique felt sense of stress and your habitual way of managing it. Experiment with three key tools to harness the cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral benefits of mindfulness, yoga, and positive psychology at work.

You’ll integrate your learning by creating an action plan—a blueprint for your ongoing practice. Rather than big, hard to implement plans, you’ll pick a very simple, natural next step for your personal practice to build resilience.

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SPEAKER
Alanna Fincke
SVP, Director of Content
meQuilibrium

DESCRIPTION
Rapid and relentless change is now the norm in today’s global business environment. As a result, 68% of employees feel overwhelmed. And it’s for reasons related to low resilience: difficulty in handling and adapting to change, the inability to work well in a team, and poor handling of interpersonal problems.

In this dynamic and interactive session, you will learn key neuroscience-based tools to shift the mindset of individuals and teams. This presentation will positively shift your ability to navigate change, position for innovation and intelligent risk-taking, and create a new more positive and empowered culture.

You’ll learn:

  • Tools that help individuals respond to change with resilience and emotional intelligence
  • How to identify and work around brain-based “threat states,” increasing flexible thinking and effective problem solving
  • How to build greater engagement and trust in change through a growth mindset
  • Techniques to manage stress and emotions more effectively to get back on track when disruptions occur

The 7 Habits of Highly Resilient People: Key Neuroscience Techniques That Will Empower Your People and Transform Your Business

TRACK 3

Harnessing the Science of Resilience for Organizational Transformation

Meditation and the Brain

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SPEAKER
Sara W. Lazar, PhD
Associate Researcher, Psychiatry Department, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor, Psychology, Harvard Medical School

DESCRIPTION
In this talk you will learn how meditation practice alters brain structure and function. These changes will be discussed in relation to the beneficial effects of meditation on stress, depression, anxiety and pain. The session will also address the use of brief mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into the workday.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch / VIP Lunch / Exhibitor Time / Resilience Experience

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

WorkWell MA Awards / Volunteer Awards

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Megan McDonough
General Manager of RISE
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

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Stress holds both a threat and an opportunity. Working under stress can lead to constricted thinking, damaging behavior, and poor physical health long-term. Stress is also an intrinsic part of a meaningful life – there’s no stress if you don’t care. Plus, stress holds the potential to forge strong relationships, shape a growth mindset, and support our capacity to perform well.

Resilience comes not when we are free from stress, but when we have the tools to meet the reality of stress and move through it skillfully. This keynote explores the real story behind stress, and the tools we have inside to meet the demands with more intention, well-being, and high performance.

You’ll be inspired with a new worldview, one that gives you the choice and power to engage in life more fully, even in tough times. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the cognitive-only approach into an evidence-based approach that leverages the whole person, body and mind.

In this way, you shift stress from a threat into an opportunity for mindfulness and meaning at work.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Exhibitors / Stretch Break / Resilience Experience

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

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SPEAKER
Amy Wood, PsyD
Psychologist & Author

DESCRIPTION
A high IQ doesn’t necessarily translate into academic, career, or social success. The most accurate predictor of success is emotional intelligence, or EQ – the capacity to understand one’s self and others and apply that understanding effectively in challenging personal and professional situations. This session covers the five key components of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, relationship management, and motivation. You’ll learn why EQ is integral to achievement, ways to increase it, and how to leverage it to enhance workplace wellness. You’ll take away solid strategies for putting your elevated EQ into action, so you can get the results you want and help others do the same.

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SPEAKER
David Lee
Founder
HumanNature@Work

DESCRIPTION
Would you like to know how to keep employee morale high, regardless of the change, challenge, and uncertainty your organization faces? Would you like your employees to face these changes, challenges, and uncertainties with a Can Do attitude? In this presentation, you will learn how.

You will learn what managerial and organizational practices create a resilient, adaptable culture, and what ones lead to one that is fragile, and change-resistant. Based on a synthesis of best practices, business research, and research from a variety of scientific disciplines focusing on human nature, this program will give you both a blueprint and practical strategies for boosting employee morale, reducing stress, and creating a “Bring It On!” “We’ve got this!” culture.

TRACK 3

Harnessing the Science of Resilience for Organizational Transformation

What Do We Know and What Don’t We Know About Resilience: The Case of Paramedics

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SPEAKER
Dr. Merv Gilbert
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University
Director, Vancouver Psych Health & Safety

DESCRIPTION
The capacity to recover from stressful experiences, often referred to as resilience, has been identified as a critical factor in preventing, or mitigating, the onset of physical and psychological injuries and disorders. This raises a number of questions. What is resilience? Does it only apply to recovering from extreme events, or critical incidents? Does it mean returning to baseline (bouncing back) or developing new skills (post traumatic growth)? Is resilience an individual character trait or a set of skills anyone can learn? What is the role of the employer or workplace in fostering resilience? What are the benefits to the employee? To the employer? This session will address these issues and describe a recent study designed to understand the stressors and key resilient coping skills in an EMS population. Suggestions for research and practice will be discussed.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Closing Remarks