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Annual Conference.

Limited Spots Available 

Resilience Facilitator Certification Program

HR and wellness professionals are increasingly being asked to deliver resilience training as part of their organizations’ commitment to overall well-being.  As a participant at WWCMA19, you’ll learn how organizations are building a resilient workforce and dive deeper into the science behind resilience to transform the workforce.  

To take your learning one step further, we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Dr. Joel Bennett, President of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems, to deliver a member-only Resilience Facilitator Certification Program, “Resilience & Thriving” taking place in January 2020.  This 4.5 hour online course facilitated by Dr. Bennett is for those who wish to train, teach or coach others on their journey of resilience and well-being. Professionals in wellness, human resources, employee assistance, education, prevention specialists, and those working in public health, military, and many other professions have enjoyed taking this course. Some use the material to teach modules in stress, resilience, and thriving, while others use them in their personal coaching practices. As part of registration, you will receive Dr. Bennett’s book, Raw Coping Power.  We’ve secured a special reduced rate for WWCMA members of $439.

Enrollment for this certification course will only be offered at the October 3 WWCMA19 Conference.   Spots are limited to 20 members and will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Dr. Bennett and WWCMA will have a table set-up after his morning session to sign-up. Payment is due at the time of registration.

You can only sign-up at the conference, register today!

Learning Resilience 

What Track Will You Take?

We know you take on many roles in your work life and we’ve designed the WWCMA19 Conference with that in mind. You’ll have the flexibility to design your day based on your interests. Whether you choose to follow the same track throughout the conference, or attend sessions across multiple tracks, we’re confident you’ll come away with the knowledge and resources to meet the demands of the many hats you wear.

WWCMA19 Learning Tracks:
  1. Building Personal Resilience: Resilience isn’t something you’re born with. It’s built. More...
  2. Creating a Resilient Workforce: The foundation of high-performing teams is the ability to adapt, pivot, and recover quickly when things inevitably change.  More..
  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.  More..

TRACK 1: Breakout Session 

Joel Bennett

Dr. Bennett, Ph.D., is president of Organizational Wellness and Learning Systems (OWLS), a consulting firm that specializes in evidence-based wellness, resilience, mental well-being, and catalyzing healthy work cultures from the inside out. He first delivered stress-management programming in 1985, and OWLS programs have since reached close to 250,000 workers across the United States and abroad. More...

Session Topic:
From Resilient to Thrive: From Wellness, to Well-Being, to Wholeness
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.   More...

TRACK 2: Breakout Session 

Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson is the survivor of a near-death experience, as well as an outdoor enthusiast and advocate, business development leader, and a self-leadership, meditation and mental resiliency teacher and speaker. He’s also a husband and dad.   From 2006-2016, Dave worked with companies like EMC, Dell, Nimble Storage, and Rubrik to help them build successful sales teams and build new markets for their products. More...

Session Topic:
Mindfulness and Mental Resiliency
In this session, 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.   More...

TRACK 3: Breakout Session 

Ellen Flynn

Ellen Flynn, MD, MTS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and also in the Department of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.  Ellen completed medical school and residency training in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and completed fellowship training in Psychosomatic Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. More...

Session Topic:
Meditation or Medication: Mindfulness and the Cultivation of Resilience
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. More...

Make Your Brand Known

Exhibitor Space is Filling Up Fast!

Exhibitors for the 2019 WWCMA Annual Conference will have a unique opportunity to interact with a range of employers, wellness professionals, leaders and innovators, human resources and benefit directors in the wellness industry.  As part of the Exhibitor Booth Package, you receive two complimentary tickets and your logo will be featured in emails, website, the conference app and guide. Don't miss this opportunity to make an impression on the industry leaders in the wellness space.


Burnout is an Occupational Syndrome

The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined Burnout as "a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed."(1)  Although not a medical condition, the new WHO classification is attempting to raise awareness of this occupational phenomenon with both physicians and employers.  Wellness professionals and organizations play a key role in providing the support employees need to avoid the chronic stress that can lead to the key characterizations of this syndrome, like extreme fatigue and mental distance.

1. World Health Organization. (2019). Burn-out an” occupational phenomenon”: International Classification of Diseases.  Retrieved from
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