Joel Bennett


Joel B. Bennett, Ph.D.

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. OWLS clients include corporate, private, nonprofit, local and federal agencies. OWLS has received close to $5 million in federal research grants to assess, design and deliver workplace wellness programs. Dr. Bennett is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed research articles, and he has authored/ co-authored five books: Raw Coping Power, Heart-Centered Leadership (with Susan Steinbrecher), Time and Intimacy, Preventing Workplace Substance Abuse, and Well-Being Champions: A Competency-Based Guidebook.


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. 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 2020. Look for the course registration table at the conference. Space is limited!