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Corporate Wellness 2.0 - Wellness That Works

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Steelcase WorkLife Center

4 Columbus Circle

New York, New York 10019

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Is your wellness program getting you results? Get the information you need.

Join us for an enlightening and engaging speaker series designed to help you create a wellness program that works for your culture.

This series is designed to:

  1. Share the most recent information about the science and best practices of effective corporate health and well-being programs to get better engagement

  2. Provide actionable steps that leaders can use personally and in their organizations.

  3. Networking with fellow business leaders that want to create more impactful health and well-being programs for their organizations

Why attend:

You will hear from innovative leaders in multiple aspects of corporate health and well-being. You will leave with knowledge that will empower you to make positive changes and help you keep your own and your company’s competitive edge.

Series Co-Faciliated By Industry Experts:

Mim Senft, Motivity Partnerships and James Brewer, Steelcase


08:30 - 09:00 AM - Light breakfast/networking

09:00 - 09:15 AM – Introduction to Topic

09:15 - 10:00 AM – Featured Speakers

10 :00- 10:30 AM - Learning/experience/interactive


4. May 9, 2017 –

Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Workplace


Nancy Board

Behavioural Health & Wellbeing Expert

Co-Founder: Global Women 4 Wellbeing

Kathy Sakraida

Director, Quality Initiatives NEBGH

Innovative Workplace Institute

Matthew Schottenfeld, NAB

Associate Director
Innovative Workplace Institute

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the how mental health issues impact the workplace

  • Review the connection between mental health drugs, stress, and RX drug abuse

  • Costs

  • Understand how to get better engagement for your Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Mental health issues are often ignored or stigmatized in the workplace. Though most companies have EAP programs to help address mental health issues, they rarely get the type of engagement we’d like to see. Researchers analyzing results from the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey, a nationally representative study of Americans ages 15 to 54, reported that 18% of those who were employed experienced symptoms of a mental health disorder in the previous month. If not addressed, mental health issues lead to high rates of lost productivity and absenteeism. Learn how to effectively address mental health issues that will help your employees get to the resources they need.


Nancy Board

Results driven wellbeing, HR, healthcare and business executive with 20+ years developing innovative, customized solutions and expanding new markets. A culturally competent, trusted advisor with a track record of customer retention, driving up revenues, and cost effective people management and strategies. Passionate about increasing wellbeing in the workplace and in the world.

Kathy Sakraida

The Director of Quality Initiatives for Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH).Ms. Sakraida is responsible for NEBGH’s quality initiatives, which are focused on improving the health care system. She leads the health plan performance evaluations, employer user groups, and project manager of various mental health initiatives. She also manages the Leapfrog Hospital Survey for the States of New York and Connecticut.

Prior to joining NEBGH, Ms. Sakraida worked for a Health IT company as its Vice President, Consumer Solutions. As the lead Project Manager, she was responsible for the development of a Consumer-Directed Healthcare solution. She also led employee benefits departments for Fortune 50 organizations.

She received her B.A. from SUNY New Paltz and is pursuing a quality certification.

Director, Innovative Workplace Institute

Trained in interior architecture/design for two decades, Dr. Lee’s expertise resides in workplace design strategies and occupant performance, health, and well-being, and design solutions for innovative workplaces. She has been pioneering new ways of practicing designing and managing workplaces with comprehensive analytic and diagnostic tools to address the optimum worker performance, health, and wellbeing toward a sustainable workplace. Her ground breaking work for the Comparative Assessment and Performance Tool for Innovative Workplace and the development of Six Dimensions of Workplace Wellbeing have been broadly shared with international and national sustainability, wellbeing, and workplace performance groups and professionals through TEDx Talk, OECD, Forbes, and Northeast Summit for Health of Place. She currently serves the editorial board of the world renowned journal, Indoor and Built environment, advisory board of Active Design for Workplace Wellbeing, and member of Leading for Wellbeing Consortium.

Matthew Schottenfeld, NAB
Associate Director, Innovative Workplace Institute

He is associate director of the Innovative Workplace Institute that focuses on advancing collective practices of workplace design and strategies for sustainable workplaces and implementing health and wellbeing as strategic workplace performance development. With experiences in the field of facility design and engineering for over 30 years, his expertise resides in workplace performance management and analytics, acoustical engineering, media technology, and design and engineering of performance spaces. He has published numerous articles as well as spoken at national and international conferences, including Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research, EDUCAUSE, IFMA, NEOCON, Healthcare Design, and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

5. June 1, 2017 -

We Need A Hero: The Power of Leadership

The Why and How of Leadership That Gets Engagement

Speaker: John P. Margaritis

Learning Objectives:

  • Gaining an understanding of the power leadership can have in driving positive health, wellbeing and engagement

  • Knowing how you can individualize your own “walking the talk”

  • Identify two or three actionable steps for you and/or your team

We know that happier, healthier, more engaged employees can have a very positive impact on the bottom line. That can mean being more of an employer of choice and attracting the talent you need to stay competitive. But leaders need to know how to visibly lead these initiatives. Renee Moorefield PhD has more than 20 years working senior leadership at companies like Coca Cola. She has worked with companies in the U.S. and internationally to help managers become leaders.


John is a specialist in facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship workshops for companies of all sizes and in all industries. After a career with Fortune 500 companies such as PepsiCo, Sara Lee and Tommy Hilfiger, he went out on his own becoming a successful serial entrepreneur. He founded The Ledgemoor Group in 2000 to support established and emerging companies apply the best innovation practices to accelerate growth. His innovation workshops are getting a lot of praise from many company-clients. In addition to supporting his consulting clients, he has been the CEO of several startups such as Cellective Case, Apiqe, MRCOFFEE coffee and currently the CEO of Swiss Mobility Company. He is also a mentor to start-up companies and an angel investor. He has sat on various corporate and non-profit boards and he is the author of Unlock Your Inner Entrepreneur. He holds three degrees form Northwestern University.

For more information: www.johnpmargaritis.com

6. July 20, 2017 –

The Risk Factors –

Making Sure You Don’t Get Sued Because of Your Wellness Program

Speakers: Barbara Zabawa – Center for Health Law Equity and Linda Howard, NWI Board Member, Lawyer, Wellness Expert

Learning Objectives:

  • Basic understanding of laws that impact health and wellbeing programs

  • Knowing where companies/organizations have gotten in trouble legally

  • How to avoid risk factors in your own organization

As more companies start or expand a wellness program, it’s important to recognize the risks a company should be aware of when designing and implementing a program. Too often issues like worker’s compensation. professional liability for providers and general design red flags are not reviewed. Health and wellbeing programs can have a very positive impact for your organization, but knowing what to watch out for will ensure your program is not only impactful, but legally compliant.

7. September 14, 2017 -

Better Buy In for Wellness: Stakeholder Engagement for Well-Being

Connecting Beyond the Benefits Team

Speakers: Rita Stafford, BPC Expert from CBS

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of how different stakeholders can be engaged to be a partner to the wellness program

  • Review what key stakeholders do and how wellness can support them

  • Have samples of communications that are customized to connect to each stakeholder’s needs

Too often wellness is in a silo and not connected to the company’s bottom line or overall strategy. By building alliances with stakeholders in different parts of the company, wellness can be seen as a valuable asset to meeting each stakeholder’s goals. This session will review key stakeholders roles and how to position wellness to support them. By building alliances, wellness can be seen as a key partner in creating an engaging, productive working environment.

8. November 16, 2017 -

21st Century Success: The Head, Heart and Hands Driven Company

Speakers: TBD

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear the research around leading with knowledge and heart and how it can drive a more positive financial result

  • Know what companies are adopting this approach and why

  • Have a list of potential next steps for you and/or your team towards becoming a head, heart, and hands leader.

Companies that have both an internal dedication to values driven leadership and a commitment to being positively connected to their communities are outpacing those that don’t. Because the research shows that head/heart/hands leadership gets results, The Harvard MBA program is now teaching the value of connecting knowledge, caring and giving back as a strategic imperative for companies in the 21st century. Bendictine College in Chicago has a PhD program in values driven leadership. You’ll learn how to incorporate this methodology into your leadership style.


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