Workplace Wellness Conference

August 16–17, 2022 Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL

Hear from wellbeing leaders on what’s working and what’s next

If you’re challenged with improving employee wellbeing at a time of rapid disruption, isolation and limited resources, then join for this unique event that takes you under the hood of top companies and their wellness initiatives. This conference brings together HR, communications and wellness professionals to hear first-hand from those who are leading and supporting wellbeing programs in their organization. We’ll cover all aspects of workplace wellness: mental health, financial, physical, emotional, social and financial wellbeing. This is a one-day, fast-paced and highly invigorating experience where you’ll come away with dozens of takeaways and meet new people in the same boat as you – but different oars!

You will get:

  • Ideas for improving your wellness programs
  • Ways to more effectively communicate wellbeing initiatives
  • Strategies for internal collaboration
  • The tools and tech to measure your efforts
  • Tactics to roll out your wellbeing campaigns
  • To meet other wellness-minded professionals



Interested in sponsoring? Contact or 312-960-4204.


Join us for an inspiring two-day, in-person conference that will give you the latest strategies you need to improve your wellness programs and get buy-in across the organization. The conference features workshops on the first day and an opening reception. Then, back for day two, which is packed with workshops and networking events throughout the day. 

10:00 am
Chicago River Boat Architecture Tour

Cruise down the Chicago River with your colleagues and take in sights and architectural designs that line the river.

Attendees choose one workshop below
1-4 p.m. CST
Crafting a Wellness Plan from A to Z

This workshop will cover:

  • Developing employee engagement and pulse surveys to identify employee wants and needs
  • Understanding the costs associated with well-being programs to you and employees
  • Getting leadership commitment and buy-in for programs
  • Working across departments from HR to comms to ensure marketing of programs internally
  • Developing an employee assistance program
  • Finding the right tools and technologies to launch your programs organization-wide
  • Engaging people leaders and individuals to encourage program use
  • Establishing employee resource groups for peer collaboration
  • Measuring use of programs

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1-4 p.m. CST
Employee Mental Health Workshop: Identifying and easing mental health issues across a dispersed workforce

This workshop will cover:

  • Improving physical, emotional, community, financial and environmental well-being
  • Removing the stigma around mental health
  • Launching company-wide team challenges and initiatives virtually or in-person
  • Establishing employee resource groups as supportive communities
  • Creating a culture of well-being via a centralized resource hub
Jade Integrative Counseling and Wellness
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4:45-6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Kick off the conference with your colleagues! This is a chance to network, engage, socialize and meet new people who share your goals and challenges. We’ll be honoring the Workplace Wellness Hot List winners – the top vendors in the employee wellbeing space who are supporting their clients and making an impact.

6:30 p.m.
Dine-Arounds with New Friends

Gather in the lobby as we head to a local restaurant to dine with fellow participants.

8-8:30 a.m.
8-9 a.m.
Networking Breakfast
9-9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks & Key Trends in Wellness

What’s working and what’s not in wellness? Hear the latest trends and developments that will set you up for success.

9:15-9:35 a.m.
The Nuts & Bolts of a Great Wellness Program

Discover how one company has cracked the code on wellness by listening to its employees and keeping an ear to the ground globally. Its impactful, wide-ranging wellbeing programs tackle everything from mental and physical health to occupational safety and employee inclusion. You’ll learn how they identified the programs that would yield measurable results – and engaged employees to actually use them.

9:35-9:50 a.m.
Engaging Your Employees in Your Wellness Initiatives

Does your business invest in wellness resources that go unused by employees because they are time-crunched, unsure of what’s available or worried about stigma? Hear how one company’s investment in technology increased participation in a wide range of programs and allowed the company to recognize what programs were being underutilized on a global scale. Learn how a brand has cracked the code and keeps its employees engaged and proselytizing its brand worldwide.

9:55-10:15 a.m.
Aligning HR, Communications and Risk Management

Hear how a large financial provider is actively listening to employees, responding and iterating with successful, measurable programs that involve HR, communications, risk management and other departments. Learn how your workplace can be transformed into a safer, more vibrant culture and what you need to do about the permanent WFH employees to keep them informed and engaged.

10:15-10:30 a.m.
Q&A with featured speakers
10:30-10:45 a.m.
Networking Break & Meet the Sponsors
10:45-11:15 a.m.
Table Talk

We’ll gather in small groups to brainstorm a hot topic with your table mates and share best practices and ways to rise to the challenge. In the afternoon, one designated representative from each table will share the findings around your topic with the audience. Topics will include employee burnout, change communications, campaigns and contests, remote work, budgeting and measurement.

11:15-11:35 a.m.
Positive Mental Health Initiatives that Lead to Change

Discover how an educational institution has destigmatized mental health issues among staff with new programs, ongoing initiatives and more, and has created a culture of change around well-being with mental health at the core. Learn new techniques to reduce employee burnout and social isolation.

11:35-11:55 a.m.
Promoting Your Wellness Initiatives Internally

Are you communicating your initiatives with content that is engaging, inclusive and informative? Learn the best practices in internal communications to boost interest, participation and results.

11:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Ways to Use Data to Improve and Expand Your Efforts

If you build it, will they come? Often the answer is no. Hear from one company how they’ve boosted employee participation in their well-being initiatives by leveraging data, lessons learned and collaboration among departments to meet employees where they’re at mentally, physically and socially.

12:15-12:30 p.m.
Q&A with featured speakers
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Mindful Eating Session (Lunch)

Make new friends, mingle with colleagues and enjoy delicious fare.  

1:30-1:50 p.m.
Informing and Helping a Dispersed Workforce

As many employees continue to work from home while others never left the physical workplace, how do you ensure your wellness programs are touching all areas of the workforce? Hear strategies and tactics for communicating with your dispersed employee base.

1:50-2:10 p.m.
Serious Fun: Implementing Engaging Wellness Programs

As staff demand more from their employers, it’s key to understand, test and measure your wellness programs and get creative. Hear from a top PR agency on their strategies to attract and retain employees. Get the skinny on benefits, contests and programs that have stood the test of time, and those that haven’t.

2:10-2:30 p.m.
Building an Employee Ambassador Program

Who are the internal champions in your organization and how can you get them to proselytize your wellness programs? From Employee Resource Groups to formal ambassador programs, learn how to craft and execute impactful programs in which your employees are the agents of change.

2:30-2:45 p.m.
Q&A with featured speakers
2:45-3:00 p.m.
Bio Break & Meet the Sponsors
3:00-3:20 p.m.
Identifying the Wellness Tech That’s Right for You

Hear about the latest tools, technology and services to help you elevate your wellbeing programs, including digital workplace tools, mobile apps, financial well-being, measurement dashboards, coaching services, rewards programs and more.

3:20-3:35 p.m.
Seventh Inning Stretch & Refreshments
3:35-3:55 p.m.
Getting Your Leadership Team on Board

Discover how a top automobile company cuts through the clutter in multiple divisions by working directly with leadership, people managers, teams and individuals to gain more support and budget for wellness.

3:55-4:15 p.m.
Approaching Wellness from a Generational Perspective

Generational diversity and inclusion play a significant role in program rollout – from the offerings to the technology to societal aspects. We’ll examine a multitude of employee benefits, including flexible hours, increased PTO, perks and rewards, work/life balance, workplace models, mental health screenings, and financial guidance. We’ll also look at ways to engage employees at every stage of their health, lives and careers.

4:15-4:25 p.m.
Q&A with featured speakers
4:25-4:45 p.m.
Tea & Table Topic Takeaways

This session will be your cup of tea as we share the key takeaways from the table topics from earlier in the day.

4:45-4:50 p.m.
Parting Thoughts and Raffle Giveaways


  • Manager’s Wellbeing Check-in Checklist
  • The Ultimate Wellness Checklist
  • Inclusive Language Guide
  • Peer-to-Peer Directory (of attendees)
  • Discounts from all our sponsors!

Plus: membership into Ragan’s Wellness Collaborative: this newly formed group meets 3x year to discuss wellness tactics and strategies. Group size is limited to allow for substantive conversation and networking.


Keynote, TEDx speaker, CultureStrategist, Author, CEO & Founder
Path for Life®, Inc.
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Vice President, Communications and Brand Experience
ING Americas
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Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Zebra Technologies
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Owner and Chief Well-being Officer
Chasing the Sun
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Chief People Officer
MikeWorldWide (MWW)
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Lead Communications Advisor
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Missions Systems (RMS)
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Medical Director, Center for Clinical Wellness
Rush University Medical Center
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Senior Director & Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
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Senior Wellness Marketing Specialist
U-Haul International
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Well-being Manager
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Jade Integrative Counseling and Wellness
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Missy Plohr-Memming
Senior Vice President
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Executive Director
Born This Way Foundation
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Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Office Operations & Global Workplace Safety & Wellbeing
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Interested in becoming a speaker at this event?
Please reach out to Content Director Joyceann Garippa.

Keynote, TEDx speaker, CultureStrategist, Author, CEO & Founder
Path for Life®, Inc.
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Vice President, Communications and Brand Experience
ING Americas
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Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Zebra Technologies
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Owner and Chief Well-being Officer
Chasing the Sun
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SHRM Certificate

Lawrence Ragan Communications, Inc is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.


Each registration comes with a personalized Workplace Wellness Conference Certificate of Completion for attending



Beyond the conference, enjoy exciting networking events, experiences, and all that the city has to offer!

Business People Drinking After Work

You’ll walk away with:

  • Ideas for improving your wellness programs
  • Ways to communicate wellbeing initiatives more effectively
  • Strategies for internal collaboration
  • The tools and tech to measure your efforts
  • Tactics to roll out your wellbeing campaigns
  • The opportunity to meet other wellness-minded professionals
  • And much, much more!
Happy business colleagues talking while eating lunch in a restaurant.

You’ll also receive these exclusive bonus materials:

  • Manager's Wellbeing Check-in Checklist
  • Book of Wellness Ideas
  • Wellness Measurement Checklist
  • Inclusive Language Guide
  • Peer-to-Peer Directory (of attendees)
  • Discounts from all of our sponsors!
People in front of building - conference

Other networking events include:

  • Dine-Around with New Friends
  • Networking cocktail party
  • Speed Networking
  • Sightseeing Tour


Take some time to enjoy Chicago while you are in town! Here are our top things to do:

  • Chicago River Boat Architecture Tours 
    A variety of tours and times. Experience the architectural feats of the windy city!
  • The 95th Floor Signature Room
    Panoramic skyline and shoreline views with world-class cuisine, ranked among the best restaurants in Chicago.
  • Navy Pier
    Where you go in Chicago for events, free public programs, attractions, culture, dining, shopping and more.
  • Millennium Park
    Check out the gardens, exhibitions, arts, architecture and more!

Reserve your room at the Hyatt. We have secured a special room rate for all attendees! Once registered, you will receive a link to book your stay for $199 a night. Book soon, rooms are limited.

Chicago Urban Cityscape along the Chicago River
Bean of Chicago Millennium Park, Illinois, USA
Chicago,Buckingham Fountain
Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
Skyline Restaurant Evening
Art in Chicago
Skyline Restaurant
Cars and pedestrians move past ornate facades on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago,USA on a sunny day.
Chicago, USA: The Chicago Theater is a landmark theater located in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois. The rush hour traffic passes in front of the Theater.


Join us for the Workplace Wellness Conference:

Conference + 1 Pre-conference Workshop Conference Only
Advanced Rate (until 7/11) $1,299 $899
Early Bird Rate (until 8/3) $1,399 $999
Regular Rate $1,499 $1,099

Vendor rate for full conference: $4995.
For those who can’t attend the conference live, an on-demand option is available during the registration process


Get your tickets early and save. Discounts are also available for the following:

Nonprofit/Gov/Edu Discounts

Save an additional $200 off current rates.

Group Discounts

Would you and your team like to attend? Group pricing is available when registering!


Membership includes free registration passes. Contact Shallon Blackburn for more information on becoming a member.
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Insiders receive $250 off current rates. Not a Ragan Insider? You can become one during registration for this event!

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Venue Information:
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60601
+1 312 565 1234
We have secured a special room rate for all attendees of the conference! Once registered, you will receive a link to book your stay for $199 a night. We recommend you book soon, rooms are limited.

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If you care about employee wellbeing you need to meet us at this conference!
We’ve designed the program for those in:

Communications • Human Resources • DEI • Finance • Operations • Insurance • Recruiting • Facilities • Risk Management • Health Management Consultant



If you are interested in sponsoring this industry event and discussing the numerous opportunities available to showcase your organization and product in front of hundreds of corporate wellness, HR and communications professionals contact Hannah Lavelle at or 312-960-4204.


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For questions related to event registrations, please contact:
Shallon Blackburn
Head of Customer Service & Sales



If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please contact:
Hannah Lavelle 



For information on programming and speakers, please contact:
Joyceann Garippa
Content Director