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

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS:

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Sponsorship@ragan.com or 312-960-4204.

AGENDA

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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Owner and Chief Well-being Officer
Chasing the Sun
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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
Founder
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.
Registration
8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks & Key Trends

Get ready to write your Workplace Wellness Playbook…chapter by chapter…the pages you will need to develop, execute, communicate and engage employees whatever the wellness needs and wherever they are. This conference is designed as knowledge-sharing, a deep dive into what’s working and what’s not in corporate wellness and how to achieve total workplace wellness. Hear from your peers the ideas, trends and developments that will set you, your employee base and your organization up for success.

Chapter 1: The Building Blocks: Addressing Employee Needs
8:30-8:50 a.m.
Kindness in the workplace: Encouraging belonging at work through acts of kindness and mental health support

Conversations around belonging in the workplace have taken center stage as many companies implement return-to-office plans and employees transition to in-person interactions over the virtual normal of the past two years. With the topic of talent retention and the Great Resignation in the background, job seekers and employers should be reevaluating what an inclusive, kind workplace means to them and how they can be a part of positive change to support employee mental health at work. Armed with findings from a joint survey of 1,200 young workers ages 18-29 exploring kindness and mental health priorities in the workplace, presenters will share data points including:

  • 77% of respondents were more likely to apply for a job posting that listed ‘kindness’ as an important value of the company.
  • 89% of young workers see mental health and kindness as high priorities in the workplace.
  • 32% of employees work in environments where paid personal or mental health days are provided.
  • Only half of the young people surveyed reported having health insurance that covers mental health care.
Executive Director
Born This Way Foundation
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Senior Director & Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Indeed
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8:50-9:05 a.m.
Financial wellbeing for turbulent economic times

Employees at all incomes are experiencing financial stress in this current economic downturn. From inflation to gas prices, job insecurity to the chaotic home buying market, how can employers meet each person where they are and support their holistic financial wellbeing? In this session, we’ll explore:

  • New data on workplace financial stress and program engagement
  • Key workplace trends in financial wellbeing during economic downturns
  • Real member stories from employees and their outcomes
  • Strategies to turn financial wellbeing insights into action
CEO and co-founder
LearnLux
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9:05-9:25 a.m.:
Slashing the stigma: How to get employees talking to prioritize mental health

It’s no secret that the stigma associated with mental illness prevents many from seeking help for widely treatable conditions. Starting and sustaining those important conversations about mental health issues lets employees who are struggling know they are not alone and that there are resources available to help. Learn how Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems launched a positive mental health campaign that successfully got employees talking about issues typically not discussed in the workplace to slash the stigma. This session will outline how to:

  • Get started with two simple, but proven objectives
  • Move your audience with powerful employee stories
  • Leverage national campaigns, internal partnerships and communications channels to extend your reach
  • Measure your impact with “meaningful” metrics
Lead Communications Advisor
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Missions Systems (RMS)
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9:25-9:40 a.m.
Q&A with Chapter 1 speakers
9:40-10 a.m.
Networking Break
Chapter 2: Employee Engagement: Listening and Delivering Employee Solutions
10-10:20 a.m.
Building a Culture of Health

Explore ways to incorporate health and wellbeing into all areas of your organization’s culture and increase employee participation. Hear how one company encourages wellbeing throughout its global workforce by responding to employee engagement survey feedback, and through live weekly webinars and its volunteer network of health and wellbeing champions. You’ll learn:

  • How to bring this framework to your own wellbeing programs
  • Ways to build a culture of health into your company’s long-term strategies with leadership commitment
  • The importance of partnering with other areas of your company: HR/People team, Benefits, Security
  • How to increase employee engagement scores and utilize critical benefits such as EAP
  • Basing program design on ISO 45003, GRI Culture of Health and similar systems
Vice President, Global Safety & Wellbeing
CBRE
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10:20-10:40 a.m.
Building an Employee Ambassador Program

Well-being is more than a program or a benefits package, it's a renewed approach to the way people work. One of the key enablers of this strategy at Deloitte is a one-of-its-kind program called The Well-being Wizards: a network of empowered and passionate employees at all levels that function as a human well-being platform. In this session, you will hear about how the program and lessons we can learn from it about well-being at the individual, team and organizational levels. Plus:

  • Empowering individuals to make change in their sphere of influence
  • Creating opportunities for employees to bring their passions to work
  • What it takes to start organizational programs; permission, support, resources
  • Bottom-up culture change strategies
  • Wellbeing at the individual, team, and organization level
Well-being Manager
Deloitte
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10:40-11 a.m.
Empowering Your Employees to Engage in 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? An investment in technology and marketing may increase participation in a wide range of programs and allow you to recognize what programs may be underutilized. In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How to internally market your wellbeing initiatives and opportunities for employees
  • Measuring the effectiveness and use of your programs to identify what employees are using and what they aren’t
  • The effectiveness of employee apps, allowing them to schedule use in their time
Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer
Zebra Technologies
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11-11:15 a.m.
Q&A with Chapter 2 Speakers
Chapter 3
11:15-11:55 a.m.
Peer to Peer: Brainstorm!

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. 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.

Chapter 4: Eat & Celebrate
12-1:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon & Platinum HR Awards

Make new friends, enjoy delicious fare and celebrate the winners of the Platinum HR Awards program.

Chapter 5: Support for Working Parents, Caregivers, Stress & Burnout in a Dispersed Workforce
1:30-1:50 p.m.
Advocating for Working Parents in a Hybrid Model

The new workplace norm creates challenges for many, regardless of the model. Working parents and caregivers face particular obstacles in light of the pandemic (and even before the pandemic). And, as many employees are working in a hybrid model, how do you ensure your wellness programs are touching all areas of the workforce? Hear how a PR agency engrains its people-first values in its culture and benefits. This session will cover:

  • Lessons for growth to the c-suite
  • HR’s rising priority to drive business success and evolving the workplace
  • Keeping people at the center of operations
  • Leading with empathy and firsthand perspective
Chief People Officer
MikeWorldWide (MWW)
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1:50-2:05 p.m.
Well Being Benefits in Action

With employees suffering from burnout 3 times more likely to leave, there is a clear connection between emotional well-being, productivity, job satisfaction and retention. An all-in-one health insurance solution to boost employee mental health and well-being with coverage and access to coaching and counseling might be the right fit. This session will present case studies on mental health needs, from everyday stressors to care that addresses crisis, addiction and critical chronic illness.

Director of Product Management
ArmadaCare
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2:05-2:25 p.m.
Lessons Learned: Maintaining a Culture of Wellbeing with 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.

Vice President, Communications and Brand Experience
ING Americas
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2:25-2:40 p.m.
Q&A with Chapter 5 Speakers
2:40-3:00 p.m.
Meditate! Quick Meditation Session + Networking Break
Chapter 6: Build it and they will come
3-3:20 p.m.
Brick and Mortar Focus on Clinical Wellness

Rush University Medical Center developed its Center for Clinical Wellness based on the simple belief that advances in research leading to quality patient care are directly tied to the wellbeing and vitality of researchers, providers, students and staff. This session will explore the innovative mitigation strategies developed to reinforce staff wellness while emphasizing the following:

  • Key communication strategies to encourage use of the center
  • Lessons learned from opening the center in the middle of the pandemic
  • Addressing stigma internally and through the center
  • The art of pivoting to address ever-changing employee needs
Medical Director, Center for Clinical Wellness
Rush University Medical Center
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3:20-3:40 p.m,
Holistic Coverage in the New Norm

Employee benefits have shifted in parallel with transformations in how employees work and live – evolving from a once-linear focus on employees’ physical health, to more holistic coverage that accommodates mental, financial and even social well-being. The session will examine how factors like remote and hybrid work and broader cultural trends have driven major changes in benefits offerings – and even how, in some ways, benefits have managed to stay the same.

Missy Plohr-Memming
Senior Vice President
MetLife
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3:40-4 p.m.
Bringing Convenient Care to Your Team

Learn how U-Haul has brought convenient and affordable healthcare to their its members. Discover the outcomes of investing in an on-site medical clinic and dental unit. Gain insights on how your workplace can integrate on-site care. You will learn:

  • The benefits of adding an onsite medical and dental unit so there are no excuses from employees who need assistance
  • How to successfully integrate your benefit offerings into your onsite clinic
  • How to make healthcare convenient and accessible to your team while reducing gaps in care
Senior Wellness Marketing Specialist
U-Haul International
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4-4:15 p.m.
Q&A with Chapter 6 speakers
Chapter 7
4:15-4:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote
Rethinking Self-Care at Work

The world has changed, work has changed and we have changed, but our relationship with self-care has stayed the same. We still think of self-care as something we do after work to recover instead of recognizing self-care as the foundation for how we work better, together. In this session, we will unleash the power of pausing to protect and harness our most important resource, our human advantage.

KEYNOTER
Keynote, TEDx speaker, CultureStrategist, Author, CEO & Founder
Path for Life®, Inc.
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Chapter 8
4:30-4:45 p.m.
Final Remarks & Takeaways from the Day

TOP REASONS TO ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE


  • 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.

SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS
KEYNOTER
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
Indeed
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Senior Wellness Marketing Specialist
U-Haul International
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Well-being Manager
Deloitte
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CEO and co-founder
LearnLux
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Director of Product Management
ArmadaCare
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Founder
Jade Integrative Counseling and Wellness
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Missy Plohr-Memming
Senior Vice President
MetLife
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Executive Director
Born This Way Foundation
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Vice President, Global Safety & Wellbeing
CBRE
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Interested in becoming a speaker at this event?
Please reach out to Content Director Joyceann Garippa.

KEYNOTER
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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GET RECOGNIZED!

SHRM Certificate

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

Certificate

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

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BACK LIVE AND BETTER THAN EVER!

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

TOP THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

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.

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PRICING
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

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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!

RAGAN COUNCIL MEMBER DISCOUNTS

Membership includes free registration passes. Contact Shallon Blackburn for more information on becoming a member.
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RAGAN INSIDER DISCOUNTS

Insiders receive $250 off current rates. Not a Ragan Insider? You can become one during registration for this event!

LOCATION
Hyatt Regency Chicago Exterior River
Venue Information:
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60601
+1 312 565 1234
www.hyatt.com
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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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 Sponsorship@ragan.com or 312-960-4204.

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CONTACT

REGISTRATION

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

 

SPONSORSHIP

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

 

PROGRAM

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