Ragan's

Workplace Wellness Conference

Strategies and Tactics for Boosting Employee Well-being
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 • Virtual

Join us on April 21 for the only event that puts wellness at the intersection of employee health, morale, benefits, retention, inclusion, productivity and ROI.

We're in a workplace wellness revolution. No longer does "wellness" qualify as a nice-to-have employee benefit, it is now tightly integrated with overall workplace strategy. That's why we created the Ragan's Workplace Wellness Conference. This ground-breaking event will be held on April 21, 2021, and equip wellness, internal communications and workplace culture professionals with the essential tools and context you need to advance in your career and guide your organization through this period of rapid change.

Smart employers are embracing the fact that employees who are healthy—mentally, physically, financially, socially—are more productive and more loyal. And workplace wellness touches all facets of all organizations, including market strategies, budgeting, corporate social responsibility, C-suite communications, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and more. Join us on April 21 when we tie it all together for you.

This must-attend conference will help you lead a new, comprehensive approach to workplace wellness at your organization. And you'll get all the hands-on tools necessary to succeed, from top practitioners. Our innovative format means this event won't be a series of PowerPoint presentations. Instead, there'll be plenty of networking with other wellness professionals through a private LinkedIn Group. You'll have the chance to participate in a variety of activities such as giveaways, spot-surveys, trivia, and more. And we'll have mental-health breaks throughout the day.

18 things you'll learn at this conference:

  • How to build a budget for workplace wellness programs
  • Staffing and assembling your workplace wellness team
  • How the wellness industry will continue to be transformed in 2021
  • Redefining the meaning of workplace wellness for your organization
  • Where trends like telehealth, brain health, social justice, remote work, and physical well-being fit in your wellness program
  • Measuring wellness-program ROI through vital metrics including retention, reduced absenteeism, lower healthcare costs and more
  • Uplifting well-being imperatives for women employees
  • Where to find points of collaboration with HR and comms in well-being policies and culture and recognition programs
  • Why empowering frontline managers is essential to wellness-program engagement
  • Tactics for mitigating burnout and keeping remote employees engaged and organizational culture strong
  • Tech tools for accessible and reliable business communication beyond email and Zoom calls
  • Which virtual well-being programs that are working now
  • The elements of a comprehensive mental-health wellness program
  • Financial wellness benefits and their impact on productivity and retention
  • Tips for vetting and selecting the best apps
  • Must-have features for your intranet
  • How to ensure that your employees want to use your tech tools
  • The elements of a successful DEI strategy

Register today. Once registered, you'll be able to join the private LinkedIn group right away!

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YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE THESE EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIALS:

  • Workplace Wellness Insider's 15-item guide and checklist for wellness ROI
  • All slides and presentations from speakers
  • 5 surprising "Wellness Hacks" to guide you through the rest of the year
  • Connections to our esteemed speakers
  • Access to a private LinkedIn group for attendees only
  • The guide to connecting well-being to business metrics
  • Workplace Wellness Insider's exclusive executive summary of the event
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Attendees Earn SHRM Credits &
A Ragan Training Certificate
SHRM Seal

Ragan Communications is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 5 PDCs.

Workplace Wellness Training Certificate

Each registration comes with a personalized Workplace Wellness Training Certificate of Completion for attending for attending the workshop and conference.

AGENDA

Join to learn new strategies and techniques to activate, improve and expand your workplace wellness programs.

AGENDA
Pre-conference Workshop
10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
Getting employee experience right for hybrid teams and workforces

From employee wellness, communications and technology adoption, to coaching, personal development and office design, the Employee Experience is continually evolving in a COVID-impacted workplace. In this workshop we will highlight growing trends and the need to personalize the experience to your unique culture.

Outcomes:

  • Understanding the new definition, expectations and requirements for employee experience
  • Building an idea of how to prioritize requirements
Workplace Partnerships
Facebook
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CEO & Founder
NoW of Work
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Conference Agenda
11:00-11:05 a.m. ET
Opening Remarks and Industry Wake-Up Call
11:05-11:30 a.m. ET
The Rise of Workplace Wellness

2020 was a time of urgency and innovation in workplace wellness. This fast-growth industry's longstanding focus on softer benefits shifted last year to a much broader array of initiatives that touch on employees' mental, physical, financial and social health. Hear how this new approach to well-being has changed the workplace forever, how it produces vital ROI, and why and how your organization needs to adapt.

You'll learn:

  • A contextual overview of the industry and its growth
  • The critical takeaways from 2020 that you need to take into 2021 and beyond
  • Defining and prioritizing your role as HR, comms and Wellness professionals
Vice President, Strategy and Communications, COVID 19
IBM
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Managing Director, Washington, D.C.
APCO Worldwide
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11:30-11:55 a.m. ET
5 Crucial Workplace Wellness Trends That Will Transform Business

It's a challenge to keep up with the changes in workplace wellness. In this fast-paced overview you'll hear the five most critical well-being trends, and explore their impact. Each of these trends, from virtual medicine to diversity and more, serves as an umbrella for many other areas of wellness focus. Learn how to prioritize your particular initiatives based on where the broader workforce is heading.

You'll learn:

  • Where trends like telehealth, brain health, social justice, remote work, and physical well-being fit in your wellness program
  • Changes on the way for the rest of 2021 and into 2022
  • How to effectively address the unique issues of workplace wellness for women
  • Formulating a workplace wellness budget
  • How each mega trend encompasses multiple spinoff wellness programs and benefits
Paula Allen
Senior Vice President, Research and Total Well-being
Morneau Shepell
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Director
PepsiCo Global Learner Experience
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11:55 a.m.-12:10 p.m. ET
Improving Productivity and Wellbeing with a New Kind of Employee Experience: Microsoft Viva
Microsoft Viva brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and insights into an integrated employee experience that empowers people and teams to be their best—from anywhere. Work is different now. It’s increasingly complex, hyper connected, and sometimes isolating. Discover how you can empower, people, teams, and organizations to improve productivity and wellbeing through data-driven, insights and actionable recommendations with Microsoft Viva Insights.

 

Join us as we introduce a new approach and a new category of wellbeing experiences — powered by Microsoft 365 solutions that you likely already use, including Microsoft Teams, Outlook, MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics.
Principal Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Marketing Team
Microsoft
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Senior Product Manager, Microsoft 365 Marketing team
Microsoft
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12:10-12:20 p.m. ET
Break
12:20-12:45 p.m. ET
KEYNOTE
The Elements of a Next-Gen Workplace Wellness Strategy

Organizations want their people to be financially, physically, and socially grounded. They want workers healthy and happy. Despite good intentions, however, most workplace wellness efforts fall short. That's what nationally recognized author and wellness expert Laura Putnam is working to change by helping leaders and organizations create the building blocks for a corporate culture of well-being. Hear Putnam, author of "Workplace Wellness That Works," (2015), describe road-tested best practices for healthier organizations.

Entrepreneur and Corporate Wellness Thought Leader
Author
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12:45-1:10 p.m. ET
Wellbeing and Internal Communications: A Collaborative Revolution

Workplace wellbeing exists at the intersection of the well-being/HR and internal communications departments. Both disciplines experienced tremendous pressures and opportunities throughout the pandemic as they collaborated to support ongoing social justice issues and reinforce the financial stability of employers, while also embracing remote work and addressing an increase in mental health needs. In this can't-miss session, learn how organizations approach these challenges to ensure the whole is greater than the individual parts. Whether it's launching timely benefits and programs, or communicating about self-care strategies and well-being, high-performing organizations need effective strategies and collaboration to remain successful in this challenging environment.

You'll learn:

  • About successes and challenges around the collaboration of well-being and internal communications
  • How well-being and communications experts can effectively partner to achieve results-driven goals
Michelle Artibee
Director, Workforce Wellbeing
Cornell University
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Vice President, Communications and Learning & Development
CHG Healthcare
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1:10-1:15 p.m. ET
How Employee Feedback Can Help Shape Your Employee Wellness Strategy

If you’re committed to employee engagement, you know that mental health awareness and employee wellness cannot be ignored in the workplace. During the pandemic, mental wellness became an even bigger focus for organizations worldwide. Join Katie Liston, Head of Marketing at ContactMonkey, to learn how you can utilize employee feedback to shape your employee wellness strategy.

You'll learn:

  • How to create a culture of feedback at your organization.
  • How ContactMonkey can help you gain honest employee feedback.
  • How to interpret feedback and action it within your wellness strategy.
Head of Marketing
ContactMonkey
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1:15-1:40 p.m. ET
Work From Home Strategies For 2021 and Beyond

Many organizations are already working on policies to guide the post-pandemic return to the office. Those policies will codify some form of permanent work-from-home rules, and address the unique support that workers need in work-from-home as well as hybrid situations. Assess your organization's needs from three perspectives: wellness, technology and HR.

You'll learn:

  • Tactics for keeping remote employees engaged and your organizational culture strong
  • Tech tools for accessible and reliable business communications beyond email and Zoom calls
  • Tips for managing hybrid situations, where some workers are in the office and others are remote or dispersed
  • What's working and what's coming next in virtual wellness programs
  • The role of gamification in keeping engagement, productivity, and morale high
  • Proven tips for maximizing and measuring engagement
Vice President, People Rewards
S&P Global
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Rich Lang
Vice President, HR Centers of Excellence
VMware
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1:40-1:50 p.m. ET
Mindfulness Break
1:50-2:15 p.m. ET
New Approaches to Mental Health Benefits: Tools and Initiatives That Are Working Now

Employers are investing more time and money in improving employees' mental well-being. Here's a primer on the elements of good mental health support in the workplace, and how to help employees with stress, burnout and fatigue.

You'll learn:

  • The elements of a comprehensive mental-health wellness program
  • Case studies in proven mental-health programming
  • Practical methods for offering mental-health services in the workplace
  • The increasing role of artificial intelligence in personalization of mental-health services
  • How to effectively reach at-risk workers and why their improved mental health makes for a better workplace
  • How employee assistance programs should be revised to accommodate new benefits and well-being programs
Assistant Vice President, Employee Wellness
Northwell Health
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Amy Athey
Chief Wellness Officer
University of Arizona
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2:15-2:30 p.m. ET
Turning Companies into Communities

How do you ensure wellness programs in your company are being adopted and helping improve the holistic quality of your work environment? Learn how Facebook communicates wellness programs from Internal Communications Director and Emmy award winning journalist Melinda Davenport, and takeaway tangible tips to use in your organization.

Global Head of Executive Engagement Programs
Facebook
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Internal Communications Director
Facebook
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2:30-2:55 p.m. ET
10 Steps for Measuring Workplace Wellness ROI

Measuring the return on wellness initiatives is notoriously difficult. Learn from those who have successful wellness programs how they identify the business-loss drivers—such as absenteeism, presenteeism, retention and more—how they seek to eliminate or reduce those things and then build a framework for measurement based on costs, outcomes, engagement and feedback.

You'll learn:

  • How to create a framework for wellness measurement
  • Industry norms for determining program success
  • Measuring and interpreting the right data
  • When to pivot away from what's not working
Lecturer and Talent and Engagement Architect Professor
Grantham University
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Chief People & Transformation Officer
Porter Novelli
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2:55-3:20 p.m. ET
Using Technology to Increase Wellness Engagement

With more people than ever working from home, it's mission-critical to use technology to unify the workforce and connect wellness programs to people. Whether you use an intranet, an app, videoconference platforms or collaboration tools—or all of the above—they should be accessible, user friendly, and integrated. Discover how [two] organizations are using tech to keep their employees informed and engaged.

You'll learn:

  • How to create a wellness budget that factors in tech costs
  • Tips for vetting and selecting the best vendors
  • The elements of the best wellness apps
  • Must-have features for your intranet
  • How to ensure that your employees want to actually use your tech tools
VP of Marketing
Vida Health
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Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
Citrix
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Global HR Benefits Communication Specialist
Intel
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3:20-3:50 p.m. ET
FIRESIDE CHAT
How Financial Wellness Benefits are Changing the Game for Many Organizations

Across the board, HR and wellness departments are transforming the financial benefits for employees. Everything, from student-loan debt repayment and childcare and child-education programs, is on the table. In this session hear what's gaining traction and what's producing results.

You'll learn:

  • Financial wellness benefits and their impact on productivity and employee retention
  • Common formulas for financial benefits and how to structure them
  • How help employees navigate financial challenges, with benefits and resources that help them take better control over their money.
U.S. Employee Financial Wellbeing Leader
PwC
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Kara Hoogensen
Senior Vice President, Specialty Benefits
Principal
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3:50-4:15 p.m. ET
This is the Year Employees Expect DE&I Results

Diversity, equity and inclusion are now firmly established as a key component of workplace wellness. And now organizations have to up the ante—employees expect action, not talk. From statements of shared values and more diverse corporate boards, and from the creation of diversity and inclusion councils to diversity in the executive management, discover how to convert DE&I rhetoric into results-oriented action.

You'll learn:

  • How to nurture an inclusive workplace
  • The elements of a successful DEI strategy, including the principles of allyship
  • How to set and measure the right goals
  • How ERGs and other groups can help accomplish your objectives
  • How to communicate your DEI initiatives with your stakeholders
John Burns
Partner
The Burns Brothers Agency
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Partner
The Burns Brothers Agency
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Global Well-being Manager
Nvidia
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4:15-4:20 p.m. ET
Closing Remarks & Top Takeaways
SPEAKERS

KEYNOTER
Entrepreneur and Corporate Wellness Thought Leader
Author
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Global Well-being Manager
Nvidia
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Assistant Vice President, Employee Wellness
Northwell Health
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U.S. Employee Financial Wellbeing Leader
PwC
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Paula Allen
Senior Vice President, Research and Total Well-being
Morneau Shepell
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Vice President, Strategy and Communications, COVID 19
IBM
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Michelle Artibee
Director, Workforce Wellbeing
Cornell University
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Amy Athey
Chief Wellness Officer
University of Arizona
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Lecturer and Talent and Engagement Architect Professor
Grantham University
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Partner
The Burns Brothers Agency
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John Burns
Partner
The Burns Brothers Agency
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Managing Director, Washington, D.C.
APCO Worldwide
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Chief People & Transformation Officer
Porter Novelli
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Internal Communications Director
Facebook
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Workplace Partnerships
Facebook
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Kara Hoogensen
Senior Vice President, Specialty Benefits
Principal
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Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
Citrix
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VP of Marketing
Vida Health
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Rich Lang
Vice President, HR Centers of Excellence
VMware
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Head of Marketing
ContactMonkey
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Global Head of Executive Engagement Programs
Facebook
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Vice President, People Rewards
S&P Global
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Principal Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft 365 Marketing Team
Microsoft
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CEO & Founder
NoW of Work
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Senior Product Manager, Microsoft 365 Marketing team
Microsoft
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Director
PepsiCo Global Learner Experience
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Global HR Benefits Communication Specialist
Intel
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Vice President, Communications and Learning & Development
CHG Healthcare
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If you are interested in submitting a speaker proposal, please contact Tony Silber at TonyS@ragan.com

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

You should attend if your title is one of these or similar:

Wellness Director • HR Director • Internal Communications Director • PR • Vice President of Innovation • Benefits Specialist • Well-being Program Manager • Director of Fitness and Wellness • Chief People Officer • Cultural Development Manager • Culture and Diversity Director • COO • CFO • Finance Director • People and Culture Manager • Training and Development Specialist • And more!

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Early Bird Rates
(until 03/31/21)
Regular Rates
Registration $699 $799
Ragan Insider Registration $599 $699
Nonprofit Registration $549 $649
Workplace Wellness Insider Registration $499 $599

Bring your team! Group pricing is available for 2 or more attendees from the same company. For group orders please contact our customer service team at 800-878-5331 or cservice@ragan.com.

SPONSORS

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QUESTIONS

Registration
For questions related to event registrations, please contact:

Shallon Blackburn
Customer Service & Sales Manager
ShallonB@ragan.com

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

Hannah Lavelle
Director of Business Development
HannahL@ragan.com

Program
For information on programming and speakers please contact:

Tony Silber
Editorial Director
TonyS@ragan.com

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