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MEET OUR agenda 2021 - All times EST

  • Day One | February 24th, 2021
  • Day Two | February 25th, 2021
Marni Edelhart, VP, Content, Momentum Events
Denise Gaskin, Author, Design a Healthy Culture
Anjali Bindra Patel, CEO, SweaTours
Eva Wisnik, Founder, Wisnik Career Enterprises
In highly competitive environments, it can feel impossible to expose anything that might be perceived as a “weakness” including struggles with mental health. The current pandemic has, however, triggered waves of depression, and anxiety in response to isolation and loneliness.

This opening session addresses
  • How you can create a safe and open space for employees to support each other through mental illness
  • Communication strategies for discussing depression with care
  • The power of peer support to keep employees emotionally “afloat” in troubled times.

  • Michael Pollock, CEO, Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
    Empathy for one another and for one’s self can often serve as the best frontline against despair. While some empathy is innate, it can also be fostered by the culture of a legal practice, the language used by leadership and the tools provided to employees in good times and bad.

    This session offers:
  • A guide to the role of empathy in employee wellness
  • Tools and resources that facilitate a culture of empathy
  • Communication strategies that support as opposed to detracting from employee mental resilience

  • Mary Jackson, Chief Officer, Professional Resources, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
    Andrea Mac, Growth Strategist, Prequal
    Katie Lynch, CEO, Apiary Life
    If your employees do not have adequate pay, retirement support and especially supported time off they are likely to begrudge any efforts made to provide for their wellness via other programs. Yoga, meditation and mindfulness programs are all well and good, but only if the benefits are in line with the work conducted.

    This session offers:
  • Research that ties specific benefits to employee wellbeing
  • Strategies for assessing employee satisfaction with benefits
  • Tactics for ensuring that employees actually use their time off

  • Christopher Kim, Director, Global Head of Employee Experience, Wellness-Benefits, KKR
    Steven Gursky, Attorney, Partner, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
    This session will present findings from surveying attorney and legal professionals to better understand their well-being needs. In addition, Wisnik Career Enterprises, Inc surveyed law firm HR professionals to learn more about the well-being initiatives they launched in 2021.

  • Insights into specific well-being needs voiced by both attorney and staff
  • A summary of the most impactful well-being initiatives launched by firms during COVID
  • A conversation with Deb Ndao, Associate Director for Well-being at Skadden Arps, about what firms need to consider when building effective well-being programs.

  • Deb Ndao, Assistant Director of Well-Being, Firm Administration, Skadden
    Eva Wisnik, Founder, Wisnik Career Enterprises
    With your employees all or mostly working from home the regular opportunities for social interaction from popping by a colleague’s desk to going out for a team happy hour are missing from the office experience. For many employees, these recent changes resulted in increased feelings of isolation and loneliness.

    This session offers:
  • Interactive activities that work well remotely
  • Regular check in schedules and specific questions to ask to assess your employees’ state of mind
  • Technology tools to that help create a sense of community

  • Denise Gaskin, Author, Design a Healthy Culture
    Timothy Gustavson, Wellness Manager, Greenberg Traurig
    Erin Bushnell, Chief Human Resources Officer, Cozen O’Connor
    Bree Buchanan, Senior Advisor, Krill Strategies
    As law firms are realigning business to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, the personal and work lives for people are far from “back to normal”.  The daunting predictions for a shadow pandemic in mental health require firms to transform their mindset, message and methods to validate the real consequences of depression and anxiety.  This program will explore how human-centered design can elevate human flourishing through employee experience (EX), client experience (CX), and brand experience (BX), and participants will receive practical insights and concrete tactics to activate empathy, redesign rational work practices and create new norms for emotional and psychosocial well-being.

    Deborah Knupp, Managing Director, GrowthPlay
    Audrey Rubin, Senior Advisor, Barker Gilmore & President of Rubin Solutions
    Denise Gaskin, Author, Design a Healthy Culture
    Anjali Bindra Patel, CEO, SweaTours
    Marni Edelhart, VP, Content, Momentum Events
    Denise Gaskin, Author, Design a Healthy Culture
    Anjali Bindra Patel, CEO, SweaTours
    Eva Wisnik, Founder, Wisnik Career Enterprises
    Whether you are onboarding new employees or simply trying to improve the communication amongst your current employees, team building has never been more complicated.

    This session provides:
  • Interview and Onboarding strategies for remote teams
  • How to make meetings more efficient and interactive over video calls
  • Team building activities that get real employee buy-in

  • Krista Larson, Director, Employee Well-Being, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    Katie Palumbo, Experience & Engagement Manager at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

    Melissa de Carvalho, Global Wellness Manager, Gibson Dunn
    James Kehsavarz, Global Wellness Director, Gibson Dunn

    The wellness industry is unique in that it has both licensed and unlicensed professionals who offer services.  The explosion of telehealth has accelerated the offer and use of workplace wellness services delivered by professionals from remote settings. Before you align yourself with a partner or invest in a service, it is wise to look into the qualifications of the provider in question.
    During this session you will learn:
  • What questions to ask of a potential wellness provider
  • The licenses and accreditations available in the wellness industry
  • How to spot a reputable provider

  • Barbara Zabawa, President, Center for Health & Wellness Law LLC
    Whether or not we are facing a pandemic, your employees and perhaps even your whole firm will at some point face tragedy and loss. In order to ensure preparedness and a thoughtful response to these situations you need to plan ahead as opposed to simply reacting.

    This session offers:
  • Examples of situations you are likely to encounter and skills for how to respond
  • Tactics for using language with care in sensitive situations
  • Guidelines for the role of the workplace in the face of large scale challenges

  • Kelly Willenberg, Owner, Kelly Willenberg & Associates

    What does it take to implement a successful mental health strategy? While providing the right resources is certainly part of it, it’s also critical to set the stage with a top-down awareness and training process that facilitates the required cultural shifts.

    In this session, we’ll review the following:

    ● Mental Health Challenges in Law: What research—and our clients—tell us about the specific issues in law

    ● The 3 Steps to Success:

    ○ Creating a culture shift: If your firm is going to affect the status quo, it’s important to make sure you’re “walking the talk” and shaping a safer space for mental health and well-being
    ○ Top-down training: One person isn’t going to be able to implement a successful mental health program alone. It’s important to educate your managers and team leaders on how to recognize issues in the early stages and the best way to address them
    ○ Mental health support resources: It’s important that resources support the full spectrum of mental health needs from the mild to more severe. They also should include both coverage and access services to aid employees in getting the right care

    Charlotta Winslow-Jenkins, CMO, ArmadaCare
    Mark Schubert, Managing Director, Guide + Thrive, BHS

    Hopefully circumstances will allow for employees to eventually return to the office and a more typical work environment. After months of social distancing and self-protection in the face of a pandemic, this return will likely trigger lots of anxiety and questions.
    This session addresses
  • What you can do today to begin preparing for the return to the office
  • Strategies to assess and address your employees primary concerns
  • The post-pandemic office environment

  • Marguerite Eastwood, CHRO, Crowell & Moring LLP
    It’s easy enough to tell your employees to get 8 hours of sleep, shut off screens two hours before bed, eat whole foods, exercise 60 minutes a day, spend quality time with loved ones, and meditate for twenty minutes daily, but it’s a lot harder for them to actually implement any one of these things, let alone all of them. The busy lifestyle and unique stresses that go along with working at a law firm can make prioritizing our health feel near to impossible. Many wellness initiatives make the common mistake of foregoing improvement in seeking perfection.
    In this session you will take away:
  • Snackable steps that lead to sustainable habits to improve not only your well-being but also your productivity
  • Ways to use technology to help as opposed to hurting employee well-being
  • Communication strategies that encourage attorneys to celebrate what they CAN do as opposed to lamenting what they CAN’T do

  • Jennie Malloy, Founder, Lights Camera Kale
    Denise Gaskin, Author, Design a Healthy Culture
    Anjali Bindra Patel, CEO, SweaTours

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