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Vivian Acquah
Vivian Acquah  Workplace Wellness Advocate, Viva la Vive
INNER CIRCLE • Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

As an Inclusive Workplace Wellness Advocate, Vivian Acquah advises managers on how to keep their team members engaged, energized, and safe in a sustainable manner.

A clearly defined Workplace Wellness strategy & implementation program fixes your hidden revenue losses along with missed opportunity revenues. It achieves this by improving talent retention, engagement, employer branding, and connection with diverse talent. It prevents your company from leaving money on the table. It also makes your organization a better place to work and be a part of.

Vivian Acquah is making topics related to workplace wellness & DEI accessible to everyone. She provides people with the right tools, at the right time, to embrace inclusive changes. Vivian motivates people to think consciously and inspires them to take action.

Joel Bennett
Joel Bennett  President at Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems (OWLS)
IDEA COLLECTIVE • The Evidence: Describing the Problem & Using Data-Driven Solutions

Joel Bennett, President of OWLS, is an applied scientist, consultant, and author with five published books and several dozen peer-reviewed research articles devoted to empowering people and organizations in the areas of resilience, promotion of mental well-being, substance abuse prevention, spiritual health, and empowered consciousness of time. OWLS has trained almost 500 facilitators in evidence-based programs, reaching over 250,000 employees. These programs have been recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General and DHHS for their effectiveness in reducing behavioral risks and improving the work culture. OWLS has received close to $5 Million in NIH funding to develop programs, now used by a wide range of organizations and industries, including municipalities, corporations, military, Native Americas, non-profits, small businesses, and community-based coalitions. In the area of resilience, OWLS certifies wellness, EAP, and human resources professionals as trainers, coaches, and consultants.

Learn more at or connect with Joel via LinkedIn:

Karen Catlin
Karen Catlin  Author, Better Allies and Advocate for Inclusive Workplaces
INNER CIRCLE • Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

After spending 25 years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Macromedia and Adobe, Karen Catlin witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears.

Today, Karen is a leadership coach and an acclaimed author and speaker on inclusive workplaces. In 2014, she started the Twitter handle @betterallies to share simple, actionable steps that anyone could take to make their workplace more inclusive. That Twitter handle became the inspiration for her books, “Better Allies™: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces” and “The Better Allies™ Approach to Hiring“.

Karen is a highly sought-after and engaging presenter who has delivered talks at hundreds of events. In addition to speaking herself, Karen is determined to bring more diversity to speaker lineups at tech industry events. To support this goal, she coauthored “Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking” with Poornima Vijayashanker.

Stuart Chittenden
STUART CHITTENDEN  Founder of Squishtalks & Host of Lives Radio Talk Show & Podcast

Born in sight of England’s Canterbury Cathedral, Stuart has called Omaha home since 2004. Formerly a London-based lawyer and a brand consultant, he founded the conversation catalyst Squishtalks in 2010 working with companies, nonprofits, and communities to build strong human relationships. Believing in conversation’s power to connect, in 2015 Stuart undertook the community project “a couple of 830 mile long conversations,” adventuring in an RV for four weeks along side roads and among small towns to talk with Nebraskans, discovering the lives, cultures and stories of people he met. Currently Stuart is engaged in “Stories from the Redline” in collaboration with The Union for Contemporary Art’s exhibition exploring the pernicious human impact of redline housing policies. He also hosts a community radio talk show and podcast, Lives. In addition, Stuart cofounded the creativity agency Gilbert+Chittenden in 2017, collaborating with creativity expert Dan Gilbert using design thinking to help individuals and organizations creatively realize their best futures. Stuart is a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, has spoken at three TEDx events, and is a published poet.

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith  Physician, Author, Speaker
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Resilience Leadership: Building Your Own Personal Resilience

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and author. She is an international wellness expert featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, INC, and as a guest on Dr. Oz show. She is the author of numerous books including her new book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at Learn more about Dr. Saundra at and

Paula Davis
Paula Davis, JD, MAP  Founder & CEO, Stress & Resilience Institute
IDEA COLLECTIVE • New Frontiers in Resilience

Paula Davis JD, MAPP, is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm that partners with organizations to help them reduce burnout and build resilience at the team, leader, and organizational level.

Paula left her law practice after seven years and earned a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her post-graduate training, Paula was selected to be part of the University of Pennsylvania faculty teaching and training resilience skills to soldiers as part of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The Penn team trained resilience skills to more than 40,000 soldiers and their family members.

Paula is the author of Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience, which is about burnout prevention using a teams-based approach. It is published by the Wharton School Press at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her expertise has been featured in and on The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post and in many other publications. Paula is also a contributor to Forbes, Fast Company and Psychology Today.

Paula is a two-time recipient of the distinguished teaching award from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Paula’s website is, and you can reach her directly at

Patty Purpur de Vries
Patty Purpur de Vries, MS  Director of Strategy, Outreach and Innovation, Stanford’s BeWell Program
INNER CIRCLE • Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

Born and raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Patty graduated from Stanford University in 1989 after receiving a full-athletic scholarship. She was a 9-time NCAA All-American in the Shot Put and Discus and competed at the 1988 Olympic Trials. In 1995, she founded TimeOut Services, which by 2008, earned $5 million in yearly revenue and employed over 100 team members. Patty and her team were instrumental in designing the original wellness programs for Google, Cisco, Yahoo!, Safeway and KLA-Tencor.

In 2009, Patty sold the corporate wellness division, and trademarked Community BootCamp program, to Plus One of New York (now part of Optum). Patty’s awards include: The Key to the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Business Journal Top Women in Business, and the Top 50 Influential Women of Silicon Valley.

Today, she supports the wellness initiatives across the Stanford Enterprise, which includes: Stanford University, Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health, and Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC).

Jen Fisher
Jen Fisher  Chief Well-Being Officer at Deloitte
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Organizational Resilience

Jen Fisher is leading voice on workplace well-being and creating human-centered organizational cultures. She frequently speaks and writes about building a culture of well-being at work and hosts WorkWell, a podcast series on the latest work-life trends. Jen currently serves as Deloitte’s chief well-being officer in the United States, where she drives the strategy and innovation around work-life, health, and wellness. In her role, she empowers Deloitte’s people to prioritize their well-being so they can be at their best in both their professional and personal lives. She is author of the forthcoming book, Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines due to be released on June 8th and available for pre-order on Amazon. Jen is a healthy lifestyle enthusiast and seeks to infuse aspects of wellness in everything she does. She believes self-care is a daily pursuit and considers herself an exercise fanatic, sleep advocate, and book nerd! As a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about advocating for women’s health and sharing her recovery journey. Jen lives in Miami with her husband, Albert and dog, Fiona.

Maggie Gough
Maggie Gough  Founder and CEO at Realizing Wellbeing
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Resilience Leadership: Building Your Own Personal Resilience

Maggie Gough, founder and CEO of Realize Wellbeing, has become a nationally recognized expert in the field of human wellness through her rich and storied career. With an undergraduate degree in Dietetics and training as a pastoral care provider, she has developed a unique lens to ignite a revolutionary movement. She is a dynamic speaker, and a fierce advocate for people. Maggie is dedicated to empowering fellow wellness warriors, who through compassion, connection, and vulnerability, will change the landscape of health and wellness culture as we know it.

J. Israel Greene
J. Israel Greene  Owner & Founder of Greene Consulting Group
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Organizational Resilience

J. Israel Greene—Owner and Founder of Greene Consulting Group (GCG). He is one of the most in-demand and top-rated African American male speakers in the country. He has been listed as “The Top Ten Trending Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Training Experts” by All American Entertainment. In addition to being owner and founder of GCG, he is also a Senior Consultant with Envisioning Equity and a contributing member of the “A World Without Suicide” organization. GCG’s primary focus is on Leadership Development and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategy for tech firms and an array of other industries. As a Certified Diversity Executive, Israel has been booked to consult and present his proven ‘V.E.T.’ Diversity Framework and strategy to companies such as Whirlpool, Northwestern Mutual, Chicago Public Schools, and Leadership Conferences throughout the United States.

Jason Horay
JASON HORAY, MS, CHES  Manager of Health Strategy, Curi
INNER CIRCLE • Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

Jason Horay is the Manager of Health Strategy and Well-Being at Curi, a company committed to helping physicians in medicine, business, and life. In this role, he serves as Program Manager for the North Carolina Medical Society Employee Benefit Plan, where he partners with brokers, producers, and vendors in supporting nearly 500 medical practices and 11,000 covered healthcare professionals.

Jason has also held well-being leadership roles at Duke University, IBM, and Cisco Systems and is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina.

He continually strives towards the active pursuit of enabling healthcare leaders to discover true wellness and realize their full potential, and through this work, he was featured as a WELCOA Member Spotlight and voted as a Top 100 Health Promotion Professional.

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from High Point University and a master’s degree in Health Promotion from Mississippi State University. He is a Certified Member of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (CHES) and teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate health promotion and public health courses.

In his free time, Jason enjoys deep sea fishing, exercising, gardening, and spending time with his two teenage sons, Caden and Cole.

Brian Kropp
Brian Kropp, PhD  Distinguished Vice President, Chief of Research for Gartner
IDEA COLLECTIVE • New Frontiers in Resilience

Brian Kropp, Chief of Research and Group Vice President at Gartner, oversees the lines of business that support Chief Human Resources and their leadership teams. He works with this cadre of leaders to develop strategic plans that will attract, groom, and retain top talent. Dr. Kropp has authored more than 40 research studies at Gartner, lead more than 200 strategy sessions with executive teams at Fortune 100 companies as well as lead more than 300 Executive Education sessions across the Globe. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and other top media publications, making him one of 2020’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers.

Jason Lauritsen
Jason Lauritsen  Workplace Culture Expert & Author
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Why Resilience?

Jason Lauritsen a keynote speaker, author, and leadership trainer who will challenge you to think differently. He is an employee engagement and performance management expert who passionately believes that work can and should be a fulfilling experience for every employee. He is the founder of the Engagement Leader Community, an online learning experience for employee engagement practitioners. Jason uses a blend of research, practical experience, and storytelling to empower managers to have a more positive impact on their people. As both a former corporate executive and entrepreneur, Jason has always been dedicated to creating organizations that are good for both people and profits. Jason also led the research team for Quantum Workplace’s Best Places to Work program for three years. There, he studied the employee experience at thousands of companies to understand what the best workplaces in the world do differently than the rest to engage their employees. Jason is the author of two books, Unlocking High Performance: How to use performance management to engage and empower employees to reach their full potential and Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.

Connect with Jason at or by email to

Sara Martin
Sara Martin  CEO at WELCOA
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Why Resilience?

Sara has launched award-winning wellness programs and engineered work environments to create cultures of health across multiple industries. At WELCOA, her role is to ensure you continue to have access to the best products and information so you can achieve your professional and personal wellness goals.

Laura Putnam
Laura Putnam, MA  Author, Workplace Wellness That Works, Founder & CEO, Motion Infusion
INNER CIRCLE • Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

Laura Putnam is the award-winning author of the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management book, Workplace Wellness That Works, and CEO/founder of Motion Infusion, a leading provider of well-being and human performance services. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, Fox News, TODAY, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR.

Leslie Ritter
Leslie Ritter, CPCC LMT  Coach & Facilitator
INNER CIRCLE • Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

Leslie is a Wellbeing, Leadership and Enneagram Coach, and a facilitator of workshops and programs for individual and group transformation. She is the former Wellness Director for the visionary women’s clothing company, Eileen Fisher, and as such, she helped to build a culture of wellbeing, connection, and caring.

A Soulful Facilitator™ for the Symponia Institute For Global Compassionate Healing, she supports leaders and organizations to consciously make compassion and deep connection an integral part of their cultures.

She is also a facilitator of Finding Us in Music™, a methodology for working groups and teams that enhances deep listening, understanding, and empathy while igniting individual and collective creativity.

Leslie is a mindfulness practitioner and teacher, a professional singer, and a licensed massage therapist, and she brings her wide experience in life to her work and connection with her clients.

She believes that the path of self-discovery, to our deepest humanity and compassion, is what will heal our world. This is her passion and her purpose.

Michelle Segar
Michelle Segar PhD, MPH, MS  Director of Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center at the University of Michigan
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Resilience Leadership: Building Your Own Personal Resilience

Michelle Segar PhD, MPH, MS, directs the University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center. She is an award-winning scientist and has spent over 27 years studying how to create systems that support sustainable healthy behaviors among individuals and organizations. Her bestselling book, No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness, was featured in The New York Times and is being used to train health coaches and medical professionals around the world. Dr. Segar is frequently interviewed in the media about motivation and behavior change, speaks internationally about these issues, and consults with global companies in designing well-being programing and messaging, telehealth, AI and other digital products targeting sustainable changes in healthy behaviors and self-care.

Mim Senft
MIM SENFT, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT  President & CEO, Motivity Partnerships & Co-Founder, Global Women for Wellbeing
IDEA COLLECTIVE • The Evidence: Describing the Problem & Using Data-Driven Solutions

Mim Senft is the CEO Motivity Partnerships, Inc. a consulting firm that helps organizations create integrated, actionable and measurable engagement, health and gender/D&I strategy for their workforce. She is also the co-founder of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering more healthy female leadership at all levels for a more sustainable world. She holds certifications in group benefits, worksite wellness and property casualty insurance. Mim Senft combines her benefits underwriting, HR, finance and health/wellbeing expertise to provide more effect ways to create work cultures that are resilient and intentionally inclusive. She has over 20 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design, health and wellbeing program strategy and implementation, with a focus on equitable solutions for women and employees from diverse backgrounds in the workplace.

As a speaker and facilitator, she has organized and led workshops and think tanks with an evidenced-based approach that incorporates the connection between health and wellbeing and effective leadership at all levels for diverse industries.

Vic Strecher
Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH  Founder & CEO of Kumanu
IDEA COLLECTIVE • The Evidence: Describing the Problem & Using Data-Driven Solutions

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH is a visionary leader and expert in the fields of behavior change, digital communication, and wellbeing. His pioneering research has led to several successful ventures, reaching millions of lives. He’s Founder & CEO of Kumanu, a next generation wellbeing company, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, renowned speaker, and author.

His latest neuroscience, behavioral, and epidemiologic research; his two books, Life On Purpose and the graphic novel On Purpose; his free online course Finding Purpose and Meaning, and the Purposeful application his business (Kumanu) created are all focused on the importance of developing and maintaining a transcending purpose in life.

Jermey Taylor
JERMEY TAYLOR  Health & Wellness Specialist, Entrepreneur, & Artist
INNER CIRCLE • Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

Jermey Taylor is a Health & Wellness Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Artist from New York City. Over the last 10 years, Jermey has developed, implemented, and expanded wellness programming for non-profits, schools, and city government across the NYC metro area. Jermey uses his artistic background infused with an equity lens to create engaging health promotion resources and health programming that anyone can enjoy no matter one’s age, background, education, or other experience.

Jermey earned his Master’s of Public Health from the Rutgers School of Public Health and his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky. He currently leads the Worksite Wellness Program for the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Nick Taylor
NICK TAYLOR  Co-Founder & CEO, Unmind
IDEA COLLECTIVE • New Frontiers in Resilience

Dr. Nick Taylor is the Co-Founder and CEO of Unmind, a workplace mental health platform that provides clinically-backed tools and training to create healthier, happier more human organizations. From a young age, Nick had a deep fascination with the human mind. This interest was further cemented while volunteering as a Samaritan and working as a Support Worker for the mental health charity, Mind. Nick chose to further pursue this interest, studying psychology at the University of Cardiff, before later gaining a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Sheffield and embarking on a long career with the National Health Service as a Clinical Psychologist.

It was while working in a leadership role for the NHS that Nick became interested in corporate wellness and how organizations can benefit by looking after their employees. Determined to implement a strategy that would enable the NHS to best support its workers, Nick realized that there was a clear gap in the market for a platform that would provide all organizations with the tools to do this. It was this belief in the importance of offering a proactive solution that led Nick to co-found Unmind in 2016. Five years later, Unmind is a leading international workplace mental health platform which offers bite-sized exercises for everyday wellbeing, personalized assessments and customized programs to help improve on specific areas such as stress, focus and sleep.

Lori Thomas
Lori Thomas  Member Education Manager at WELCOA
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Why Resilience?

Lori brings a unique level of expertise and perspective with a diverse background in wellness, workplace culture, and employee experience. She is a compassionate and driven woman who has a passion for helping others and radiates positivity. As WELCOA’s Member Education Manager, she provides creative insight to enhancing the member experience.

Leah Weiss
Leah Weiss, PhD  Co-Founder of Skylyte, Lecturer at Stanford University
IDEA COLLECTIVE • Organizational Resilience

Leah Weiss, PhD, created the perennially-waitlisted course “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion” at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a principal teacher and a founding faculty member of Stanford’s “Compassion Cultivation Program,” conceived by the Dalai Lama and is on faculty for Space Center Houston’s Human Performance Accelerator Lab. She is also the co-founder of Skylyte – a company that specializes in data-driven scalable solutions to burnout for organizations.

Dr. Weiss’s first book, “How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind” (HarperWave) focuses on compassionate and resilient leadership through research-backed techniques. Her work guides the mental health and well-being strategies of over 85 companies and has been covered by news outlets around the world, including BBC, the New York Times, TED, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review. You can hear her in conversation with world renowned thought leaders in her podcast “Grand Rounds.”

Ryan Wolf
Ryan Wolf  Wellbeing Lead at Gallup
INNER CIRCLE • Strategies that Build Individual & Organizational Resilience

Ryan leads Gallup’s health and wellbeing initiatives through strategic partnerships with its research team, benefits department, and external medical and wellness partners. He administers In The Zone, Gallup’s wellbeing program, which provides Gallup associates, spouses, and family members with opportunities to pursue greater wellbeing through the framework of Gallup’s research. He is an international speaker, presenting research and tactical advice to enhance wellbeing and work within organizations. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s degree in business administration from Nebraska Methodist College, and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree at Nebraska Methodist College. Ryan’s top five CliftonStrengths are Discipline, Achiever, Futuristic, Activator, and Harmony.