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A 6-week virtual series connecting you with an industry expert on a specific wellness topic. These interactive workshops include hands-on learning and mentorship as you implement key takeaways within your own wellness strategy in real-time. This experience provides professional development and collaborative authorship on collective resources that develop from the series.

*Limit of 100 spots available.
**There are required readings for this workshop


— Option 1 —

Inner Circle: Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone

With Laura Putnam, MA | Author, Workplace Wellness That Works, Founder & CEO, Motion Infusion

Featuring Guest Speakers:
Week 1: Vivian Acquah | Workplace Wellness Advocate, Viva la Vive
Week 2: Jason Horay, MS, CHES | Manager of Health Strategy, Curi
Week 3: Patty Purpur de Vries, MS | Director of Strategy, Outreach and Innovation, Stanford’s BeWell Program
Week 4: Jermey Taylor | Health & Wellness Specialist, Entrepreneur, & Artist
Week 5: Leslie Ritter, CPCC LMT | Coach & Facilitator
Week 6: Karen Catlin | Author, Better Allies and Advocate for Inclusive Workplaces

Tuesdays, April 13-May 18
(Every Tuesday for six weeks)
10:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM MT / 12:00 PM CT /1:00 PM ET

*Free Virtual Reception May 4 immediately following the session
11:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM MT / 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET.

Virtual Swag Bag sponsored by:

AKLOS HealthCraftsyMediKeeper
SentryHealthUniversity of WisconsinUnmind
Virgin PulseWellRightWisdom Labs



*Must be a WELCOA Member to register.

2020 was an awakening for our nation. We witnessed that there is a vast difference in treatment options and outcomes depending on where you live and what resources you have—and the inequities did not stop at public health. As the pandemic and aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic murder have laid bare, if you’re wealthy, white, male, cis-gendered and straight, with no visible disabilities, and not substantially younger or older than your colleagues, you are imbued with “wellness privilege,” automatically ensuring access to higher levels of wellbeing. The upshot: the overstated mantra “Take personal responsibility for your health and wellbeing” falls short, as it ignores the larger forces that accelerate wellbeing for some and create barriers for others. Wellness is inextricably linked with diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. What can we do about it as workplace wellness professionals? Join Laura Putnam and friends for “Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone,” where we will take a hard look at how we can pivot to better serve all, as opposed to some.

**Required readings for this workshop include:
Workplace Wellness That Works
Workplace Wellness That Works

Better Allies
Better Allies

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what “Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone” means
  • Identify 10 ways to expand upon the intersection between wellness and diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Explore 7 different case studies that have implemented a “Workplace Wellness That Works for Everyone” approach
  • Evaluate your “well-being privilege,” using an assessment tool that you can apply to your workplace wellness initiatives
  • Apply updated strategies to pivot and expand upon your leadership capacity

Laura Putnam
Laura Putnam, MA  Author, Workplace Wellness That Works, Founder & CEO, Motion Infusion

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.

Featuring Guest Speakers:

Vivian Acquah
Vivian Acquah  Workplace Wellness Advocate, Viva la Vive

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.

Jason Horay
Jason Horay, MS, CHES  Manager of Health Strategy, Curi

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.

Patty Purpur de Vries
Patty Purpur de Vries, MS  Director of Strategy, Outreach and Innovation, Stanford’s BeWell Program

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).

Jermey Taylor
Jermey Taylor  Health & Wellness Specialist, Entrepreneur, & Artist

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.

Leslie Ritter
Leslie Ritter, CPCC LMT  Coach & Facilitator

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.

Karen Catlin
Karen Catlin  Author, Better Allies and Advocate for Inclusive Workplaces

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.

— Option 2 —

Inner Circle: Strategies that Build Individual & Organizational Resilience

With Ryan Wolf | Wellbeing Lead at Gallup

Thursdays, April 15-May 20
(Every Thursday for six weeks)
10:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM MT / 12:00 PM CT /1:00 PM ET

*Free Virtual Reception May 6 immediately following the session
11:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM MT / 1:00 PM CT / 2:00 PM ET.

Virtual Swag Bag sponsored by:

AKLOS HealthCraftsyMediKeeper
SentryHealthUniversity of WisconsinUnmind
Virgin PulseWellRightWisdom Labs



*Must be a WELCOA Member to register.

In this Inner Circle session, attendees will unpack what Gallup has studied about resilience in the workplace and learn how to apply validated research to the significant work they conduct every day. At the end of the six-week session, attendees will understand how to apply elements of wellbeing, strengths, engagement, and leadership to support resilient humanity in the workplaces they serve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase your capacity to spot strengths in others and apply strengths-based leadership to key initiatives
  • Explore the 12 elements of employee engagement and how they apply to the wellbeing of all roles in all industries
  • Understand how Gallup’s framework of wellbeing supports resilient individuals and cultures
  • Identify the four needs of followers and apply them to your authentic leadership style

Ryan Wolf
Ryan Wolf  Wellbeing Lead at Gallup

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.