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Working Well Annual Meeting: “The Future of Work and Wellbeing”

February 1 – 15, 2022 

Registration is now open for Working Well’s Annual Meeting on “The Future of Work and Wellbeing”! Due to the recent COVID surge, we will be hosting our Working Well Annual Meeting virtually for the second year in a row. We will host three virtual sessions over the first three weeks of February. We hope you can join us!  

For better or worse, COVID has disrupted the workplace in almost every way, in almost every industry. After two years of enduring the pandemic, organizations must learn to embrace this “new normal” as an opportunity for growth and positive change. Our annual meeting sessions will explore the effects of COVID on workplace wellbeing initiatives specifically, including what has changed, what should stick, and how we can adapt our approach to better meet the needs of the workforce. Explore the session descriptions below for more information.  

Keynote: Considering Complexity in Organizational Wellness Initiatives – Alex Blacker, MPH 

February 1, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Cultivating positive organizational change is a complex process which has only been compounded by the turbulence of the last two years. To adapt to these ever-changing conditions and create initiatives that address today’s health challenges, we need to make sense of this complexity and integrate our knowledge, skills, and expertise across teams. 

This interactive, 90-minute session will be led by Alex Blacker, MPH and Wellness Manager for Stanford Health Care. Alex has extensive experience designing health promotion-focused trainings and conducting analyses on burnout and professional fulfillment in health care teams. In this session, she will discuss how to apply an implementation framework when developing complex organizational wellness initiatives. In small groups, participants will have the opportunity to practice applying these principles for timely COVID-related and health promotion topics. You will walk away with a toolkit and an understanding of teaming principles that can be applied to support future change within your organizations. 

From Enduring to Embracing: How Mindset Changes Everything – Jen Wright, MPH, Certified Performance Mindset Coach 

February 11, 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

The only certainty over the last two years has been uncertainty. The workforce has been hit with an onslaught of constant change, leaving workers feeling out of control and overwhelmed and organizations reeling to quickly adapt to ever-changing conditions. From workforce shortages to worker burnout to remote work environments, organizations have had to navigate a series of challenges with no end in sight.  

So much of what’s happening seems out of our control. But there’s one thing that we can always control, and that’s our mindset. Our mindset has to do with our perspective or outlook in any given situation. It impacts how we think, how we perceive our circumstances, and ultimately how we behave. In this session, Jen will discuss the science behind mindset training and its benefits for employees, leaders, and organizations. She will teach practical strategies for employees at all levels within an organization to adapt to challenges and live in a proactive state rather than a reactive state. Many people and organizations have simply been enduring the past two years. But by shifting our mindset, we can learn to embrace change, adapt to new environments, and see challenges as opportunities for growth.  

The Evolution of Work: Trends & Insights from the Past Two Years – Emily O’Sullivan, MS, CHES 

February 15, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Like it or not, the COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted the world into a new age of work, causing organizations to reevaluate, redefine, and redesign how they do business. The pandemic has exposed and heightened concerning trends and highlighted new business imperatives. This period of disruption is shaping the future of work by forcing organizations to continually adapt and innovate.  

In this session, we will take a high-level view of global and national workplace trends over the past two years and what it means for organizations and individuals. We will explore new workplace challenges, shifting organizational priorities, and emerging strategies in employee engagement and wellbeing. This session will also include an interactive discussion with participants around specific challenges they’ve faced over the past two years and potential solutions.  

To register for Working Well’s Annual Meeting, please email Emily O’Sullivan at After registering, you will receive a Zoom link to join each of the three sessions. We hope to see you there! 

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Friday Feb 11



Emily O’Sullivan