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MAY 11-13 

Connecting for Good: Helping Employers, Health Plans, Health Systems, TPAs and Brokers Simplify and Unify the Health and Wellbeing Journey for employees and members.

Discover how you can help your people, your business and your community combat this emerging crisis and thrive.

As we look ahead to a life without COVID, we're also preparing to combat another rapidly emerging global health crisis—the diminishing health of our workforces due to chronic disease, health inequity, declining mental wellbeing and low engagement.

It’s time for a new, collective approach to health and wellbeing. Addressing this second global health crisis requires smart, digital innovation that can meet the unique and ever-evolving needs of your dispersed workforce. In other words, we need to be Connecting for Good.

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The Expert Insight and Tools You Need to Build a Culture of Resilience, Health and Equity

At THRIVEx, you’ll hear from trusted experts and thought leaders on how to build the foundation for an effective wellbeing strategy – one that confronts the most challenging issues for which your employees are desperately seeking support – chronic disease, health equity and mental wellbeing.

At Virgin Pulse, we're committed to empowering people to achieve their optimal wellbeing, to become their healthiest self and to thrive. The X factor? Our unique, unified and innovative approach to whole-person, digital-first wellbeing that brings together all aspects of the employee experience. In other words, we’re committed to Connecting for Good.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for joining us for a memorable THRIVEx 2021. Replays can be found below!

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The impact of what we are experiencing today will reverberate for the next several years, taking a massive toll on all aspects of health and wellbeing, and directly impacting employee engagement, productivity and performance.

David Osborne

CEO, Virgin Pulse

Keynote Speakers

Hear from world-renowned experts, academics, innovators and industry leaders on the topics that are top of mind right now for every health, wellbeing and business leader.
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Agenda & Replays

Did you miss a THRIVEx session? Select keynote replays are available now. Click on "Replay" next to the session to watch on-demand.

May 11, 2021

  • 12:20pm — 12:30pm

    Lunch Crunch Workout with VP+ Partner: Aaptiv

  • 12:30pm — 12:50pm

    Connecting For Good.

    David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Pulse

  • 12:50pm — 1:05pm

    THRIVEx Up Close and Fully Vaccinated

    David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Pulse and Jacquelynn Russell, Vice President Strategic Sales, Virgin Pulse​

  • 1:05pm — 1:10pm

    Health Break

  • 1:10pm — 1:40pm

    Product Vision and Innovation Roadmap for 2021

    Ron Hildebrandt, Chief Product Officer, Virgin Pulse​

    The overwhelming growth in digital health has left organizations overwhelmed and confused by the number of solutions on the market today. Our Homebase for Health® eliminates the confusion by unifying and simplifying the employee health and wellbeing experience. Discover our latest innovations in our Summer ‘21 launch, featuring a high-tech and human-centered approach, stronger social connections, enhanced mental health offerings, new content to support DEI initiatives, reduced administrative burden, and more.

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  • 1:40pm — 1:50pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavilion

  • Health 3.0: Finding a Voice in a Dysfunctional System

    Zubin Damania, MD

    The U.S. healthcare system has long been broken, yet it took a global pandemic to reveal the true dangers of this flawed approach to health. Despite the digital health boom and growing access to care, the rising prevalence of chronic disease, economic and racial health disparities, astronomical medical bills, and more have left us physically, mentally, socially, and financially unwell. In order to fix our broken system of care, we need to understand how we got here. In this session, attendees will explore the history of modern healthcare, what needs to be done, and why the time is now.

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  • 2:30pm — 2:40pm

    Just What the Doctors Ordered: A Candid Discussion Around the Toll of Polarization

    Zubin Damania, MD and David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

  • The Acute Case for Chronic Health: Why Two Pandemics Are Better Than One

    David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

    The constant news cycle surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us daily of the lives and livelihoods that have tragically been claimed by this disease. But why aren’t we talking about the annual death toll of chronic disease? The fact is, we're facing two pandemics. Fortunately, we can fight both with the same treatment—a healthy lifestyle. In this session, attendees will learn about the connection between COVID-19 and chronic conditions and how simply changing our daily behaviors could save lives. 

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  • 3:10pm — 3:20pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavilion

  • Promoting Health During Times of Unrest

    Marlette Jackson, PhD, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Virgin Pulse & Lily Lamboy, PhD, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Blue Shield of California

    Is your organization doing enough to support your employees through these difficult times? Even institutions with the best intentions are struggling to navigate the converging stress and change brought on by COVID-19, civil unrest, natural disasters, and personal struggles that the members of their workforce are facing today. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Lamboy discuss how organizations can – and should – address these issues in the workplace, how to protect the mental wellbeing of their employees as well as the continued success of their business, and why DEI is essential to health and wellbeing both in and outside of the workplace.

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  • 3:50pm — 3:55pm

    Health Break

  • 3:55pm — 4:20pm

    All Access Pass to Healthy Eating *Cooking Activity with Chef Lisa*

    Madison Reeder​, Regional Lead, Registered Dietician, Foodsmart

    Good nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle and chronic disease prevention, so it’s no surprise that low-income communities who struggle to access and prepare healthy food are at the highest risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Discover how equitable nutrition drives health equity and how we can make healthy eating a reality for all.

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  • 4:20pm — 4:30pm

    Lightning Session: Investing in Financial Health: Defining Financial Stability for Your Employees in Uncertain Times

    Sam Evans, VP of Business Development , Enrich

    Financial instability is a leading driver of stress. Now, as the world faces heightened levels of chronic stress and financial insecurity, financial wellness is more important than ever. The reality is that not all individuals are financially literate or have the guidance and resources they need to educate themselves. Join this session to understand how you can empower your employees to take control of their financial health and mitigate challenging circumstances.

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  • 4:30pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavillion

May 12, 2021

  • 12:00pm

    Virtual Doors Open

  • 12:15pm — 12:25pm

    Lunch Crunch Workout with VP+ Partner: Wellbeats

  • 12:25pm — 12:30pm

    ICYMI

    David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Pulse

  • Managing Risk & Improving Outcomes: What Self-Insured Employers Can Learn from Value-Based Care Organizations

    An interview with Healthcare Delivery Expert Dr. Sachin Jain by Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board member Dr. Rajiv Kumar

    The current approach to healthcare isn’t efficient or affordable for medical systems, insurance providers, organizations, and individuals alike. Join us for a fireside chat, where we’ll discuss the concept of value-based care and how it can improve the healthcare journey while reducing cost of care for institutions and the people they serve.

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  • 1:05pm — 1:10pm

    Health Break

  • The Mind-Body Connection: Wellness and Prevention Through Behavioral Health

    Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, Science Advisory Board, Virgin Pulse

    As we face year two of the pandemic, physical health is on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Yet fear of getting sick, along with the increased stress and social isolation, has put our mental health – and therefore our physical health – at risk. In this session, Dr. Isom will expose the close connection between our mental health and our physical health, and how a behavioral health approach can improve our overall wellbeing.

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  • Uprooting Social Determinants of Health in Your Community

    Ruqajjah Yearby, JD, MPH

    It’s time for organizations to address the racial, socioeconomic, and gender inequities in the workplace and the community at large. In this session, Dr. Yearby will explore how organizations unconsciously fuel structural racism and actionable steps workplace leaders can take to eliminate discrimination and inequity for healthier, happier workforces and communities.

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  • 2:10pm — 2:20pm

    Lightning Session: Changing Outcomes with Mental Health and Addiction

    Megan Jacobs, MPH, Managing Director of Product, Innovations, EX Program by Truth Initiative

    Mental health issues and substance use have simultaneously increased since the arrival of COVID-19 as many sought outlets for personal stress. Join this session to learn more about the relationship between mental health, substance use, and COVID-19, and how reducing our reliance on addictive substances can improve our overall health and wellbeing.

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  • 2:20pm — 2:30pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavilion

  • Healthcare Moneyball: How to Use Population Health Analytics to Pinpoint Cost Drivers, Close Gaps and Reduce Spend

    Ron Hildebrandt, Chief Product Officer, Virgin Pulse, Taylor Godbey, Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Plan for Health

    Understanding the data is the first step to efficiently and effectively improve health outcomes, close gaps in care, and lower healthcare costs for organizations and health plans. Join this session to learn more about Advanced Plan for Health and their analytics engine, Poindexter. Poindexter is designed to discover opportunity and to unveil actionable data that helps make smart and proactive decisions to reduce risk, drive down costs and help us succeed in Changing Lives for Good®.

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  • 3:00pm — 3:10pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavilion

  • Breakout Sessions

  • Product & Analytics
    • Where’s the Proof? Connecting the Data to Connect the Dots Behind Employee Wellness Program
      Kate Smith, Senior Product Director​, Virgin Pulse
      Andrew Jacobus, Vice President Insights​​, Virgin Pulse

      How do employee wellbeing programs lower healthcare costs? That’s the million-dollar question for some. In this session, we’ll dig into the data to understand just how impactful an employee wellbeing program is on healthcare costs and in increasing retention, productivity, and safety. The proof is in the data points, revealing the ROI and VOI behind investing in health and wellbeing your workforce.

    • 3:32pm — 3:52pm

      Designed to Engage: A Targeted Approach to Employee Wellbeing
      Kacey Rasmussen, Vice President Strategic Development​, Virgin Pulse
      Linda Muller, Senior Client Success Director​, Virgin Pulse
      Heather Fitzpatrick, Director Marketing Communications​​, Virgin Pulse

      Your organization invested in a digital health solution for your employees – now what? Success, no matter the specific health or wellbeing outcome, is highly contingent on employees actually engaging and utilizing the resources provided. This segment of the population used to be called the hard-to-reach, but with 85% of adults owning a smartphone and 28% relying on it as a primary source of online access, is anyone hard to reach these days? We'll explore enrollment and engagement strategies that resonate with your workforce to reach those with accessibility that are still sitting on the sidelines.

    • 3:52pm — 4:00pm

      Health Break

    • 4:00pm — 4:20pm

      The Role of Digital Therapeutics and the Changing Future of Healthcare
      Misa Nuccio, Senior Product Marketing Manager​, Virgin Pulse
      Kate Smith, Senior Product Director​​, Virgin Pulse

      Digital Therapeutics has quickly emerged as an effective and scalable means to address the increasing demand for condition management and telehealth solutions – particularly in the wake of 2020. But a DTx-only strategy can often fall flat despite the critical and leading role digital care plays in your health ecosystem and in elevating your population health. Join this session to explore effectively constructing a high-impact wellbeing program that integrates digital therapeutics, addressing gaps in care through a broader population health strategy and the future trends of DTx.

  • Corporate Social Responsibilities
    • 3:10pm — 3:30pm

      Driving DEI Through Your Internal Communications and Your Wellbeing Platform​
      Jessica Isom, MD, Science Advisory Board Member
      Nancy Belusky, Senior Director, Content​, Virgin Pulse

      How can organizations provide personalized wellbeing solutions without addressing the structural inequities that so many face? The truth is, you can’t – DEI is a fundamental and core value of any successful employee wellbeing program. It’s also a primary focus for job seekers, with 7 in 10 citing workplace diversity as a top value when looking for an employer. In this session, you’ll hear how Virgin Pulse analyzes, audits, and strategizes our DEI content, with a deep dive from Dr. Jessica Isom into how all organizations can and should do the same.

    • 3:32pm — 3:52pm

      Wellbeing Demands for a Diverse Workforce: Delivering Value at an Individual Level
      Nathan Limbach, Director Strategic Development​, Virgin Pulse
      Joseph Cappellano, Director Strategic Development​, Virgin Pulse

      A Forbes article recently cited that 80% of workers would consider quitting their current position for a job that focused more on employees’ mental health—a statistic that hits home for many employers unsure of where to start or how to build a program that effectively delivers on mental wellbeing. This session will take you through building a holistic wellbeing solution that can deliver on mental wellbeing at the individual level, with proof of success and real-life utilization of these tools.

    • 3:52pm — 4:00pm

      Health Break

    • 4:00pm — 4:20pm

      A Renewed Focus on Health and Wellbeing
      Kristen Larson, Senior Client Success Director​, Virgin Pulse

      How we think of wellbeing, both in the workplace and in the world, has evolved. Now, the approach to workplace wellbeing must change along with it, encompassing the full range of health and wellness supports employees need today. In this session, we’ll explore how COVID-19 impacted employee wellness benefits and what organizations must do to support the whole-person wellbeing of their dispersed workforces.

  • Client Learnings & Best Practices
    • 3:10 pm — 3:30 pm

      Building a Culture of Resilience in the Healthcare Industry
      Niha Malcomsen, Northwell Health, Manager, Employee Wellness and Mayer Bellehsen, Northwell Health, Psychologist

      As we look ahead to a life without COVID-19, it is critical that we plan for the mental health aftermath of COVID-19, such as burnout, post-traumatic stress, and overall challenges to mental wellbeing. In this THRIVEx session, Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider and top 100 healthiest and best places to work, will share how their mission to prioritize well-being of their team members has aided their 74,000 employees. From this session, you’ll learn the united strategy Northwell uses to prioritize wellbeing amongst their diverse workforce, the holistic programs and resources they provide team members and the comprehensive approach they use to build resiliency.

    • 3:32pm — 3:52pm

      Budget-Friendly Strategies to Support Your Employees, In All the Roles They Play
      Meaghan Rohletter, Director of Health & Welfare Benefits, American Cancer Society

      Amid a financial crisis brought on by COVID-19, organizations are struggling with the cost of investing in the health and wellbeing of their employees. In this session, we’ll discuss low-cost strategies to drive employee wellbeing engagement that leads to cost savings for your business.

    • 3:52 pm — 4:00pm

      Health Break

    • 4:00pm — 4:20pm

      Support Your Employees Through COVID and Beyond
      Julie Andrews, Global Benefits & Wellbeing, HP

      The employer-employee relationship has evolved, and organizations have gotten creative with their approach as they focus on supporting the whole-person wellbeing of their teams both in and outside of the workday. In this session, HP will share their experience with implementing new strategies and initiatives during COVID-19 to increase resilience, engagement, and overall wellbeing of their workforce.

  • 4:20pm — 4:30pm

    Lightning Session: The Value of Evidence and Clinical Research in MSK Digital Therapeutics

    Justin Yang, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Kaia Health

    Are digital therapeutics the future of preventive medicine and condition management? Join us for a deep dive into the world of digital health to understand the efficacy of digital therapeutics for your high-risk populations.

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  • 4:30pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavilion

May 13, 2021

  • 12:15pm — 12:25pm

    Lunch Crunch Workout With VP+ Partner: Whil

  • 12:25pm — 12:30pm

    ICYMI

    David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Pulse

  • Work-From-Home Wellbeing: Reshaping Workplace Wellbeing for Your Dispersed Workforce

    Josh Bersin, HR and Workplace Industry Analyst, Josh Bersin Academy

    Last year, we discussed the brave new world of HR. This year, Josh Bersin will explain how the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals have changed during the course of the pandemic and how organizations can best support their dispersed workforces to build a culture of health and resilience as businesses begin to reopen.

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  • 1:05pm — 1:10pm

    Health Break

  • Wellbeing – It’s Personal: Live Services Panel

    Sarah Anderson, Coaching Team Manager, Virgin Pulse
    Kelsey Speltz, Coaching Team Manager, Virgin Pulse
    Sonja Ecklund, Training Lead, Onsite Support, Virgin Pulse
    Tara Langer, Wellness Team Manager​, Virgin Pulse

    Health is personal. Hear from a panel of health coaches and team leaders on the importance of pairing a high-tech digital health platform with a high-touch, human component to inspire and make progress towards life-long behavior change and improved holistic health outcomes.

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  • 1:40pm — 1:55pm

    Lightning Session: The Parent's Pandemic

    Gina Nebesar, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Ovia Health

    For working parents, balancing work and family responsibilities is harder than ever before. Parents are struggling daily. It's no secret that the pandemic has taken a toll on your employees’ mental health, but that's particularly true for working parents. Do your organization's plans and policies recognize the systemic problems parents, and expecting parents, are uniquely facing? Do they put working parents and their mental health first? In this session, we’ll discuss what employers can do to support parents within their workforce, how to tailor your approach to address these systemic issues, what the workforce and care will look like post-pandemic, and how employers can prepare.

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  • 1:55pm — 2:05pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavilion

  • Breakout Sessions

  • Product & Analytics
    • 2:05pm — 2:25pm

      Unlocking the Value of Your Employee Wellbeing Investments
      Christopher Robertson, Director Product Partnerships​, Virgin Pulse

      3 in 4 employees report that at least one aspect of their wellbeing has been negatively impacted by COVID-19, and 4 in 10 report that the benefits and programs offered by their employers aren’t helpful. Tune in to learn what makes for an effective employee wellbeing initiative that supports your workforce through this time of constant change.

    • 3:00pm — 3:20pm

      A Human-Centered Approach to Digital Wellbeing
      Caitlin Sanford, Director User Research and Analytics, Virgin Pulse
      Roman Vidrevich, Senior Product Director, Health Analytics

      To earn and keep the trust of their employees and members, organizations need to show that they can connect with them in meaningful ways. Employee wellbeing must go beyond the high-tech experience of a digital solution—it requires a human-centered, high-touch approach.

  • Corporate Social Responsibilities
    • 2:05pm — 2:25pm

      The Realities for Women During COVID: Strategies Forward for All
      Mary Marzec, PhD, Science Advisory Board, Virgin Pulse

      Women have always worn many hats, but the unexpected disruption of COVID on personal and professional lives added more roles and responsibilities for women to juggle. This disproportionate burden experienced by women has left them more vulnerable to poor mental, physical, social, and financial wellbeing. It's time for employers to take action towards a more equitable future by prioritizing health and wellbeing for all.

    • 3:00pm — 3:20pm

      Connecting Community For Good
      Laura Walmsley, SVP Business Development​, Virgin Pulse

      Wellbeing is deeply personal, so most organizations tend to think of it as an individual journey and therefore underestimate the power behind community. In this session, we’ll dive into the benefits of fostering a community of support, the positive results that come from a community focus, and real-world examples that will shape your community homebase.

  • Client Learnings & Best Practices
    • 2:05 pm — 2:25 pm

      The Workplace Mental Health Crisis: Improving Emotional Wellbeing Through Resiliency Focused Programming
      Amanda Hugelmeyer, HR Wellness and Engagement Specialist, PSEG

      Poor mental health and stress negatively affects employee job performance, productivity, engagement, communication, and physical health and daily functioning. PSEG will share how building resilience among your workforce is critical as we continue to navigate this time of ongoing crisis.

  • 3:20pm

    Visit Homebase for Health Pavilion

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