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Month-Long Virtual Event to Empower Health, Wellbeing and Safety Leaders  to Connect, Plan and Navigate with Confidence.
 

Join world-renowned academics, innovators, thought leaders, experts, practitioners and industry leaders for current,  actionable insights on the topics that matter most as we plan for inclusive wellbeing in a post-pandemic world.

As a health and wellbeing leader, your role has never been more important than right now. You are on the front line, ensuring the health, wellbeing and safety of your organization during the worst global health crisis in the past 100 years.

Planning for today while preparing for the future requires us to think in ways we never imagined, to build new daily habits and to change deeply-rooted social behaviors. THRIVEx is your opportunity to hear weekly from experts and thought leaders and learn how your peers are  responding and adapting to an imminent "new normal".

Grab your oar and join us every Tuesday in June from 1-4 p.m. ET / 5-8pm GMT to hear from the world's most forward-thinking health and wellbeing minds as we navigate these uncharted waters, together.  **SPACE IS LIMITED. Register to save your spot.**

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THRIVEx is designed to help you educate, inspire and prepare your organization to adapt today – and through any disruption.

 Thoughtfully curated THRIVEx keynotes, sessions and content will explore a range of top-of-mind health, wellbeing and safety  issues, including:  

  • "The New Normal":  employee safety, health, wellbeing and work in a post-COVID-19 world
  • How a Homebase for Health approach can help you plan for today and prepare for the future 
  • Long-tail impacts of lockdowns, social isolation, grief and financial despair on mental health
  • The latest science and data on the coronavirus and impact of climate, seasonality, travel and population density on
    its spread
  • How to address Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)
  • Best practices and tips for maintaining wellbeing in key areas: reducing stress, staying active, eating healthy, sleeping well and being productive during COVID-19
  • Strategies for unlocking the value of your wellbeing platform to encourage healthy habits, educate and communicate with employees and keep employees engaged during COVID-19
  • Virgin Pulse’s latest innovations, including return-to-workplace offerings and partner solutions
  • The latest insights and analytics on employee wellbeing from Virgin Pulse Institute  
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A Dynamic Agenda that Changes Each Week 

Sessions will be hosted every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. ET throughout the month of June.
Register to be the first to hear exciting keynote announcements and weekly updates!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

12:30 — 1:00pm

Virtual Doors Open!

1:00pm — 1:02pm

ICYMI Virgin Pulse Updates

The Brave New World of HR: Why Employee Wellbeing is the Foundation of Success Before, During, and After a Pandemic

Josh Bersin

The last months of public health and social crisis has changed life as we know it, especially our work life. As workplaces begin the process of returning, it’s time to grow in that process, and it starts with your employee’s wellbeing. Your organizations growth cannot be achieved if your employees’ health, wellbeing and safety needs are not the foundation to your culture and your return-to-work plan. Hear from Josh Bersin, global industry analyst and Dean of the Josh Bersin Academy on how HR leaders can prioritize employee health, safety and wellbeing during COVID-19.

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1:48pm — 1:58pm

Guided Activity (Meditation, Stretch)

Consultant Roundtable: Surviving and Thriving in a Pre-Vaccine World

Tom Lerche, McGriff Insurance | Sadhna Paralkar, Segal Consulting | Robin Bouvier, Aon

Over the past few months, employees have experienced a range of challenges from fighting a global pandemic, to little or no social interaction, to protesting for racial equality. While the process of returning to the workplace begins, it’s important to keep the health, safety, and mindfulness of employees a top priority. Join these expert panelists to learn not only the impact COVID-19 has had on the workforce and health and benefits space, but additional considerations around the long-term impact of COVID-19.

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2:45pm — 2:55pm

Breathing For Energy Exercise

Cara Hatch, Virgin Pulse, Live Services, Health Coach

Leading, Lagging, Lacking Indicators: Culture Check

Mary Marzec, Virgin Pulse, Senior Strategy Health Scientist I
Monika Fellmer, Virgin Pulse, Manager, Research & Data Insights

Driving Employee Engagement in a Time of Crisis

Emily Sharpe, TIAA Health & Wellness | Arthur Valentine, Associated Banc-Corp. | Kami Gilbert, Texas Health Resources

The current events of our world have required organizations to transform their businesses overnight and scramble to meet the changing needs of their employees. Employee engagement has never been more necessary. Listen in to learn how three organizations are thinking outside the box to drive meaningful engagement.

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4:10pm —

Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

12:30pm — 1:00pm

Virtual Doors Open!

1:00pm — 1:05pm

ICYMI Virgin Pulse Updates

Preparing for the Future of COVID-19

Martin Makary, MD

Dr. Makary will review the latest science and data on the coronavirus and discuss the impact of climate, seasonality, travel and population density on its spread.  He will also explain why the models were wrong and how organizations and individuals can plan for a new normal. While the characteristics of a second wave represent uncharted waters, Dr. Makary summarizes the leading viewpoints from top scholars based on their clinical wisdom and epidemiological history to anticipate a range of what to expect next.  He will also review the latest in therapeutics including some promising treatments that are being crafted at top universities around the world.

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2:05pm — 2:15pm

Guided Activity

Cara Hatch, Virgin Pulse, Live Service Coach

2:15pm — 3:00pm

How Your Population’s Health Is Impacted by Social Determinants Amidst COVID-19

Marin Hoffman, Virgin Pulse, Vice President, Clinical Services

The world is continuing to battle COVID-19 and racial injustice but what many don’t know is just how closely connected these two topics are. Racism is one of the biggest causes of health outcomes amongst racial or ethnic minorities. In fact, 60% of our overall health and wellbeing is defined by social determinants of health – conditions in which you are born, grow, work and live. In times like these, it’s important to acknowledge and understand the health disparities amongst your populations and the impact you can make as an employer. 

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3:00pm — 3:10pm

Guided Meditation

Megan Jones, Virgin Pulse, Live Service Coach

The Shift to Intrinsic Rewards; Providing More Support with a Tighter Budget

Kacey Rasmussen, Virgin Pulse, Vice President Strategic Development I Megan Miraglia, Virgin Pulse, Manager, Onsite Wellbeing Coordinator I Bob Goodman, Virgin Pulse, Senior Vice President, Product Experience

Virgin Pulse Institute reports that direct-to-member cash value rewards nearly doubles employee enrollment and engagement in the platform. But, in the era of COVID, many companies are being asked to cut costs. Join this panel of experts to understand what success looks like when offering intrinsic rewards, hear success stories of those who have made the shift and the programming capabilities that tighten your bottom line.

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3:50pm — 4:00pm

Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

12:30pm — 1:00pm

Virtual Doors Open!

1:00pm — 1:05pm

ICYMI Virgin Pulse Updates

Managing Mental Health: Combatting the Hidden Threats of COVID-19

Laurie Santos, PhD

2:05pm — 2:15pm

Guided Gratitude Activity

Strategies & Resources for Supporting Mental Health and Loss in the Workplace

Tammie Hansen, Trinity Health, Manager Health Productivity & Wellbeing
Melissa Reeves, CommonSpirit Health, System Director, Well-Being and Benefit Engagement
Ann Jarvis, Virgin Pulse, Live Services

The world has changed, and the reality is that the coronavirus pandemic has left many with an overall sense of loss in both their personal and professional lives – loss of a loved one, loss of security, loss of income or even loss of social connection. Whether big or small, loss is accompanied by grief, and takes a strong toll on mental health, but many of us are not equipped with the coping skills that grief or mental distress demands. Employees are being expected to maintain productivity, return to work and keep morale high, all while navigating an unprecedented sea of emotions. In this session, we’ll lean on our panel of clients to learn how to identify grief or loss, share best practices for combatting mental health and create a comprehensive toolkit for coping. 

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3:00pm — 3:10pm

Guided Meditation

Ann Nichols, Virgin Pulse, Live Service Coach

The Ever-Evolving Needs of Your Employees Post-COVID

Kate Clausen, Virgin Pulse, Senior Director, Live Services
Christine Schaffer, Virgin Pulse, Health Coach
Charice Montour, Virgin Pulse, Health Coach Lead
Tiffany Ovbey Soper, Virgin Pulse, Onsite Health Coach Lead
Chelsea Anderson, Virgin Pulse, Director Product Strategy

The impact of COVID-19 on your employees is varied and intense.  Over the past three months, Virgin Pulse coaches have seen a staggering 80% increase in calls for substance support and a 33% increase regarding anxiety and depression. The landscape and needs of employees have changed dramatically.  Are you prepared to sustain your workforce during this continuously evolving period? Join this session for a 360-degree perspective from Live Service experts, who will share statistics, stories and guidance.

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3:55pm — 4:00pm

Wrap Up

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

12:30pm — 1:00pm

Virtual Doors Open!

1:00pm — 1:05pm

ICYMI Virgin Pulse Updates

Why Sleep?

Matthew Walker, PhD

2:05pm — 2:15pm

Guided Stretch Break

Courtney Parks, Virgin Pulse, Live Service Coach

Human Performance: The Role of Physical Exercise in Building Resiliency in Your Workforce

Andrew Jacobus, Virgin Pulse, Vice President, Insights
Amina Brown, Virgin Pulse, Data Scientist
David Ho, Virgin Pulse, Data Scientist

Our daily routines have been massively affected by the recent shelter-in-place regulations causing health behaviors to significantly decline, and physical and mental health risks to increase.  Now more than ever, employers are concerned that populations are disengaging from wellbeing programs, distancing from healthy habits and building a more sedentary, stress-driven routine. In this session, dive into the Virgin Pulse Institute's research - conducted across locations, demographics and industries - on the actual effects COVID-19 has on your employees' physical activity, sleep and shifting priorities, so you can better plan for the return of the new ways of working.

Attend this session to: 

  1. Learn how to maintain healthy activity during COVID-19
  2. Dive into workforce perceptions and the different phases of recovery 
  3. Explore strategies and tactics for maximizing resilience and reducing risks among your own employees during workforce interruptions

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3:00pm — 3:10pm

Guided Body Scan Meditation

Nellie Brau, Virgin Pulse, Live Service Coach

Medical Panel: Prioritizing Chronic Conditions in a Pandemic

Rajiv Kumar, MD, Virgin Pulse, VPI President & CMO
David Batman, MSC, MB.CHB., D.R.C.O.G., D.I.H., MFOM
Gary Smithson, MD, Virgin Pulse, Medical Director

In the United States, 6 out of 10 adults areliving with one or more chronic conditions. With social distancing guidelines in place throughout the country, this most-at-risk population is challenged to managetheir conditionsand receive proper medical care,leaving them confused and concerned. Is my chest pain really a priority when the world is in crisis? Should I risk exposure for my prescription? Are annual exams considered essential? Hear from a panel of Medical Officers as we strategize the best way to identify and mitigate barriers for receiving care andhow tore-engage employees to prioritize the health of those living with new or existing conditions throughout this epidemic. 

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3:50pm — 4:00pm

Wrap-Up

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

12:30p.m. — 1:00p.m.

Virtual Doors Open!

Welcome to THRIVEx

David Osborne, CEO, Virgin Pulse

Riley's Story: A Will and a Way

Q and A with David Osborne and Riley Zahm, Virgin Pulse Member

Virgin Pulse Innovation: Building Your Post-COVID-19 Homebase for Health and Safety

Ron Hildebrandt, Chief Product Officer, Virgin Pulse

Health, wellbeing and safety are now the number one business imperatives for employers, health plans and individuals. Learn how integrating your health, wellbeing, benefits and safety programs, including return-to-workplace screening, protocols, attestations and surveys, in a unified Homebase for Health allows you to deliver the guidance your employees and members need to stay safe and to confidently return to the workplace.

 

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2:10p.m. — 2:20p.m.

Guided Meditation

Patricia Haarman, Virgin Pulse, Live Service Coach

The Truth About Diet & Disease in a Time of Crisis

David Katz, MD, Public Health Expert MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM

President of True Health Initiativefounding Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center; Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Katz is a frequent CNN guest, Dr. Katz recently authored an Op-Ed in the New York Times on protecting vulnerable populations during COVID-19. He holds 5 U.S. patents with other patents pending, and has published roughly 200 scientific articles and textbook chapters. He has published 15 books to date, including multiple editions of leading textbooks in both Preventive Medicine and Nutrition.

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3:20p.m. — 3:25p.m.

Guided Stretch Break

Brandy Scherer, Virgin Pulse, Live Services Coach

Making the Most of Your Digital and Live Wellbeing Programs during COVID-19

Amy Green, Dell Technologies, Director of Global Wellness
Julie Wilkes, Accenture, NA Wellness Lead
Dawn Zerneke, Virgin Pulse, Vice President of Client Success

Let’s face it – there’s no instruction manual or playbook for navigating COVID-19 and finding ways to engage a remote population amidst a pandemic isan enormouschallenge. Your organization is nowfacing new questions, concernsand anxieties and there is no clear-cut, one-size-fits-all solution. Join this dynamic panel of wellness experts to learn how organizations are maximizing the digital and live aspects of their health and wellbeing programs to provide factual updates, improve health literacy, address concerns and keep employees engaged. 

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4:00p.m. — 4:20p.m.

Wrap-Up

THRIVEx Keynotes 

Tune in to Hear New Speakers and New Topics Each Week!
Week 5: June 30, 2020

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You cannot maintain a positive employee experience without listening to your people.

Josh Bersin

Global Industry Analyst

Upcoming Keynotes

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.
Dr. David Katz
Dr. David Katz
Public Health Expert
MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM
June 2, 2020
The Truth About Diet and Disease in a Time of Crisis

President of True Health Initiativefounding Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center; Past-President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. A frequent CNN guest, Dr. Katz recently wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Times on protecting at-risk populations during COVID-19.

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Dr. Matthew Walker
UC Berkeley Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology
June 9, 2020
Why Sleep?

New York Times Best Selling Author of Why We Sleep, co-creator of the National Geographic documentary, Sleepless in America and PBS NOVA's Memory Hackers, Dr. Walker most recently contributed to BBC Horizon's, Curing Alzheimer’s. His research focuses on the impact of sleep on human health and disease.

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Dr. Laurie Santos
Dr. Laurie Santos
Cognitive Scientist and Professor of Psychology at Yale University
June 16, 2020
Managing Mental Health: Combatting the Hidden Threats of COVID-19

Creator of the most popular class in Yale University’s history, The Science of Well-Being. Dr. Santos recently released a series of COVID-19 content aimed at helping people battle loneliness and isolation, manage stress, maintain relationships and focus on self care on her podcast, The Happiness Lab

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Dr. Martin Makary
Dr. Martin Makary
M.D., M.P.H.; Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy M.D., M.P.H.
June 23, 2020
Preparing for the Future of COVID-19

New York Times Bestselling Author of The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care -and How to Fix It. Dr. Makary speaks frequently on the future of health care and what it means for everyday Americans, business leaders, and health care professionals. He is a frequent medical expert on NBC and FOX News and is a leading voice for physicians, writing for The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

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Josh Bersin
Global Industry Analyst
June 30, 2020
The Brave New World of HR: Why Workforce Trust, Health and Wellbeing Are Cornerstones to Rebounding from COVID-19

The last months of public health and social crisis has changed life as we know it, especially our work life. As workplaces begin the process of returning, it’s time to grow in that process, and it starts with your employee’s wellbeing. Your organizations growth cannot be achieved if your employees’ health, wellbeing and safety needs are not the foundation to your culture and your return-to-work plan. Hear from Josh Bersin, global industry analyst and Dean of the Josh Bersin Academy on how HR leaders can prioritize employee health, safety and wellbeing during COVID-19.

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