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PRESS RELEASE (SEPTEMBER 21, 2020)
OWLS CEO to Moderate Panel on Implementing a Culture of Organizational Resilience at HERO FORUM20
OWLS CEO to moderate panel at HERO FORUM20. Representatives from four companies to discuss how they leveraged evidence-based well-being and resiliency training from OWLS to create positive workplaces in today’s challenging business environment.
OWLS (Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems), a science-based consulting and training service in the area of Integral Organizational Wellness™, today announced that CEO and founder Dr. Joel Bennett will moderate a panel at HEROForum20. The virtual conference is hosted by the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), which brings together health and well-being professionals to network, share knowledge, and learn from top experts in the industry.
The panel is titled "Evidence-Based Culture of Health & Leadership: Four Implementations for Connectedness," and will be held on September 24 at 11:10 CT ( https://www.xcdsystem.com/hero/program/CyQej65/index.cfm). Each of the panelists' organizations have utilized OWLS evidence--based methodology and consultation to help build one or more aspects of a "culture of resilience" strategy. Each will describe their own leadership journey and the importance of social connection as part of a resilience strategy. The panelists represent diverse backgrounds and industries and will include:
- Paul Courtois, MBA, MSW, Site Leader (Portland, Oregon), Owens Corning
- Ruth Gassman, PhD, Executive Director of Prevention Insights and Senior Scientist, Indiana University, School of Public Health
- Rachel Kopke, PhD, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Early Childhood, Monroe County Intermediate School District
- Brittany Linde, PhD, Wellness Manager, Andrews Distributing Company
- Shannon Thorsell, Director, Human Resources Business Partner, StayWell
"Instilling and reinforcing a culture of resilience is critical in a challenging work environment that affects people at all levels of the organization – executives who are trying to find the best way to manage and motivate their remote workforces, and anxious employees who are trying to navigate a host of difficult work/life issues,” said Dr. Joel Bennett. “Compounding the stress caused by the pandemic is our society’s increasing polarization. Negativity has become sort of a ‘pre-existing’ condition that can adversely affect one’s health. Our panel discussion will spotlight what organizations can do – indeed, have done – to rise above the negativity and stressors and create positive outcomes through training and consultation.”
The focus of HEROForum20, scheduled to begin with a keynote address September 8 and continue with online sessions throughout the remainder of the month, is “A 20/20 Vision for Collective Well-being: How Group Dynamics and Social Connectedness Shape Individual Choices…and What Viral and Racial Pandemics Teach Us about Being in it Together.”
“Now, more than ever, our country needs insights into the impact of group dynamics and social connectedness, as we collectively navigate viral and racial pandemics,” said Karen Moseley, president of HERO. “This year’s Forum will delve into how groups, organizations, and our social spheres shape our destiny as individuals and communities. Those lessons take on added meaning in an environment where the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of racial equality are at the top of everyone’s mind.”
For more information or to register for the HERO Forum, visit http://www.hero-health.org or call HERO at 952-835-4257.
OWLS’ purpose is to help businesses understand, improve, and maintain the positive feedback system between worker health and total organizational health. Their work is based on scientific research and is customized to meet each business’s unique set of needs, risks, and current level of wellness. OWLS uses a variety of tools to help, including employee surveys, culture audits, workshops, coaching at all levels (worker to executive), team retreats, design of assessment or performance appraisal systems, and policy development. OWLS’ previous clients include organizations in federal and local governments, military, hospitality/hotel, healthcare, construction, police and 9-1-1, professional organizations, and higher education. For more, visit http://www.organizationalwellness.com
Based in Waconia, MN, HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation that was established in 1997. HERO is dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices that improve the health and well-being of employees, their families, and communities. To learn more, visit http://www.hero-health.org. Follow us on Twitter @heroehm, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
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