Promoting Employee Mental Health, Wellness, and Stress Reduction

During the crises of 2020-21, an old stigma was lifted: Nearly everyone could admit they were emotionally stressed and struggling in some way. But what is the response that employers can offer their workers? What are the smartest, most creative and empathetic programs and support systems that companies can offer in terms of mental-health care, general wellness, stress relief, and counseling? What were the insights about burnout and how to address it?


From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Opening Remarks – Nick Baily, co-founder, From Day One & Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
12:25 PM - 12:55 PM
Opening Fireside Chat: How the Value of Employee Well-being Affects the Bottom Line

The leader of HR and DEI at a major creative agency illuminates the connection between worker mental health and the good of the company–and how managers play a crucial role in making well-being part of the corporate culture.


James Kinney, global chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer and North American chief people officer, Ogilvy


Sharon Epperson, senior personal finance correspondent, CNBC

12:55 PM - 01:00 PM
Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
01:00 PM - 01:20 PM
Thought Leadership Spotlight: How to Provide Personalized Mental Health Programs at Scale

What happens when you combine a pre-existing mental health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the pressures of having to act like everything’s okay? A new found-spotlight on your organization’s well-being benefit strategy. Join BetterUp Care in a 20 minute session for a more complete view of mental health in global organizations-what people are experiencing, why today’s solutions are falling short, and how BetterUp can provide every person in your organization with personalized mental health support before expensive, time-consuming interventions are needed.

Scott Baker, principal behavioral scientist, BetterUp

01:20 PM - 01:25 PM
Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
01:25 PM - 02:10 PM
Panel: Taking a Whole-person Approach to Stress Reduction

How can employers help workers build a personal, sustainable regime for wellness? What combination of programs can support all the related aspects of an employee's well-being–emotional, physical, and financial–and which ones have proven the most effective as company-endorsed solutions? What helps motivate workers to try these methods–and stick with the ones that suit their needs?


Yolanda Haynesworth, EVP, health and wellness, Grey Group

Kelly Butler, SVP, global HR services, Rackspace

Jennifer Lavoie, director of employee wellbeing, Piedmont Healthcare

Christine Celio, Ph.D., national clinical director of mental health integration in primary care, One Medical

Ashley Wilson Oster, VP, marketing & partnerships, E4E Relief

Dr. Julia Corcoran, director of clinical strategy and experience, Modern Health


Lydia Dishman, staff editor - Fast Company

02:10 PM - 02:15 PM
Main Stage Intro - Kaylan Clemons, head of talent engagement, From Day One
02:15 PM - 02:35 PM
Thought Leadership Spotlight: Meeting Care Needs in a Post-Covid World

While addressing the impact of delayed care from the past year, we must also focus on identifying our most at-risk members who may have been adversely affected by the pandemic in what have historically been considered “non-clinical ways,” such as food insecurity, housing instability, financial-resource strain, and other social determinants of health. Join Premise Health COO Beth Ratliff to learn how organizations should be thinking about whole-person care as we move into a post-Covid world.

Beth Ratliff, chief operating officer, Premise Health

02:35 PM - 02:40 PM
Workshop Intro I - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
02:40 PM - 03:25 PM
Workshop: How Employee Financial Wellness Impacts Mental Health

Many employers recognize the importance of caring for employees' mental health, but it’s equally important to understand the root cause. Unsurprisingly, most employees say personal finance is the no. 1 cause of their stress-beating out job, health, and relationship worries combined. Financial stress can manifest in burnout, anxiety, and depression, which all significantly impact the workplace. A personalized financial wellness solution tailored specifically for the individual is critical in improving overall well-being. This workshop will further explore the link between financial wellness and mental health and dive into why such programs are quickly becoming an essential benefit sought out by both employees and employers.

Matt Watson, CEO, Origin

David Blaylock, Head of Advice and Planner Compliance, Origin

02:40 PM - 03:25 PM
Workshop: Delivering Virtual Care with Skin in the Game: How HR Leaders Can Avoid Just Another Virtual Health App

The data is clear: The pandemic’s lasting impacts are leading to increased mental health fatigue among more Americans. In 2020, 88% of people experienced at least one symptom of depression, research shows. Unfortunately untreated mental health conditions can lead to issues with productivity and absenteeism at work and they also can worsen chronic physical conditions. Do you feel prepared to invest in a solution that delivers quality, accessible mental healthcare?

As the fulcrum of healthcare delivery in the U.S., employers are uniquely positioned to offer employees support with their mental and physical health. We know that more people than ever are also comfortable with conducting most of their healthcare needs virtually, but the proliferation of solutions can make it difficult for HR and benefits leaders to identify the right fit that will deliver. As one of your company’s key decision makers, how can you differentiate an outcomes-based, virtual care solution from just another virtual health app?

Jordan Taggart, vice president of market access, Vida Health

Peter Winarsky, senior director product management, Vida Health

03:25 PM - 03:30 PM
Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
03:30 PM - 03:50 PM
Thought Leadership Spotlight: A New World for Diversity and Mental Health

Following a year unlike any other, employers increasingly need to recognize the linkage between mental health and their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. In this session Des will discuss how employers large and small need to recognize how they can act on the inextricable link between these two issues if they are to successfully support increasingly diverse workforce populations during these unprecedented times.

Désirée Pascual, chief people officer,

03:50 PM - 03:55 PM
Workshop II Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
03:55 PM - 04:40 PM
Workshop: Savings for All Seasons

Financial stress is mounting among employees. A 2019 report cited that 80% of U.S. employees spend 12 to 20 hours per month dealing with financial concerns at work. And a recent survey cited that roughly 28% of people dipped into emergency savings following the Covid-19 pandemic. Supporting your employees with their financial wellness and literacy not only results in happier team members, but also breeds productivity and focus at work.

In this workshop from Betterment for Business, learn how to make financial wellness a reality through a personalized-yet scalable approach that aims to help all employees find a savings plan that works for them. We'll talk through the major expenses to help employees plan for as well as the short, mid- and long-term paths for achieving financial health.

Kristen Carlisle, GM, Betterment

Dan Egan, vp of behavioral finance & investing, Betterment

03:55 PM - 04:40 PM
Workshop: Families and the Mental Health Crisis

One in four people struggles with a diagnosable mental illness, yet only 50% seek help-and these struggles aren’t going anywhere.

Between working remotely, having kids at home, social isolation, economic concerns and pandemic fears, it’s no wonder that 48% of parents are experiencing increased stress levels since the Covid pandemic began.

In this Nivati presentation with Amelia Wilcox, CEO and founder, and Haeli Harris, lead clinician and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to support your own family and your team. You’ll learn about the effects of stress on parents, how to recognize them, and how your company can support parents and families in four simple ways. You will even learn how to discuss mental health at work right from our lead counselor-the most important thing you can do to support your employees on their mental health journeys.

Finally, we’ll teach you all about our favorite ways to cope with mental health struggles, why they work, and how to use them to improve employee well-being.

Amelia Wilcox, founder & CEO, Nivati

Haeli Harris, Lead Clinician and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Nivati

04:40 PM - 04:45 PM
Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
04:45 PM - 05:25 PM
Panel: Deploying Technology to Promote Health and Wellness

The pandemic proved the usefulness of technology in putting help and information in the hands of employees. Where are the future benefits? Is telehealth here to stay–and in what situations is it most useful? How can phone apps and other technology help in a range of areas from maternal care to mindfulness? How can employers balance candid participation with the need for worker privacy?


Simone Martins - head of human resources, Alcon

Sheila Krueger, head of global benefits, Zoom Video Communications

Marni McDowell, global director, health & wellness, Micron Technology

Rachel Boyd, VP, enterprise marketing, Ovia Health

Heather Sheldon, sales executive, Blackbaud


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Independent Journalist

05:25 PM - 05:30 PM
Main Stage Intro - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One
05:30 PM - 05:50 PM
Closing Fireside Chat: Insights from a Practical New Guide to Creating a Workplace of Wellness and Balance

After interviewing dozens of business leaders on their approaches to building whole-person cultures, a management professor distills the essence of their experience into advice about making employee well-being a competitive advantage, especially in a historically tight labor market.


Scott Behson, professor of management at Fairleigh Dickinson University and author of The Whole-Person Workplace: Building Better Workplaces Through Work-Life, Wellness, and Employee Support


Emily Nonko, journalist and contributor to From Day One

05:50 PM - 05:55 PM
Closing Remarks - Steve Koepp, co-founder, From Day One