Stress, Anxiety and the Modern Company’s Role in Promoting Well-Being 

What is the responsibility of a company to its workers as they increasingly fall victim to stress and burnout, not only from factors on the job but also the existential challenges of the planet and society? As workers seek to realign their traditional relationships with employers, how can companies respond proactively in ways that empower employees to live and work in healthier ways. How can benefits and workplace cultures both support employee mental health?

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
12:25 PM - 12:50 PM
Cultivating a Company-Wide Culture of Well-being and Inclusion (Fireside Chat)   

How the chief of HR at a legendary life-insurance giant fosters a high-performance culture that supports employees’ mental-health and wellness, while advancing their leadership skills and dedication to inclusion.


Julie Law, Head of HR, John Hancock, and Global Head of Talent Management, Manulife


Nicole Smith, Editorial Audience Director, Harvard Business Review

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
Lead Like a Human: Practical Steps to Caring for Your Employees’ Well-being (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

In a competitive talent market, the best companies differentiate by caring for their employees holistically. This talk, anchored in research, will be packed with tactics and actions your company can take right now to care for the health and wellness of your employees.

Adam Weber, SVP of Community, 15Five

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
Seeking a New Definition for Wellness (Panel)

Traditionally, employers focused on the relationship of physical health and productivity. But with the growing recognition that employee well-being includes other factors ranging from the mind-body connection to financial wellness, enlightened employers are looking for ways of addressing employee needs in a far more holistic way. As this thinking evolves, how are benefits leaders assessing the points where employers can be most effective–and how are they aligning those needs with new solutions?

Kimberly Young, VP, Global Benefits and HR Technology, Amentum

Troy Heflin, SVP, People and Culture, Volvo Financial Services

Kathleen O’Driscoll, VP, HR, Global Benefits, Well-Being and HR Policy, Cognizant

Natalie Baumgartner, PhD, Chief Workforce Scientist, Achievers

Will Peng, CEO and Co-Founder, Northstar

Anna Maltby, Journalist and Editor

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
The Future of Employee Financial Wellness Programs–and How to Build a Great One (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

The workplace is evolving. In response to a burnout crisis, the Great Resignation, and the stress of enduring a pandemic, workplace wellness programs are being placed in the spotlight. Offering a 401(k) and a gym stipend have become standard–now companies need to go the extra mile if they’re going to compete for talent. Easing stress through programs like student loan management, 529 plans, and emergency savings support is a top priority for employees. Join us for a session discussing insights from Betterment’s latest survey on the financial-wellness features employees actually want–and how to build a multi-faceted financial-wellness strategy, designed for the modern workplace.

Kumud Sharma, Chief People Officer, Betterment

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
How Managers Can Address Common Employee Mental Health Challenges (Workshop)

Mental health is one of the biggest challenges American businesses face today. At a time when untreated mental illness costs the American economy as much as $300 billion a year in lost productivity, our modern workplaces cannot ignore the impact that these struggles have on our work. This workshop will help managers understand how they can have a conversation about mental health: How it’s defined, the signs of people who struggle, and how managers can support their employees.

Amelia Wilcox, CEO, Nivati

Haeli Harris, Lead Clinician, Nivati

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Mental Health and Wellness: How Employers can Evolve with Employee Expectations (Workshop)

Join this session to understand the mental health challenges employees and their families face and what they, and prospective employees, expect from their employer. Discover how HR leaders can adapt to an evolving environment and recognize why mental health support for the entire family, especially teens, is intrinsically linked to primary care. We’ll examine what steps employers can take, including: How to build a new mindset to address a changed world and workplace; what employers can do to help destigmatize mental health issues; and why it’s necessary to follow a collaborative-care model that uses a holistic approach.

Jennifer Hanson, Chief HR Officer, People and Culture, Accolade

Anupam Goel, Senior Medical Director, Population Health Management, Accolade

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Three Must-Haves for Leading your Gen Z Employees to Success (Workshop)

With Gen Z making up over a quarter of the workforce in just two years, companies are looking to tap this generation as a strategic capability. However, distinct differences in learning, behavior, and preferences with this emerging talent pool pose new challenges for employers. Join Harrison Bach, a fellow Gen-Zer, to learn what makes this generation unique and three research-backed strategies to fully engage, energize, and develop your Gen Z talent.

Harrison Bach, Client Engagement Manager, Regenerate

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Understanding and Managing Stress and Anxiety (Workshop)

The truth is, stress and anxiety can affect every aspect of our lives. We can feel stressed and anxious about so many things including work, family life, finances, and more. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to identify symptoms and ways to manage and overcome both challenges.

Monica Elliott, LCSW, Senior Manager, Clinical Training, Spring Health

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
How Employers Can Prepare Workers and Managers for the Next Crisis (Panel)

As workers have faced a cascading series of crises in the working world and the larger one, the feeling of uncertainty can have a wearing effect. How can employers be prepared to deal with the next calamity in an era of continuous upheaval? What can they do in advance to be nimble and responsive to employee stress and anxiety, not only with the right messaging but also the most effective actions?


Sheila Krueger, Head of Global Benefits, Zoom Video Communications

Brandy Lappi, Director, Workforce Health and Employer Onsite Services, Kaiser Permanente

James Kinney, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Media.Monks

Rachel Schneider, Founder and CEO, Canary

Michael Heinrich, Founder and CEO, Garten


Bryan Walsh, Editor, Future Perfect, Vox Media

04:05 PM - 04:25 PM
Quiet Quitting vs. Setting Boundaries (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Since the term “quiet quitting” has gone viral, it has been defined and redefined by media and employees alike. Some believe that it means mentally checking out at the office. Others, like one TikTok user with over 10,000 followers, defines it as, “You are still performing your duties, but you are no longer subscribing to the hustle culture, mentally, that work has to be our life.” This debate begs the question: when did setting work/life boundaries become a form of quitting? In this presentation, HR leader Claire Barnes will shed light on how Gen Z is changing workplace culture and employer expectations. She’ll talk about generational workstyles, whether “quiet firing” is valid, and how companies can better support the mental health of their people.

Clarie Barnes, Chief Human Capital Officer, Monster

04:30 PM - 04:55 PM
A Radically Honest Personal Story of Mental Illness in Business (Fireside Chat)

The co-founder of the menswear startup Bonobos shares his harrowing journey from launching a booming business to enduring a crisis triggered by bipolar disorder that he had kept locked away.


Andy Dunn, Entrepreneur and Author of the New Book Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind


Janelle Nanos, Reporter, the Boston Globe

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks