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North/Northwest Interest Group - Workplace Wellness – What is it and Why should HR care?
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North/Northwest Interest Group -  Workplace Wellness – What is it and Why should HR care?

*FREE* In this interactive panel discussion, learn how innovative companies are leading the way on Wellness Programs. We will share best practices, bottom line organizational benefits and walk away with actionable steps HR leaders can take to encourage a mindful, healthy workplace environment.

When: Friday, October 9, 2015
7:30 -8:30 AM Registration & Networking, 8:30-10:30 AM Program
Where: Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
1905 W. Field Court
Lake Forest, Illinois  60045
United States
Contact: Lyndy Nierman

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Program Objectives

o Share best practices to create a healthy and responsible workplace. 
o Describe how wellness and volunteerism programs increase engagement and morale. 
o Share bottom line organizational benefits to corporate wellness programs. 
o Describe HR’s and the employees’ roles in creating corporate wellness program. 

It is safe to say that most people understand the individual benefits of a balanced mind, body, spirit connection. But does your company’s C-suit understand the bottom line benefits to employee wellness and volunteer programs?  The definition of company Wellness is an organized, employer-sponsored program that is designed to support employees as they adopt and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, enhance personal effectiveness, and benefit the organization’s bottom line.
In this interactive panel discussion, learn how innovative companies are leading the way on this initiative.  We will share best practices, bottom line organizational benefits and walk away with actionable steps HR leaders can take to encourage a socially responsible, mindful, and healthy workplace environment.
Carol Wagner,  Speaker, Consultant , Coach

Carol Wagner is a speaker, consultant and coach with a unique blend of wellness and business leadership expertise. Formerly the director of leadership development at a Fortune 100 company, she now consults with corporate management, educates executives and informs front-line employees on the links between leadership, wellness and productivity. With a focus on wellness and performance, Wagner is hailed for her teaching style – practical, sustainable tips that are do-able and easily implemented the very next day. Corporate client identified outcomes include improvements in workforce health, productivity, engagement and morale. Individuals routinely report sustained increases in energy, health, and performance. 
Wagner holds two master’s degrees; one in counseling psychology/career development and the other in holistic nutrition. She spent 18 years as an executive coach, and for the past 12 years has added wellness as an innovative component to her practice helping her clients improve leadership effectiveness. 
Wagner won a national leadership award sponsored by The White House Project and Oprah Winfrey’s “O” magazine. She is the recipient of a 2011 Chicago Tribune “Good Eating” award. Her nutrition work was also featured in the June, 2014 issue of Chicago Magazine.  

Jay Ochwat, Director, Compensation & Benefits for American Hotel Register
Jay Ochwat is currently the Director, Compensation & Benefits for American Hotel Register Company headquartered in Vernon Hills, IL. Recently celebrating 150 years in business American Hotel is the premier global hospitality supplier.  Jay is responsible for overseeing American Hotel’s Benefits and Wellness strategy. In addition, he oversees Compensation, HRIS, and Payroll at American Hotel within their Human Resources department. Jay has been with American Hotel for 7 years and has lead their health transformation influencing company culture and associate engagement.  Under Jay’s leadership and the efforts of an employee wellness committee, American Hotel Register Company received United Healthcare’s Well Deserved Award in 2015 for demonstrating a strong commitment to associates through effective corporate wellness programs. 
Jay holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s in Human Resources Management from Roosevelt University.

Kim Gottschalk,  Regional, VP, Accounting Principals
Kim Gottschalk is responsible for Operations of 30+ business unites and over 150 employees.  
From a Wellness perspective, Kim brings unique perspective to the organization through her experience with a brain tumor just over 5 years ago.  In 2009, Kim experiences very serious symptoms that lead neurosurgeon to a Brain Tumor Diagnosis.  There was a period of time when Kim was unsure of what the long term outcome would be, she knew it was time look inward and consider all aspects of her life and what mattered most.  Ultimately, for Kim, she discovered her priorities were already in order.  Family, Work, Community, and supporting all of those things simultaneously were already happening.  Thankfully, Kim beat the brain tumor, and her long term prognosis is excellent.  
Wellness of herself, her family members, her employees, and people in her community are even more important than ever before.    Kim is extremely supportive of company initiatives for health and wellness along with mind and body care. For Kim, it’s about creating the best environment for employees to perform well, supporting each other and live long health lives together.

Suzanne Maldonado, Managing Director, Goodwill TalentBridge
Suzanne heads up the staffing and recruiting arm of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago.  She provides strategic direction and has operational accountability for the talent acquisition services the organization provides.  She also leads the sales and business development team, which is responsible for establishing customer partnerships.  She has 25 years of experience in consultative sales, client management, talent acquisition, training/development and leadership. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is also a member of TEMPO Milwaukee, The Kenosha Area Business Alliance and HRMAC.

Victor Villanueva, Managing Director ROC Session Facilitator
Vic is a managing director at ROC Group. ROC stands for “Return on Communication,” but we also joke that it stands for “Refugees of Consulting.” Vic has over 30 years’ experience in the employee communication arena with a special expertise in benefits, total rewards and wellness engagement. He has led the development and implementation of communication strategies for complex organizations of all types and sizes. He is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator at many industry conferences.
His clients have received over 50 industry communication awards for various communication projects. Before joining ROC Group, he held senior positions at Mercer and Towers Watson and began his career at Aon Hewitt.


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This program has been approved for 2 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 2 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification.