• Nov 6-7 2018 Conference Presentations

    On November 6-7, 2018 Michigan Wellness Council hosted a two-day conference. The first day was the workshop training Workplace Wellness that Works (Sponsored by Marsh And McLennan) by Laura Putnam  and the second day were the conference presentations focused on Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture.

    Below are links to summaries of the Laura Putnam’s 10 steps of Workplace Wellness that Works and also check out our interview with her on our WellBites podcast:

    Below are the links to each set of slides that are available from the conference presenters


  • September 12, 2018 Meeting Resource

    On September 12, 2018, Michigan Wellness Council hosted the meeting, The Business of Sleep presented by by Martin Rawls-Meehan, CEO Reverie. The presentation (slides) provided an overview of how sleep technology company Reverie is practicing what it preaches when it comes to helping employees live healthier, more productive lives through embracing better sleep.


  • May 9th Half-Day Conference Resource

    On May 9, 2018 Michigan Wellness Council hosted a half-day conference in West Michigan – People First: Designing Meaningful Wellbeing Programs. The presentations two case studies, a research application, and a community and leadership focused and very well received. Below are the links to each set of slides and you find meeting notes at this link:

    Case Study: Our Roadmap to Becoming the Healthiest WorkplaceKaren Personett, Manager of Wellness & Health Promotion at DTE Energy

    Designing for Sustained Motivation and Behavior Change: Jeffrey Kullgren MD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine at University of Michigan Medical School

    Case Study: The Story of Wellness at Bell’s Brewery, Inc.: Carmen Johnson, Payroll and Benefits Specialist at Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

    Well-Being, Social Impact, and Leading Through Values: Jonathan So, Senior Director of Health Care Initiatives at Detroit Regional Chamber

  • March 21 Meeting Resource

    On March 21, 2018, a meeting featuring featuring the presentations by MWC board members Mary Kline (Owner, OnSite Wellness), Mary Jo LeFevre (Vice President, Client Executive, Hylant Group) and Mary Marzec PhD (Senior Researcher and Analyst, RedBrick Health) followed by a panel discussion addressing the topic Debunking the ‘Corporate Wellness is a Fad’ Myth”. More companies than ever are investing in corporate wellness programs, yet, each spent penny is scrutinized and debated.  Whether it’s resistance to gaining executive buy-in or feeling pressure to quickly prove return-on-investment, corporate wellness leaders must overcome severe obstacles while promoting health and engaging employees.  Analysts and executives continue to ask: “Is Corporate Wellness just a fad?” and the discussion and interview below provide perspective of why the question is being asked and the most effective ways of proving that wellness is a critical piece to their organization’s culture.

    As follow up to the meeting:

    • Podcast Interview with Bryce Rausch In this interview, talks about his methodology and the results from interviewing 20 industry leaders:
      • Learn what 20 industry leaders believe are the most over-and-under-rated programs within any wellness strategy
      • Differentiate between strategies which industry leaders feel feeds and those which debunk the “wellness fad myth”
      • Identify the top characteristics of wellness programs which are most successful
      • More resources at Fitbit Health Resource Center
      • Accompanying slides: Is Wellness a Fad?
  • January 31, 2018 Meeting Resource

    On January 31, 2018, as we kicked off the year with a meeting featuring the presentation “donothing, the most rewarding leadership challenge you will ever take.” by Rob Dube, President and Owner, imageOne. Rob presented on leadership and how mindfulness meditation is a critical tool for leaders.  Participants learned new facts about meditation and its application and effectiveness in workplaces as a critical tool in the workplace. As follow up to the meeting:

    • ​Join the donothing 21-Day Meditation Challenge – a great way to hold yourself accountable to starting (and completing) a 21-day meditation practice to enhance your leadership skills, and reduce stress (​A free app called Stickkto ​will be used to facilitate the Challenge.)
      • WHO IS IT FOR: The donothing21-Day Meditation Challenge is designed for business leaders and entrepreneurs who would like to reduce stress and be the best leader they can be.
      • HOW IT WORKS: 
        Step 1: Accept the Challenge
        Step 2: Set up your free account (you will get email directions on this)
        Step 3: Share your progress!
    • Latest article on Forbes by Rob Dube
    • Checkout Rob’s book and the upcoming retreat from April 23-26, 2018.
  • November 8, 2017 – Conference Resource

    November 8, 2017 MWC Conference – Employee Wellbeing and the Bottom Line: Strategy & Tactics to Create a Thriving Workforce featured the five presentations. Below are links to the slides and resources available:

    1. Employer Sponsored Health Centers: The role of Primary Care in bridging the gap from Well-being to chronic condition management: Tim McDonald, Senior Vice President & Thought Leader, Health Transformation Team (Aon Hewitt)
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    2. Life On Purpose: New Directions in Health and Well-Being: Victor Strecher PhD MPH, Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (University of Michigan School of Public Health), Founder and CEO, JOOL Health, Inc.
    3. Linking Wellness to Bottom Line Business Value: Jessica Grossmeier, Vice President of Research (HERO)
    4. The Evolution of Herman Miller’s Wellness Program: Heather Brazee, Benefits and Wellness Manager, Total Rewards (Herman Miller)
    5. Creating Health Supportive Work Environments: David Gaspin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources (Delos)
  • September 20, 2017 Meeting Resource

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    The September 20, 2017 meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation A Case Study Transforming Lives at Dart by Pam Harb, Corporate Wellness Manager, Dart Container.  The presentation focused on their wellness journey at Dart Corporation and how their program has transformed unhealthy individuals into happier, healthier employees who look forward to coming to work each day. They started out simply, by offering a walking path, and have transformed the environment by adding a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, play areas, and a Café for healthy eating.  The presentation outlined the DART model used to empower their employees to take charge of their lives by Defining guidelines, encouraging Action, Rewarding continual improvement and Transforming together. (access to slides)


  • May 10, 2017 Meeting Resource


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    The May 10, 2017 meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation A case study Integrating Wellbeing in the Workplace (Steelcase, Inc.) by Karleen Stephens, Manager, Disability Services and Wellbeing Steelcase, Inc.. The presentation focused on wellness journey at Steelcase, Inc. and how they as an organization developed a human centered approach with increased engagement and better outcomes. For more than a century, Steelcase has placed what people need at the heart of everything they do and everything they create and their wellness program consistent with this creates a culture that enhances employee wellbeing through experiences that promote engagement and commitment.

    Access to the slides.

  • March 8, 2017 Meeting Resource

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    The March 8, 2017 meeting of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the presentation Millennials in the Workplace by Brett Powell, Vice President, Wellness Consultant (American Institute for Preventive Medicine) and Rachel Knapp and Kim Lotzoff (Quicken Loans). The presentation focused on how there are more Millennials in the workforce than any other generational cohort. The way in which this generation responds to technology, education, communication, and their own health varies drastically compared to prior generations.  Expecting all generations to respond equally to wellness programs is outdated thinking.  This engaging presentation highlighted the defining characteristics of Millennials, research, case study from Quicken Loans, and concrete strategies to better engage millennials in a wellness program.

    In addition to the slides, here is a link to the full report “Generational Wellness: An Analysis of Attitudes Toward Health Improvement”.

  • Nov 9 – Workplace Wellness Conference Resource


    The November 9, 2016 Workplace Wellness Conference of the Michigan Wellness Council featured the three presentation:

    Dee Edington focused on how shared values can lead to tangible shared results and discussed including Value of Caring (VOC) with ROI and VOI for individual, organization and community positive wellbeing. Ray Fabius illustrated examples of how to positively affect health of population and how organizations that invest in health increase their wealth. Ashley Kletke illustrated Stryker’s approach and strategies for their workplace wellbeing program and the effect it had on their organization culture.

    You can also find links to Dee Edington’s and Ray Fabius’ books in the library section of our website. Slides for Dee Edington are at this link and for Ashley Kletke at this link.

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