Project Description

Research shows that managers may have a bigger impact on employee engagement than any other factor. This session explores the outcomes and lessons learned from the implementation of a cutting edge program: Managers on the Move. The panelists are joined by the CEO of Healthstat, who shares his first-hand account of the experience and its impact on his organization to date.

Laura Putnam is the award-winning author of the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management book, Workplace Wellness That Works, and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading provider of well-being and human performance services. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. She is a former urban public high school teacher, international community organizer, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and well-being. With a mission to get organizations “in motion,” Laura is a frequent keynote speaker and has worked with a range of organizations from Fortune 500s to government agencies to academic institutes and nonprofits. She is the recipient of the American Heart Association's "2020 Impact" award as well as the National Wellness Institute’s “Circle of Leadership” award. A graduate of Brown University and Stanford University, Laura lives in San Francisco with her fiancé.

David “Crockett” Dale, President and CEO: Crockett Dale started his career as a banker in Chapel Hill, NC. He left banking to assume the role of president of his family business, a prominent hosiery mill in Hickory, NC, which he led for nearly 20 years. Crockett saw the impact that chronic health conditions and barriers to care were having on his workforce and his business. He brought in an onsite clinic to deliver quality, accessible care to his employees. The clinic provider he partnered with had a holistic, prevention-focused approach that was ahead of its time. Seeing his leadership in promoting a new culture of wellness in the factory achieve positive results, Crockett posed the question, “How healthy can a population become?” This led him to purchase a majority stake in the company that provided his clinic services, and Crockett became CEO of Healthstat.

Dr. Sara Johnson is the Co-President & CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc., a research and development company whose mission is to disseminate evidence-based behavior change solutions to maximize health and well-being. She is also the Co-Editor of The Art of Health Promotion. Dr. Johnson was named a Top 10 Health Promotion Professional in 2015 by WELCOA. In her 20 years at Pro-Change, she has been responsible for generating and leading the implementation of innovative research and development opportunities as well as creating and expanding strategic business alliances. She has been the principal investigator on over $6 million in National Institutes of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of Transtheoretical Model-based interventions and has nearly 40 publications including refereed research publications, book chapters, and published reports. In addition, she has applied best practices in behavior change to novel areas such as promoting financially responsible use of health services, continuing medical education, and gaming for health. She is currently leading new research initiatives to integrate individual- and culture-level interventions to enhance well-being; increase engagement with evidence-based mobile apps that promote behavior change; and develop interventions for pain self-management, sleep, and financial well-being. Sara received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and is currently an adjunct faculty member to the Psychology Department.

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