All session will be broadcasted LIVE on www.youtube.com/TheDiplomaticCourier
For many of us, 2020 is creating stress levels that are normally associated with living in conflict zones or with the immediate consequences of conflict. In addition to the external stress that the pandemic creates there is new medical research that shows that in some patients coronavirus can actually affect the brain.
This year’s Forum will be held in a virtual format and will draw on cutting-edge thinking about well-being. We will hear from leading thinkers in different sectors about their own professional and personal coping strategies in this unprecedented moment in history.
Since 2016, the annual Well-Being Forum has brought together stakeholders from multiple disciplines as well as innovators in health and nutrition to present new approaches that will guide a future of health and wellness.
The future of health and well-being discussion centers on our elevated sense of purpose in life. Psychologists have found that people who have this tend to live longer and experience less physical infirmity. This also resonates with a recent trend called “primordial prevention”. While our healthcare has focused thus far on primary prevention—intervening before a disease is developed—or secondary prevention—trying to prevent progression of a disease when people are already sick—primordial prevention looks at prevention of the risk factors in the first place. The best place to start is figuring out what allows people to attain and maintain health in the long term. And this is where well-being and happiness become the factor modern healthcare should begin with.
Ana C. Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier, the flagship media network and magazine for top diplomats in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels and Geneva. Rold is also the Founder of Medauras Global LLC, a global communications firm for “The Connected Generation.” Medauras specializes in custom publications for organizations and institutions that are focused on a multitude of strategic concepts of national and global importance.
In 2012, Rold founded the global futuristic think tank, The World in 2050. The think tank has convened over 3000 multi-stakeholders in the private and public sectors, partners and futurists, through a series of global summits and forums, research papers and reports, and digital and print media, to stimulate discussion and solutions on seven megatrends, including infrastructure, jobs, transportation, food security, health, wealth, and future cities.
Since 2009 Rold has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual leadership publications of the G7 Summit (formerly the G8), the G20 and B20 Summits, and APEC Summit. She has led the editorial production of these publications for the summits in Italy, Canada, South Korea, the United States, France, Germany as well as NATO in the United States, the G20 in Mexico, and the APEC Summit in Vietnam, Philippines, the United States and Russia.
In tandem with her publishing and editorial work, Rold has taught Comparative Politics and Political Science at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies since 2006. At Northeastern, she has also served as Director of the Cyprus Program and co-Director for the Egypt Program for Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations Initiative.
Her advocacy and mentorship on behalf of women and women’s global issues extend around the globe. In 2012, Rold was invited to serve as a Mentor for the inaugural cohort of women fellows of Mrs. Laura Bush’s Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the George W. Bush Institute. In addition, since 2011 Rold has served as a Member of Women’s Democracy Network Advisory Council, chaired by Mrs. Cindy McCain. As part of her position at WDN, in 2012 and 2016 Rold convened a group of women leaders from Afghanistan and Pakistan through a program funded by USAID called Pakistan-Afghan Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PAWFPD). Rold, through her formal background in peace and conflict resolution served as a convener and mediator to the groups’ two meetings—one in Istanbul and one in Dubai. During the meetings, Rold held a negotiation and mediation skills training for the women. In the 2015 meeting, Rold served as the editor and publisher of the women’s policy brief Women, Peace and Security Policy Brief, which was published in the Diplomatic Courier.
Rold is the recipient of the 2018 American Women for International Understanding (AWIU’s) Internationalism Award for her exceptional work as an advocate for women’s global issues and a mentor to women leaders at home and abroad.
Rold is a member of the National Press Club (NPC), an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Education Diplomacy, and an Advisory Board Member of the Council of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in Washington, DC. Rold received a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution at American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University. She speaks five languages.
Kelly Ryan Bailey is the Founder & Podcaster @ 'Let's Talk About Skills, Baby' and the Global Skills Evangelist at Emsi. She is also an Advisory Committee Member of the Jobs Data Exchange (a US Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative), a National Advisory Council Member of the Mother's Monday movement, and a Member of the Velocity Network Foundation.
Kelly is a passionate, transformational leader and innovator with 20 years’ experience. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and has been involved in operating and building small businesses and startups for many years. Kelly is extremely passionate about transferable skills, personalized learning & career pathways, return on investment for education, skill-based learning & hiring, empowering women, and developing growth mindsets.
In her role at Emsi, Kelly focuses on facilitating the change to a skills-based hiring and learning economy through open skills data standards, innovative products and services, and Global initiatives and partnerships.
Prior to her current positions, she worked with two other labor market analytics firms, Burning Glass Technologies and EmployOn, consulted with education institutions including, Columbia University's School of Professional Studies and City University of New York, placed IT consultants for three major financial institutions through a subsidiary of Randstad, ran the operations of her family bakery, The Scone Pony, and co-founded an online clothing boutique.
Blessing Adesiyan is a mother of three, a career professional and the Founder & CEO of Villo, a startup tackling the burnout epidemic through a personalized household management benefit, and the Founder of Mother Honestly, a platform that is reimagining how women thrive in motherhood, work and life. Blessing is a trusted expert in work-life solutions for working parents and has helped transform the role of mothers in the workplace and home, engaging over 300,000 ambitious women through her platform, podcast and conferences. Her passion to call women to their truest and limitless potential in motherhood, addressing challenges and crafting sustainable solutions, while combining work and life helps women, their family and their employers achieve long-term success. Blessing obtained her BSc. In Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, an MSc. in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Dominic Regester joined Salzburg Global Seminar as a program director in March 2017. He is responsible for designing, developing and implementing programs on education, sustainability and innovation.
Prior to this, he worked for the British Council for 14 years, initially on programs promoting education co-operation between the UK and China, Russia and Japan and
then on school partnership programs. He lived in Bangladesh from 2008 to 2013 leading the British Council's school sector programs in Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was then posted to Jakarta where he was deputy director for education across the East Asia region.
He returned to London in 2015 to become a senior schools advisor responsible for global program development, partnerships and research, all with a
particular focus on 21st century skills.
He has an M.A. in Chinese studies from the School of Oriental and African studies in London and an M.A. in education and international development from University College London Institute of Education. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Commission on Education and Communication and a member of the Executive Committee for Karanga - The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills.
Emiliana Rodriguez is co-founder and education director at AtentaMente, a Mexican organization that creates and implements social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for children and adults. Her main field of expertise is the intersection between contemplative science and SEL. She has designed educational programs and curriculums on SEL that have been implemented at a national level through the Ministry of Education in Mexico. She has also developed and implemented programs on SEL in private and public institutions such as the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Universidad Iberoamericana, among others. She is an international speaker, and collaborates as a consultant with the Ministry of Education, the United Nations Development Program, the National Institute of Educational Evaluation in Mexico, Research Schools International, OECD, and others. Currently she is coauthoring two books on SEL for children and one for teachers. She holds a master's degree in mind, brain and education from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in physics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
Heather Ainsworth is CEO and Founder of Workable Concept. She consults with employers to create workplaces that support all caregivers, coaches employees to develop strategies to thrive at work and home, and advises business and social sector leaders who create the products that make it all possible.
Heather has been on the front lines of building caregiver-friendly workplaces for 20 years, working with clients from Fortune 100 to start-ups. She has built some of the largest child care businesses in the U.S, including KinderCare and AuPairCare, and advises AARP Family Caregiving on employer support for caregivers.
Heather has been featured in Forbes, The Watermark Conference, Professional BusinessWomen of California, and podcasts for Ellevate’s Women Changing the Face of Business and The Working Mother’s Mentor. She is a graduate of Duke University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and trained as a parenting coach with The Gottman Institute. She’s also an official member of the Sandwich Generation.
Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup's workplace management and wellbeing practices. He is coauthor of the No. 1 Wall Street Journal and Washington Post bestseller, It’s the Manager, released in 2019. He is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, an exploration of the 12 crucial elements for creating and harnessing employee engagement.
Dr. Harter's book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, is based on a global study of what differentiates people who are thriving from those who are not. His research is featured in First, Break All the Rules, and he contributed the foreword to Gallup's updated edition of this groundbreaking bestseller.
Dr. Harter is the primary researcher and author of the first large-scale, multi-organization study to investigate the relationships between work-unit employee engagement and business results. Updated periodically, this study currently covers 82,000 business units and includes 1.8 million employees in 230 organizations, across 49 industries and in 73 countries. His work has appeared in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Time Magazine, and in academic articles and book chapters.
Dr. Harter received his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
Marti Bledsoe Post is the author of Retrofit: The Playbook for Modern Moms, published in fall 2019. Marti has a vision for helping leaders—with a focus on rising women leaders—bring their best and highest selves to the worlds of work and family. After a twenty-year marketing career, leading agency teams in digital marketing, consumer insights and social media, Marti founded a’parently to make working parenthood work better for parents, and their employers. She believes supporting working parents is the secret to growing future leaders. In addition to being a seasoned executive coach and frequent guest lecturer at The Ohio State University, Marti is also a national keynote speaker and leads in-depth sessions with clients in financial services, technology and consumer goods. Marti is the mother of two children, a former communications intern for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Syracuse University.
Onyango Otuoma co-founded Mindful African Initiative in 2019, an organization founded on the passion to tackle social and behavioral issues regarding mental wellbeing through various approaches and techniques. Onyango is an environmental scientist with a keen interest in the provision of social and environmental equity to marginalized communities. Onyango has more than five years of working experience with both national and international organizations. Until January 2019, he had been serving as the eastern and southern Africa regional coordinator with the World Peace Initiative foundation where he actively planned and organized mindfulness and meditation workshops. He has been privileged to work with individuals from diverse sociocultural backgrounds which has further exposed him to diverse opinions and ways of doing things. Onyango is a mentor who wishes to exploit his knowledge, skills, and experience to see a substantial number of people become better and win so that society would tilt towards a better place for all.
Sarah Jones is an award-winning all platform journalist with a passion for attracting young audiences to hard news. Over 65,000 people mostly between the ages of 13 and 35 years old are supporters of her Sarah Jones Reports twitter, myspace or facebook pages. In 2014 Sarah was named Best Journalist in Social Media by Muck Rack at the 6th Annual Shorty Awards. She is a member of Chatham House, the National Press Club, the Chartered Institute for Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Sarah Jones is currently based in New York and when she's not in the newsroom she's out riding motocross.
Tim Lomas is a senior researcher for the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation, and a senior lecturer in positive psychology at the University of East London (where he has taught since 2013). Tim completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in 2012, with his thesis focusing on the impact of meditation on men's mental health. Since 2013, Tim has published over 70 papers and 11 books relating to wellbeing, involving topics including linguistics, systems theory, neuroscience, mindfulness, Buddhism, gender, art, and cross-cultural enquiry. His work has been featured in articles in prominent publications including TIME, The New Yorker, and Scientific American. His current main area of research involves creating a lexicography of untranslatable words relating to wellbeing (please visit www.drtimlomas.com/lexicography for the latest on the project). His latest book, entitled Happiness, will be published in 2021 by MIT Press (as part of their Essential Knowledge series).
Vishal Talreja co-founded Dream a Dream along with 11 others. Dream a Dream is a registered, charitable trust empowering children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in the 21st century using a creative life skills approach. Vishal is an Ashoka fellow, an Eisenhower fellow and has previously being a founder director of Unltd India and board member of India Cares Foundation. Vishal has been recognized as an 'Architect of the Future' by the Waldzell Institut in Austria. He is also an advisor and mentor to The YP Foundation and Reap Benefit, and is deeply committed to mentoring start-up NGOs and young social entrepreneurs. He is a TEDx speaker, active writer on development challenges and human-interest stories and a poet. In 2018, he was awarded the 'Heroes of Bengaluru' award.
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