Women Executives Forum - Workplace Wellness: A Conversation About What Works, What Doesn't, and Where to Go from Here

Women Executives Forum - Workplace Wellness: A Conversation About What Works, What Doesn't, and Where to Go from Here

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Jun 02, 2020 - Jun 02, 2020


9:00 AM - 11:30 AM


1575 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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The Women Executives Forum explores the challenges and opportunities facing women leaders, those executives in and aspiring to the c-suite, and how men and women can take action to support gender equality.  The series of workshops feature notable and thoughtful speakers from the association, non-profit, and public sectors. Each edition of the Women Executives Forum features a thought-provoking keynote presentation followed by facilitated table discussions.

In the past 10 years, we have seen a surge in studies, TED Talks, and on-the-ground practices to better contribute to and increase employees’ short- and long-term health, happiness, and wellness. Options including yoga and mindfulness classes, office plants and pets, open spaces, work-from-home schedules, kombucha on tap, and on-call therapists promise higher productivity, increased wellness, and improved recruitment/retention. With conflicting data and anecdotal evidence available, how do you select the best options for your organization to create a culture that promotes sustainable wellbeing and high performance over time

Join us for an enlightening conversation led by Leigh Stringer, bestselling author and workplace strategy expert; Cara Valentino, Director of Consulting for Washington, DC-based consulting firm, The Clearing; and Debra Perlson-Mishalove, founder of Flow Yoga Center, whose corporate wellness clients include National Geographic and the Smithsonian. Together, these experts on workplace wellness will offer insights, tools, and techniques for introducing wellbeing options that work for you and your teams. Leave with a set of frameworks for tailoring wellness and wellbeing to suit the culture and community you seek to create.

Through education, collaboration, and networking, the Women Executives Forum provides a framework and tools to support women leaders in the association community, facilitating the leadership pipeline and helping associations transform their organizations and the communities they serve.

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      Debra Perlson-Mishalove

      Debra is the Creative Director and founder of Flow Yoga Center (founded in 2004) named by Washington City Paper & Washington Post as the “Best Yoga Studio” in DC and the recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Flow has been featured in the Washington Post, NY Times, Yoga Journal, Wall Street Journal, NBC and NPR and serves yoga, fitness and meditation programs to over 2000 DC area residents each week with the mission of offering wellness, spiritual nourishment and balance into their daily lives. Debra created Flow as a model of sustainability, a business that strives to minimize its collective environmental footprint and maximize its participation in social justice and community building. Her passion is sharing the benefits of yoga in big ways and each year she organizes the annual Yoga on The Mall where thousands gather for an outdoor practice. Prior to taking the leap into entrepreneurship, Debra worked in marketing for Amazon and Cable & Wireless. She currently resides in Washington DC with her husband, two little boys, and one huge dog. Follow her @finding_flow_dc

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      Leigh Stringer

      Leigh helps clients create inspiring, sustainable and high-performing workplace environments that facilitate collaboration and enhance wellness and productivity, and leads workplace research for EYP. Her diverse projects include master plans for the Architect of the Capitol and workplace strategies for GlaxoSmithKline, The MITRE Corporation, Zurich Financial, American Express and Georgia Pacific. She has conducted major workplace research studies for the GSA and Ernst & Young, as well as facility programs for Heathrow Airport and Columbia University Medical Center School of Public Health and Dentistry. Leigh has been interviewed for her work by CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Good Morning America as well as radio and podcasts hosts everywhere. She is the author of two best-selling books, The Green Workplace: Sustainable Strategies that Benefit Employees, the Environment and the Bottom Line and The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees – and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line. Leigh also regularly writes for a number of magazines and newspapers about how space plays a role in health, wellness, engagement, and performance. Leigh is currently collaborating with Harvard University’s School of Public Health, the Center for Active Design in New York, and the AIA DC Chapter on Health and Well-being to create new tools to connect like minds and to blur the boundaries across industries in order to advance our improve our well-being at work. She is excited to be on the Advisory Board of a new nonprofit organization, Global Women for Wellbeing.

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      Cara Valentino

      Cara Valentino is a certified leadership coach, accomplished facilitator, and organizational development consultant with more than 20 years of experience in large-scale facilitation, group and individual training, and developing teams. Cara specializes in partnering with groups to shape and achieve their visions. As Director of Consulting at The Clearing, a consulting and coaching firm headquartered in Washington, DC, Cara directs The Clearing’s consulting teams in order to achieve outstanding client results and maintain a powerful and consistent consulting practice. In addition, Cara coaches senior executives and rising leaders across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining The Clearing, Cara held long-term positions at both International Business Machines (IBM) and General Electric (GE) Capital. As a Managing Consultant at IBM, Cara achieved tangible results with her government clients, working directly with senior leaders to redefine their organizations and skills, create effective change among their teams, and increase their capacity to continue to grow and succeed in their organizations. Earlier in her career, Cara graduated from the GE Capital Management Development Program, an accelerated two-year training program to develop new executives within GE. In this program and her continued role with GE, Cara traveled nationally and internationally with clients based in Europe, South America, and across the United States. She worked with organizations to achieve operational efficiencies, such as Lean Six Sigma quality, and managed organizational operations and changes across her clients, which included Disney. Cara holds a Master of Arts in Security Studies, with a concentration in International Security, from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut, where she graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She received her certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University in 2011. She is also a certified Gallups CliftonStrengths Coach and Leadership Circle practitioner.

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