4th Employee Wellness Summit for Legal Professionals
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Wednesday, February 22

10:00am EST

Welcome and Walkthrough
Introduction to the Virtual Event Platform and Welcoming Remarks

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Director of Content, Momentum Events

Wednesday February 22, 2023 10:00am - 10:15am EST

10:15am EST

Legal Industry Overview
How It All Started and Where We Are Now 
  • Review the importance of the ABA pledge and recent update
  • Highlight how firms responded to the ABA pledge 
  • Identify the challenges faced during the transition to a hybrid scheme
  • Discuss today’s best practices in creating a healthier workplace 

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Danielle Hall

Executive Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program
The Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program (KALAP) was created by the Kansas Supreme Court to provide immediate and continuing assistance to any lawyer, law student, or bar applicant struggling with substance abuse, mental health, or other personal and professional issues that negatively... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2023 10:15am - 11:00am EST

11:00am EST

Compassion Culture
Utilize Public Health Techniques to Foster a Culture of Community Caring in your Firm
  • Understand the difference between an upstream and downstream approach to wellbeing
  • Identify techniques for creating and managing a successful wellbeing working group
  • Methods for promoting wellbeing and a culture of caring in evaluation and recruitment initiatives.
  • Understand the most common mistakes that HR professionals make when embarking on new wellbeing initiatives.

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Kristina Mereigh

Director of Wellbeing, Covington & Burling LLP
Kris Mereigh is an experienced transformational public health and well-being leader with 10 years with progressive leadership. She has experience designing employee wellbeing implementation and engagement strategies for Big Law, Big Tech, medical residency programs, non-profits, and... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2023 11:00am - 11:45am EST

11:45am EST

15 Minute Break

Wednesday February 22, 2023 11:45am - 12:00pm EST

12:00pm EST

Healthy Work/Life Balance
Leveraging Emotional Intelligence & Self Care to Enhance Well-Being
What does it mean to think like a lawyer?  Consider judger / learner mindsets.   
Our mindsets influence our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships and outcomes--and thus, our well-being. 
  •  Identify challenges faced by lawyers:  demanding profession, billable hour requirements, ebbs and flows of legal work, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, time management, work/life balance, time for self-care
  •  Rediscover your priorities:  what do you value?  What do you love?  Manage expectations and prioritize what is important to you, while leveraging and developing tools to enhance well-being and performance

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Joseph Milowic III

Director of Well-Being & Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Hello! I help run a nonprofit called the Lawyers Depression Project: www.lawyersdepressionproject.org We're a peer support community for legal professionals (not just lawyers). If you know anyone who could use support, please share the link. Our services are all free. At Quinn Emanuel, I focus on resolving disputes involving intellectual property - trade secrets and patents - for co... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2023 12:00pm - 12:45pm EST

12:45pm EST

Legal Well-Being Leaders Panel
Learn What Other Firms are Doing to Take Wellness to the Next Level 
  • Tackle Practical Implementation Strategies and Programming for Legal Well-Being
  •  Identify new practical ways of dealing with wellness including staff 
  • Discuss how firms are expanding their wellness programs 
  • Outline 3-step programs, vet digital apps in well-being benefits, and one-on-one employee meetings

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Diane Costigan

Director of Coaching and Well-Being, Winston & Strawn LLP
- More than twenty years of experience helping lawyers, executives and managers take ownership of and maximize their careers--employing a holistic perspective focused on success as well as satisfaction. - Integrative coach assisting coachees in defining personal, professional and... Read More →
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Alyona Richey

Director, HR Compensation and Benefits, Dykema
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Gary Blackman

General Counsel, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
Gary Blackman is a founding member of Levenfeld Pearlstein, former Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group and its General Counsel.Gary’s focus is on resolving complex business disputes for the firm’s corporate and real estate clients, in particular, restrictive covenant, joint... Read More →
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Monica Rocha

Benefits & Wellbeing Manager, O'Melveny & Myers
With over 17 years of benefit experience and the last 9 years devoted to incorporating wellness into a holistic well-being program that embraces a healthy and positive mindset. Building a strategy for organizations to build a community that supports and provides invaluable benefits... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2023 12:45pm - 1:30pm EST

1:30pm EST

Wellness Break: Creating a Wellness Program that Sticks + Sound Bath Experience
Over the past 24 months we have been on a mission to bring mental wellness practices into companies and have had the opportunity to work with over 80 diverse organizations ranging from legal practitioners to fashion retailers, creative agencies to engineering firms, fortune 500 tech companies to health care workers.

We’ve experienced what works in creating a sustainable wellness program and what doesn’t and we’re excited to share that knowledge with you.

Join us for this 45 minute experiential session where we’ll explore:
  • How to introduce and build a sustainable wellness program that is effective and produces results (and employees actually want to attend).
  • Explore what role you play as a mental health ambassador at this pivotal place in mental health workplace culture.
  • Create a discussion about what is unique to the legal profession and the challenges that lie ahead.
  • Remove the stigma of non-traditional mental wellness practices by understanding the science and measurable aspects of meditation and sound therapy (yes, we will appeal to the left brain of lawyers and legal professionals!)
  • Experience a virtual sound bath session

**Please bring Headphones for this experience**

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Jennifer Spencer

Co-Founder, Pause + Expand
Jennifer has been studying and practicing alternative healing modalities in sound, meditation, reiki and mediumship for over 10 years. She has a certification in sound healing through Shanti Sounds Costa Rica and an in-depth channeling accreditation from Delphi University. She is... Read More →
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Steven Fernandez

Co-Founder, Pause + Expand
Steven has a Masters degrees in Psychology and Business from McMaster University and The Schulich School Of Business, along with an Adler coaching and In Depth Channeling accreditation from Delphi University. He is passionate about harnessing the power of mindful thought and creative... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2023 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST

2:15pm EST

15 Minute Break
Wednesday February 22, 2023 2:15pm - 2:30pm EST

2:30pm EST

Generational Challenges
Examine the Generational Similarities and Differences to Help Law Firms Understand How to Connect, Motivate and Retain the Very Best People Across Generations
  • Understand the talents and challenges of performance and leadership through each generational lens: Boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z
  • Learn how to engage meaningfully to harness the diversity of generational contexts and development to create healthier and happier teams
  • Identify and prevent burnout, quiet quitting, and presenteeism, as a result of successful intergenerational collaboration

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Kara Hardin

Founder & CEO, The Practice Lab
I am a mental health educator and clinician, who works at the intersection of mental health and performance. I specialize in the complicated ways that mental health drives performance and how it shows up at work. I am a former practicing corporate and securities lawyer and hold a... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2023 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST

3:15pm EST

Interactive Zoom Session: The Wellness Journey
Candidly Discuss in a Safe-Place How You’ve Progressed on Your Wellness Journey and Goals for the Future 
This is an opportunity to have an engaged conversation to share and connect in a safe environment with not only our speakers, but industry peers in Zoom. This session will cover:
  • Questions related to wellness
  • Personal wellness experiences
  • Discussion points on what we hope to achieve for the future

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Avana Epperson-Temple

Associate Attorney, Peabody & Arnold LLP
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Reid Murtaugh

Founder & Attorney, Murtaugh Law
Reid Murtaugh is an attorney in Lafayette, Indiana. In 2015, Reid founded Murtaugh Law and his practice currently focuses on estate planning, business, and real estate law. Reid is also a co-founder of the Lawyers Depression Project, which is a non-profit organization that holds online... Read More →

Wednesday February 22, 2023 3:15pm - 4:00pm EST

4:00pm EST

Conference Concludes
Wednesday February 22, 2023 4:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Thursday, February 23

10:00am EST

Day 2: Welcome and Walkthrough
Introduction to Virtual Platform and Welcoming Remarks

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Director of Content, Momentum Events

Thursday February 23, 2023 10:00am - 10:15am EST

10:15am EST

Full Rooms, Full Zooms
How to Get Your Well-Being Programs the Engagement They Deserve

Your well-being programs can be the most transformative in the world — but what good is that if people don’t show up? Marketing a program (virtual or in-person) to maximize attendance and engagement is a craft, with its own principles and practices. In this program, you'll gain a toolkit of simple, low-effort, high-return methods to grab your people's attention, get them excited to attend, inspire them to tell colleagues, and close that pesky gap between registrations and attendance. 

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Jon Krop

Founder, Flourish
Jon Krop, J.D., has led well-being programs at Harvard, Stanford, Yale, the Pentagon, Fortune 100 companies, public defenders; offices, and more than 70 top law firms. Jon founded Mindfulness for Lawyers, then expanded it into Flourish Legal Well-Being, after graduating from Harvard... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2023 10:15am - 11:00am EST

11:00am EST

Shifting the Perception of MI Throughout the Legal Field
Recognizing and Proactively Breaking Down the Barriers in Seeking Help
  • Address what this stigma really means behind lawyers and legal professionals
  • Understand how the mental health stigma has affected those who practice law 
  • Discuss what other firms are doing to promote prevention and assistance for this stigma 

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Gavin Alexander

Wellness Director, Jackson Lewis P.C.
Gavin Alexander is an experienced and passionate advocate and thought leader in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and mental health in the legal profession and beyond. He currently serves as the full-time Fellow of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing... Read More →
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James Keshavarz

Chief Wellness Officer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Thursday February 23, 2023 11:00am - 11:45am EST

11:45am EST

15 Minute Break
Thursday February 23, 2023 11:45am - 12:00pm EST

12:00pm EST

Case Study: Wellbeing Forward Workplace
Leading Firm Maximizes Transparency in the workplace to create an open, empathetic environment 

Psychological Safety | Transparency | Thriving
  • Address pros/cons of unlimited PTO and sick days
  • Discuss open door policies
  • Mentoring/Feedback

Literacy Building for Wellbeing
  • Identify best practices and tools to help reduce the stress of returning to work

Provide ways to ensure all employees feel the benefits of wellbeing initiatives

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Nita Cumello

Global Client Director & Director of Well-Being, Global Large Law, Thomson Reuters
Nita Cumello is a dynamic and motivated executive with a career-long record of award-winningachievement in client strategy and relationship management. Nita is a Global Client Director and theDirector of Well-Being for Global Large Law Firm segment of Thomson Reuters – Legal Professionals,bringing... Read More →
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Adam Reiber

Director of Wellbeing, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Adam Reiber serves as Morgan Lewis's director of employee well-being. In this globalposition, he works with the Employee Engagement and Talent teams as well as directlywith practice groups to expand and enhance ML Well, Morgan Lewis’s market-leadingwell-being program. Adam holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positiv... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2023 12:00pm - 12:45pm EST

12:45pm EST

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
Step Forward in Making ESG a Priority in Law Firms 
  • Discuss the increasing importance of nonfinancial indicators such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors that help determine risk and opportunity for companies.
  • Review how strategies that enhance health and well-being of people as well as address diversity, equity and inclusion can enhance an organization's ESG initiatives, thereby enhancing their bottom lines. 
  • Review how efforts taken to enhance the health and well-being of an organization's people can be incorporated in organization's ESG reporting under voluntary reporting frameworks or pursuant to other disclosure obligations. 

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Jodie Pimentel

Chief Counsel, International WELL Being Institute pbc

Thursday February 23, 2023 12:45pm - 1:30pm EST

1:30pm EST

The Mental Health Conversation
Understanding the Signs and How to Effectively Approach Your Employees About Mental Health 
  • Introduce ways to approach and understand the importance of achieving mental wellness without any fear 
  • Plan how to achieve and communicate proper knowledge, response, and guidance about suicide
  • Utilize best practices in creating a safe and healthy workplace (hybrid or remote) 
  • Educate suicide prevention with the legal environment

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Johnna Story

Director of Professional Development, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
I am the Director of Professional Development at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, a world-wide IP firm headquartered in Washington DC, having begun my career in law firm professional development at the firm over 27 years ago. In that time, I have managed all aspects... Read More →
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Michael Kasdan

Partner, Wiggin and Dana LLP
Mike Kasdan is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his J.D. from NYU School of Law,where he now teaches as an Adjunct Professor. He has worked in law firms (large, mid-sized, and small),practicing IP litigation for over 20 years. Mike is presently a partner in... Read More →

Thursday February 23, 2023 1:30pm - 2:15pm EST

2:15pm EST

Interactive Discussion: Let's Talk Non-Alcoholic
Nothing Wrong with Having a Mocktail 
Numerous studies have shown lawyers to be significantly more prone to alcoholism than the general population. Hard work means drinking can be a comfort or a reward in some cases, so let’s state the obvious that heavy drinking among legal professionals isn’t a new concern. No one said that being completely sober is easy but taking the first step to identify that this is a problem is a start.

This discussion will go over:
  • Questions related to alcohol use disorder
  • Identifying ways to de-emphasize alcohol and increase emphasis on connection 
  • Discuss personal experiences of those that have been in non-alcohol themed events

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Robye Margolius

Manager of Career Development & Advancement, Arnold & Porter
Work with attorneys on their career development; focusing on developing goals and addressing needs through individual career exploration and group presentations, creating strong application materials, developing key networking, interview, and interpersonal skills, and understanding... Read More →
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Niki Irish

Outreach and Education Coordinator, D.C Bar

Thursday February 23, 2023 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST

3:00pm EST

Conference Concludes
Thursday February 23, 2023 3:00pm - 3:00pm EST

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