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From Critic to Champion: How to Engage Leadership in Wellness

Jen Arnold, MS, RD/LDN, Owner of Redesigning Wellness

Skill Building Session I
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Theme: Leadership

Supports: Benchmark 1

We’ve been told that getting leadership support for our wellness efforts is critical to our success. But in a recent WELCOA poll, only 13% of respondents agreed that their “leaders are strong champions for wellness”. That means 77% of respondents haven’t found a way to effectively engage their leadership in their wellness efforts! 
Even if you’re far removed from the C-suite or can’t seem to get the attention of middle management, there are concrete ways to increase your impact and influence with all levels of leadership. In this thought-provoking presentation, you’ll be challenged to explore new questions, flip common thinking on its head, and you’ll walk away with at least one practical action item for effectively engaging your leadership.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Learn three ways to engage leadership in your organization.
  • Avoid common mistakes when asking leadership for support.
  • Discover how your mindset can help or hinder your success.


This program is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEUs) through NWI and NCHEC.

Speaker Biography: 

Jen Arnold, MS, RD/LDN is host of the Redesigning Wellness podcast where she interviews experts on the topic of organizational health. Jen’s on a mission to change the common approach to employee health and wellness. To support this mission, she facilitates employee training that addresses leadership, resilience and mindfulness. For the 16 years prior to starting her own business, Jen led organizational health and wellness efforts and advised employers how to start them. Most recently, she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC for over 8 years leading a team of health promotion professionals. Jen is a Tedx speaker who uses stories, activities and humor to not only make a point but to keep audiences engaged and listening. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two children.

Want to learn more about engaging leadership?

Check out WCWI's blog post "What Does Committed and Aligned Leadership Look Like?" to learn 7 ways aligned leadership creates an environment that allows employees to be their best selves at work and beyond.

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