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Igniting Action - Think Tank

Skill Building Session II
Title:  Igniting Action
Speaker:  Sara Martin Rauch, MS, Director of Strategy & Planning, WELCOA  
Description:  Igniting Action Think Tanks are interactive sessions that strategically guide attendees through identifying industry and programming challenges and developing tactical solutions. Sessions admit limited participants to ensure an organic, communal experience where innovative ideas can be openly discussed. Turn passion into action through a series of activities designed to generate ideas for igniting our workforce, our organizations and ourselves. Ideas will be documented and shared during the session and after the conference concludes to continue our collaborative problem-solving efforts.  
• Discuss new and trending worksite wellness topics
• Learn best practice approaches 
• Identify action steps to igniting change
Speaker Biography:
Sara Martin Rauch, MS, is the Director of Strategy and Planning at WELCOA.  Sara’s purpose is helping people fulfill their highest potential in work and life through corporate health promotion. She has launched award winning wellness programs, created new wellness products, and engineered work environments to create cultures of health across multiple industries.  At WELCOA, she is responsible for conceptualizing the strategy behind new innovative products and bringing them to market, developing new content and content channels and maintaining relationships with WELCOA’s network of business partners and content providers. She has been a session and keynote speaker at a variety of community and national events including the 2012 Southern University Wellness Summit, the Chattanooga Wellness Coalition, the 2013 National Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Conference, the Ohio Safety Councils, and the National WELCOA Training Summit.  Her background includes corporate training, organizational development, and health promotion management.  She also has a passion for process improvement, having earned an internal certification in Lean Process Improvement and a Green Belt in Six Sigma. Before joining the WELCOA Team, Sara managed the award-winning Well@Work employee wellness program for the 5,000 employees of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee before moving on to serve as Health Management Consultant for the BlueCross commercial book of business. Sara received her BA in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She has served as Communications Chair for the University Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Ambassador for the American Association of University Women, and Co-Chair of Mission Chattanooga City Ministries.
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