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Introducing Your 2018 Conference Keynotes

Next week, professionals throughout Wisconsin will be able to save their spot for the largest conference in the Midwest specific to wellbeing in the workplace:  WCWI’s 28th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference. For 27 years, WCWI has brought nationally renowned speakers to Wisconsin to discuss the industry’s most thought-provoking and emerging ideas.  Let’s meet the keynotes who will join us this year on October 30: 

MJ Shaar, MAPP

MJ Shaar is one of the most sought-after experts applying positive psychology to health habits and health promotion. Trained by the National Speakers Association, she is known for offering high-energy sessions with emotional twists. One of the first 50 in the world to obtain a Master in Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, she studied directly with and taught alongside Martin Seligman, the Founder of the field. 
 
In a few words, what are you most excited to share with the attendees of WCWI’s 28th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference? 
 “I am most excited to share 3 concrete strategies that can be easily implemented, even with very low or no budget, so attendees can experience the benefit of happy and empowered employees, and an extraordinary workplace.”
 
What’s one key take-way that our attendees can expect to learn from you? 
 “Participants will realize that the lens through which we look at the world shapes our reality, and that they can help their participants choose a more positive lens.”
 
In a few words, why should our attendees be interested in learning about positive psychology as an approach for their employee wellness strategy?
 “I truly believe that positive psychology is a must when it comes to wellness. A strength-based wellness model inspires action through an encouraging process.”
 
MJ has offered trainings and keynotes for Fortune Companies, governmental institutions, wellness and coaching organizations, as well as various universities. She has worked in 10 countries over 4 continents and her trainings have been delivered in 4 languages. She co-authored Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person’s Guide to Optimal Health and Performance, and contributes to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. MJ takes great joy in her work, but her proudest accomplishment is to be the mom of her sweet 3-year old, James.
 
 

Ryan Picarella, MS, SPHR

As President of WELCOA, Ryan works with communities and organizations around the country to ignite social movements that will improve the lives of all working people in America and around the world. With a deep interest in culture and sociology, Ryan approaches initiatives from a holistic perspective that recognizes the many paths to wellbeing that must be in alignment for long-term healthy lifestyle behavior change. 
 
In a few words, what are you most excited to share with the attendees of WCWI’s 28th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference? 
 “I am thrilled to be talking about the evolution of worksite wellness and how WELCOA’s evolved Seven Benchmarks is going to transform the industry.  This is particularly exciting since Wisconsin had a big part in the evolution.”
 
What’s one key take-way that our attendees can expect to learn from you? 
“The future is bright for wellness, but it is going to take all of us together to transform the paradigm.  I want to inspire, motivate and leave the participants with ideas they can take to work right away.”
 
What’s one thing about you that you’d like our attendees to know – could be a fun fact or a deeper glimpse of your expertise than what’s shared in your bio? 
“My mother was my best friend, teacher and inspiration to pursue wellness and my little ladies are my purpose to make tomorrow’s work better.”
 
Ryan brings immense knowledge and insight to WELCOA from his background in psychology and a career that spans human resources, organizational development and wellness program and product design. Prior to joining WELCOA, Ryan managed the award winning BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) Well@Work employee wellness program, a 2012 C. Everett Koop honorable mention awardee. Since relocating to Nebraska, Ryan has enjoyed an active role in the community, currently serving on the Board for the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in Omaha. Ryan has a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.
 
 

28th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference 

-October 30, 2018 | Madison, WI-

Registration opens the week of July 16.

 

N19W24400 Riverwood Drive Suite 260 Waukesha, WI 53188-1185

Call us: 262.696.3656
Email us: wcwi@wellnesscouncilwi.org.

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