A Pivotal Convening: The Workplace Mental Health and Wellness Summit

Monday, October 4, 2021
The Pierre / New York City

In October 2021, SHRM Foundation hosted the first of its kind summit around mental health and wellness in the workplace.



To kick off the Workplace Mental Health & Wellness Summit 2021, attendees participated in sessions that set up the challenge before us and the supporting data behind the need for a movement toward destigmatizing and supporting workplace mental health and wellness. Then, the afternoon sessions focused on actionable solutions with inspiring and hopeful messages from luminaries and experts that are rooted in forward-looking solutions.

These cutting-edge sessions are now available for you to view. Click below to get a better understanding of critical mental health topics and identify approaches to prioritizing mental health and wellness in your workplace.

This groundbreaking event brought together CEOs, CHROs, philanthropists, subject matter experts, scholars, and business leaders from all sectors of industry to listen, learn, and work together to chart our best path forward. Attendees collaborated with innovative thought leaders through curated sessions geared towards prioritizing workplace mental health and wellness in a way that will empower workers and enhance workplaces globally.

Summit Leadership Committee

Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD

CEO at American Psychological Association

Audrey Gruss

Founder and Chairman of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation

Craig Kramer

Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign on Mental Health at Johnson & Johnson

Marjorie Morrison

CEO at PsychHub

Michelle Nettles

Chief People and Culture Officer at ManpowerGroup

Sean Sullivan, SHRM-SCP

Chief Human Resource Officer at SHRM

Daryl Tol

Executive Vice President at One Mind at Work

Summit Speakers

Banmali Agrawala

President – Infrastructure, Defence & Aerospace and Global Corporate Affairs at Tata Sons Private Limited

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Chief Knowledge Officer at SHRM

Subha V. Barry

Chief Executive Officer of Seramount

Katarina Berg

Chief Human Resources Officer
at Spotify

Ginnie Carlier

Americas Vice Chair – Talent, EY

Cesar Carvalho , Co-Founder & CEO at Gympass

Co-Founder & CEO at Gympass

Maria Colacurcio

CEO at Syndio

Richard S. Cohen

President of The Walden Group

Harriet Dominique

President, USAA Foundation and Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility Officer, USAA

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Moira Forbes

Executive Vice President of Forbes Media and Publisher of ForbesWomen

Keaton Fletcher, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology

Nadine Burke Harris MD, MPH, FAAP

California Surgeon General

Dr. Richard J L Heron, MB, CHB FRCP, FFPM FACOEM

Former Vice President Health, BP

Sonja Hughes, MD, MHA, FACOG

Vice President, Strategy & Service Excellence at Aetna, a CVS Health Company

Susan Conway Jablonski

Founder, The Leadership Consortium


Patrick J. Kennedy

Former Congressman (D-RI); Founder The Kennedy Forum; Co-founder One Mind; Co-founder Psych Hub

Debra Lerner, MS, Ph.D

Associate Director for Organizational Impact Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry Tufts SOM

Joanne P. McCallie

Author and NCAA Basketball Coach

Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.

Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ashley E. Nixon, Ph.D., SPHR

Associate Professor of HR/OB
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Willamette University

Peter S. Paine III

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Commercialization Strategy & Capabilities, Bristol Myers Squibb

Dr. Enrica N. Ruggs

Associate Professor of Management, C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston

Sabrina Spitaletta

Senior Director, Center for Public Health, Milken Institute

David Stark, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Head of HR Data & Analytics, Morgan Stanley

Garen Staglin

Co-Founder and Chairman, One Mind

Carmilla Tan, FSA, MAAA

Head of Global Benefits at Bank of America

Jim Towey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aging with Dignity

Investment Opportunities

The SHRM Foundation is grateful for the financial commitments made from numerous companies, foundations, and individuals to cultivate healthier workplaces through our Workplace Mental Health and Wellness partners. Contributions lead the way to ensuring HR professionals receive curated, cutting-edge resources to help navigate the workplace mental health and wellness landscape and for HR to be a positive social force in creating healthier work environments.

Want to learn more about The SHRM Foundation’s Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Initiative?
Contact: [email protected]

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