2019 Annual Conference

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2019 Annual Conference

May 14 

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Scheman Building
1805 Center Drive
Ames, Iowa 50311

How can we cultivate workplaces that better support an employee’s mental health?

Through interactive panels and inspirational speakers, attendees will formulate a comprehensive action plan that includes physical and emotional health, financial wellness and volunteerism. Registration is now open! 

This program will be valid for 6.75 SHRM professional development credits and 6.5 HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) via Iowa Workforce Development. 

Registration is CLOSED!

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RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Gateway Hotel & Conference Center at Iowa State University


Read below to see a full line-up for the Annual Conference, including panel and breakout session topics.

  • Learn more about our speakers and panelists here
  • Find a full agenda and timeline here.

Keynote speaker: 


Sarah Noll Wilson, M.S., CPCC 

Beyond Lunch and Learn: Creating a culture that drives and inspires employee well-being

As an executive coach, transformer of teams, researcher, and soon-to-be author, Sarah helps people close the gap between what they intend to do and the actual impact they make. She focuses on the true and evolutionary behavior of relationships and specializes in building, rebuilding and healing teams. Sarah creates a safe, honest environment, preparing people to deal with real-world conflict, have more meaningful conversations, and create purposeful relationships.

This interactive keynote address will include an action planning activity that will continue throughout the rest of the conference.

Learn more about Sarah Noll Wilson and her experience here.


Mental Illness: The power of sharing your story

Influential Iowans Steve Karlin and Lyndsey Fennelly will share how mental illness has affected their lives and the response they received after courageously telling their stories.

  • Steve Karlin, anchor on KCCI News Channel 8
  • Lyndsey Fennelly, owner of Lyndshoops and Campus Cycle

Putting Awareness into Action: How Iowa companies are making a difference

Hear from Iowa companies who have started to actively address mental health in the workplace. They'll share what their program looks like and the impact they've seen so far. 

  • Nina Richtman, Corteva
  • Jodi Schweiger, Iowa Clinic
  • Emily Schmitt, J.D., Sukup Manufacturing
  • Annie Brandt, Bank of America
  • Moderator: Gina Skinner-Thebo, B&G Foods/Tone's Spices


Got Stress? Be the reason your people are supported, connected and engaged 

Every employee experiences stressful situations. These speakers will discuss how they navigate them in their workplace and provide real-world examples on how you can too.

  • Pleasure Allen, ITA Group
  • Tanya Fish, ITA Group

Money Matters: The impact of implementing a financial wellness program

How an employee manages their finances can impact their overall wellbeing. Companies will talk about the benefits they've seen since implementing financial wellness programs.

  • Julie Eggleston, Bankers Trust
  • Brad Arends, J.D.Intellicents
  • Carlos Navarro, Principal Financial Group

Outside of the Box: Innovative ideas to make physical wellness fun

Think beyond gym memberships at this session where award-winning workplaces will share physical wellness initiatives they've used to engage employees and the effect it's had on mental health.

  • Melanie Martin, Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics
  • Maggie Gardner, Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics
  • Kelly Hansen, POET Biorefining - Hanlontown

How to Help: Connecting employees and employers to the resources they need

An employee has a diagnosed mental illness — now what? A licensed social worker and an attorney will provide a rundown of legal and disclosure issues you should be aware of.

  • Tammy Hoyman, LISW, Employee & Family Resources
  • Lydia Caraveo, M.S., CHES, Grinnell Mutual
  • Beth Nigut, J.D., EMC Insurance








Album Health
American Heart Association
Des Moines University
Employee & Family Resources
The Iowa Clinic

Iowa State University & Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

ITA Group

Navigate Wellbeing Solutions
Science Center of Iowa


CommUnity Crisis Services
McFarland Clinic
MercyCare Business Health Solutions
Sarah Noll Wilson

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