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Corporate Health & Wellbeing Summit 2015
The Summit Program

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Welcome to the Corporate Health and Wellbeing Summit. This inspirational high-level management conference is aimed at senior management, with a focus on improving productivity and business performance through a healthy, happy, inspired and invigorated workforce – the healthy heartbeat each and every business needs to thrive.

The entire day was fantastic! Thank you ThinkTank, another flawless event!

8.30      Registration and Welcome Coffee

9.00      Opening remarks from the chair
NADINE HIGGINS


KEYNOTE ADDRESS
9.10      PUTTING MENTAL HEALTH FIRST - BUILDING A MENTALLY-RESILIENT ORGANISATION
SIR JOHN KIRWAN KNZM MBE,
Former All Black, Author and Mental Health Expert
Sir John Kirwan KNZM MBE is one of the highest try scorers in international rugby union history, having played 96 games for the All Blacks. In 1989, Sir John received a MBE for services to rugby, and in 2012 he became a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for his services to mental health. He speaks openly about his personal battle with anxiety and depression and how fostering mental wellbeing is something that needs to be put at the top of the business agenda. Given that 1 in 3 people will suffer from some sort of mental health issue at some point in their lives, Sir John will share his practical advice and recommendations to all organisations to provide the most effective, timely and crucial support for their people:

  • Common forms of mental health issues experienced by employees and implementing coping strategies for when people’s lives take a turn for the worse
  • Warning signs to look out for to help identify someone who’s suffering mentally and to offer them the appropriate support
  • How to foster the cultural mentality of helping out a mate who’s struggling – no more turning a blind eye
  • Overcoming the stigma of mental health organisation-wide
  • Which mental health initiatives work, and which don’t
  • Walking the talk, leading mental health by example and fostering mentally-healthy business practices
  • Building workforce resilience and the power to charge through periods of adversity, instability and change to come out stronger and more productive
  • How to support the supporters – best business practices looking after colleagues who are carrying the load for those who are suffering from mental health issues


10.00    CASE STUDY: MARS NEW ZEALAND
CREATING THE BEST WORKPLACE CULTURE FOR A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT WORKFORCE
GERRY LYNCH
, General Manager, Mars New Zealand, regular winner in the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Awards

Gerry Lynch is passionate about creating the best workplace culture in New Zealand, taking Mars NZ to the finals of the IBM/Kenexa Best Workplace for 10 years in a row, winning its category 8 times and the overall national title twice. Hear Gerry’s experience and his learnings and invaluable advice on how you can help your organisational culture to thrive:

  • The essential ingredients every organisation needs for healthy workplace culture
  • Who’s responsible in an organisation for employee engagement and driving a healthy culture? How to create the winning team formula.
  • How much of the onus is on the individual vs organisation to create the right environment for employee engagement?
  • Enabling your people to make the choice to be engaged and take ownership of their individual attitude
  • Recommendations on how to transform a toxic culture into a thriving one, and how to target and tackle bullying
  • How to recruit people with the right cultural fit – and what can happen if you don’t


10.30    Morning coffee


11.00    THE STRESS MASTERY CHALLENGE:
TARGETING STRESS TO DRIVE THRIVING WELLBEING + BOOSTED BUSINESS PERFORMANCE
DR ADRIAN MEDHURST

There is immense pressure in work and life these days. People are stressing, rushing and juggling in a wild attempt to prioritise their overcommitted schedules and get everything done. It's no wonder organisational productivity and profitability become adversely affected - people are struggling to sustain high levels of performance and their wellbeing at the same time. We are seeing low levels of engagement and talent retention Australia-wide.

In fact, untapped performance potential creates an annual productivity shortfall of $305 billion. Avoidable job stress and poor mental health contribute to $10s of billions more in lost productivity, not to mention the significant reduction in an employee's actual lifespan. These challenges can be downright exhausting. The levels of fatigue experienced by professionals highlights another key ingredient the people are missing these days - good quality rest! 

Optimal Performance and Wellness Expert, Dr Adrian Medhurst, has worked with a plethora of corporate and government organisations (Medibank, CBA, Qantas, Fairfax, SBS, BP to name just a few), bringing his fresh practical, insightful and scientific approach to leveraging the mind and body where everyone profits from optimal performance, sustained wellness and meaningful progress.

  • Mastery - a framework for modern work and life that promotes performance andwellbeing resilience
  • Mindset - evidence-based strategies for developing growth-mindset and resilience during periods of change, challenge, pressure and uncertainty
  • Meaning – how to create meaningful progress by cutting through biases and default patterns of thinking for more creative, adaptive and productive action
  • Mindfulness – practical, science-based approaches for bringing mindfulness into the business world and easily-implementable practices for building workforce wellbeing and resilience
  • Rest - Getting good rest and relaxation, creating healthy sleep habits, and managing staff fatigue


11.45    CREATING A HEALTHY BRAIN CULTURE:
EXCITING NEW SCIENCE EXPLAINS THE SECRETS OF GOOD BRAIN HEALTH
SIR RICHARD FAULL KNZM, FRSNZ,
Distinguished University Professor; Director, Centre for Brain Research; Co-Director, Centre of Research Excellence: Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa, University of Auckland

Often described as New Zealand’s Sir David Attenborough, Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull has an international reputation for his research studies on the human neurodegenerative diseases. He was appointed Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland in 2012 and appointed as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (KNZM) for services to medical research in the 2017 New Year Honours. 

  • The unique marvels and magic of the human brain determine our whole potential in life and suggest how to foster healthy brains and flourishing mentally-healthy organisations
  • Myth-busting the brain – common misconceptions and the new science around what the brain can do, and the science behind generating new brain cells and boosting potential and productivity through brain health
  • Physical exercise – how far does it go to promote brain health and fight brain disease?
  • The science behind brain cells, ways in which we can repair the brain and neuroplasticity - creating new neural pathways
  • Applications for business leaders on implementing strategies to promote brain health organisation-wide


12.15    Lunch break



13.15    NUTRITION FOCUS:
NADIA LIM,
Celebrity Chef, MasterChef New Zealand Winner, Nutritionist and Author
Nadia Lim brings fresh insight into nutrition. A co-founder of the ‘My Food Bag’ business, which has revolutionised boosting nutrition for the time-poor, Nadia brings her holistic insight and extensive knowledge around nutrition, health and wellbeing. In this presentation, she will focus on what businesses need to do to foster essential, good nutrition and lifestyle habits for a healthy, happy and productive workforce:

  • The current killer – sedentary work – and how to fight the effects through good nutrition
  • Effectively enhancing the power of nutritious food to boost performance
  • Essential nutrition and wellbeing habits for de-stressing and fostering great sleep
  • You are what you absorb – more information on essential nutrients and how to boost them
  • Foods to foster happiness and boost immunity
  • Innovative ways in which to engage your teams in healthy-eating habits and promote self-care
  • Wellness strategies that work at work, and creating the right environment for them


14.00    RETAINING YOUR TOP TALENT AND A HEALTHY BOTTOM LINE:
THE WEALTHY BODY IN BUSINESS AND ITS ESSENTIAL ROLE IN EMPLOYEE WELLBEING AND BUSINESS PROFITABILITY
TIM BEAN,
International Health Expert and formidable Thought-Leader on Optimal Wellness
Based in the UK, Tim has spent the last twenty years at the top end of the international health and wellness industry. He has presented on television programmes (‘Turn Back Your Body Clock’ – Channel 4) and hosted a weekly radio show on health, personal performance, training, nutrition, sleep, weight loss, de-stressing and de-ageing strategies. Heralded as one of London’s Top Health Gurus by the Telegraph, Evening Standard, London Magazine, Tatler and The Times, he has also appeared on GMTV, Discovery Health Channel, Sky TV and a special feature on CBS News following some of the high-profile clients he works with.
“Anyone can boost energy, engagement and performance by being in better shape. People who are in better shape are less stressed and perform better for longer – and so do their companies”.

Tim Bean’s message sounds simple, but how practically can you rally your workforce into action and encourage them to lift their game given already high levels of pressure and expectation? Hear his inspirational advice and key management tools and tactics, plus examples of what businesses are doing internationally:

  • What does optimal business wellbeing look like? How actually from a practical sense can you embed wellbeing?
  • Getting your organisation in shape – practical, implementable strategies to help you and your teams to get stronger, happier, healthier, energised, more agile, engaged and focused
  • Best-practice ways to support those in your organisation who struggle to balance high pressure, high-performance careers with a healthy, happy home life and personal lifestyle
  • Overcoming resistance to health and wellbeing strategies
  • Recommendations for businesses on how much of the budget should be attributed to health and wellbeing strategies
  • How to align wellbeing initiatives to a model and how to measure employee wellbeing, and its relation to your organisation’s productivity and profitability


14.45    Afternoon tea


15.15    Sponsor Prize Draws



15.25 WELLBEING PROGRAM CASE STUDY: THE WAREHOUSE GROUP
ANNA CAMPBELL
, Chief People Officer, The Warehouse Group
Anna is leading authority on people, culture, communications and performance, and knows what it takes to build a strong culture and deliver outstanding business outcomes through people. Under her direction, the Warehouse Group has won many industry awards. Anna is the first New Zealander to have been awarded an Asia-Pacific Conscious Business Leadership award. As she says:
“I am a strong advocate for The Warehouse Group: I truly love the business, the people and the direction we are headed. I want our people to be their best for our customers and I work hard to help team members to achieve more than they ever thought they could.”
Anna’s strengths lie in transformational leadership, creating high performance teams, innovation, strategy and change, building impactful culture, ability to lead through ambiguity, and through creating clear vision and translating that into action. In this presentation, hear from Anna about initiatives taken to steer The Warehouse Group into the direction of the flourishing organisation it is today.


15.55    INSPIRATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS
RT HON SIR JOHN KEY GNZM AC,
former Prime Minister of New Zealand
LEAVING A LEGACY OF NATIONAL WELLBEING AND A FLOURISHING ECONOMY DESPITE CATASTROPHIC ODDS

Rt Hon Sir John Key GNZM AC was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. He led the country through the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city. When he retired from office, New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy. Sir John was well respected in international affairs and chaired the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council in 2016. Wellbeing has always been a priority for Sir John, and whilst Minister for Tourism, he instigated the great New Zealand Cycle Trail, showcasing the best that NZ has to offer local and international tourists. Since retiring from politics, Sir John has been an ambassador for the International Sports Promotion Society and other agencies. Here, Sir John will speak candidly on:

  • Leading through disaster – recommendations on how business leaders can best communicate, motivate and provide hope through a crisis, and Sir John’s experience of leading the country’s recovery following the devastating Christchurch Earthquake
  • Getting New Zealand’s economy back on track – what leadership initiatives drove the turnaround and the statistics on current national wellbeing vs during economic downturn
  • How leaders and teams can effectively implement organisational wellbeing and foster strong, positive-minded and resilient employees
  • Implementing great wellbeing ideas – how Sir John instigated and implemented the New Zealand Cycle Trail, building the taskforce, setting budgets and timelines, measuring ROI, the hurdles faced and how they were overcome


16.40    Closing remarks from the chair

16.45    Close of summit followed by networking drinks

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