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2021 Wellness International Conference – Virtual


When: May 19, 2021, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Central European Time | 2 a.m. – 7 a.m. CDT

Where: Anywhere — it’s 100% online!

Price: $100 USD

Wellness International Conference

Receive exceptional wellness training during the Wellness International Conference — Offered Virtually in 2021!

The term wellness is evolving rapidly, thanks in part to how society has dealt with the global health pandemic. The Wellness International Conference, hosted by the National Wellness Institute, provides a forum to connect and collaborate strategically worldwide, as we look to shift our societal preferences toward healthier people and healthier places. The Wellness International Conference expands our collective voice and allows us to learn from each other strategies, programs, and research that we can take and utilize with our own audiences.

Following this program, participants will be able to:
  • Gain a global perspective about lessons learned on the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Understand through the lens of wellness leaders in different countries how they are tackling high-level wellness issues like emotional wellness, occupational wellness, and physical wellness.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding about how communities, organizations, and wellness champions are utilizing technology and the digital wellness outcomes they are seeing.
  • Understand the correlation of behavioral change with culturally sensitive approaches to leading the change.

Agenda – Wednesday, May 19

(All times in Central European Time)


9:00 - 9:10 a.m.



9:10 - 9:55 a.m.

Session 1

Wellness and COVID-19 – Lessons Learned So Far

Dr. Tyler Amell

This session will focus on the lessons learned from the research and practice associated with the global response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease pandemic. How these learnings relate to workplace wellbeing and the future of work and benefit programs will be discussed. Dr. Amell will review the relevant research and data to help you understand the impact on workplace health programming, and how best to adapt your workplace solutions as we move into the post-pandemic world.


9:55 - 10:10 a.m.



10:10 – 10:55 a.m.

Session 2

A Global Lens on Wellness. Country Trends

Ellen Kocher, MA, PCC, NBC-HWC + Garrett Browne

In this discussion Ellen Kocher and Garrett Browne will explore the past and current state of Wellness Promotion in Switzerland and Spain. Switzerland boasts one of the healthiest, oldest living, and happiest populations in the world, all while eating more chocolate than any other! The challenges of this small, unique 4-Language country in the middle of Europe will be explored through the lens of a Swiss American Bi-National accredited and working for the Government mandated Swiss Health Promotion Foundation. Garrett will explore Spain’s approach to health promotion in comparison to Switzerland’s.


10:55 - 11:10 a.m.



11:10 – 11:30 a.m.

Small Group Discussion

What is Happening in Your Country on the Wellness Front?
“Talk amongst yourselves”


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Re-energize Break


12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Session 3

Digital Wellness Outcomes, the Future of Wellness?

Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, MD, MSCIH, MSC, DTMPH, FRSA, FRSPH

Digital platforms give us access to facilities and services that can better our wellbeing from the ability to relax and be entertained wherever we want to more actively beneficial things such as health monitoring, fitness tracking, and mindfulness apps. Dr. Rodriguez-Fernandez will present a few case studies on large multinational organizations that have ventured into the digital well-being space. These organizations run from high-end fashion retail to remote mines in jungles and cover over 100 countries around the world. We will hear about success stories and more importantly lessons learned from failures.


12:45 - 1:00 p.m.



1:00-1:45 p.m.

Session 4

Moving the Needle, Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Assessment and Behavior Change Programming

Colin Bullen

Should we address healthy behavior in our wellbeing programs or is that a no-go area? Many wellbeing enthusiasts understand the role that healthy behaviors play in creating beneficial health outcomes, but few understand how to help people practice the desired behaviors – or indeed why their efforts so often fail to attract the engagement they would like or expect. In this session, we will explore the science of behavior change and explain how its integrated relationship with the culture of companies creates a framework for the success or failure of wellbeing programs. We will also talk a little about the behaviors that matter and how to measure the impact of programs that you launch.


1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Final Thoughts & Next Steps

About Our Presenters

Dr. Tyler Amell

Dr Tyler Amell is an internationally recognized thought leader on workplace health & productivity. He focuses on strategy, innovation, & evidence-informed practice at the nexus of health, data, & technology with a long history in data analytics, occupational epidemiology, absence & leave management, STD, LTD, occupational rehabilitation, disability management & disability prevention, workers’ compensation, medical assessment, & workplace health & safety.

Ellen Kocher, MA, PCC, NBC-HWC

Ellen Kocher is a certified personal coach, mentor and guide supporting her clients in reaching their nutrition, fitness, health and well-being goals through positive, sustainable lifestyle changes. She has coached hundreds of individuals and groups in dozens of organizations all over the globe empowering them to go from knowing what to do to actually doing it!  With our current demographic trend and ageing workforce, she developed “Wake-Up, Shake-Up, Thrive!” to help individuals and organizations develop strategies to prepare for the shift to extended middle age.

Garrett Browne

Garrett Browne is currently a Regional Sales Manager with Virgin Pulse, the global leader in corporate health and wellbeing solutions. Hailing from Ireland but currently based in Switzerland, Garrett was formerly part of the Great Place to Work Institute and a key early member in the development of Healthy Place to Work in Dublin. He then moved to Spain to further his studies at the prestigious Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, conducting research on the impact of wearable technologies on employee health and engagement. Now in Zurich as part of the Virgin Pulse team, he supports large companies across Europe and Latin America to build their health and wellbeing strategy, enhance organizational wellbeing and boost employee engagement.

Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, MD, MSCIH, MSC, DTMPH, FRSA, FRSPH

Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez is a Cordon Bleu trained chef and Doctor of Medicine currently serving as the Global Medical Director of Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) and Workplace Wellness for International SOS based in London, UK. He also currently functions as the CEO and Founder of the NCD Asia Pacific Alliance. He currently acts as Chief Medical Advisor to a number of large blue-chip organizations and Governments on health & well-being strategy, integrated models of health care delivery, non-communicable disease prevention and global health policy development. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Colin Bullen

Colin Bullen is a behaviour change actuary and may be unique in that respect. He started off in the world of health and wellbeing in South Africa, challenged by ever-increasing cost of fixing people who had become ill due to their unhealthy behaviours. Through his six years at Habits at Work where he got to develop the BRATLAB research database with his friend and partner, Hanlie van Wyk, Colin discovered how sustained behaviour change is possible, and valuable to companies that achieve it. He now helps organisations understand the true nature of the problem, and help them apply novel methods to create the change they actually want.

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