Michigan Wellness Council Educational Workplace Wellness Event: “Mindfulness and Resiliency in Workplace Wellness: Is it Good For Business?”

Michigan Wellness Council




This program is pending 1.5 recertification credit hours toward PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Date: Wednesday, WednesdayMay 13, 2015


8:30 am- Registration, continental breakfast and networking.
9:00 am – Meeting, featuring presentations by Carol Hendershot, Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, Co-Founder, Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness and University & William Baun, Wellness Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, employer experiences of Steelcase, Grand Valley State University and Beaumont Health System with mindfulness in the workplace.
11:30 am – Program adjourn

$25 advance registration; $30 registration on the day of the event
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Program Details: “Mindfulness and Resiliency in Workplace Wellness: Is it Good For Business?”

Participants will:

  1. Gain a better understanding of mindfulness and resiliency the difference.
  2. Experience mindfulness and resiliency practices first hand.
  3. Explore the research on mindfulness and resiliency.
  4. Learn how mindfulness and resiliency impact the workplace and overall business.
  5. Understand the real life experiences of mindfulness practices in the workplace at three different organizations.

Speaker Biographies

Since 2008, Carol Hendershot has led hundreds of students through the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. Her certification is from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she has completed extensive professional training. Carol founded and directed Expressions of Grace Yoga from 2003 through 2012 and has been a certified yoga teacher for more than fourteen years. Prior to her mindfulness career, Carol spent 20 years in business, with her last position as co-owner and vice president of a West Michigan wholesale clothing company.

William B. Baun, a national leader in worksite health promotion has more than 34 years experience in worksite health promotion management/programming and serves as the Wellness Officer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which was the first healthcare system and NCI-designated Cancer System to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation. In March of 2012, the Houston Business Journal named MD Anderson the Healthiest Employer in Houston in the 5,000 or more employees during their Healthiest Employers awards. He is past President of the National Wellness Institute, and serves on the Board of the International Association Worksite Health Promotion, Houston Wellness Association, and CAN DO a childhood obesity community program. His article “What’s the Hard Return on Employee Wellness Program? The ROI data will surprise you, and the softer evidence may inspire you.” was published in the December 2010 issue of Harvard Business Review. His latest book, Healthy Women at Work was released by GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.

Location: Steelcase University (Learning Center), Classroom 6, 1111 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49508

Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) (website) is a nonprofit whose mission is to be the pioneer of wellness innovation for employers and State with the vision to inspire successful integration of wellness best practices in the workplace through access to quality resources and forums. Michigan Wellness Council offers regular public group meetings, on-site speaker series, and strategic consulting to mid/small employers on developing, implementing, and revising worksite wellness programs.