Learning Series Archive



The HERO Learning Series provides industry professionals with educational opportunities to enhance their performance in the workplace.

These learning series webinars are brought to you at no charge by HERO:



Index of Wednesday Webinar Series 2015, 2016, 2017

These webinars recordings are in our Member’s only Resource Center

Mark Poindexter, Shell Oil
Krystal Sexton, Shell Oil
Workplace Performance Committee Guest Presentation
Original air date:  August 17, 2017
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Shell’s Human Performance and Care (HP&C) initiative places an intentional lens of care on all its programs aimed at improving human performance.  Covering physical, psychological, and emotional well-being, HP&C contains a number of programs, initiatives, and toolkits to help teams and individuals perform at their best.  In this talk, two programs, Resilience, and Care for People will be highlighted, along with their impacts on engagement and safety throughout Shell.


Dr. Sara Johnson, Pro-Change Behavior Systems
Megan Hammes, Director for University of Iowa Wellness
Building Cultures of Resilience One Manager at a Time
Original air date:  August 10, 2017
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  • The University of Iowa Story- How “Building Resilience at UIowa” is a health and well-being initiative that is weaving its way into larger University strategies
  • Managers as Multipliers- Data from “Manager on the Move” program and case-building for how managers are a critical component in a culture that supports well-being
  • Program Sustainability- Sharing outcomes with leadership, fostering an environment where manager supported efforts can be offered


Monica Worline, PhD
Awakening Compassion at Work: 
New Avenues for Linking Well-Being and Performance
Original air date: July 20, 2017
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Addressing and alleviating suffering doesn’t rise to the top of most resilience initiatives, leadership training programs, or organizational development initiatives, and yet the evidence is growing that it should! Compassion is an overlooked, undervalued aspect of today’s workplaces. This webinar will introduce you to the new science of compassion and marshal evidence from two decades of research, much of it based in real organizations, to show you how to open up new avenues that link human well-being at work with organizational innovation, collaboration, service quality, care delivery, adaptability to change, and retention of talented people. Incorporating yet going beyond interpersonal skills, Monica Worline will share four keys to awakening compassion in your organizations at the systems level. You’ll take away inspiring and practical ideas for organizational change that highlight steps anyone can take – no matter their role – to alleviate suffering and awaken compassion.

Guest Panelists:
Dr. Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS
Kevin Vlopp, MD, Ph.D.
A Randomized Trial of Social Comparison Feedback and Financial Incentives to Increase Physical Activity
Original air date,  July 12, 2017

HERO and the American Journal of Health Promotion are delighted to host Drs. Mitesh Patel and Kevin Volpp, leaders in the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).  The Center conducts behavioral economics research aimed at reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems. Volpp and Patel are two of the most prolific researchers in the nation when it comes to examining the effectiveness of workplace and health systems based financial incentives. Originally founded within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the CHIBE mission is to inform health policy, improve health care delivery and increase healthy behavior.  This webinar was hosted by Dr. Paul Terry. Our expert panel will summarize their current research and allow ample time for participant questions. We also react to your opinions from our webinar polls relating to the use of incentives and discuss the effectiveness of other of your engagement strategies.


Guest Panelists:
Jim Pshock, Bravo Wellness
Barbar Zabawa, Center for Health and Wellness Law
Employee Wellness Provisions, Privacy and Protections: Keeping up with the EEOC/ADA Rules
Original air date, June 27, 2017
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Though there has yet been a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that Congress would pass, there have been many indications concerning what is and is not likely to change. Join our panel to learn about current trends in the use of incentives and how they fit in an employer’s overall engagement strategy. One of the most telling indicators that changes to wellness provisions will be closely scrutinized has been surrounding the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act” (H.R. 1313). Our panel will review how the bill recognizes employee protections that are already in place and includes specific language relating to non-discrimination based on illness.

Patty Purpur de Vries, MS
Advancing Well-being Through a Model for Professional Fulfillment
Original air date, June 8, 2017
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Employee stress is a significant concern for employers and is especially critical in health care settings. Many employers have responded by offering employee stress management programs or launching resiliency initiatives which focus predominantly on individualistic approaches. Stanford Medicine identified drivers of burnout in their employees, and leveraged the data to demonstrate business impacts as well as inform development of an initiative to address the issue. Stanford’s model of professional fulfillment integrates individualistic and systemic approaches to building a culture of wellness, efficiency of practice, and personal resilience. Patty will share how they developed the conceptual framework and describe some of the specific initiatives Stanford is using to address physician burnout. We will poll for your reaction to the conceptual framework and discuss how the model can be applied to other industry sectors.

Dr. Derek Yach
What Human Capital Measures Matter Most to the C-Suite?
Original air date, April 26, 2017
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What are companies doing to cultivate environments and cultures that create a workforce that leads in well-being? How would we respond if we knew that the C-Suite was more interested in sustainability and people development and less interested in body mass index metrics and cholesterol levels? Instead, what role might measures play that examine how governance, culture, management, and business success all interrelate and contribute to the health of both the company and employees? Dr. Yach will share ideas, trends and recommendations about C-Suite level metrics and discuss report cards and emerging metrics such as sustainability, value on investment and emotional and mental well-being.

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.
Tracy Hoover, Points of Light Institute’s
Giving, Health, and Happiness
Is there a single most beneficial well-being intervention?
Original air date April 4, 2017
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HERO AJHP webinar 4.4.17

What is the most powerful well-being intervention known to mankind? If, as our speakers for this webinar propose, it is 100 hours per year of volunteer work, how should this finding be applied to the work of health promotion? How integrated are your corporate volunteerism policies and programs with your health and well-being initiatives? Many offer incentives for being fit, should we do the same for being happy and good to others? Is there a business case for practicing loving-kindness? Join Dr. Stephen Post and Points of Light Institute’s CEO Tracy Hoover as we explore whether those who give of their time and talent receive more well-being in return than available via any other intervention.

Thomas E. Kottke, MD, MSPH, HealthPartners
Ginger Kakacek, MD, HealthPartners
What Causes Well-being and Where does Health Fit in?
Original air date, March 1, 2017
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We have long understood the impact of lifestyle choices such as how tobacco use, inactivity or inadequate sleep affect our health. But how do these decisions compare to others that predict or advance well-being? How does tobacco use, for example, compare to not belonging to groups? What’s more impactful for well-being, healthy eating or healthy thinking? If we are to flourish, should we schedule more fitness club visits or “gratitude visits”? Join Drs. Tom Kottke and Ginger Kakacek, from HealthPartners, for a webinar that explores whether “well-being in all policies” could have greater impact than our more usual advocacy for “health in all policies.” Related to this, what percent of U.S. adults are flourishing? Where we’ve long held that the absence of illness is not health, we’ll explore positive psychology principles and ask whether the absence of mental illness assures the presence of mental health.

Bruce Sherman, MD, Conduent HR Services (formally Xerox)
Reaching the Disaffected:  Strategic Approaches to Employer Health and Well-Being Metrics
Original air date, January 11, 2017
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Many employers are faced with the dilemma of understanding how their health and well-being programs are performing, and whether their programs are responsive to the needs of everyone, not just the readily engaged. Collecting the right data is critical for this effort to measure as well as maximize the value of employer investments in workforce health.  This session describes the unique challenges related to lower income workers, many of whom may be the “disaffected” we heard so much about in the recent election. Dr. Sherman provides pragmatic considerations for employers to use available data sources in order to maximize the value of their greatest asset: their human capital. These approaches are based on an analysis of the relationship of employee wage data with healthcare consumerism engagement, revealing how the findings can provide important insights to help reach the hard to reach.

Ashley Brinn Kletke from Stryker Instruments
December 16, 2015

David Ballard from American Psychological Association
January 6, 2016

Jennifer Flynn from Mayo Clinic
January 20, 2016

Jack Groppel from Johnson & Johnson
February 3, 2016

Steven Noeldner from Mercer
February 17, 2016

Megan Amaya, Stefanie Morrow, Melissa Walter from The Ohio State University
March 16, 2016

Dee Edington and Jennifer Pitts from Edington Associates
March 30, 2016

Jason Langheier from Zipongo
April 13 2016

EEOC Regulations with panelist Jay Keese, Glen Nebel, Jim Pshock, Tami Simon
June 22, 2016

Built Environment with Leigh Stringer & Phil Williams
September 7, 2016

Index of Past Webinars –

An Alphabetical listing of webinars by title. Click on any title to see a full abstract of each session

A Community Based Proactive Health Care Model for Small Businesses

William E Primmerman
Project Director, Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative

Kala Ladenheim, PhD, MSPH
Senior Researcher, Medical Care Development, Inc.

Original air date: January 23, 2013
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A Strategic Approach to Employee Well-Being and Organizational Performance

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA
Assistant Executive Director, American Psychological Association

Connie Roy-Czyzowski, SPHR, CCP
Vice President, Human Resources, Northeast Delta Dental

Original air date: March 21, 2012
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Connecting the Dots: What Business Leaders Think about Employee Health, Productivity, and Performance

Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH, VP of Research, HERO
Nikki Hudsmith, MBA, VP, Consulting Services, Performance pH

Original air date March 18, 2015
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Developing Highly Engaged Organizations that Improve the Quality of Human Life

Jack Groppel, PhD
Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute
Vice President of Applied Science and Performance Training
Wellness & Prevention, Inc

Julia Brandon, PhD
Director of Environment, Health & Safety Excellence

Original air date August 8, 2013
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Don’t Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater – A Measured Response to Critics of Workplace Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs 

Ron Goetzel, PhD
Vice President of Consulting & Applied Research
Truven Health Analytics and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Vice Chair, HERO Board of Directors

Original air date April 22, 2015
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EEOC Proposed Regulations: What employers need to know 

Jim Pshock
Founder, CEO and President
Bravo Wellness

Tami Simon
Managing Director
Career Practice and Knowledge Resource Center
Buck Consultants

Original air date June 4, 2015
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HERO EHM Best Practices Scorecard in collaboration with Mercer©. The move from Version 3 to Version 4

Speaker: Steven Noeldner, Partner, Mercer

Original air date January 29, 2015
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HERO EHM Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer: Findings and Functions

Beth Umland, Research Director, Mercer

Steven Noeldner, PhD, Partner, Mercer

Original air date June 19, 2013
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Obesity in America: Consequences and Strategies

William Dietz, MD, PhD, Director of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, CDC

Original air date: November 9, 2010
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Obesity in America: Putting Strategies into Practice in the Worksite

John White, PhD, Global Health Services Prevention and Health Culture Leader,Dow Chemical Company

Anne C. Haddix, PhD, Senior Policy Advisor, CDC

Original air date: April 1, 2011
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Organizational Energy: A Primer on Improving Health

Jack Groppel, PhD, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, Vice President of Applied Science and Performance Training, Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company

Original air date July 11, 2012
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Wearables in Wellness: How Employers are Incorporating Wearable Fitness Tracking Devices into the Workplace 

Jack Bastable, National Practice Leader, Health & Productivity Management
CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services

Jessica Grossmeier, VP of Research, HERO

Original air date July 14, 2015
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Wednesday Webinar with Stryker Instruments

Ashley Brinn Kletke, Sr. Manager, Wellbeing

Original air date December 6, 2015
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