Do you to want to be successful or just get lucky? Well, if you read Roman philosophy you know that preparation plus opportunity produces luck. (Seneca, 65 AD)  If your perspective is more in line with NASCAR fans, these same elements define success. (Bobby Unser, 1981) No matter your goals, HERO has you covered in the weeks ahead because opportunity abounds for our members. Prepare yourself by paying heed to this month’s HERO Briefs. Check out the agendas for our June Think Tank and Research Meeting as we’ve brought together extraordinary experts and company leaders to get our conversations started about “Systemic Approaches to Mental and Emotional Well-being.” Registration is open for this and several other webinars and seminars ahead. What’s more, we are in the sharp minded throes of developing new charters for the Culture of Health Committee and Workplace Performance Committee. A charter change is but a quick pit stop and we’re calling for new members to act fast and join these already successful teams. And we’re featuring a new HERO Guest Member Program (free!) and announcing the opportunity for HERO members to download a 700 page book: “Health Promotion in the Workplace.” (Also free!) How lucky are you? But that’s not all! Success also awaits, but, only if you Read on.

Summer Think Tank and Research Meeting – a free members-only event

Advancing Systemic Approaches to Mental and Emotional Well-being (see the agenda)

Registration is still open: Join us at the Hilton Hotel – Minneapolis/Bloomington, MN

June 6 – Think Tank – 8:00AM – 3:30PM
June 7 – Research Meeting – 8:00AM – 12:30PM

HERO Webinar, June 6th – to attend HERO Think Tank

If you cannot get to Minneapolis (it is our absolute best time of year!) we are providing opportunities to join us via webinar for the presentation portions of the agenda. Please use the links below to register for the portions of the meeting that you would like to attend.

June 6th Morning Webinar Registration includes the presentation portions of the agenda from 9:00 am – 10:45 am CT

June 6th Afternoon Webinar Registration includes the presentation portions of the agenda from 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm CT

HERO Member Webinar – “Advancing Well-being Through a Model for Professional Fulfillment” Thursday, June 8, at 12:00 PM CST

Guest Presenter: Patty Purpur de Vries, MS, Director of Strategic Projects, Stanford Medicine Well MD Center

Stanford’s model of professional fulfillment integrates individualistic and systemic approaches to building a culture of wellness, efficiency of practice, and personal resilience.

Register Today!

HEROForum17 – “Engagement and the Emerging Workforce.” September12-14, 2017 – Phoenix, AZ

In keeping with HERO’s reputation as host of a learning experience that is practical and thought-provoking as well as agenda-setting for our field, we will be offering an eclectic number of conference tracks with learning objectives that advance our theme and address other timely issues in health and well-being: diversity and workforce engagement; measures that matter; skills, motivation, autonomy; sustainability; and well-being. Three pre-conference summits—for CMOs, healthcare systems, and university well-being professionals—have been added on Monday, September 11th (8:00 am – 1:30 pm) and require separate registration.

Harvard School of Public Health’s SHINE Summit June 13-14, 2017, Cambridge, MA

Harvard School of Public Health’s SHINE Summit, is a corporate sustainability, health and social innovation event for business leaders. SHINE (Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise) Registration is now open taking place June 13-14, followed June 15-16 by a Forum on Worker Well-being in Supply Chains; all taking place on the Harvard campus in Cambridge.

2017 Health Care Provider Wellness Conference.  July 13-14, 2017 – Anaheim, CA

HERO’s Vice President of Research, Jessica Grossmeier, PhD, MPH will serve as keynote speaker at this year’s conference where she will summarize “the robust evidence base” that supports wellness as a value proposition for organizations. Click here for more information and to register.

New HERO Guest Membership Pilot Program

We consider it vital for HERO’s organizational health that we maintain a balance of members representing employers, providers of wellness services and non-profits as well as a robust blend of industries within the private sector who are leading in advancing employee and organizational health and well-being. To advance that aim, we are piloting an initiative in 2017 where HERO members can nominate an employer to receive a one-year no-cost HERO guest membership.  As you know, corporate membership is ordinarily $7,000. We see this guest program as a great way for our provider members, in particular, to bring learning opportunities and visibility to their clients who have a high potential for becoming on-going HERO member and for their clients with robust wellness programs to contribute their knowledge to the field.  For details on nominating an employer member please email

HERO Committee Opportunities “WE WANT YOU!”

Have you thought about joining a HERO Study Committee and are ready to take the plunge? Are you seeking ways to get more engaged with HERO members? Consider joining one of our study committees!

HERO is currently in the process of developing new charters for both the Culture of Health Committee and Workplace Performance Committee.

  • Workplace Performance Study Committee (formerly Health, Performance & Productivity Study (HPP) Study Committee): This committee will seek to understand the relationship between workforce health strategies and employee and organizational well-being, performance, and productivity. This includes research demonstrating how workforce health and well-being efforts advance strategic business performance objectives as well as individual employee performance. The specific charter and deliverables will be defined by the newly formed committee in 2017. Jack Groppel (J&J Human Performance Institute) and Josh Glynn (Google) will continue to co-chair the committee.
  • Culture of Health Study Committee This committee was charged with establishing a widely accepted definition of a healthy culture to build consensus and understanding of its value when supporting the health and well-being of a population. Having completed their original charter, committee members are now entering “phase two”, defining deliverables and drafting a new charter. Proposed new committee work will include demonstration of the value proposition for employers to invest in the assessment, planning, creation and maintenance of a culture that supports health and wellbeing within their organization.

HERO provides Job Board for HERO Members

As a benefit of membership HERO members are eligible to post openings on our Job Board. We see this benefit as a great way for our members to communicate opportunities to those in health and well-being careers.  Check out the new Job Board.  Click here to post a job opening.

(Pay it forward!)

HERO is delighted to announce that the Art and Science of Health Promotion Institute is making the book: Health Promotion in the Workplace, 5th edition (O’Donnell, 2017) available in PDF form for free to HERO Members. This 700+ reference text normally sells for $99.95. Access the book at: The Institute encourages you to “Pay It Forward” by helping someone else with an unexpected kindness. HERO plans to pay it forward by making an “Art and Science of Health Promotion Institute” scholarship available for free tuition ($895 value) to a university student to attend HEROForum17 held in Phoenix, Sept 12-14th. To learn more about the book and to see a listing of the many HERO members who co-authored chapters in the book, Read On.

Wearables and Wellness Programs

Wearable devices, such as activity trackers, have shown promise as tools to increase participation in employee wellness programs. Currently, one in six consumers in the United States uses wearables in the form of either a smart watch or a fitness band, and more than 75 million devices are expected to be in use in the workplace by 2020. It’s safe to say, wearable devices are here to stay. But getting the most out of a device requires more than simply asking employees to use it.

A new report from HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) examines how employers are using wearables in their workplace wellness programs and what outcomes have emerged.  Learn more about these organizational success stories and strategies.

The Vital Role of Health Promotion in Building Social Capital.

In my editorial for this month’s issue of The American Journal of Health Promotion I submit that professionals trained in health education, psychology, or nutrition might not have the independent wherewithal to change cultures but I have little doubt that they can be effective investment advisors for growing social capital. That’s because throughout my career I’ve been surrounded by health promotion people who love to organize, who relish pulling people together and who simply don’t seem happy unless they’re scheming up another campaign that’s all about creating fun, fitness, and friendships. Read on.

Creating Shared Value to Promote Well-being

HERO board member Nico Pronk and recent webinar guest, Thomas Kottke, explore how organizations can magnify the impact of their community service by implementing programs that generate positive outcomes for the sponsoring organization, the community, and society at large. Read on to learn about five types of programs sponsored by health care organizations, as well as three initiatives outside of the health care sector.

Presenteeism and Its Negative Impact on Organizations

Jack Groppel, HERO Board Member and Co-Founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute discusses presenteeism in the workplace and strategies for how Human Resources can help curb it.  Read on.

Increasing Employee Participation in Health and Well-being Programs – Is There A Right Mix?

The HERO Health and Well-being Best Practices Scorecard in Collaboration with Mercer© provides valuable data from over 600 organizations to help determine best ways to increase health and well-being program buy-in. Read Elissa Rosenbaum’s commentary to discover what combination of incentives helps drive higher participation rates.

Investors Beware:  Companies without Designated Headquarters May Prove Risky

Snap Inc., the parent company of the app Snapchat, recently filed for its initial public offering and listed an unusual risk to potential investors; a lack of a designated headquarters office. It noted an unconventional workplace setup in an industry that prizes sprawling campuses — as one that could “negatively affect employee morale.” Others, including the Washington Post, cite the advantages of a dispersed workforce. Read on for both sides to the story.

Wellbeing in the Nation (WIN) Completes Latest White Paper

The WIN white paper, Wellbeing in the Nation, A Plan to Strengthen and Sustain our Nation’s Wellbeing, Community by Community, is now available for download.

Employers’ Role in Helping to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention month and there is an important role that employers can play in continuing to drive rates down.  This Employer’s Toolkit makes a case for covering all FDA methods of contraception without cost sharing, and this HHS-commissioned review of the cost of contraceptive coverage to insurance issuers found that “when medical costs associated with unintended pregnancies are taken into account, including costs of prenatal care, pregnancy complications, and deliveries, the net effect on premiums is close to zero.”

Karen Moseley, HERO’s Vice President of Education and Director of Operations, has recently received a certificate from the U.S. Army War College in Leader Development.

Karen is in the first graduating class of the “Executive Spouse Leadership Development” program. This honor is a tribute to her leadership in support of the military and military families. Karen notes that she has benefited greatly from concepts and principles that apply at HERO, for our members and in her leadership journey overall.

The Military Family Program (MFP) at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) is a graduate level program that both supports and supplements the USAWC academic curriculum and provides for the needs and interests of students, as well as their spouses and children. With the class of 2017, the MFP introduced the Executive Spouse Leadership Development (ESLD) Course for spouses of the USAWC students. The focus of the ESLD Course is to provide student spouses with graduate level training in various specialized leadership areas, including interpersonal, social and group dynamics, military protocol, ethics, finance, public speaking, resiliency, and negotiation skills. The goal is to increase the participants’ understanding of these issues and enhance their effectiveness as partners with the senior officer spouse. Upon completion of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Leader Development and are equipped with leadership skills that will serve them in future roles, both within and outside of the military community.

Congratulations Karen! Please join the HERO team in thanking Karen for her extraordinary leadership on behalf of HERO and our nation’s military and military families:




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