Welcome to the NWI Podcast
The NWI Podcast is the podcast for wellness professionals and enthusiasts who want to amplify the quality of their lives in all six dimensions of wellness. New episodes uploaded bi-weekly.
Renee Moorefield, PhD, is CEO of Wisdom Works, dedicated to building thriving leaders worldwide. For the past 25 years, she’s coached thousands of senior and emerging executives—from Fortune 500 to entrepreneurs—to unleash human potential for better performance and positive global impact. Renee chairs the Global Wellness Institute Wellness at Work initiative, authors the blog Wellbeing + Strategy, plus contributes to articles in media such as Experience Life, Coaching World, and Thrive Global. Her 2004 book Driven by Wellth combines the drive for wealth with wellbeing to cultivate healthier organizations and a well world. She has just launching a new leadership assessment platform, Be Well Lead Well® Pulse, which helps leaders examine how well they make thriving a game-changer for their teams and organizations, including their selves.
Posted By Caroline Carlson,
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2018
Mim Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT, is President and CEO of Motivity Partnerships, Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to providing integrated, evidence-based solutions for organizations to create a thriving workforce. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director for Global Women 4 Wellbeing, a non-profit membership organization focused on empowering more healthy female leadership for a more sustainable world.
Mim Senft has over 20 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design and wellness program strategy and implementation. She co-founded Global Women 4 Wellbeing in 2016, along with Nancy Board and Deb Smolensky.
Mim is a member of NWI and has served on the Board of Directors. She is a member of The Global Wellness Institute’s Future of Well Work Initiative, The American Sustainable Business Council, UN Women Metro, IFEBP, and WELCOA. She is a regular speaker at conferences and roundtables on topics related to employee benefits and corporate wellness/wellbeing programs, and women’s health, well-being, and leadership issues.
Enhancing Civility Skills and Capacities During Divisive Times
Dr. Gail C. Christopher is an award winning social change agent and former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the world’s largest philanthropies.
She is the visionary for and architect of the WKKF led Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) effort for America. TRHT is an adaptation of the globally recognized Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. TRHT evolved from the decade long WKKF America Healing, racial equity and racial healing initiative, designed and led by Dr. Christopher. Over the last ten years she has had responsibility for several other areas of foundation programming. These include, Food, Health and Well-Being, Leadership, Public Policy, Community Engagement and place-based funding in New Orleans and New Mexico.
In August of 2017, Dr. Christopher left her leadership position with WKKF to launch the Maryland based Ntianu Center for Healing and Nature; and to devote more time to writing and speaking on issues of health, racial healing and human capacity for caring. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health and a Fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration.
Drawing on four decades of experience and leadership as an award-winning social change agent meeting the needs of diverse populations, Dr. Christopher makes a compelling case for putting wellness and well-being at the center of public narratives about health and healing.
How to Effectively Confront Any Interpersonal Situation that is Causing You Stress
A crisis psychiatrist for 30 years and former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, Dr. Goulston is a now a business advisor, consultant, speaker, trainer, coach, and confidante to CEOs and Board Chairman. In this episode, he talks about two of his books, Just Listen — Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone, and his most recent book, Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life, and provides many invaluable communication tips.
Dr. Goulston’s background:
FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer
Crisis psychiatrist for 30 years
UCLA professor of psychiatry for 25 years
Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
One of America’s Top Psychiatrists 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011 selected by the Consumers’ Research Council of America
Author or co-author of seven books
His book, Just Listen became the top book on listening in the world and top book
at Amacom books for five years
Dr. Goulston’s book, Get Out of Your Own Way, published in 1996, has been in the top five self help books at Amazon for the past five years
Dr. Goulston’s current book, Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life, published in 2015 was a finalist in the Audie Awards 2016 and was featured on Oprah.com.
Contributor to: Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Biz Journals
Former Tribune Media syndicated columnist, Question Mark — Career Advice for the Working Class
Former Senior Editor, CSQ Magazine
Record number of registrants at Citrix webinar (9,200)
Subject of PBS special, “Just Listen with Dr. Mark Goulston”
Frequent guest expert in media including: CNN, Fox News, CBS/NBC/ABC/BBC News, Oprah, Today, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Los Angeles Times
Co-Host of Zo What Morning weekly radio show
Co-Founder of Heartfelt Leadership, whose Mission is: Daring to Care and Go Positive Now
Chief Education Officer, POP Protocol
Chief Mentor and Principal, China Foundations
Board Member, Principal, Alchemy
Board of Advisers, Dr. Oz’ foundation, Health Corps
Board of Advisers, Truli Media
Has started a Patreon campaign for: Healing the World, One Conversation at a Time
Webinar and course instructor, Recruiter.com
Founder, CEO and Executive Advisor, Mentor, Coach and Confidante:
Current and past client companies include:
GE, IBM, Merrill Lynch, British Airways, Xerox, Disney, Cisco, FedEx, Mattel, State Farm, Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Hyatt, Coca-Cola, Kaiser Permanente, AARP, E&Y, HCA, Costco, Northwest Mutual, USC, UCLA, University of Alabama, ESPN, Conference Board, Los Angeles DA, Superior Court Judges of Santa Clara County, ABA and the FBI.
Dr. Goulston lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Jessica Cox was born without arms. The doctors do not know why she was born “differently-abled.” But she does. Jessica has made achievements with her feet that most people only dream of. Now she shares her story with people around the world.
Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Jessica has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.
As a child, Jessica studied dance in her home town. When the first performance arrived, she asked to be put in the back row. Her dance teacher told her there was no back row. Tentatively she took the stage with the other students and performed her routine. When she finished, the applause from the audience gave her encouragement and the confidence to continue dancing for 14 years.Jessica’s parents eventually met a Taekwondo instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response when told of her birth condition was that she would be more than physically able and that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first Black Belt in the International Taekwondo Federation.
After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think has a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.
During college, Jessica found an ATA Martial Arts club and resumed training in the sport of Taekwondo. Even though Jessica already had one black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all of the color belt material. The instructors created a curriculum that would be accessible to any future armless students. Jessica then became the first armless person to earn a black belt in the ATA.
Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.
Jessica’s TV appearances include: Inside Edition, The Ellen Show, Beyond Belief, CNN, Fox and Friends, BBC, Power ng Pinoy, and more. She has also appeared on local stations in Greece, Ghana, Kenya, the Philippines, South Korea, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, England, Germany, France, and Brazil.
Posted By Caroline Carlson,
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018
This two-episode bonus podcast set covers the two new Train the Trainer certificate courses presented by Dr. Bennett, offered in collaboration between the National Wellness Institute and Organizational Wellness and Learning Systems:
"Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress", and "Empowered Health Consciousness & Prescription Drugs: The Wellness Alternative"
Episode 22 is Part 1 of our two-part interview with Dr. Bennett. In this episode, he discusses what "Train the Trainer" certificate courses are and who will most benefit by taking them. He also discussed the "Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress" course from this new series.
All individuals in search of personal coping and resilience building, education, and practice can benefit from receiving the "Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress" training. The Train-the-Trainer certificate course, however, is recommended for professionals who wish to offer the training to, and use the resources with, their students, employees, or clients.
Episode 23 is Part 2 of our two-part interview with Dr. Bennett. In this episode, he continues to discuss the "Resilience & Thriving: The Secret Power of Stress" course from this new series. He also discusses the second course in this new series, "Empowered Health Consciousness & Prescription Drugs: The Wellness Alternative".
The National Wellness Institute’s new 5-credit certificate course—based on an evidence-informed program developed by Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems (OWLS), with funding from the U.S. Department of Health (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, SAMHSA)—provides information and tools to bring health consciousness and prescription drug misuse awareness to the workplace and beyond.
This course provides information about the risks associated with prescription drug misuse, emphasizes the harmful effects of misuse, discusses the problems associated with misuse in the workplace, and provides health-conscious alternatives for prescription drug use.
About Dr. Joel Bennett
Joel Bennett, PhD, is President of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems (OWLS), a consulting firm that specializes in evidencebased wellness and e-learning technologies to promote organizational health and employee well-being. Dr. Bennett first delivered stress management programming in 1985 and OWLS programs have since reached close to 100,000 workers across the United States and abroad. He is primary developer of “Team Awareness” and “Team Resilience,” evidence-based, culture of health programs recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Health and the Surgeon General as effective in reducing employee behavioral risks. Dr. Bennett has authored over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles as well as five books, including Raw Coping Power, Well-Being Champions, Time & Intimacy, Heart-Centered Leadership, and Preventing Workplace Substance Abuse.
A 2018 National Wellness Conference Keynote speaker Interview
“The Craving Mind: How We Can Hack Our Brains
to Live Healthier Lives”
Judson Brewer MD, PhD, is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein.
He is the Chief of the Division of Mindfulness, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He also is a research affiliate at MIT. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with over 8 Million views), Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others.
A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety (www.goeatrightnow.com, www.unwindinganxiety.com, www.cravingtoquit.com). He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association, among others.
Dr. Brewer founded Claritas MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers. He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017).
Founder and CEO of CoreHealth Technologies, Anne Marie Kirby is recognized as a leading female entrepreneur by national awards panels. At the forefront of health and wellness innovation, she has been developing sophisticated corporate wellness technology that empowers the innovators of tomorrow. In this interview, she talks about the future of wellness technology, and what is working right now on the cutting edge.
Posted By Caroline Carlson,
Friday, December 1, 2017
Updated: Friday, December 1, 2017
Rachel is a catalyst who connects, invites curiosity and releases possibilities in people and in organizations. As a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and change agent in the health and wellness field, Rachel leads with enthusiasm, authenticity, and passion. Her mission is to foster relationships that are rooted in psychological safety, curiosity, and connection, so people can feel fully alive, be their best selves, do their best work and draw out the best in others. She draws upon lessons learned from her transformational and inspiring personal story and speaks with honesty and openness about universal human truths and desires.
Rachel speaks at a wide range of organizations, associations, conferences, and retreats. She also teaches healthy cooking classes and interactive seminars to organizations and community groups to equip people with the skills and tools to be well.
As the Director of Wellbeing at SIG, Rachel guides SIG and their clients to connect and engage their employees in meaningful ways, so they can become employers of choice. Because of her passion, visionary approach and personal transformation, the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) named Rachel the Top Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. in 2015 and among the top 10 in 2017.
Rachel is a founding member and young board member of Global Women for Wellbeing (GW4W), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to give women voice to create better health and wellbeing for themselves, their businesses and their communities.
She is a Licensed Thriving Workplace Culture Consultant and a health coach who writes the award-winning blog, Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen, where she invites people to connect with and nourish their body and feed their soul.
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Updated: Friday, December 1, 2017
Brian Passon takes great joy in being constructively disruptive and helping people and organizations think and act in ways that facilitate their success and see what really is possible. Brian speaks and consults with people and organizations to inspire more meaningful, strategic and joyful employee experiences. He believes that to change the culture of a workplace we must be focused on long-term objectives and that are supported with the right infusion of strategy, science, creativity, and “Edutainment”. Along with being the cofounder and facilitator of Wellness Underground, Brian has also started and led several networking groups across the U.S. around employee health & productivity and facilitated businesses and start-ups.
Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon and a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has served as an adjunct faculty member for Elms College, and has extensive experience working with the Y.M.C.A and Boys & Girls Clubs where he focused his efforts on helping children develop an enjoyment of physical activity throughout their lives. When he is not trying to improve the culture, community leadership, experience and productivity of an organization, you can find him teaching his children about the finer points of woodworking and DIYing a Victorian house while making a carrot cake from scratch at the same time. Originally from Oregon, Brian calls Windsor, Connecticut home, with his wife and three daughters.
In this interview, he talks about what it means to be constructively disruptive, the differences in business cultures from coast to coast, cultivating a positive workplace, the discomfort of growth, and focusing on people first and foremost.