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NWI Joins GW4W at Philadelphia Event

Posted By NWI, Monday, April 15, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

NWI Board President Linda Howard participated at Global Women 4 Wellbeing's (GW4W) event on March 28, 2019.

Mental Wellbeing and the Workplace — Minding The Gender Gap  

GW4W President & CEO Mim Senft with NWI Board President Linda Howard in Philadelphia on March 28, 2019

GW4W President & CEO Mim Senft with NWI Board President Linda Howard in Philadelphia

For true gender equity in the workplace, we need to recognize how our mental health and wellbeing is connected to our ability to lead and how those issues impact how we are seen as leaders. That includes how bad stress and other barriers unique to women disproportionately impact the overall mental health of the workplace and its impact on getting more women into leadership.

On March 28, like-minded leaders attended the event at Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia, PA as part of a world-wide movement to empower more healthy female leadership at all levels. Their goal was to gain a deeper understanding of workplace strategies that can help women lead well.

Discussion focused on:

  • Workforce and the mental wellbeing challenge.
  • What organizations can do to help their teams thrive.
  • How leadership can better address personal stressors for both women and men to help them be more resilient and better innovators.
  • And you’ll have a chance to add your voice to the conversation.
GW4W event attendees on March 28, 2019

GW4W event attendees in Philadelphia in March

Featured Speakers:

Linda E. Yoo, MFT is the Head of Global Mental Wellbeing & Workplace Effectiveness, Johnson and Johnson. Prior to that, she was responsible for all National Accounts EAP & WorkLife and behavioral health sales activities for Aetna occurring in the Northeast & Southeast regions of the country and served as the Director of Operations for United Health Group/United Behavioral Health.


Shaillee J. Chopra runs a successful healthcare consulting practice, Lumina Health Partners, and has held positions as global leader Digital Health and Advanced Analytics; Chief Data Officer, VP Customer Success, IT Director Interoperability; and National Lead Business Services Transformation.  As Chief Global Strategist with Empower Billion Women Inc., Shaillee assists with development and execution of global strategy allowing EBW to expand its contribution and impact within domestic and international markets by financially empowering women to launch, grow and scale their businesses and support UN Sustainable Development Goal of gender equality.  She has a special interest in addressing mental health for women in the workplace.

Guest MC:
Lesley Jane Seymour has spent her life helping women change the world, having spent more than 30 years in the media industry and serving as Editor In Chief for publications such as Redbook Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and most recently, More Magazine and More.com. Currently, Lesley is the founder of CoveyClub, a membership supported online-offline experience that connects women around the world and helps them live their most authentic lives. 

Panel Discussion Facilitators:
Patricia Baxter, Ed.D has served as a leader in global organizations such as CITI, Sykes Enterprises, UNISYS, Deloitte & Touche Consulting, and Right Management. As an executive coach, Pat has worked with leaders in American Express, Dollar General, Comcast, Toyota, Quintiles Pharmaceuticals, and the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).

Karyn Detje has spent her career helping organizations and people perform at their best. Her experience ranges from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, including Pepsi, Allied-Signal and Atlantic Richfield. Karyn has been the Chief Human Resources Officer at several global organizations including Quokka Sports, Publicis Group Media and Tory Burch.

GW4W panelists at Philadelphia event March 28, 2019

GW4W panelists in Philadelphia

Linda Howard, J.D., is chief executive officer of Alturnative, a health care compliance consultancy that helps build people-forward organizations and establish compliance and ethics standards for the health, fitness and wellness industries. She is president of the board of directors of the National Wellness Institute and a founding member of its multicultural competence committee. Howard has more than 30 years of combined experience in law, compliance and health care operations. 

Yuming Shen is the Director of Product Management at Archetype Solutions Group (ASG), a strategic consulting and venture firm. As one of the primary leads in ASG’s shared services division, she drives marketing and product development for both consulting partners and venture operations. Before helping to launch ASG in 2010, Yuming worked in alternative assets at BlackRock. 

Lynette Davis is a mental health advocate and peer support specialist trained by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and in Mental Health First Aid. She is the author of "Success To Die For" and the Executive Director of Love Yourself Love Your Business, a mental health organization that creates intentional spaces for small business owners and entrepreneurs. 

Marjorie Lau spent over 20 years in the beauty industry, where she served in several leadership roles at the Estee Lauder Companies Inc. She has also worked in a branding and marketing capacity across several sectors, including consumer products at Clorox, and technology at Google and Apple. Marjorie is currently the Marketing and Communications Director at the Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School...

GW4W works to empower healthy female leadership.

This accelerator event supported the mission of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W) and is organized in collaboration with Archetype Solutions Group.

GW4W is:

  • a cross-disciplinary membership association committed to empowering more healthy female leadership at all levels for a more sustainable world.
  • A diverse group of dedicated professionals, community leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs from around the world that collaborate to create positive change.
  • A connector organization that brings diverse VOICES together to address health, wellbeing and leadership equity.
  • A non-political organization. We strive to provide common ground to solve for pay equity, health equity and leadership equity for women from all backgrounds.

Have questions about Mental Wellbeing and the Workplace — Minding The Gender Gap? Contact GW4W

Interested in a GW4W membership? Members of NWI enjoy a 25% discount on an annual individual membership to Global Women 4 Wellbeing. Click here to Find out more.

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