Pre-Conference: Women Leading Well
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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Please call 715.342.2969 by 12 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 13, to register by phone.

Watch this video hear about the inspiring speakers at the 2018 Pre-Conference:


Sunday, June 17, 2018
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


National Wellness Conference
Saint Paul RiverCentre
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States

Women Leading Well: Breaking Barriers

Marching, social media campaigns and discussions are all helpful in moving gender equity forward.  However, without better research, specific action steps that create long-term positive change and a network of leaders that are committed to helping all women rise, it is projected to take more than 100 years for women (Work Economic Forum’s 2017 report) to have gender equity.  We can and must do better.

This half-day workshop provides an introduction and overview to key aspects of the barriers that get in the way of women leading, both personally and professionally.  The workshop is designed for women working or aspiring to work, in leadership and management roles or for women and men to actively support women in businesses or organizations to lead.  The workshop will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the intersection between the unique health and wellbeing challenges women face and how that impacts their ability to lead.  It will include information on what research has been done, where we are in moving gender equity forward, and why we need to look at these issues in with more systems thinking, making the connections to break down the barriers.  We will discuss actions steps for leaders that can create positive change for the next generation of women.  We will also touch on the important role that men play in making positive change for women and include a focus on the inclusion challenges that often are not adequately addressed.

The workshop comprises a combination of interactive group activities, shorts (presentations), and individual exercises aimed towards gaining insight into the impact of leadership styles and approaches. The workshop covers some of the core topics related to women in leadership and management including challenges and opportunities, policy impact, change, leading people and teams, leading in complex environments, and setting personal goals. As time is limited, we will aim to offer initial conversations that will pave the way for further action and allow participants to determine their personal future focus.

Check out the Pre-Conference speakers!

Mim Senft Mim Senft, CWWS GBA AAI RYT, CEO of Motivity Partnerships, Inc. and Co-Founder of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W) – Introduction. Overview of GW4W’s research literature reviews and 2018 white paper.

Nancy Board Nancy Board, MSW, Co-Founder of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W) – Mental Wellbeing and Women Leading. The inner voice that influences how we lead and how we care for ourselves. How we can recognize it and move towards becoming a healthier leader. We will touch on isolation for women in leadership and the need for social connection and support

View Nancy Board's bio

Nancy Board is widely experienced in corporate health and wellbeing globally and leading women's personal and professional development programs on four continents. She is an expert in workplace critical incident and trauma response and has witnessed firsthand how traumatic events impact individual and organizational mental wellbeing. Her experience includes helping organizations, their leaders and employees build resiliency. Previously responsible for health and wellness initiatives in 15 countries for JP Morgan, Nancy is co-founder of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W). Its mission is empowering healthy female leaders for a more sustainable world.  GW4W is conducting innovative research on women’s health and developing an inspiring global women’s network.

Dr. Tausha Robertson
Dr. Tausha Robertson, DrPH – GW4W Board Member - Women and Inclusion: What We are Not Talking About. There is common ground for people of all backgrounds, but not enough awareness of the differences that need to be addressed to have the type of inclusion that helps businesses and communities thrive. By having a more strategic approach to inclusion, women from all backgrounds can be at their best and lead from an authentic voice.

View Dr. Robertson's bio

Tausha Robertson, DrPH considers herself a multipotentialite and has achieved excellence in several arenas including entrepreneurship, healthcare, and technology. For over 10 years, Tausha advised top-tier private equity firms on driving efficiency within the healthcare spend. Her background in public health and strong belief in empowering employees to manage their own health informed innovative client strategies. During her tenure at Alterity, she was a panelist for "Wellness & Weight Control-The Impact of Controlling Your Healthcare Costs" at the Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare Industry Group Seventh Annual Leadership Conference and MC'd an employer event at the NY Institute of Technology featuring a screening of HBO Documentary "Weight of the Nation" and opening remarks from UNC-Chapel Hill distinguished professor, Dr. Barry Popkin.

More recently, she has turned her interests to technology and how it can be used to solve healthcare problems. Tausha is an advisory board member for the SXSW healthcare track and is a strategic adviser for an Austin health data startup, Connected Health Austin. In addition to her professional pursuits, she devotes her time to promoting the health and well-being of women through board membership (Global Women 4 Wellbeing and St. Louise House) and through her recently launched a digital platform for Gen X, Multicultural Women,

Mari Ryan,MBA, MHP, CWPMari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWP – GW4W Board Member - Women Leading – Where We’ve Been and the Opportunities Ahead. The first known conference about gender equity in the U.S. took place back in 1849. There has been much progress over the last 150 years, and yet basic issues for women like pay equity, health equity, sexual harassment and having equal career opportunities are still major issues for women in the U.S and globally. Looking towards the future, there is good evidence that more women leading can help us have a more sustainable world, but we need better strategy to get us there

View Mari Ryan's bio

Mari Ryan, CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness, is an expert in worksite well-being. She leverages over 30 years of business experience in various marketing, consulting and executive roles across a variety of different industries. For the past decade, Ms. Ryan has been creating healthier businesses and impacting the lives of employees, through her consulting work and speaking on worksite well-being. Mari earned a Bachelor Degree from Lesley University, an MBA from Boston University, a Master's degree in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College, and is a certified Worksite Wellness Consultant. She is the founder and former Board Chair of the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Health Promotion Advocates and Global Women 4 Wellbeing. Learn more about Mari and AdvancingWellness at

Attendees will leave with a more comprehensive understanding of barriers that women uniquely face, understand some of the more strategic ways we can start to help both ourselves and other women lead, and be given an opportunity to share their voice and experiences, as part of the interactive activities.

Join us for a day of learning, sharing our collective wisdom and inspiration.  We can empower more healthy female leadership for a more sustainable world. We can make a difference for this generation of women and the next.

In collaboration with Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W)

Corporate Sponsor:  Archetype Solutions

Note:  A portion of the registration fee will go towards supporting much needed research for women’s health, wellbeing and leadership

Registration Rate: $95

Please call 715.342.2969 by 12 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 13, to register by phone.


The NWC is a one-of-a-kind event where wellness professionals from a myriad of settings (e.g., worksites, community and public health organizations, healthcare facilities, educational programs, faith communities) can participate in research-based and best-practices learning opportunities and intensive skill-building programs, develop networking communities, engage in wellness activities for personal growth and renewal, and experience a wellness immersion unlike any other. 

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The purpose of the National Wellness Conference is to provide professional development programs for health and wellness professionals and students.  View the 2018 NWC Review Committee.