Quick Guide to the MAD World Summit Sessions On Demand at MADFlix

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The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world of work upside down. But it has also demonstrated the benefits of embedding cultures of compassion and care.

What started as a global health crisis is becoming an economic crisis, with the potential to grow into a mental health crisis.

Against this backdrop, organisations rallied for change at the first digital Make A Difference (MAD) World Summit. The goal of this year’s event was clear: to help employers put mental health and holistic wellbeing programmes right at the heart of business strategies and pandemic recovery plans.

Gary Helm, Founder of Obo Life summed the event up on LinkedIn saying: “‘Fantastic content, offering numerous takeaways”.

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community (BITC) echoed this endorsement saying: “Such a pioneering and brilliant Summit – a huge contribution to moving the dial in progressing the mental health agenda in extremely challenging times.

Delve deeper

MAD World always aims to blend insight with inspiration. This year’s event was no exception. The sessions were all packed with actionable insights from progressive employers that are making a difference to workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing.

If you missed anything, or you want to listen again, all sessions are now available on-demand on MADFlix – the video content library for all Make A Difference events.

Not got much time? Here’s a succinct guide to help you navigate the site and choose which sessions are most relevant to you:

Do you need tips on how to get senior-level buy-in to making mental health and wellbeing a strategic priority? Tune in to:

  • Leena Nair, Chief HR Officer, Unilever PLCin conversation with Geoff McDonald, Global Advocate, Campaigner & Consultant for Mental Health in the Workplace, [email protected]
  • The Thriving at work: a call to action panel session Chaired by Jon Slade, Chief Commercial Officer, Financial Times with input from David Oldfield, Group Director, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group, Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of the Advisory Board, Kooth and Dr Richard Peters, Chief Medical Officer, Network Rail
  • The Workplace mental health and wellbeing in a COVID world panel session Chaired by Dame Carol Black DBE Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the NHS Improvement and Public Health England and Chair, Ageing Better with input from Dr Richard Heron MB ChB, FRCP, FFOM, Vice-President, Health and Chief Medical Officer, BP and Dr Christian van Stolk, Executive Vice President, RAND Europe 

Do you need to find out about giving leaders the skills to support themselves and colleagues as the pandemic unfolds? Tune in to:

  • John Amaechi OBE, CEO, APS and Organisational Psychologist in conversation with Dr Nick Taylor, Co-founder and CEO, Unmind
  • Leena Nair, Chief HR Officer, Unilever PLCin conversation with Geoff McDonald, Global Advocate, Campaigner & Consultant for Mental Health in the Workplace, [email protected]
  • Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, Health & Safety Executive in conversation with
    Dr Richard Caddis, Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing and Chief Medical Officer, BT
  • Mark Malcomson CBE, CEO, CityLit in conversation with Will Carling OBE, Former England Rugby Union Player

Do you need to find out about using data to make the business case, assess needs and evaluate the impact of wellbeing programmes? Tune in to:

  • Leena Nair, Chief HR Officer, Unilever PLC in conversation with Geoff McDonald, Global Advocate, Campaigner & Consultant for Mental Health in the Workplace, [email protected]
  • The Future proof strategies and navigate the supplier landscape session Chaired by Niraj Shah, Co-Founder, Mind: Unlocked with input from Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald,Senior Business Partner – Mental Health, Rolls-Royce, Katherine Billingham-Mohamed, People & Transformation Lead, Ofcom, Juilitta Sofat Barata, Culture, Engagement and Wellbeing Manager, Nationwide Building Society and Eugene Farrell, Mental Health Lead, AXA PPP Healthcare
  • The Workplace mental health and wellbeing in a COVID world panel session Chaired by Dame Carol Black DBE Expert Adviser on Health and Work to the NHS Improvement and Public Health England and Chair, Ageing Better with input from Dr Richard Heron MB ChB, FRCP, FFOM, Vice-President, Health and Chief Medical Officer, BP
  • The Thriving at work: a call to action panel session Chaired by Jon Slade, Chief Commercial Officer, Financial Times with input from David Oldfield, Group Director, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group, Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of the Advisory Board, Kooth and Dr Richard Peters, Chief Medical Officer, Network Rail

Do you need to find out about the changing psychological contract and innovative approaches that support wellbeing by enabling teams to design how they want to work? Tune in to:

  • The Future of work panel session Chaired by Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, BITC
    including input from Vanessa Sallows, Claims’ Governance Director, Group Protection, Legal & General, Rachael Davidson, Chief Counsel  Ventures & Group Assurance,National Grid Ventures, Dr Arif Jiwany, Head of Employee Health & Wellbeing GBI, Glaxo Smith Kline and Dr Wolfgang Seidl, Partner, Leader of Workplace Health Consulting UK and Europe, Mercer Marsh Benefits

Do you need to find out about creating inclusive wellbeing programmes that meet individual needs Tune in to:

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  • The Mental health: the next frontier in diversity, inclusivity and belonging session Chaired by Simon Blake, CEO, Mental Health First Aid England with input from Daisy Reeves, Partner, BCLP, Elizabeth Mpyisi, former senior ethics & legal officer, UN, Lily Hawkins, Head of Brand & Culture, M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment and Damien Shieber, Head of Culture and Inclusion, Santander
  • The Thriving at work: a call to action panel session Chaired by Jon Slade, Chief Commercial Officer, Financial Times with input fromDavid Oldfield, Group Director, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group, Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, Chair of the Advisory Board, Kooth and Dr Richard Peters, Chief Medical Officer, Network Rail
  • The Future proof strategies and navigate the supplier landscape session Chaired by Niraj Shah, Co-Founder, Mind: Unlocked with input from Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald,Senior Business Partner – Mental Health, Rolls-Royce, Katherine Billingham-Mohamed, People & Transformation Lead, Ofcom, Juilitta Sofat Barata, Culture, Engagement and Wellbeing Manager, Nationwide Building Society, Eugene Farrell, Mental Health Lead, AXA PPP Healthcare & Chairperson, EAPA UK

Do you need to find tips on effective approaches to tackling stigma, creating a culture of care and engaging employees with wellbeing programmes? Tune in to:

  • The Twelve months of turning talk into action session Chaired by Jonny Jacobs, Finance Director, EMEA, Starbucks with input from Angela Lewis, Director of People Transformation Companies House, Simon Halle-Smith, Head of Global HR and EH&S, Givaudanin conversation with Geoff McDonald, Global Advocate, Campaigner & Consultant for Mental Health in the Workplace, [email protected] and Candice Schaefer, PhD, ABPP, Global Head of Employee Wellness, Twitter, Inc
  • The Future proof strategies and navigate the supplier landscape session Chaired by Niraj Shah, Co-Founder, Mind: Unlocked with input from Dr Stephanie Fitzgerald,Senior Business Partner – Mental Health, Rolls-Royce, Katherine Billingham-Mohamed, People & Transformation Lead, Ofcom, Juilitta Sofat Barata, Culture, Engagement and Wellbeing Manager, Nationwide Building Society and Eugene Farrell, Mental Health Lead, AXA PPP Healthcare

We’ll be publishing deeper dives into many of the issues raised at this year’s event in future editions of the newsletter. Subscribe here to make sure you don’t miss any.

To whet your appetite, here is the audio recording of Mark Malcomson’s candid conversation with former England rugby union player Will Carling OBE.

All sessions are now available on-demand on MADFlix – the video content library for all Make A Difference events.

Get involved

Over the next 12 months we’ll be keeping this crucial conversation going with a series of webinars and virtual roundtable discussions addressing the key challenges that employers are facing – providing a platform for our global audience to discover new ideas, identify new solutions and find answers to business-critical issues. If you are interested in shaping or joining these discussions, please contact me at [email protected]

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https://makeadifference.media/newsletter/making-a-difference-in-north-america-key-takeaways-from-our-first-us-conference/

About the author

Claire Farrow is the Global Director of Content and Programming for the Mad World and Make a Difference Summits. She also drives the content for Make A Difference News. Claire is on a mission to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation. She has been freelance for more than 15 years. During that time, she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times

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