What’s new for the 5th MAD World Summit: the go-to event for workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing

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The annual MAD World Summit is back for its 5th successful year, in Central London, with another agenda-setting programme. MAD stands for Make A Difference. Wherever you’re on the workplace wellbeing journey, the agenda for this year’s event has been designed to bring together employers from a range of sectors, in-person – to take stock, cut through the noise and define the best way forward for a new era of workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace are more critical than ever before. In just two years, we’ve experienced a decade of change in the world of work. Burnout is ubiquitous, uncertainty persists and now the cost-of-living crisis is biting.

What’s new at this year’s MAD World Summit

Whilst the pandemic boosted interest in mental health and wellbeing, it’s also taken workplace wellbeing to a new level of maturity. Employers are increasingly recognising that in order to have real impact a different approach is needed. At the 5th annual MAD World Summit, we’ll be helping employers to step-up with:

  • Pioneering keynotes – inspiring and empowering everyone who’s driving this agenda within their workplace. Including input from the Health & Safety Executive’s Chair, Sarah Newton, outlining what the HSE’s new ten-year plan means for your organisation. Plus, Sir Ian Cheshire, Chairman, C4, Javier Echave, Chief Finance Officer, Heathrow (and Chair of Business in the Community’s Wellbeing Leadership Team), Angela Noon, Chief Finance Officer, Royal Mail Group, Dorothy Day, Chief People Officer, GoodShape and Dr Heather Melville OBE, equipping you with the language and knowledge to shift your organisation to one where your Board and Finance team have a critical role to play. Not just with the economic case but also with the imperative cultural shift that’s needed to make a difference.
  • Fresh perspectives – showcasing insights into how forward-thinking employers are weaving mental health and wellbeing into their organisations’ DNA, achieving maximum engagement with initiatives and optimising investment in workplace wellbeing. Including input from Nestle, Co-op, FirstRand, Philip Morris International, Clifford Chance, Meta, ComputaCenter, Mace, Amazon, Pfizer, Hays, Spotify, Guide Dogs, Ocado Group, Eversheds Sutherland, Barclays and more.
  • Forward-looking sessions – to help you prepare for what’s next in workplace mental health and wellbeing and future-proof your approach. Including input from Josh Krichefski, Global COO, EssenceMediaCom, Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid England, Marina Glasgow, Chief Conciliator, Acas, Shelly Asquith, Health & Safety Officer, Trades Union Congress, Dr Fiona Adshead, Chair, Sustainable Healthcare Coalition, and more.
  • Curated content – helping you find the right way to help your people and your organisation to thrive. With themes running through the agenda including:
    • The balance between an individual, a line manager and an employer’s responsibility for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
    • Ways to support colleagues’ financial wellbeing through the cost-of-living crisis
    • How to drive culture change around wellbeing
    • Who should be leading on wellbeing within your organisation
    • Navigating the intersection between culture, psychological safety and DEI – wherever colleagues are working
    • Personalisation, collaboration and where sustainability meets wellbeing
    • Gathering and interpreting data to inform mental health and wellbeing strategies; and much more.
  • Roundtable discussions and Think Tank for employers only – to help you deep dive into topics that matter and share knowledge in real time with like-minded peers. Facilitators include wellbeing leaders from Barclays, Ministry of Defence, RWE Generation, Jacobs, Specsavers, Starbucks, ITN and more. Plus Dame Carol Black will be Chairing this year’s Think Tank session, focused on “Closing the gap between employer and employee perceptions of workplace health support.”

The MAD World experience you can rely on

When you’re surrounded by change, it’s good to know there are constants in our MAD World:

  • As always, we’re at the leading edge of the workplace mental health and wellbeing agenda  – through the case studies, keynotes, workshops, roundtables and Think Tank we keep you one step ahead of the latest developments in inclusive, preventative, sustainable approaches to workplace wellbeing.
  • The perfect blend of insight and inspiration – From the start of the day right through to Mark Malcomson’s closing keynote with former Premier League Footballer and mental health advocate Clarke Carlisle.
  • A great meeting of minds – the Summit is now firmly established as the go-to event if you want to hear from leaders who are driving the workplace wellbeing agenda. This year is no exception.
  • A dynamic schedule with lots to choose from and something for everybody – with parallel tracks and multiple roundtables and workshops, it makes sense to tell your colleagues and book a group pass.
  • A melting pot of ideas – bringing together SMEs to FTSE 100 companies and employers from across sectors, representing an array of job titles so you can get practical insights to take back, adapt and share across your organisation.
  • The place to compare solutions – make the most of your time with 35 suppliers of work culture, mental health and wellbeing solutions under one roof.
  • Clear calls to action at the end of every session – because MADWorld isn’t just about inspiration and collaboration, it’s also about turning insight into action
  • An infectious, positive energy – which leaves attendees fired-up and raring to go.

If you care about your people and you care about the future of your business, the 5th annual MADWorld Summit on 11th October, in-person in Central London is one not to be missed

There are 3 ways to register:

  • FULL DELEGATE PASS – gives access to all sessions, roundtables and food and beverage for the day
  • HOSTED BUYER – for employers only – book 3 supplier meetings and get a free delegate pass worth £595.00
  • VISITOR – visit the exhibitors and workshops only free (this doesn’t include access to the main sessions, roundtables or food and beverage)

You can view the agenda and register your teams here.

About the author

Claire Farrow is the Global Director of Content and Programming for www.makeadifference.media and the MAD World Summit. She’s 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 (by choice) for more than 15 years. During that time, she’s had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times.


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