First Online MAD World Summit Puts Mental Health and Wellbeing at the Centre of Employers’ Pandemic Recovery Plans

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MAD World Summit on October 8 is going online for the first time in its three-year history. MAD stands for Make A Difference. In a disrupted world, the virtual event will bring employers together to collaborate and connect around workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing.

Inspirational thought-leader John Amaechi OBE, Lloyds Banking Group’s Thriving at Work champion David Oldfield, Unilever’s Catalyst for Change Leena Nair, former Health Minister Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former England rugby captain Will Carling and management guru Ann Francke OBE are just some of the speakers who will share their insights; bringing to life steps all employers can take to put employee mental health and wellbeing at the heart of the pandemic recovery discussion.

A meeting of minds

This unique one-day online event will give direct digital access to the trailblazers who are leading the way in workplace mental health and wellbeing as it reaches the top of the business agenda.  Delegates will be inspired by speakers from the likes of Starbucks, Santander, AXANational Grid, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Twitter, who are already making mental health and wellbeing a strategic priority.

For every leader this will no doubt be one of the most challenging times of your career. So many organisations and the people within them are vulnerable now. Facing up to your responsibility to support mental health and wellbeing can be a daunting and overwhelming prospect.

Learn how to create inclusive wellbeing plans with a preventative, personalised approach. Reinvent the ‘new normal’ for the better and discover how to prioritise psychological safety for employees as the pandemic unfolds.

Use creatively-curated sessions to assess the impact of wellbeing programmes and prepare your organisation as you draw your own road map for a post-Covid world of work.

  • The next phase of the pandemic

Dame Carol Black will be joined by BP’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Richard Heron and RAND Europe’s EVP Christian van Stolk, to look at why it’s critical that employers prepare for the long-term impacts of the pandemic, where the pinch points are now and how to make the new case so that investment in employee mental health and wellbeing are prioritised.

  • From stigma to solutions

While some employers are still struggling to get started, others have moved from talk to action and are making a difference to work culture, mental health and wellbeing. Starbucks’ Jonny Jacobs will steer the discussion around the dos and the don’ts of moving from stigma to solutions and creating a culture of care, including insights from Twitter’s Candice Schaefer, Givaudan’s Simon Halle-Smith and Companies House’s Angela Lewis.

  • New rules for a new normal

The new ISO Standard for psychological health and safety will bring structure and regulatory rigour to workplace wellbeing.  Find out what it means for your organisation and have your say with Health and Safety Executive senior psychologist Peter Kelly and BT’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Richard Caddis.  

  • Informing the Future

The world of work has never experienced such a period of intense turbulence. Revealing fresh off the press findings from the BITC’s latest research, Wellbeing Director Louise Aston is joined by Mercer’s Wolfgang Seidl, Glaxo Smith Kline’s Arif Jiwany, National Grid Ventures’ Rachael Davidson and Legal & General’s Vanessa Sallows to share insights into what good work for everyone looks like in a world where widespread remote working looks set to be the norm.

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  • Navigating the maze

With so many solutions on offer in a crowded market, it’s hard for employers to decide what’s right for their organisation. Wellness technology expert Niraj Shah is joined by leaders from Nationwide, AXA PPP Healthcare, Ofcom and Rolls Royce to compare notes on how they approach selecting mental health and wellbeing suppliers that will be fit for the future.

  • New frontiers in diversity and inclusion

More employers are recognising that an inclusive work environment is a prerequisite of good wellbeing. With his long track record of championing difference and creating platforms for people’s voices to be heard, MHFA England’s Simon Blake OBE is perfectly placed to lead a provocative discussion that illuminates the way forward for employers struggling to seamlessly integrate D&I with Wellbeing. He is joined by Daisy Reeves from global legal firm BCLP, Lily Hawkins from M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment, Damien Shieber from Santander and former senior ethics and legal officer with the UN, Elizabeth Mpyisi.

Access All Areas

Virtual visitors to the MAD World Summit can choose a range of ticket options including access to the New York and Singapore summits as well as London. The Corporate Pass gives up to 30 attendees from the same company unlimited access to the Make A Difference global portfolio of events at an affordable group rate.

A unique feature of this event, Gold Pass holders will gain exclusive access to the Backstage Lounge area to meet the experts, build networks and share experiences in small groups of up to ten like-minded delegates on a wide range of employers’ burning issues. Topics to be addressed backstage range from ‘maximising your mental health and wellbeing budget‘ to ‘selecting the right financial wellbeing solution for your organisation’, and ‘creating an effective peer support network’ to ‘reinventing rewards and benefits around wellbeing’. You can view the full list of backstage hosted table discussions here.

Free-to-attend workshops sponsored by Mercer, Unmind, Morrinson Wealth Wellbeing and Innerfit include sessions on leading wellbeing through uncertainty, taking a preventative approach to help your people thrive and best practice in supporting financial wellbeing. You can view the full list of free-to-attend workshops here.

Visitors and delegates can visit the supplier showcases to stay up to date and get ahead of the latest developments in workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing.

The event’s bespoke networking platform also allows attendees to connect with others and arrange one to one meetings, making networking at the virtual event perhaps even easier than if it was in-person.

The MAD World Summit is on Thursday, October 8 from 8.30am – 5.15pm.  For more information visit the event agenda or to book visit the booking page.

For delegates who register but can’t make the whole day, a catch-up service will be available on demand.

If you need any help or have any questions please email [email protected]
Also, we’ve been given 25 Gold Backstage passes by our sponsors Unmind / Mercer / obo / Kooth / Lifeworks / ASICS to give away – if you are an employer and you want to apply email [email protected] with your request.


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