The Xchange Summit is a professional development wellbeing summit that brings changemakers in workplace wellness, human resources, and community health from across the region to:

  • collaborate with communities across sectors for collective impact,
  • connect skills with practical strategies and innovative results,
  • commit to improving health and wellness for all.

Xchange 2022 will center on living in communities focused on wellbeing. Speakers at the Xchange Summit will provide information that may be used to inform decisions and guide efforts to improve community health , with a focus on four dimensions – essentials, environmental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.

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View the Full 2022 Schedule Below

Welcome & Opening Keynote | 8:30-9:30am

According to the Center for Disease Control, seventy to ninety percent of our overall health is directly related to social determinants of health and our behaviors. As the Metro Area’s recent “Mental Health/ACES Call to Action Report” states, “an essential piece of improving mental health is addressing trauma.” In the wake of a global pandemic, increased community violence, and a contentious political climate, rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are on the rise. This presents us with the need and the opportunity to innovate primary prevention strategies to improve mental and physical health and wellbeing in individuals, communities, and organizations.

Medical systems are set up to treat disease and injury, not to nurture our capacity to thrive. Moving beyond surviving to embrace thriving is necessary to interrupt the multi-generational cycle of trauma. This session will explore how our human central nervous system can become stuck in survival mode, leaving the fight, flight, and freeze options as normed behaviors, and offer practical tools to move beyond survival brain reactions and fully engage our creative, compassionate prefrontal cortex. Innovative, promising practices training community leaders as powerful change agents will be shared, along with practice resources to explore for your stakeholders.

Breakout 1 | 9:45-10:30am

A discussion about how to best create and implement wellness plans/policies tailored to your workplace including what to ask and what to consider while ensuring compliance with Federal, State, and Local employment laws.

Burnout is at an all-time high, but what exactly is it, and how do we help people past it?
Social psychologists have defined burnout as a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.
Compelling research shows that emotional agility gives us the ability to cope with chronic stress and prevent burnout. That means we can build resilience by becoming more attuned to the natural human reactions we all have to the difficulties we face.

This practical, science-backed, and engaging workshop will cover:
– Important truths about the nature of burnout and its relationship to our emotional wellbeing
– Common emotional tendencies we all have that can unintentionally sabotage our success
– Why anger, irritation, and resentment are useful signals we shouldn’t ignore
– Simple yet powerful techniques and tools for building emotional intelligence and agility

Psychological safety is the principle that where we allow people to feel safe in the workplace and allow them to contribute their ideas and concerns, we are considerably more likely to develop a culture of knowledge and innovation.

This training will provide participants with an insight into a topic that has been identified as a crucial element in developing high performing teams. It is designed to explore the concept of psychological safety and establish how learners can help develop a culture that exhibits psychological safety traits, giving participants the skills to minimize errors and unleash the talent within their organization.

Health and wellness is like a bucket – some things you do add water to the bucket and others empty it. We consistently want to be filling our buckets to encourage thriving lives both at work and home but how do we as wellness professionals do that without turning wellness into another to-do list for our people? This session will explore different strategies to support both the people and professionals who work for us and make up our organization, along with the interweaving of program offerings focused on financial, emotional, social, and physical wellbeing in affordable and accessible ways.

Break | 10:30-10:45am

Breakout 2 | 10:45-11:30am

Want to make a BIG impact in your workplace? Vital Network will share why hope is a key to making organizations great places to work, grow, and engage. Hope can be measured, and you can build it as strategically as any other priority within your company. Dive deep into how reducing burnout is imperative to attracting and retaining great talent. Leave with next steps on how to make vital changes for the years to come.

As professionals in various roles, different size organizations, and individual experiences with unique talents, we come together with one common goal: to enhance our learning as change-makers committed to improving the health and wellness of our teams and overall organizational culture. Though we are amazingly diverse, one fact I’m sure we can all agree to with 100% certainty – we can’t MAKE people change. So, how do we help enhance health and wellbeing, considering employee stress is at a new all-time high and engagement and wellbeing are continuing to trend low, per Gallup’s 2022 State of the Global Workplace Report?

Luckily, we all have a remarkable power we can harness – that of influence. During this breakout session, we will blend key highlights from today’s discussions – that of becoming trauma-informed, building emotional intelligence/agility, and creating psychologically safe environments- and generate the playbook we all need to help our teams succeed. Using this foundational knowledge, we will walk away with the power to influence those around us at work, as well as those in our personal life, through the following:
– Growing our skills and those of our organization’s managers to become better listeners, coaches, and collaborators
– Helping people learn and grow through identifying strengths, promoting growth opportunities, and creating strong role clarity
– Asking the right questions, even when they’re tough, and embracing the honest and sometimes uncomfortable responses
– Celebrating the accomplishments of your team and make them feel genuinely valued and cared about

It’s in environments like this that workers thrive. Fortunately, we don’t have to know all the answers, become a counselor or therapist, or even have a TikTok or Instagram account to become the ‘Influencer’ your organization desperately needs.

You already have the power; let’s cultivate our influence together!

To thrive in today’s work culture, organizations need to keep their employees engaged, healthy and connected to their mission. However, if employees are struggling to pay bills and buy food for their family, their ability to be truly ‘present’ and fully engaged while at work will be difficult. Our presentation will identify concrete steps you can take to address the social and economic needs of your employees, explore resources available in our community and share the lessons we have learned as we tackle the needs of our own staff.

Two year-round cycling enthusiasts share experiences and recommendations for feeling good and having fun on a bike in the Midwest’s unpredictable fall and winter seasons. Hint: it’s not about spending a lot on new gear.

Break | 11:30-11:45am

Closing Keynote | 11:45am-12:45pm

Work plays a major role in our lives. It not only provides us with financial resources, but also helps define who we are, structures our time, provides meaning and a way to contribute to society, promotes social support and interpersonal relationships, and allows opportunities for growth and achievement. As a result, people’s experience at work has a significant impact on their overall life satisfaction and wellbeing. This closing keynote will explore how employers can protect the mental health of their workforce, promote psychological wellbeing, and create an environment where employees and the organization can thrive.

2022 Annual Sponsors

These organizations, as Sponsors of The Wellbeing Partners, support the Xchange Summit as well as our other community and workplace wellbeing programs

Living Bridge




The 2020 and 2021 Xchange Summit recordings and resources are available in the archive for attendees!!

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