The Human Experience Summit 2021–Virtual Event

Going Beyond the Employee Experience

Dates: February 16-19, 2021

Are you looking to connect with today’s top HR leaders and executives from all over the world? Do you want to learn new strategies and diverse tools to inspire and challenge the people, teams, and stakeholders in your organization that optimizes the human experience? is hosting this virtual event, ‘The Human Experience Summit 2021,’ to support leaders to build skills, develop strategies, connect and build relationships, and learn from a diverse set of subject matter experts.

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Aduro is proud to be a premier sponsor of this event. Once you register, make sure you reserve your spot at our sessions!

Keynote: The Front Line: What We Can Learn from a Major Health System about Well-being and Resilience 

February 17 | 5 pm ET

The ability to stay positive and productive after experiencing adversity is key to performing under challenging circumstances. But how do we recover from something as terrible as COVID-19?

If we need models for staying strong and productive in the face of overwhelming stress, we need to look no further than Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH). Health systems and front-line healthcare workers confront the pandemic directly on a daily basis. And no matter how burned out, stressed out, or overwhelmed they become, they have no other choice but to keep going.

So how do they do it?

Join Aduro and BSMH to learn how well-being is playing a fundamental role in helping healthcare workers build the resilience they need to recover from daily adversity. 

In this keynote presentation you will learn:

  • How holistic well-being fosters employee resilience
  • Why resilience is key to performing under challenging circumstances
  • Who the responsibility for employee well-being should fall to
  • What solutions can accelerate employee well-being and resilience
  • Where to spend your well-being dollars 
  • When you should consider changing your approach to well-being

Keynote Speakers:

Cara Cynkar, Director of Client Experience, Aduro, is an experienced people leader and Account Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the health and wellness industry. She is skilled in Health Insurance, Customer Service, Employee Benefits Design, Strategic Planning, and Disability Insurance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts focused in Social Work from the University of Washington. 

Nicole Martel, System Director of Health & Well-being, Bon Secours Mercy Health. Nicole is responsible for the strategic design and operational execution of all health and welfare benefits for Bon Secours Mercy Health. She is an experienced leader in her field, with 25 years of running and developing employee wellness and well-being programs and a Master’s in Public Health from Ohio State University. 

Aduro Webcast: Building a Culture of Psychological Safety to Support the Mental Health of your Employees

February 18 | 2:30 pm ET

A work environment where employees can show up as their authentic selves without fear of negative consequences by their managers or their peers requires a culture of psychological safety. Fostering this culture in an organization allows individuals to feel supported enough to discuss their mental health openly. According to Aetna International, 87% of workers are worried that stress could affect their ability to work, but only 60% of employees have ever talked about their mental health with a manager or co-worker.

How can we develop a culture where stigmas are broken down and employees feel supported?

Managers set the mood and tone of work environments – wielding the power to make or break the development of a culture of well-being. Without psychological safety in the workplace, it’s hard for employees to be at their best.  Join this discussion with Carolyn Thayer-Azoff, Sr. Director of Mental Health at Aduro, and Rosette Cataldo, VP of Performance & Talent Strategy at Workhuman, to learn the importance of building a culture of psychological safety to support employee mental health, and the impacts this can have on the overall productivity, retention, healthcare costs, and absenteeism.

What you will learn:

  • The different types of psychological safety
  • How to foster psychological safety in your culture and teams
  • The role of leadership in employee mental health
  • The impact a psychologically safe culture has on business initiatives

Webcast Speakers:

Carolyn Thayer-Azoff, Senior Director, Mental Health, Aduro. Carolyn brings over a decade of experience in employee health, well-being, and engagement in the workplace. With a background in Counseling and Health Psychology in corporate and non-profit settings, she is deeply committed to an inclusive and proactive approach to mental health. Responsible for strategy and development at Aduro, Carolyn brings integrated mental health products from ideation to market.

Rosette Cataldo, Vice President, Performance & Talent Strategy, Workhuman. Rosette consults with organizations of all sizes to help them embrace new HR technologies, talent programs, and performance methodologies. A 25-year HR technology veteran, at Workhuman, Rosette works closely with global Talent leaders to design modern, employee-centric performance development paradigms that foster psychological safety, a growth mindset, and build positive work cultures.

Aduro Roundtable: Compassionate Leadership

How Leaders can Learn to Put on Their Oxygen Mask First

February 18 | 4 pm ET

For organizational leaders to truly create a culture that supports employee mental health, they must first take care of their own. Self-care is more than bubble baths and meditation – it often looks more like ‘self-parenting.’ Feeling your best starts with getting enough sleep, eating nutritious meals, and moving your body in ways that feel good to you. Self-care doesn’t just support your physical well-being – they are the foundation for good mental health and stress management too.

Join this workshop with Aduro’s Sr. Director of Mental Health, Carolyn Thayer-Azoff, and Mental Health Coach, Mackenzie Bannister, to engage in practical exercises to build your self-care practices and take resources back to your team. Our experts will dive into the difference between compassionate and empathetic leadership styles, and which style has been proven to support the mental health of people leaders – so they can better support their employees.

When nearly 96% of senior leaders report feeling burned out to some degree, it’s time to provide our leaders with practical tools to better take care of themselves and their teams.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to put on your oxygen mask first through compassionate leadership practices
  • Practical exercises to build resilience and adapt in times of stress and uncertainty

Workshop Facilitators:

Carolyn Thayer-Azoff, Sr. Director of Mental Health, Aduro

Mackenzie Bannister, Mental Health Coach, Aduro

DEMO – Aduro Connect™

A Connected Experience for a Holistic Employee Well-being Solution

February 18 | 4:30 pm ET

Aduro is a Human Performance company – existing at the intersection of well-being and performance. ​

We unlock human potential in the workplace by providing expert coaching, interactive content, meaningful incentives, and personalized insights in a fun, inspiring way. Join this demo of our employee well-being platform, Aduro Connect™, to experience how we use our technology and coaches to LEAP: Listen, Engage, Activate, and Predict. ​

Through our holistic approach, LEAP framework, and connected experience, we ignite cultures, create inclusivity, and build social connections that promote growth and flourishing for our members. ​

Join this demo to see our Aduro Connect platform in action and have a chance to ask questions of our experts about how to support the well-being and mental health of your employees.

Demo Presenters:

Eduardo Gil de Montes, Sr. Marketing Manager, Aduro, is an accomplished creative mind with an extensive background in the areas of design, development, and technology. Today he applies those skills across all facets of Marketing to tell compelling stories and create opportunities.

Katie Dunn, Regional Sales Director, Aduro, is an experienced Solutions Consultant with a passion for relationship building and total client advocacy. She has an extensive background in complex project and event management for enterprise-level clients.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts on how to support the well-being and mental health of your employees – and build stronger leaders!

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