Cultivating Mindfulness in the Workplace

June 25, 2019
Omni Hotel, Providence, RI

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Spotlight Speakers

Meet Brenda Brock
Founder, Farmaesthetics

Farmaesthetics founder and formulator, Brenda Brock, is the daughter of a 7th generation farming family from Texas. She first made her handmade herbal skincare preparations available to customers in the summer of 1999 at an organic farmstand in rural Rhode Island. Today her full line of 100% natural luxury skincare products are offered in the finest spas and retailers in the world.

A noted trailblazer in “green” beauty, Ms. Brock successfully translated her traditional herbal recipes from “kitchen chemistry” to modern cosmetic manufacturing, resulting in pristine herbal products that retain their 100% natural status yet compare in effectiveness with leading dermatological brands. She was named to TIME MAGAZINE’s “Green Style & Design 100: The People & Ideas Behind Today’s Most Influential Green Design” and she was named one of “The Purists” in Luxury Spafinder’s feature of the “Five Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Natural Beauty Revolution”. Farmaesthetics was also recognized by WWD, making their “It List” of “The Green Brands Defining Organic Skincare”.

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Farmaesthetics founder and formulator, Brenda Brock, is the daughter of a 7th generation farming family from Texas. She first made her handmade herbal skincare preparations available to customers in the summer of 1999 at an organic farmstand in rural Rhode Island. Today her full line of 100% natural luxury skincare products are offered in the finest spas and retailers in the world.

A noted trailblazer in “green” beauty, Ms. Brock successfully translated her traditional herbal recipes from “kitchen chemistry” to modern cosmetic manufacturing, resulting in pristine herbal products that retain their 100% natural status yet compare in effectiveness with leading dermatological brands. She was named to TIME MAGAZINE’s “Green Style & Design 100: The People & Ideas Behind Today’s Most Influential Green Design” and she was named one of “The Purists” in Luxury Spafinder’s feature of the “Five Entrepreneurs at the Forefront of the Natural Beauty Revolution”. Farmaesthetics was also recognized by WWD, making their “It List” of “The Green Brands Defining Organic Skincare”.

With an enduring commitment to “Sustainable Beauty®”, all Farmaesthetics skincare products are 100% natural, utilizing time-honored recipes for skin health, and certified organic herbs, flowers, oils and grains from American family farms.

Meet Lara Stolman
Producer, Director, and Writer

Lara is an award-winning producer, director and writer of television and film. A former producer for NBC News, her work has appeared on Netflix, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, TLC, AMC, VH-1 and The New York Times’ website. She has also contributed as a writer to HuffPost and Entrepreneur.com

For Swim Team, her first feature documentary film, she was named an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow, awarded the New York Women in Film and Television Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant and was provided funding from the Aetna Foundation, Easterseals and the Karma Foundation, among others.

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Lara is an award-winning producer, director and writer of television and film. A former producer for NBC News, her work has appeared on Netflix, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, TLC, AMC, VH-1 and The New York Times’ website. She has also contributed as a writer to HuffPost and Entrepreneur.com

For Swim Team, her first feature documentary film, she was named an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow, awarded the New York Women in Film and Television Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness grant and was provided funding from the Aetna Foundation, Easterseals and the Karma Foundation, among others.

Swim Team screened at over 50 international film festivals, won 13 awards, began its theatrical run at New York’s IFC Center and aired on PBS’ POV. It is currently streaming on Netflix in the United States.

Lara appears regularly as a featured speaker at film festivals, conferences, universities and corporations and speaks about filmmaking, women in film, parenting a child with autism, advocacy and disability inclusion.

Meet Michael Gonzales
Co-Founder, Diversity & Inclusion Consortium and former Chief Diversity Officer, Hallmark

Michael is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and Advisior and co-founder of the Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, originally titled the Kansas City & Inclusion Consortium. He saw a need for D&I collaborative thought and best practice and co-founded the Consortium, which grew from three members to over 210 members in five years, with 30% of the members residing in 12 states and 16 cities across the country. He is a frequent speaker panelist and advisor on D&I topics across the country.

Michael was responsible for Hallmark’s Corporate Diversity & Inclusion’s strategies and direction, Diversity & Inclusion’s, (D&I’s) internal and external collaborations, partnerships, support and compliance. He was responsible for the execution of the Corporate Diversity & Inclusion’s efforts regarding, workforce, workplace, marketplace and community priorities.  Michael sustained the relevance of the company’s Diversity & Inclusion business case while overseeing the company’s seven Employee Resource Groups, (ERG’s).  He’s skilled in the areas of building critical relations, innovation and resourcing, business collaboration, employee relations, diverse and cultural understandings, compliance metrics and program management.

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Michael is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and Advisior and co-founder of the Diversity & Inclusion Consortium, originally titled the Kansas City & Inclusion Consortium. He saw a need for D&I collaborative thought and best practice and co-founded the Consortium, which grew from three members to over 210 members in five years, with 30% of the members residing in 12 states and 16 cities across the country. He is a frequent speaker panelist and advisor on D&I topics across the country.

Michael was responsible for Hallmark’s Corporate Diversity & Inclusion’s strategies and direction, Diversity & Inclusion’s, (D&I’s) internal and external collaborations, partnerships, support and compliance. He was responsible for the execution of the Corporate Diversity & Inclusion’s efforts regarding, workforce, workplace, marketplace and community priorities.  Michael sustained the relevance of the company’s Diversity & Inclusion business case while overseeing the company’s seven Employee Resource Groups, (ERG’s).  He’s skilled in the areas of building critical relations, innovation and resourcing, business collaboration, employee relations, diverse and cultural understandings, compliance metrics and program management

History and portfolio involvement include; board positions that reflect progress against practical and impactful goals.  He’s partnered in creating a Hispanic college student mentoring program. Michael was responsible for the creation of Hallmark’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion. He also was the project lead for Hallmark’s first summit on Diversity & Inclusion. He is a frequent resource to fellow Diversity & Inclusion and Human Resource professionals from the business, non-profits and higher education communities on topics of Diversity & Inclusion and ERG’s.

Meet Ramona Royal
Human Resources Officer, Amica Insurance Co. 

Ramona Royal, Human Resources Officer, has been the driving force behind Amica Insurance’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives since 2010. She helped revitalize and provide direction to the company’s programs by developing Amica’s corporate diversity strategy, which encompasses training, hiring and weaving D&I into employees’ everyday lives.

Ramona has taken corporate buzzwords and given them heart and soul. She has made these programs personal and real for Amica’s employees, and her work strengthens the company and the community in visible and long-lasting ways.

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Ramona Royal, Human Resources Officer, has been the driving force behind Amica Insurance’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives since 2010. She helped revitalize and provide direction to the company’s programs by developing Amica’s corporate diversity strategy, which encompasses training, hiring and weaving D&I into employees’ everyday lives.

Ramona has taken corporate buzzwords and given them heart and soul. She has made these programs personal and real for Amica’s employees, and her work strengthens the company and the community in visible and long-lasting ways.

Ramona has encouraged employees to take the discussion of diversity beyond just race and gender, sparking conversations about tough workplace topics like religion and personal biases. Ramona is recognized by D&I practitioners nationally for her excellence in the field, and has been invited to speak at several national conferences on the topic.

Ramona has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designations. She was named to the 2015 Providence Business News’ “40 Under Forty,” a list of young professionals who have experienced career success and performed work in the community. She has also received the Diversity Leadership Peer Award from Diversity Woman Magazine.

Ramona is currently on the board of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) in Rhode Island, an organization focused on diversity, inclusion and equity dialogues among diversity professionals.

Meet Christina Altomare
Strategy & Integration Leader, IBM

Christina is the Strategy and Integration Leader for IBM. In her role, she is responsible for the executive communications for the Chief Marketing officer & Global Business Services leader. She focuses on aligning strategic goals and opportunities to drive marketing campaigns and programing through creating agile business processes, driving employee engagement, and fostering the IBM Services brand.

Christina is also the co-leader for IBMs Nextgen global constituency to impact strategy and influence business priorities. In addition, she serves as the Communications Chair for Tri-State Asian Business Resource Group.

Meet Courtney Cannata
VP of Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion, Gilbane Co.

Courtney is a Vice President, HR Director at Gilbane Building Company. She is the leader of Gilbane’s Talent Acquisition and Benefits centers of expertise, and coordinates Gilbane’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In these roles, Courtney champions programs that address the diverse needs of current and prospective Gilbane employees. In her 12 years with Gilbane, Courtney has held a variety of roles in operations and human resources.

Meet Andy Lee
Chief Mindfulness Officer, Aetna/CVS Health

Andy Lee is Chief Mindfulness Officer at Aetna.  Our mandate is to bring the benefits of mindfulness to Aetna’s employees, members and other stakeholders, and to embed and reinforce the principles of mindfulness in our culture in a way that encourages openness, authenticity and engagement among all our staff. We accomplish this by developing and implementing training programs, communication forums, workplace tools and practices, and other resources that are promote mindfulness in a way that is practical, impactful and accessible.

Prior to coming to Aetna, Andy was Head of Talent Management for Global Business Technology at Merrill Lynch, Founding Partner at Working Mindfully and Senior Consultant for the Potential Project.

Meet Kim Barker Lee
VP of Diversity & Inclusion, IGT

Kim began at IGT in 2011 as Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Compliance, for Northstar Lottery Group in Illinois. Her role at Northstar allowed Kim to successfully implement recognized supplier diversity programs that surpassed Northstar’s contractually established goals. Kim holds a law degree from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale College. She recently relocated from Chicago, Illinois to Providence, Rhode Island.

ThinkLab Speakers

Debunking Millennial Myths 

Millennials have been known for a lot of things in today’s workforce – most commonly identified with as this generations “disrupters.” For this panel, we’ll dive deep into the truth of what this generation wants from their workplace, the future their creating for themselves, and the steps their taking to ensure they get what they want.

Travis Escobar

Founder and Board Chair of Millennial RI

Project Manager, Public Policy at United Way of Rhode Island.

Christina Castle

Community Relations Specialist at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

John Wakim

Information Systems Manager at ZAXIE

Sandra Cano

Senator
AVP Business and Community Development, Navigant Credit Union

Insight Hunters

 Become an Insight Hunter by exploring your mindset and the skills needed to thrive in a “VUCA” world!

Katy Giffault, Hasbro

How do we lead teams to create conditions for new ideas to grow when change is happening at the speed of social media?

What behaviors do we need to adopt to encourage innovation and creativity ?

 Katy Giffault & Maria Silveria, insight hunters at Hasbro, will share the mindset and skills they’ve embraced in a VUCA world ( volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous ) to lead their teams.

Learn more about Katy

Katy Giffault is celebrating her ninth year with Hasbro, the branded play company that creates and markets some of the world’s best loved brands including NERF, Monopoly, My Little Pony, TRANSFORMERS and Play-Doh.

Her role at Hasbro places the consumer at the center of all global design, entertainment, and marketing efforts.  She leads a global team of “insight hunters” that includes specialists in observational research, strategic foresight, and thought leaders who design proprietary research using innovative tools and methodologies to discover, understand, and apply consumer insights to drive global growth.

She is a graduate of University of Rhode Island and received her Master’s degree from Michigan State University. In 2013, she was named by the ANA/Internationalist Magazine as one of Today’s Top 100 Global Marketing Leaders. Katy began her career at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in the world of cookies with Nabisco, Old Spice and Hanes.  Prior to Hasbro, Katy led the Global Communications team at United Technologies Corporation, and introduced texting and digital services to consumers with AT&T Wireless leading the US team.  In 2018 she began serving on the board of Boston Children’s Hospital Center on Media and Child Health.

Widening Your Lens Through Mindful Negotiation

 

Panel explores the lenses of negotiation and how making small shifts can transform your approach.

Kelly Viera
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Attitude, emotions and mindset have an impact on how we negotiate. Most of us do a lot of the right things to prepare for negotiations, but don’t consider how making simple shifts in our mindset can transform the way we approach it to make it easier, even in the toughest situations. Our panel helps us explore the lenses of negotiation, including strategies for staying centered, energized and resilient. They will help us look beyond the surface for deeper insights into keeping anxiety at bay and harnessing a more confident, comfortable, effective approach to negotiation, especially when advocating for yourself. 

Learn more about Kelli.

Eileen Kwesiga

Bryant University

Junior Jabbie

Banneker Industries 

Keith Goryl

Amica Mutual Insurance

Embodied Learning

Experience and interactive learning that moves you from exclusion to inclusion.

Leanne Heath 
M.A. Theatre Education: Theatre and Community

Our lived, observed, and practiced experiences generate for us stories that are hard to break. We are wired and trained to work so quickly, that creating intentional pauses to invite inclusion and diversity can seem like too difficult of a process and one that is overlooked many times. Through this Embodied Learning experience, Facilitator Leann Heath who has her M.A. in Theatre Education takes you through interactive practices that will generate a pause to help you become for mindful and move from exclusion to inclusion.

5 Minutes Matter

Unleash the power of mindfulness with All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Center

Rebecca Murray, Creating Mindful Leadership (Morning Session)

Rachel Leveille, Creating Your own Mindfulness Game Plan (Afternoon Session)

Rebecca Murray
All That Matters

Becky has been practicing yoga for almost 10 years, and All That Matters in South Kingstown is where she started her practice. A classic “perfectionist,” yoga has taught her to cultivate a softness and compassion in her approach to life and relationships. This teaching lead her to completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Cathy Cesario of Spirit Tree Yoga & Healing Practices in May 2013, and she was the teaching assistant for a second 200-hour teacher training between September 2014 and May 2015.

Becky’s classes help students cultivate the ability to relax into the physical postures, spend time with the breath, and develop a sense of possibility and practice of slowing down. They introduce the emotional and spiritual components of yoga that have helped enrich her life on and off the mat. As you get to know her, you will find her personality and classes to be filled with gentleness, authentic warmth, and a sense of humor.

Rachel Leveillee
All That Matters

It was while traveling that Rachel first encountered her love of yoga. After leaving a stressful job for a year-long adventure in New Zealand, she began seeking a stronger body and calmer mind through a practice of yoga and meditation. Often practicing outside, the connection to nature was freeing and inspiring. With this connection came newfound space in her life, with room for more peace, compassion, and joy. After returning home, she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through the Pranotthan Yoga School at All That Matters.

Rachel is creator and director of the Academic Testing Center at the University of Rhode Island, where she also works to bring mindfulness techniques to faculty, staff, and students. Previously, she has enjoyed working in Project Management, training and curriculum development, and sales. With time spent working in nonprofits, for-profits, and higher education, Rachel values understating the nuanced culture of each workplace in order to promote broad success across the organizations.

Joan Dwyer
Co-Creator and Owner, All That Matters

A student of the healing arts since 1975, Joan began teaching classes on food and healing in 1982. She was coordinator of the East-West Macrobiotic Center in St. Louis and has crossed the country lecturing on food and healing. Her enthusiasm for the subject is positively contagious.

At ATM she co-leads “40-Days of Yoga,” a group program she adapted from Baron Baptiste’s book 40-Days to Personal Revolution. Over 1,000 people have experienced the program, which Joan trains other centers to offer. “40-Days” is a microcosm of what happens at ATM: getting people excited about the routine of eating well, meditating, and moving their body.

“When people do this healing work in community with others who are supporting them, they really transform,” she says.