WWCMA Roundtable

Creating a Climate of Well-Being Ideation Session


Thursday, October 19
Point32Health / 1 Wellness Way / Canton, MA

*For WWCMA/NWI Members only.
Thank You to Our Event Sponsor:
October Roundtable

Our environment and the people in it shape our choices and impact our well-being.

Creating a climate of well-being can increase employee engagement and foster a sense of community and connection. Sounds pretty great, but how do organizations shape that? Do we hope leadership aligns with best practices or do we generate this climate through a coalition of the willing?

This session queried which approaches can enable YOUR organization’s well-being, success and longevity.

  • Does leadership/c-suite buy-in, mid-level manager management or grassroots community adoption drive more engagement for YOUR organization?
  • Which approach can you reasonably influence and which one most effectively empowers individuals and groups to affect internal change?
  • Our roundtable will include a panel discussion highlighting well-being programs from Babson College, Brightview Senior Living, and Citizens Bank.
These questions and more formed the basis for our panel-driven roundtable discussion.
Kristin Chenevert
Health & Wellness Manager
Citizens Bank
Kristin is the Health and Wellness Manger at Citizens. She joined the Citizens Benefits team in September 2018. In this role, Kristin oversees the delivery of the bank’s health & welfare benefit offerings with a strong focus on delivering innovative and holistic wellness solutions to the bank’s 18,000+ colleagues. Over the past four years, wellbeing strategy has extended deep into the Citizens culture, with the goal of supporting their diverse workforce both personally and professionally, helping each colleague be ready to thrive.
Prior to joining Citizens, Kristin spent 10 years as a Wellness Specialist at Ocean Spray Cranberries, where she merged her expertise in total wellbeing and solid understanding of employee benefits into a comprehensive employee wellness program.
Kristin’s passion for wellness is also evident in her personal life as she can often be found going for a run, practicing Yoga, hiking with her family, and coaching her youngest son’s travel soccer team.
Kristin has a B.S. in Biology from St. Michael’s College, VT and a M.S. in Nutrition Science from UMASS Amherst, MA.
Jennifer Forbes
Director of Benefits
Babson College
With over two decades of experience in the field of benefits and wellness, Jennifer is a passionate advocate for employee well-being. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep commitment to enhancing the health and wellbeing of the workforce. She has worked with a diverse range of organizations, including professional services, hi-tech, senior living and higher education, helping them design and implement effective employee wellness programs. Her experience spans a wide spectrum of areas, including health insurance, mental health support, financial wellness, fitness programs and overall employee well-being strategies.
Andrea Griesmar
Senior VP of Talent Strategies
Brightview Senior Living
As Senior Vice President of Talent Strategies for Brightview Senior Living, Andrea champions internal talent development; leads the organization’s efforts around diversity, equity, inclusion, and access for all; and is responsible for overall human resources and talent strategies. Before assuming her current role, Andrea served as Senior Vice President of Operations, leading a group of subject matter experts and regional teams who support operations across a wide variety of disciplines. Prior to joining Brightview in 2007, Andrea enjoyed 20 years of progressive leadership experience in the financial services industry. She graduated from Purdue University and lives in Baltimore City. Andrea serves on the Executive Committee of SBLC Learning Works, an organization dedicated to supporting educationally disadvantaged adults in the city.
Philip Swayze
East Region Health & Performance Practice Leader
HUB International
Philip is the East Region Health & Performance Practice Leader for HUB International. In this role, he provides strategic wellbeing consulting support to HUB clients across the East Region. He works closely with the HUB Employee Benefits Team, and other Health & Performance Consultants on client program implementation. Philip is one of four leaders of HUB’s national Health & Performance practice.
Prior to working with HUB, Philip managed his own wellness consulting and strategic marketing practice. He has more than 20 years of experience working in consulting, sales, product development, marketing, and communications within the healthcare field. Philip stays active in the health and well-being field through his work with the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) where he has been a Think Tank member for the past 14 years.
Philip has helped HUB clients earn regional and national awards. He has a master’s of science in public relations from Golden Gate University and a bachelors in psychology from the University of Vermont. He is also a Certified Wellness Program Director.
Kristie Howard
Kristie Howard
SVP, Customer Success & Consulting Services, meQ
WWCMA Board Chair
Kristie has over 20 years of experience in employee benefits and corporate wellbeing, helping employers design and execute strategies to help attract and retain talent and become employers-of-choice. Kristie is considered an expert in the field of employee wellbeing, and her work has been featured in numerous business and industry events and publications.
As meQ’s Customer Success leader, Kristie is responsible for developing customer relationships and ensuring that our customers derive maximum value from meQ’s products and services. Kristie also works with customers to identify opportunities to improve employee resilience and organizational agility through a suite of professional and consulting services that are designed to meet organizational needs.
Kristie is a cofounder and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Worksite Wellness Council of Massachusetts, the only non-profit in New England dedicated to helping employers improve the health and well-being of employees and their families. She is also an active member of The Boston Club, one of the largest communities of women executives and professional leaders in the Northeast. Its mission is to impel the advancement of women to top leadership positions.
Chuck Gillespie
Chuck Gillespie
CEO, National Wellness Institute
Chuck is the CEO of the National Wellness Institute. He has seen firsthand the importance of connecting people, places, processes, and strategies. His work in the wellness industry has been recognized and utilized nationally and internationally. Over the last 20 years, he has developed numerous workplace and community initiatives, as well as evaluated and consulted with hundreds of organizations large and small on wellness strategies.
Chuck is a former human resources executive with responsibilities that included leading workplace wellness efforts that resulted in a substantial financial and cultural impacts to the company. He has spent time in the classroom teaching business and wellness for Purdue University. He achieved the NWI designation of Certified Wellness Practitioner in 2019. His passion for helping others thrive is hard to miss.
Chuck holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis. He is happiest when on his sailboat, cheering for Purdue sports, hiking, and mostly when he is spending quality time with his wife and daughter.
Nick Patel
Nick Patel
Founder & CEO, Wellable
Nick is the Founder and CEO of Wellable, a wellness technology platform that enables organizations to create programs that help employees thrive by engaging them in holistic wellbeing educational modules and activities. Prior to Wellable, Nick worked at TriZetto, a leading healthcare technology company offering software solutions to health plans and providers, and served as Director of Strategy, reporting directly to one of the executives of the firm. Nick also worked at Harris Williams and Morgan Keegan as an investment banking Analyst and Associate, advising on mergers and acquisitions and capital raises for healthcare and technology companies. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Nick lives in Boston with the two of the most amazing people he’s ever met—his wife and daughter.
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