Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Workplace Mental Health Conference: Cultivating a Culture of Connection

12:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The conference, proudly presented by the University of Michigan Eisenberg Family Depression Center, will examine real-world workplace mental health challenges and uncover innovative ways to build a work culture that values mental health. Attendees from business, healthcare, and government will find this particularly useful.  


Keynote Address: How Coming Together Moves Us From Surviving to Thriving

  • Christine Porath, Ph.D., Visiting Faculty, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC Chapel Hill

Panel Discussion

Supporting Employee Mental Health: A Conversation Across Different Workplace Perspectives

  • Sean Egan, Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
  • Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D., Chief Innovation Officer, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Holly Miller, President & CEO, United Way of Midland County
  • Moderated by Sagar Parikh, M.D., FRCPC, Co-Lead, Workplace Mental Health Solutions, Eisenberg Family Depression Center and Sinziana Luchian, M.B.A., Director, Health Care Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber

Concurrent Sessions (Select 1)

Session #1

Working with Mental Health Disabilities: Key Principles and Successful Practices

  • Emily McElmurry, CRC, LPC, Director of Vocational Services, Peckham

Session #2

Inclusion and Belonging: Critical Pillars Toward a Mentally Healthy Workplace

  • Cierra Gillison, M.A., DEIB Director, Lyra Health
  • Andrea Holman, Ph.D., DEIB Manager, Workforce Transformation, Lyra Health

Concurrent Sessions (Select 1)

Session #3

Supporting Workers’ Human Needs to Leave Them "Net Better Off"

  • Gabriela (Gabby) Burlacu, Ph.D., Talent Research Manager, Accenture

Session #4

Leveraging Neuroscience to Learn How to Become More Resilient for Yourself and Your Workplace

  • Cindy Bjorkquist, M.S., Director, Well-Being, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan