Taking Care of HR: Champion Employee Engagement in the Post-COVID Workplace Using Self-Care Practices

2020 Talent Virtual Experience
Join the SHRM Foundation along with a panel of experts to learn innovative and timely approaches to strengthen your mental health, wellness, and position you as a role model to lead and engage your employees as we navigate the new world of work.

Engaging employees, now and post-COVID-19, is going to demand increased emotional support and leadership. This new demand will take a toll on even the most seasoned of HR professionals. The SHRM Foundation along with a panel of experts will provide you the strategies, support and encouragement to bolster your wellbeing. You will be motivated with tailored mentoring, wellness and leadership strategies that will help you better engage with your employees—giving you the tools to support them as they navigate the new normal in the post-COVID reality. This session will explore how to assess your mental wellbeing, sustain a positive mindset and ultimately provide maximum assistance to your employees. You will walk away motivated and equipped with the leadership and coaching tools to support you as you lead your workforce during this transition.   

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand how current global, national,and your own workplace challenges are impacting you as an HR professional: 
    • Have you had to oversee layoffs and terminations over the last 30-60 days because of COVID-19? 
    • How will the workplace look different for you and your employees when you physically return to work? 
    • In the past month, what personal impact has this had on your life?  
  • Successfully assess your mental agility during this time and learn how to engage in mental health and wellness for both yourself and your employees. 
  • Hear tips for self-care–ensuring you’re prepared to lead your workforce and workplace maximizing support and employee engagement.  
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Garen Staglin


Garen is the Co-Founder and Board Chairman of One Mind (formerly the International Mental Health Research Organization), a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

During the last twenty years, One Mind and the Staglin’s Music Festival for Brain Health have raised more than $400 million for mental health charities and research. Launched in 2011 with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and now led by President, Brandon Staglin, One Mind is pursuing a number of large-scale public-private partnerships in Schizophrenia, TBI, and PTS as well as funding cutting-edge research with 30 rising star scientists.

Garen is a private equity investor and philanthropist with more than 40 years of experience in building and starting companies in the financial services and payment industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Silicon Valley Bank, ExL Services, NVoice Payments and Profit Velocity Solutions. He is also a Senior Advisor to FTV Capital. Garen is a graduate of UCLA, B.S.-Engineering (1966), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA (1968). He is a recipient of the Gold Spike Award, Stanford University’s highest award for volunteer service and the UCLA College of Letters & Science Fellows Award. He is Co-Chairman of the UCLA Centennial Capital Campaign.

He and Shari, and their children, Brandon and Shannon, are founders of the STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARD, a 64-acre estate in Rutherford, California.


Virginia Peddicord


Virginia (Ginny) Peddicord is Director of Global Employee Population Health.  Ginny is responsible for building organizational capabilities that enable Merck to implement programs and measure employee health and wellness investments.  She oversees innovative and integrated programs that drive employee engagement in health and wellness.  During her career with Merck, Ginny has held leadership roles in both Marketing and Sales.

Ginny has an MBA from the University of Chicago where she majored in Marketing, Strategy and attended the University’s Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy.   


Melissa Dawn Simkins

Melissa Dawn

Melissa Dawn Simkins, affectionately known as "The First Lady of Personal Branding," is a pioneer in personal brand leadership with a proven track record of advising Fortune 100 organizations, CEOs, C-suite executives and influencers. She is a sought-after strategist on how to lead change in the face of adversity. Relevance and readiness are core to her approach as she gives insight around future-ready talent development, bridging the diversity divide and brand leadership innovation.

She is CEO of Velvet Suite® (www.velvetsuite.com) an award-winning leadership innovation firm advancing the future of profit through people. She is the Founder of The She-Suite®, the female focused platform of Velvet Suite on a mission to break the outdated paradigm of work by empowering working women to boldly design a career and life with purpose (theshesuite.com). The She-Suite Brand Leadership Institute (BLI), is the only online leadership readiness platform community with proven results to ready, retain and advance all women and women of color who work for large enterprises. 

Melissa is a former contributor to Inc.com and has been a frequent guest on media outlets such as CNN, CNBC and more. She is the author of Brand Me. Make Your Mark: The Ultimate Playbook for Personal Branding. Melissa is a sought-after keynote speaker on leadership innovation.

As an innovator, Simkins was the first African American female advisory board member for the World Brand Congress. Velvet Suite created the NFL Player Brand University in partnership with the National Football League, the first personal brand development academy of its kind in all professional sports. Other Velvet Suite clients have included: Boston Scientific, UBS, Lincoln Financial, Allstate, Home Depot, Southern Company, the National Basketball Association, CEOs, C-Suite executives, celebrities, pro-athletes and more.

She has been recognized by NAMD as their Entrepreneur of the Year, The Atlantan's Women of Power & Influence and her firm is a finalist for the Greater Washington Innovation Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The SHRM Foundation (Society for Human Resource Management).

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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