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Future-Proofing Wellness
Registration Opens October 7, 2020!
Training starts February 3, 2021

More than ever, organizations need to make the shift from wellness to well-being and give employees the tools they need to stay healthy, strong and resilient.

You’ve got ideas.

But how do you...

leave your wellness island and sell those ideas to decision makers?

adapt them for COVID-19 and beyond?

reach and inspire your employees both onsite and virtually?

Discover those answers and more with RWA’S “Future Proofing Wellness.”

“Future Proofing Wellness” Increase Your Impact. Accelerate Your Leadership.

  • Grow professionally & personally
  • Learn how to uncover friends & foes within you organization and develop the confidence to start new conversations
  • Create persuasive communication strategies that resonate with leadership and garner support
  • Explore and implement practical ways to elevate your wellness strategy despite the challenges of COVID-19 and a hybrid workplace
  • Recognize and prevent career-burnout
  • Receive support and inspiration from liked-minded wellness pros
  • Have fun. This is not your typical corporate training!

“While we don’t have a crystal ball to predict the future, we do know that these uncertain times call for a forward- thinking approach to employee well- being.”

—Jen Arnold Founder/CEO


Redesigning Wellness Academy:
Future Proofing Wellness  
Mentorship. Knowledge. Practical Application. Peer Support

This virtual five-month, live training is conducted via Zoom and includes:

Monthly Mentoring Sessions with Jen

During these 60-minute, live sessions, Jen will arm you with the knowledge, tools and critical skills you need to reach out to decision makers and gain support for wellness within your organization. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

“I liked that we learned how to show our value and tie it back to business goals, and how Jen tied in her own experiences with her clients when we were discussing a topic.” —Maddison B.

Guest Speakers/New Wellness Strategies

You’ll listen to new and tangible ideas from industry thought leaders on topics like career, mental/emotional, social, and financial wellbeing, as well as organizational influence and communication. These live 60 minute webinars are followed by a 30 minute Q & A, where you’ll have direct access to experts. (This is not a zone out session!)

“ I really appreciated being able to interact with and learn from the guest speakers in real time versus just reading about them or watching pre-recordings.” —Laura G.

Practical Application Sessions

What good is learning something new if you don’t know how to apply it? After each session with the guest speakers, you will be asked to take a few action steps and apply them to your organization. You’ll also receive short homework assignments to reinforce what you’ve learned.

“I learned more in RWA than at any other recent conference or training. I was able to take action with the tools and recommendations Jen made.” —Laura B.

“In addition to the training, I also liked the office hour sessions where we had the chance to talk with Jen and really think about practical ways to apply what we learned.” —Vikki R.

Support from Like-Minded Wellness Pros

It’s scary to challenge the status quo, especially when you work in or with an organization that doesn’t want to evolve. That’s why you need support! Academy members are buoyed by each other. Here you can talk openly and honestly with your own trusted tribe in a judgment-free zone where everyone has a voice.

“ I liked connecting with other wellness professionals to talk through challenging topics. Often you don’t have a counterpart at work, so I found this really helpful.” —Katie D.

Recordings of Live Sessions

All of the lives sessions are recorded, including mentoring, guest speakers, office hours, and practical application sessions. This allows you to go back and review content— when and where you want.

“I liked having the ability to go back and listen to sessions again and review materials. It gave me time to process things.” —Laura G.

Gallup Strength Assessment

Learn how to empower yourself and others by tapping into your strengths and natural talents. Includes a session on how to use your results.

Optional Guest Speaker Pass at a Lower Price

Can’t do the whole program but would like to participate in one or more of the guest speaker presentations? No problem. You can sign up for the presentations you’re interested in and pay per program.

Academy Schedule

(stay tuned for the 2021 speakers- topics are below)

In this engaging and interactive kickoff session, Jen will explore the mindset needed to take action on what you’ll learn over your time in the Academy. She’ll also spend time reviewing what you can expect as an Academy student and answer any questions that come up.

Organizational and career success requires strong and respectful hierarchical relationships. On average, most people, whatever their title or position, spend more time and energy reporting to people above them than having people report to them.

In this interactive talk from Mary Abbajay, participants learn how to increase cooperation and collaboration between those who have different power levels and perspectives.

Managing Up helps participants consciously develop highly effective relationships with their supervisors, and learn to obtain the best possible results for themselves, their boss, their peers and their organization.

About Mary

Mary Abbajay, author of the best-selling Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government.

As a sought-after author, speaker, consultant, and trainer, Mary helps clients develop the strategies, skills and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. Her expertise lies in helping clients create dynamic and productive workplaces that foster professional and personal excellence and growth.

Mary is a frequent expert contributor for television, radio and print publications where she provides practical leadership and career advice. In addition to her role as a contributor, her work and advice have appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, The Financial Times, Money Magazine, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Monster, and the BBC.

In 2010, Mary was named as one of Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business and was a Smart CEO Brava Award recipient in 2017.

A healthier, happier workforce is good for people, good for the bottom line and essential for building winning teams.

Meanwhile, most leaders continue to view wellness as being outside of their scope, disconnected from the bottom line, and something to be addressed by HR. But, the research repeatedly suggests that the extent to which employees are well when they are at work largely comes down to leadership commitment – especially managers.

This talk outlines the critical role that every team leader plays in embedding wellness into the fabric of business as usual, the specific steps that each can take to become a Multiplier of Well-Being, and what you can do to activate your managers to spark a “middle-out” movement of well-being!

About Laura

Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness That Works (WILEY, 2015), is CEO and founder of Motion Infusion.

Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR.

She is a former urban public high school teacher, international community organizer, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and wellness.

Laura is the recipient of the American Heart Association’s “2020 Impact” award as well as the National Wellness Institute’s “Circle of Leadership” award. She also served as the Chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Bay Area 2020 Task Force.

A graduate of Brown University and Stanford University, Laura lives in San Francisco with her fiancé.

Jen Arnold will hold a live Zoom session for RWA students to ask questions, work through challenges, or work through any of the information that has been presented.

In this session, Jen will walk students through key players to seek out to understand the bigger picture of their organization. After these people are identified, students will answer a series of questions to set them up for success.

You have a powerful message and you know it well. But that alone is not enough. You have to be able to articulate that message in a clear and succinct way. And it shouldn’t just inform the audience; it needs to prompt them to take the desired action. That takes your message from purely informative to being persuasive communication: Pushing the audience to act.

So how do you get there?

In this training, we’ll explore how you communicate effectively to gain audience buy-in. We’ll do this by walking through the four-step approach to crafting a simple message, capturing your audience’s attention and remaining top of mind. In addition, we’ll talk through the strategies to share this message in the form of a story.

As a result, you will finish this training with the skills and confidence to craft a clear message that not only communicates your point effectively, but also persuades the audience to take action on what they’ve learned.

About Jeff

Known to many as Mr. Persuasion, Jeff Tippett wrote the book on persuasive communications.

Speaking to international audiences through keynotes and seminars, Jeff helps attendees increase their effectiveness, gives them powerful tools to help reach their goals, and empowers attendees to positively impact their organizations or businesses.

His second book, Unleashing Your Superpower: Why Persuasive Communication Is The Only Force You Will Ever Need, boldly declares we all live or die based on our ability to persuade. It is an Amazon #1 best seller.

In 2014, Jeff founded Targeted Persuasion, an award-winning public affairs + communications firm. He has worked with renowned brands Airbnb, The National Restaurant Association, The League of Women Voters, The League of Conservation Voters, and numerous others. Other industry experts have validated Jeff’s work with numerous awards including the prestigious American Advertising Award.

Jeff is the host of Victory by Association, a podcast designed to share association success stories to help inspire association executives.

Jeff’s third book, Presidential Persuasion: The Future of Leadership in this New Decade of Millennial Ascendancy, Automation, and Artificial Intelligence, is scheduled for a February 2020 release. This book is designed to help leaders navigate the future of work and leadership in 2020 and beyond.

The heart and soul of Jeff’s presentations is the emotional story he tells of adopting his youngest daughter from Haiti as the country’s government collapsed. Through this near-death experience of navigating civil unrest and institutional bureaucracy in a third-world nation, Jeff learned valuable lessons in how to persuade others without ever manipulating. Jeff unpacks these secrets of the superpower of persuasion in every presentation.

Jen Arnold will hold a live Zoom session for RWA students to ask questions, work through challenges, or work through any of the information that has been presented.

In this eye-opening webinar you will receive a practical 3-step framework and concrete strategies to achieve your employee and organizational mental wellbeing goals.

Together, we’ll apply best practice support strategies to increase employee engagement and create a supportive stigma-free culture within your organization.

You’ll walk away with tools and immediate strategies to support your employees’ mental health & safety.

About Mettie

Mettie Spiess is a global workplace mental health expert, Nationally Certified
Corporate Health Coach, and the Founder of A World Without Suicide.

She earned her nicknames “tiny but mighty” and “a stigma crusher”
consulting for and training some of the world’s most influential organizations
including The US Intelligence Command Center and the Department of
Defense (DOD).

Twenty industries across seven countries have successfully utilized her
innovative Voice. Value. Vigilance. process to proactively support
employee mental well-being, reduce turnover, and increase team

In 2016 the National Alliance on Mental Illness awarded Mettie the Education
Advancement Award for her work to end the stigma associated with mental
illness. The impact principals delivered in her signature trainings are based
on her nine years’ experience working with leaders to build resilient teams.

In this session, you’ll have a chance to hear examples of good connection speeches, test yours out and get suggestions on how to improve yours.

Jen Arnold will hold a live Zoom session for RWA students to ask questions, work through challenges, or work through any of the information that has been presented.

In this session, we’ll walk through how to get prepared for your upcoming meetings with stakeholders, including key questions to ask.

To believe in the incredible benefit of treating employees as the vibrant individuals that they are is to understand that each employee has embarked on a unique personal financial journey. The time has come to think bigger about our financial wellness programs in the workplace. An effective financial wellness program needs to encompass the needs of a dynamic workforce and provide education and resources for individuals of all ages and stages of their careers.

There are so many engaging ways to make improving the financial wellness of employees a part of a company’s culture. When employees are managing their paycheck’s effectively, they can be focused, productive and creative assets to a company so that the company can thrive and everyone can win.

This presentation will discuss what is and is not working in corporate financial wellness for employees and what we can do to improve our programs. We will dive into setting the tone, cultivating the environment, assessing employees’ needs, building a team of professionals to serve your employees, resources to assist employees, creative ideas for programming, marketing the program and making the program sustainable so that employees can get the support they need year-round.

About Shane

Shane Robson-Smith is a certified financial counselor, NACCC certified Student Loan specialist and the founder of Workplace Money Coach, Inc. Shane considers himself a regular ol’ Joe that discovered the importance of good money management at an early age.

He and his wife had big ideas about the abundant life they wanted to lead but found themselves buried under a new mortgage payment, $20,000 in consumer debt and over $100,000 in student loans leaving them broke and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Together, they used the vision they had for their married life to start living below their means, stuck to a budget, paid off their debt, and started saving and investing for future goals. Today, Shane enjoys an active lifestyle, building his dream business, traveling internationally with his wife and three kids and is on course to retire more than 10 years earlier than most working folks these days.

Shane started sharing his story at businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area of Florida to help empower employees to maximize their paychecks so that they could take control of their financial lives. He continues to build Workplace Money Coach and has financial coaches across the country that facilitate his “Living Paycheck to Purpose” financial empowerment program at workplaces big and small.

Jen Arnold will hold a live Zoom session for RWA students to ask questions, work through challenges, or work through any of the information that has been presented.

Now that you’ve been collecting information through meetings, Jen will walk you through how to connect the dots between wellness and other business areas.

This session will share insights from Gallup’s extensive research on the topic of Career Well-being. Additionally, success stories and examples from best practice organizations will highlight actions your organization can take to boost Career Well-being.

About Nate

Nate is Director of Client Advice and Research at Gallup. In his role he partners with organizations to create stronger identities in the minds of their employees and customers. His work has led clients to create more mission driven organizations, defined unique brands and brand experiences, and develop strong, performance-focused cultures. He has worked with global clients in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, technology, financial services, agriculture, hospitality, and education sectors.

Nate received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in human resources management and business law from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Jen Arnold will hold a live Zoom session for RWA students to ask questions, work through challenges, or work through any of the information that has been presented.

When it comes to being healthy and thriving, what really matters? Many conversations in the wellness space focus on physical health, like the latest diet and fitness trends. Yet these prescriptive approaches to wellness tend to drive people apart more than they bring us together. Our society is more digitally connected than ever before, yet more than half of global employees are struggling with loneliness. Increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide point to an increasing state of emotional and relational disconnection, and this negatively impacts employee morale, performance, engagement, wellbeing, and our ability to thrive. At its core, connectedness is a universal human need and desire to belong, to feel like we are seen, heard, accepted and that we matter. Because we spend so many of our waking hours at work, businesses have a responsibility to step up and take steps to foster meaningful connection and a sense of community at work. 
We’ll explore the power of social connection and building community as a business imperative and wellbeing strategy through a combination of inspiring storytelling, compelling data and case studies from companies of varying sizes. You’ll be equipped and empowered to be a change agent personally and professionally, increasing your own self-awareness, and leaving with tools you can bring back to your workplaces to foster connection and boost wellbeing, engagement, and morale.

About Rachel

Through dynamic keynote speeches, workshops and leadership training, Rachel energizes and engages your workforce, equip high-impact leaders and enhance wellbeing and performance. She brings out what’s best in people and organizations, so that people can thrive at work and at home and live bold, unmuted lives.

Happier, healthier, higher performing employees have a direct impact on your bottom line and boost
recruitment, retention, engagement and your brand image, helping you become an employer of choice.

In this interactive session you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Gallup’s wellbeing best practices and explore ways to incorporate multiple elements of wellbeing into the initiatives you create.  You will leave the session with knowledge around Gallup’s 5-element model of wellbeing and practical approaches that can be implemented immediately.  

End of training wrap up session.

Registration opens October 7th!

$995 early bird special (before December 31, 2020)
$1,295 after January 1, 2021
- Payment Plans Available -


This training is for any wellness professional, including consultants, who are ready to implement or advise on a multi-dimensional approach to wellness, collaborate across their organization and share challenges and successes with other Academy members.

The biggest difference between the two trainings is that Next Generation Wellness addresses the 4 areas of outdated thinking in wellness (incentives, biomedical approach, weight and behavior change), along with a session on resilience, communication and value.

Redesigning Wellness Academy does NOT address the stuckness but rather focuses on a tangible and multi-dimensional approach to wellness and building partnerships to elevate the value of wellness.

The format and structure of the trainings are also different. 

Redesigning Wellness Academy is a six-month program with three learning opportunities per month. The content is focused on three things:

  1. Incorporating multiple dimensions of wellness into your programming;
  2. Learning and practicing the skills needed to get more decision makers to actively champion wellness;
  3. Building a community for additional support.

Next Generation Wellness: From Theory to Practice is a nine-week, live program for those who want to get unstuck from the traditional wellness practices of incentives, weight loss programs, and a biomedical approach.

The main differences between the two are depth and focus. Are you (or is your organization) ready to move beyond traditional wellness? Then Next Generation Wellness may be for you. Do you want to start including multiple dimensions of wellness in your or your client’s program? Then the Redesigning Wellness Academy may be a better fit. Want to talk with someone to talk over the programs, use our contact page.

The first Wednesday of each month Jen Arnold will hold a live Zoom session for RWA students to ask questions, work through challenges, or work through any of the information that has been presented. Office hours are limited to 20 people. Additional Office Hour sessions will be scheduled if there is  demand. All Office Hour sessions will be recorded and made available to all students.

Each month, Jen Arnold will present a session on building influence within your company. She will present for 20 to 30 minutes, then lead a discussion to help you put the steps into action.

Although there aren’t credits available, you will receive a certificate that you can use to submit for credits on your own.

A schedule of events is listed above.

Yes, each presenter will train for 45 to 60 minutes and then address questions. Questions can also be sent in ahead of time for the speaker to address.

Yes, and it will be highly encouraged. During each strategy session, you’ll work with other participants to discuss the content Jen will be teaching. In addition, you’ll have access to a platform where you can post messages, add to a conversation or connect with others in the Academy.

Yes, you can pay in full at the time of registration or in three installments.

Each month, you’ll be asked to complete Field Work. This is a survey that uncovers what action you took, challenges you faced and questions you may have. This is required to receive the participation certificate.