Bringing Mindfulness & Compassion into the Workplace, Policymaking, and Community Around the GlobeMay 25, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
As part of our Resiliency Series, we will be joined by global community leaders for Bringing Mindfulness & Compassion into the Workplace, Policymaking, and Community Around the Globe, a multi-speaker event on mindfulness and mental health.
The Mental Health Foundation, the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health, reports that mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. According to the CDC, mental health disorders are among the most worrisome health concerns in the United States. Nearly 1 in 5 US adults aged 18 or older reported having a mental illness in 2016. Toxic workplace environments often exacerbate these conditions, and the increased isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a worsening of different mental health crises.
Join us to hear Scott Shute, the Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn, speak on the importance of centering mental health in the workplace and what it means to “mainstream mindfulness” and “operationalize compassion” in the business world. Scott recently released a book on this topic, The Full Body Yes, in it, he speaks about how the journey to a working life of happiness and authentic meaning is fueled by compassion. Audience members will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by Scott during a 15 minute Q&A session following his remarks.
During the second half of this program we will be joined for a moderated discussion and audience Q&A by panelists Jeremy Loveday, Julius Boatwright, and Dr. Tanya Bass, each representing different facets of mental health advocacy in their communities locally, nationally, and globally. They will provide unique perspectives related to their experiences and expertise.
Scott Schute is at the intersection of the workplace and ancient wisdom traditions. He has been an active advocate for customers and employees in the technology space for over 20 years, with roles ranging from sales, customer advocacy, and customer service leadership. Previously, he was the Vice President of LinkedIn’s Customer Operations organization. In his current role as Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn, Scott blends his lifelong practice and passion with his practical leadership and operations experience. His mission is to change work from the inside out by “mainstreaming mindfulness” and “operationalizing compassion.” He is the author of the book The Full Body Yes.
Dr. Tanya Bass previously served as Program Supervisor managing the Cultural and Community Initiatives in the NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCOMHHD). At NCOMHHD, she worked with agencies and individuals to advance racial justice, health equity, and inclusion. As a member of the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education (NCSOPHE), the Association of Black Sexologist and Clinicians (ABSC), and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), she remains engaged in professional growth and development. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE).
Tanya is an alumna of North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Department of Public Health Education, where she has served as an adjunct instructor for several years and is currently the lead instructor for Human Sexuality. She has a PhD in Education at Widener University in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies. She also has a Master of Science in Health Promotion and Human Services from NCCU and a Master of Education from Widener University. When she is not working, she loves to scrapbook and make beaded jewelry. Tanya uses she/her pronouns.
Julius Boatwright, MSW, LSW serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer with Steel Smiling. He’s a Licensed Master Social Worker who completed a Trauma-Informed Community Practice Workshop with Duquesne University through their Department of Psychology and Rita McGinley Clinic. He obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Julius also earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Pitt. Lastly, Mr. Boatwright completed a 1-year professional development program for nonprofit executives with Leadership Pittsburgh and the California-based Rockwood Leadership Institute.
Jeremy Loveday is a Victoria City Councillor and CRD Director who fights to make Victoria more equitable, affordable, vibrant, and inclusive. Jeremy is the founder and Director of the Victorious Voices youth spoken word festival which has given youth a platform to speak their truth for the past 12 years. He is also an award-winning poet and spoken word artist, a 2017 Next City Vanguard Fellow, and is currently undertaking an MBA focused on Innovation and the Circular Economy.