Fifth Annual Workplace Mental Health Conference

Detailed Agenda

Times listed below are EDT. All sessions take place virtually using Zoom.

August 7, 2024


12:30 - 12:45 p.m

Welcome and opening remarks

  • Sagar Parikh, M.D., FRCPC, co-lead, Workplace Mental Health Solutions, Eisenberg Family Depression Center
  • Danielle Taubman, M.P.H., project manager, Workplace Mental Health Solutions, Eisenberg Family Depression Center 
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Keynote address

The Whole-Person Workplace

Scott Behson, Ph.D., professor of management, Farleigh Dixion University, consultant and author of The Whole-Person Workplace

1:30 - 1:35 p.m.Break (5 minutes)
1:35 - 2:20 p.m.

Panel discussion #1

Caregiver Perspectives: The Impact of Caregiving on Mental Health at Work

Moderated by Sean Egan, J.D., deputy director of labor, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity 

2:20 - 2:30 p.m.Break (10 minutes)
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

Concurrent session #1

Changing Company Culture: The Role of the Manager

Emma Jellen, associate director, Center for Workplace Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association Foundation


Substance Use Disorder in the Workplace: Exploring the Employer's Role in Providing Support

  • Keoshia Banks, M.P.H., CHES, project manager, Center for Health Equity Practice, Michigan Public Health Institute
  • Julia Isaacs, LMSW, MBA, director, Behavioral Health Strategy and Planning, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
3:15 - 3:20 p.m.Break (5 minutes)
3:20 - 4:05 p.m.

Concurrent session #2

A Trauma-Informed Approach for Addressing Collective Trauma in the Workplace

Vickie Choitz, director of trauma and resilience at work, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce


Navigating Workplace Mental Health: Insights from NAMI's New Workplace Mental Health Poll

  • Barb Solish, national director, Office of Innovation, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Megan Delp, Psy.D., LMFT, director, Workplace Mental Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness
4:05 - 4:10 p.m.Break (5 minutes)
4:10 - 4:50 p.m.

Panel session #2

Innovations in Workplace Mental Health

  • Kate Fisher, senior director, Total Rewards, Cummins
  • Erica Botka, SHRM-SCP, assistant vice president, Talent Development and HR, University of Michigan Credit Union

Moderated by Sagar Parikh, M.D., FRCPC, co-lead, Workplace Mental Health Solutions, Eisenberg Family Depression Center

4:50 - 5:00 p.m.

Closing remarks

5:00 p.m.Conference ends