Metro DC Chapter ATD - Leadership Development CoP: Leading Well-Being: A Business Imperative for Today’s Leaders

  • 07 Feb 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • George Mason University; Founders Hall Room 207, 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201
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“Well-being is a critically important new focus area for HR and business in general.”

-- Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte

Wellness initiatives have popped up in organizations over the past decade. Lately, organizations are adopting a more comprehensive model of wellbeing. This is not just a feel-good fad. Most fortune 500 companies recognize employee well-being is a differentiator and a bottom-line business imperative. While businesses are developing well-being initiatives, leaders are often left out of the equation. As one Chief Medical Officer recently said, “We’ve been at this for two years and now realize that if we don’t include leaders in our initiatives, they will not have lasting effect.”

George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) has been on the leading edge of well-being research and practice for over a decade. As a well-being university, it met its goal to positively impact the well-being of one million individuals one year ahead of schedule, and has developed its vision for “Well-Being 2.0.” Join Penny Potter and Sarah Happel, in a lively presentation and discussion of the business case for well-being in the workplace, and why leaders must learn to lead to well-being at the individual, team, and organizational levels. You will leave this session with:

● Business case for well-being

● Components of the Mason well-being model

● Distinctions of individual, team, and organizational well-being

● Tips and practices for leaders to lead to well-being

Presenters: Penny Potter, Ph.D., PCC ; Sarah Happel, M.S., PCC

Presenter Bios

Dr. Penny Potter is an instructor and coaching fellow for George Mason University’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being certificate program. Before going back to private practice in October 2018, she served as the director of executive education for Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well Being (CWB) where she oversaw its Leading to Well-Being leadership development programs. In that capacity, Penny helped shape the center’s “Well-being 2.0” vision, and spearheaded future offerings, such as the upcoming “Polarities Management” and “Chief Well-Being Officer” certificate programs. Penny is a leadership and executive coach, educator, speaker, and author. Her upcoming book, Becoming a Coach, is based upon her research on the transformation and development that occurs for those who become coaches. Her company, Productive Interactions offers programs for leaders who are becoming the next, best version of themselves.

Sarah Happel, CEO and founder of Spectrum Leadership Solutions, is a top leadership consultant and executive coach who excels in cultivating leadership excellence. Formerly an international athlete, Sarah’s mission is to maximize the team performance and well-being of 100,000 teams by 2025. She works with global organizations driven to improve their communication, productivity, and corporate culture - one powerful conversation at a time. Whether working directly with clients, or serving as a George Mason Coach Fellow in the prestigious Leadership Coaching Certification in Organizational Well-Being, Sarah helps people achieve the next level of leadership mastery. With a Master of Science in Mass Communication, Sarah is known for spearheading thought provoking programs which spark personal and professional transformation. Sarah is accredited by the International Coach Federation (PCC) and by Georgetown University’s acclaimed Leadership Coaching Program. After living overseas and working with leaders throughout Europe and South America for 12 years, Sarah leads the Spectrum Leadership Solutions team from Vienna, Virginia.

Venue: George Mason University; Founders Hall Room 207 ; 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201 Information and Directions at:

Light snacks and beverages will be served. 

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