2017 Creating Healthy Organizations Conference

1st Annual Creating Healthy Organizations Conference 2017

The first Creating Healthy Organizations Conference: Science and Practice of Productivity and Well-being
(June 2017) explored evidence-based ways to help both organizations and individuals working in these organizations thrive.

Participants included students, academics, and professionals from more than 40 organizations. Presenters represented 16 universities, including Emory University, Colorado State University, University of Denver, and St. Mary’s University, Halifax, CA. While many presenters were from the Southern California professional community, others traveled from Canada, India, and Chile to participate in the 1st Creating Healthy Organization conference.

The conference also included an inaugural Healthy Organizations awards breakfast, honoring Al Mijares, Orange County Department of Education; The Ayres Family, Ayres Hotel & Suites; Katie Skelton, St. Joseph Hospital; and Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes. This special awards breakfast, with approximately 140 attendees, honored these leaders for creating and sustaining a thriving workplace.

2017 Conference Interviews

Previous Sessions & Speakers

What does a healthy organization look like?

Plenary Session: Wayne F. Cascio, PhD

Dr. Wayne Cascio is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Colorado, and he holds the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He has served as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1992-1993), Chair of the SHRM Foundation (2007), the HR Division of the Academy of Management (1984), and as a member of the Academy of Management’s Board of Governors (2003-2006). From 2007-2014 he served as a senior editor of the Journal of World Business.

He has authored or edited 28 books on human resource management, including Short Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management (with John Boudreau, 2012), Investing in People (with John Boudreau, 2nd ed., 2011), Managing Human Resources (10th ed., 2015), and Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management (7th ed., with Herman Aguinis, 2011). He is a two-time winner of the best-paper award from the Academy of Management Executive for his research on downsizing.

Under New Management: Full Transparency, Less Email, No Cubicles, and where the Future of Work is Headed

Plenary Session: David Burkus, DSL

Dr. David Burkus is a best-­selling author, an award-­winning podcaster, and management professor. In 2015, he was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers. His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does. He is also the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Inc., the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning. David’s innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations. He’s delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker, in­-demand conferences such as SXSW and TEDx events, and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. He’s also the host of the award-­winning podcast Radio Free Leader.

When he’s not speaking or writing, David is in the classroom. He is associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on organizational behavior, creativity and innovation, and strategic leadership. David was recently named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.” He serves on the advisory board of Fuse Corps, a nonprofit dedicated to making transformative and replicable change in local government. David lives in Tulsa with his wife and their two boys.

The Science Of Strength: Achieving the Next Level of Performance & Wellbeing

Plenary and Discussion Session: Josh Allan Dykstra, MBA

Josh Allan Dykstra is a recognized thought leader on the future of work and company culture design. His articles and ideas have been featured by Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider. He is the Co-CEO of Forte, a consulting group that helps organizations and leaders leverage the power of a strong culture, and Co-CEO of Strengthscope U.S., the exclusive distributor of the Strengthscope® product suite in the United States. He co-founded The Work Revolution, a movement/advocacy group that promotes life-giving work environments for everyone, and has an eclectic work background that includes projects with organizations like Apple, Sony, Genentech, Microsoft, HTC, and USC as well as startups and nonprofits. He holds an MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his latest book is Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing An Organization That Doesn’t Suck.

Interpersonal Leadership: The Key to a Healthy Organization

Gerard Beenen, PhD

Dr. Gerard Beenen is an associate professor of management and department chair at California State University, Fullerton, and a visiting faculty member in the MBA programs at the University of California, Irvine and Carnegie Mellon University. His research on workplace motivation, leadership, and creativity, has been published in leading journals including Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Academy of Management Learning & Education. His current research projects focus on leader interpersonal skills assessment, work team effectiveness outcomes, and career motivation.

A recipient of numerous research grants and teaching awards, he teaches courses in organizational behavior, organizational change, team leadership and negotiation. He completed his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and theory at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his MA at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. Prior to his academic career, he was CEO of a cancer care center, a co-founding executive of a dot-com, and a management consultant with both Bain & Company, and Ernst & Young.

Servant Leadership

John E. Barbuto, Jr. (Jay), PhD

Dr. Barbuto is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Center for Leadership at California State University Fullerton. Dr. Barbuto is an award winning teacher and researcher and has contributed several seminal works to the leadership field. In 2014, Dr. Barbuto was recognized as the Outstanding Professor of the Year for Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. He has published over 102 journal articles and has seen his work cited by others over 3,090 times. He has consulted for Fortune 100 companies as well as for private, public, and community organizations. His Southern California consulting clients have included Allergan, Experian, Association of California Cities – Orange County, The Honda Center, Spireon, Inc., Niagara Bottling, Anaheim Ducks, Edwards LifeSciences, Ingram Micro, Inc., Impac Mortgage, California Bank & Trust, and Ventura Foods. He currently teaches courses in leadership dynamics, organizational behavior, and leadership, power & influence. Dr. Barbuto brings extensive research and training experience in all aspects of leadership development. His areas of specialization include work motivation, power and influence, team-building, executive development, psychometrics, leadership, and interpersonal skills development. His leadership views, approaches, and research measures are currently being used in over 65 countries across 6 continents. Dr. Barbuto brings a rare combination of cutting-edge scholarship and world-class leadership training skills.

NextGen Leadership - The Relationship Revolution

Michael Patterson, EdD

Dr. Michael Patterson is a principal at PSP, a global talent development company based in Carlsbad, California, coauthor of the highly acclaimed book, Have a Nice Conflict: How to Find Success & Satisfaction in the Most Unlikely Places published by Jossey-Bass, an adjunct professor teaching in the doctoral program at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and a conference and keynote speaker. He is also an active writer and researcher in the area of commitment in the workplace and was the primary researcher for a recent nationwide study with several hundred participants. As a consultant and master facilitator, Dr. Patterson has worked with a wide variety of global organizations including ExxonMobil, SAP, United Airlines, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Qatar Airlines, and the U.S. Navy.

Dr. Patterson earned his doctorate in education from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. In addition, he is certified in a wide range of commercial training programs and is a Master Facilitator for TotalSDI® and Core Strengths® training, a program he coauthored.

Joy and Meaning in Healthcare Workers

Mary Wickman, PhD, RN

Dr. Mary Wickman, a U.S. Navy veteran who has served in key nursing positions in southern California, was named the director of the nursing program at Vanguard University July 1, 2011, bringing with her nearly four decades of leadership in the field of nursing. Wickman earned her BSN from Mount St. Mary’s College and MSN and PhD from UCLA. She joined the U.S. Navy early in her career and served on active duty for three years and in the reserves for 18 years. In 1991, she was recalled in support of Desert Storm. Wickman accepted the position at Vanguard for the chance to integrate her faith and her work, and to help establish the University’s master’s degree in nursing program with an emphasis on education and leadership. She is the 2016 President-elect for the Association of California Nurse Leaders and will be the President in 2017.

The Psychopathology of Leadership

Andrew Stenhouse, EdD

Dr. Andrew Stenhouse is a professor of organizational psychology at Vanguard University. In addition to teaching, Andrew previously served Vanguard University as Managing Director of the Judkins Institute for Leadership Studies, Director of the Organizational Leadership graduate program, and Dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies. With research interests that include disordered personalities in the workplace, career development, and employee engagement, Andrew conducts frequent workshops to businesses and non-profit communities, and works with individual clients in private practice.

Andrew holds a Doctor of Education in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies and a Bachelor of Arts is in Cross Cultural Studies, both from Southern California College (Vanguard University).

Conscious Capitalism: The Next Paradigm Shift for Leadership and Work

Kevin Rafferty, EMBA

Kevin is “The Conscious Leaders Coach.” He is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Conscious Capitalism Orange County Chapter, the CEO of Performance Engineered Products, Inc., and an executive and life coach, author and speaker. He holds a BA degree in Social Studies from Cleveland State University and an EMBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate School, Claremont University.

You got your results of the Engagement Survey, now what?

Geoffrey Friederich, MA

Geoffrey Friederich has over 20 years of human resources experience at Fortune 250 companies across three different industries, Geoffrey has held various roles with increasing responsibilities at companies such as Farmer Insurance, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and currently is the Vice President of Human Resources at Ingram Micro, leading a global human resources organization. He has been teaching in the field of human resources and leadership for the past 15 years. As an active member of the human resources profession, Geoffrey has written Test Items for the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) and has been a judge at the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) University Student Conference.

Geoffrey obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Chapman University and a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management from National University. In addition, he holds the human resources certifications of senior professional in human resources (SPHR), California senior professional in human resources (SPHR-CA), global professional in human resources (GPHR), and Society for Human Resources, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Mental Health in the Workplace: HR Can Lead the Change

Co-Speaker: Noma Bruton

Noma is the founder and Principal of Sagacity HR, a human resources consulting, professional development and training firm. Prior to founding Sagacity HR, Noma served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Pacific Mercantile Bank in Costa Mesa, CA and at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. Over the course of her HR career, she specialized in compensation, recruiting, leadership development and process improvement.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, Noma is certified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, in the Six Sigma process improvement methodology and as an executive coach.

Noma was a 2015 NHRA HR Executive of the Year Nominee.

Co-Speaker: Scott Ripley

Scott Ripley is an employee benefits advisor with Arthur J. Gallagher. He specializes in working with organizations in the strategic design, implementation, communication and management of total rewards programs in order to help attract and retain talent. Scott is an active board member with Professional in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and has conducted several speaking engagements pertaining to healthcare cost-containment and company-sponsored wellness programs. Scott graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree and holds a Series 7 and 66 license.

Mindfulness, Presence, and Healthy Organizations

Co-Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Dr. Kathryn Goldman Schuyler is a sociologist and Professor of Organization Development at Alliant International University. Her research and writing focuses on organizational health and sustainability, leadership development, and mindfulness. As an organizational consultant, she has worked with major corporations as well as not-for-profits, supporting leadership teams on strategic change, culture change, and team development. Among her publications are three books plus many book chapters and articles. She was the thought leader and main editor for the International Leadership Association’s new book, Leadership for a Healthy World: Creative Social Change (Emerald, 2016). She loves mentoring doctoral students through their studies.

Co-Speaker: Dr. Michelle Taylor

Dr. Michelle Taylor is Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University, with over 500 employees in her division. During her eighteen years in higher education with a specialty in social work administration and policy, she has helped the institution to navigate several major transitions. Throughout her career, Dr. Taylor has been a trusted friend and advocate of students, focusing on students with diverse backgrounds and learning disabilities. She has co-written and secured grants for a wide range of program initiatives, serves on numerous boards and committees, and presents at multiple national and international conferences annually.

Co-Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Getz

Dr. Cheryl Getz is Associate Professor and Director of the Leadership Minor in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. Her areas of expertise include the use of mindfulness and other nontraditional pedagogies to teach leadership, as well as the application of case-in-point pedagogy and adaptive leadership to higher education administration and Student Affairs. In her teaching she uses practices such as problem-based learning, in the moment action inquiry, and other experiential methods to encourage students to integrate ongoing action and introspection to make meaning of their experiences and to use this knowledge to develop their leadership capacity.

Powered by Purpose: Values Based Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness

Judith Lukomski

Judith Lukomski is the Founder and Chief Evolution Officer of Transitions Today® a values-based leadership development and culture consultancy. Cross-industry clients range from the Fortune 500 to start-ups and non-profits. She is dedicated to purpose driven solutions which enhance organizational engagement, performance and contribute to corporate social responsibility.

Committed to cultivating a culture of health in business and the community, Judith is the creator of Wise Women Lead with L.O.V.E™ a life enrichment program. An advocate for workplace equality and closing the gender achievement gap she is also the Founding Co-President of the Orange County Chapter of the global Ellevate Network.