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Employee Wellness

Innovative Wellness Strategy to Drive a "Culture of Health"

Keith Kitani, CEO, GuideSpark (Menlo Park, CA) & Theresa Rabe, Deputy Director of HR, San Mateo County (San Mateo, CA)

Tuesday | 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Room 105

Are your employees not engaged with your current wellness programs? Theresa Rabe, deputy director of human resources for the County of San Mateo will share how the county leverages an effective wellness strategy to engage employees to take action. By engaging employees as partners in their wellbeing by making the healthy choice the easy choice, Country of San Mateo leveraged a robust program with the help of wellness champions to measure success and drive a culture of health. Keith Kitani, CEO at GuideSpark, will share how to approach wellness holistically - beyond physical - and will offer insight into how to implement a cutting-edge communications strategy on wellness that aligns with how information is consumed in today's world. Gain actionable tips to strengthen their wellness communications strategies for today's mobile and remote workforce to drive success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to drive a culture of health.
  • Experiment with and implement modern trends -- the way information is consumed in today's world.
  • Implement actionable tips to strengthen wellness communications strategies.

Keith Kitani is a successful entrepreneur and software executive with over 20 years of experience. He has been building Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products and businesses since 1999 when he co-founded Presedia (a rapid eLearning company) and sold it to Macromedia in 2003. Joining the Macromedia team, Kitani served as Vice President of Product Management and Operations for the Breeze and Flash Media Server product lines, growing those businesses to over $50M annually. Prior to founding GuideSpark, Kitani also worked as Senior Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Adobe Systems, where he ran a 40+ person start-up team responsible for starting, building and running most of Adobe’s SaaS businesses. Kitani holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A., both from Stanford University. 

Theresa Rabe is currently employed as the San Mateo County deputy director of human resources, overseeing the administration and daily operations of HRIS and the benefits/wellness divisions. She has been instrumental in implementing Workday, the new county-wide HCM, benefits & payroll system, as well as several other system implementations over the past 15 years. Rabe has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the California State University at Hayward, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Southern California and a degree in French Civilization from the Universite Jean Moulin in Lyons, France

Mind, Body, Soul: How to Use Fitness to Create Balance at the Employee Level to Drive True Organizational Change

Pete Durand, CEO, RivalHealth (Cary, NC) 

Wednesday | 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Room 104

Wellness wants to provide holistic health: sound mind, sound body and a sound soul. But, do we have a foundation to build this level of balance? The foundation needs to be the physical layer, a fit-body capable of supporting mental and spiritual wellbeing. Fitness is a direct reflection of one’s eating and exercise habits and goes well beyond weight – it involves musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and core health. It can be measured objectively, with no journaling and at no cost throughout the year. The challenge? Every employee is starting from a different place and has their own fitness goals. How do you provide each of them a unique solution but yet a common denominator in the form a metric to measure efficacy? We will discuss the benefits of fitness as not only the outcome but also the solution. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how fitness is the basis for holistic wellbeing.
  • Understand how fitness can be measured objectively and at no cost throughout the year.
  • Leave with a method for providing each employee a uniquely custom solution and an understanding of how this bubbles up to organization-wide wellness. 

Fitness, it's what Pete Durand does. A recovering engineer, MBA and somewhat scarred/successful entrepreneur he decided that pouring passion into your career makes sense only if you REALLY believe in what you do. Five years ago he started RivalHealth, a company focused on delivering fully customized and individual exercise/nutrition (=fitness) solutions to individuals, companies, schools and universities.  

A successful corporate executive and entrepreneur at companies like Kimberly Clark, Eaton and General Electric, Pete was inspired to start RivalHealth because of the powerful impact proper fitness and nutrition can have on all walks of life. He is an accomplished triathlete, exercise junkie, nutrition nut and NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Pete holds a bachelor's in industrial engineering and MBA and is a former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas.