How Work Culture Helps or Hinders Individual and Organizational Health (Especially During COVID-19)

  • 14 May 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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Chapter Meeting | Thursday May 14 | 6:30 pm | VIRTUAL

How Work Culture Helps or Hinders Individual and Organizational Health
(Especially During the Covid-19 Pandemic)

Michael Stallard and Katie Stallard


About This Event

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, 80% of Americans reported they were afflicted by stress. A number of factors related to the Covid-19 pandemic are contributing to rising stress, including fear of contracting the highly transmissible virus, the negative economic impact, job uncertainty and increased social isolation at a time when America was already undergoing an epidemic of loneliness. Given the present realities, how can those of us in leadership, human resources and training help our colleagues?

Learn why cultivating a culture that boosts human connection is essential for individuals and organizations to thrive and discover steps you can take while maintaining physical separation during this time.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Use an exercise that helps individuals evaluate their primary stressors, sources of relational support and resiliency practices

  • Explain in basic biological terms how chronic stress undermines the health of individuals

  • Name three types of relational work cultures and how they help or hinder individual and organizational performance, especially when people are facing chronic stress

  • Implement several best practices to create and sustain a culture of connection that helps individuals and organizations cope with stress and perform their best work

ATD Capability Model

This session complements the Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Decision Making, Collaboration and Leadership, Project Management, and Lifelong Learning. 

About Our Presenters

Michael Stallard is cofounder and president of E Pluribus Partners and Connection Culture Group. He speaks, teaches and serves as a consultant to leaders at a wide variety of organizations, including Costco, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, NASA Johnson Space Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Qualcomm, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Treasury Department, Wellpath and Yale New Haven Health. Texas Christian University created the TCU Center for Connection Culture based on the work of Michael and his colleagues. Michael is the primary author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work and Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity as well as a contributor to several other books. He has authored articles and his work has been written about in leadership media worldwide. Prior to founding E Pluribus Partners, Michael was chief marketing officer for the private wealth management businesses of Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. Earlier in his career, he worked as an executive in investment banking, marketing, finance and business development-related positions at Barclays and Texas Instruments.

Katie Stallard is a partner at E Pluribus Partners and Connection Culture Group. She is a gifted connector, speaker and teacher. Audiences and seminar participants enjoy her sense of humor and practical advice. Comfortable in front of people, she’s been singing in a cappella groups for more than 24 years and has even done a bit of TV and film work. She’s the first to admit that she “loves a microphone.” A surprising piece of her story is that she is a three-time cancer survivor. Professionally, Katie brings diverse experiences in marketing, administration, communications, business and non-profit organizations to her role, having worked for a leading global Christian book publisher, a Forbes 400 family helping to manage their diverse holdings and a highly-regarded church. Katie is a contributing author to Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work. She also has extensive experience volunteering and serving on the boards of social sector and education organizations.



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