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Training & Education


Register for one day or both days. Access is limited for some sessions.

Subject to change.

Wednesday, March 21

7:30 am – 3:30 pm


8 – 8:30 am

Morning wellness activities

8 – 9 am

Continental breakfast & networking

9 – 9:15 am


9:15 – 10:30 am
General session

Understanding how experiences transform people and workplaces
Brian Passon, Arch Health
Brian will help you understand the story of your organization, then challenge you to look beyond the usual for ways to influence your workplace culture. You’ll walk away from this highly experiential session with action items, out of the box ideas and a healthy dose of inspiration.

As President of Arch Health & Productivity, Brian consults with organizations to inspire more meaningful, strategic and joyful employee experiences. He’s cofounder of The Wellness Underground and he helped develop Quantified Habits, where he uses habit formation theory and technology to help people and organizations connect big ideas, values and goals to desired behaviors and actions.

10:30 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 11:45 am
Concurrent sessions

Creating experiences to transform people and workplaces (repeated day 2)
Brian Passon, Arch Health

Navigating your way to WellCity, WA
(for new AWC Employee Benefit Trust wellness coordinators)
AWC staff and Kris Haugen, MPH, Fresh Idea Health

Creating a culture of health and safety
Brian Bishop, AWC

Hot topics in health promotion
Kerwynn Prinzing, Worksite Wellness Network

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Networking lunch

12:30 am – 12:45 pm


12:45 – 1:30 pm
"How to" activity sessions

How to hold walking meetings

Bringing mindfulness to the workplace
Diane Hetrick, Cultivating Compassion

Facilitated networking
Aaron Huff, Washington State Healthcare Authority

Drumming for fitness: POUND workouts at work
Kim Best, City of Cheney

1:30 – 1:45 pm

Exhibits & book fair open

1:45 – 3:15 pm
Concurrent sessions

Celebrating WellCity success (for AWC Trust members only)
AWC health promotion staff

Washington Wellness workshop
(for state agencies/organizations covered by the Washington Wellness program)

Washington State Healthcare Authority staff

AHA’s 7 pillars of workplace health
American Heart Association

3:15 – 3:30 pm


3:30 – 4 pm
General session

Encouraging people to be constructively disruptive
Brian Passon, Arch Health

4 – 5 pm

Welcome reception

4:30 – 5 pm

Evening walk

5 pm

Dinner on your own

Thursday, March 22

7:30 am – 3:30 pm


8 – 8:30 am

Morning wellness activities

8 – 9 am

Continental breakfast, exhibits & book fair

9 – 9:30 am

Welcome & Golden Apple Award

9:30 – 10:30 am
General session

Designing culture: Delivering happiness and the Zappos story
Sunny Grosso, Culture Trails
Sunny will share with you why a happy, engaged culture is the single greatest asset an organization can have, the number one issue for leaders, and the path to business success. She’ll describe how the most successful organizations design cultures that align strategy with behaviors, people with purpose, and meaning with effectiveness.

In her role as Culture Chief at Zappos, Sunny helped develop the now famous Delivering Happiness methodology. Since then she’s launched Culture Trails to bring those methods to hundreds of organizations all around the world. Sunny is an impassioned thought leader on a mission to help build cultures where people and business truly thrive.

10:30 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 11:45 am
Concurrent sessions

Creating experiences to transform people and workplaces (repeated from day 1)
Brian Passon, Arch Health

Introduction to the WELL building standard
Andy Delisi, International WELL Building Institute

Workplace stress
Daron Ryan, University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center

Idea-a-minute: 60 take-home activity ideas
Kris Haugen, MPH, Minnesota Dept. of Health and Doug Spohn, Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Exhibit & book fair break

12:15 – 1 pm

Networking lunch

1 – 1:15 pm


1:15 – 2:15 pm
Concurrent sessions

Using social media in wellness
Melody Madlem, Central Washington University

Wellness legal update
Kiran Griffith, Perkins Coie

Standing up to a sitting culture
Betsey Banker, Ergotron

Psychologically healthy workplaces
Jennifer Martin, Conscious Capitalism Seattle & American Psychological Association

2:15 – 2:30 pm


2:30 – 3:30 pm
Concurrent sessions

Mindful eating at work
Chelsey Lindahl, RD, CSSD, CD, Multicare Center for Healthy Living and Health Equity

Worksite wellness for newbies: What to do when wellness gets added to your plate
Jenn Tucci, Healthcare Management Administrators

Using science, technology, design & marketing to engage employees
Kendall Ramirez, ACAP Health

Panel discussion: the northwest’s best places to work
Moderator: Allison Emery, Kaiser Permanente
Panelists: Frances Holtman, Slalom; Kari Quirino, Columbia Hospitality; Kristy Clark, Parker-Smith-Feek; Sandy Williams, Mutual of Enumclaw