Working Together to Build Resilience and Reduce Stress

Online Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit
9 November 2022

The 2022 programme has something for everyone with an interest in stress management, mental health, wellbeing and workplace performance.

Event Schedule

Summit Programme 2022: What’s On



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09:00 - 09:10

Live Address

Introduction by Alastair Greener, Communications Speaker and Consultant, Present Yourself Bespoke Communication Training

09.10 - 09.15

Live Address

Welcome from Carole Spiers, Chair of ISMAUK; Founder, International Stress Awareness Week; CEO, Carole Spiers Group

09.15 - 09.45
Keynote Address

Pre-recorded Event

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Beyond Stress Management: Building Organisational Resilience and Wellbeing

Managing workplace stress and creating a culture of wellbeing are crucial, if we want to build organisational resilience and reduce sickness absence, presenteeism and leave-ism. By taking steps to improve resilience and wellbeing, we will do far better in retaining talent and getting the most out of people. The pandemic accelerated some positive workplace changes including flexible or hybrid working. This is a step in the right direction towards achieving a better work-life balance, but there is still much to be done. In his keynote address, Professor Cooper will explore some of the ways in which businesses can build resilience and enhance the mental wellbeing of employees, particularly emphasising the very important role of an emotionally intelligent line manager.

In the wise words of John Ruskin, “In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it, they must not do too much of it, and they must have a sense of success in it”.

9:50 - 10:50
Interactive Panel Discussion

Including 15 minutes’ Q & A

Live event moderated by Keith Fraser, Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and local senior cop (retired)

Taking the Lid off Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

“A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all areas of the workplace.” Great Place to Work

Workplaces today are more diverse and globally connected than ever before. The panel will ask: What are the barriers to gender equality in the workplace and what are the key elements of organisations that value diversity and inclusion? What can organisations do to help neurodiverse employees and what should neurodiverse employees be aware of when at work? They will also discuss what managers and leaders should consider as priorities and the resources that will be useful to help them support employees from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Looking ahead, they will examine trends and how diversity and inclusion can thrive through difficult times.

This is your opportunity to put questions to the Experts

  • Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

  • Daisy Reeves, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

  • Sharon Amesu, Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

  • Dr Louise Nash, Lecturer in Management and Organisation Studies, Essex Business School, University of Essex

11:00 - 11:45

Live event with Paul Dorrington, Founder, Phoenix Works, Workplace Wellbeing Trainer

Challenging Stigma and Building an Inclusive Workforce

This workshop explores the stigma around mental health challenges faced by people in the workplace. Through group discussion we’ll explore the impact stigma has on people experiencing mental health challenges, while exploring myths and stereotypes associated with mental ill health and work, with real-life examples of how conversations have helped challenge stigma.

You’re invited to join us in coming up with strategies to help those wanting to speak out about mental ill health at work and get the support they need. We will look at how stigma can be challenged, saving lives and livelihoods, helping to shape a positive future for mental health equality and wellbeing in the workplace.

This is your opportunity to talk to Paul Dorrington

12:00 - 13:00
Interactive Panel Discussion

Including 15 minutes’ Q &A

Live event moderated by Dave Plunkett, Founder, Collaboration Junkie

Why Collaboration is Key to Building Resilient Partnerships

Collaboration happens when people connect with each other to contribute their expertise to achieve a common goal. Collaboration is what makes teamwork successful, and it is an essential prerequisite to the development of partnerships. It’s the factor that enables partnerships to deliver far more than the sum of their parts. Our diverse panel will explore how resilient partnerships can enable us all to work more productively and more enjoyably by tapping into this way of working. They’ll explore the mindset required and use real-life examples of the practical ideas we can use to grow our businesses, ensuring good ideas lead to great results.

This is your opportunity to put questions to the Experts

  • Claire Farrow, Global Director of Content & Programming, Make A Difference Media

  • Jane Fordham, PRCA Fellow, Head of People at Hanbury Strategy

  • Reverend Captain (Retired) Katie Watson, Head of Chaplaincy, Newcastle Hospitals Trust

  • Matthew Perkins, Director of Business Development, Sage Global

13:30 - 14:00
Lunchtime Dance Energiser

By Anne-Marie Taylor

Free to attend

Live event by Anne-Marie Taylor, Founder, Dance for Good

Dance for Good is a social enterprise promoting the wellbeing benefits of dance in companies, via dance breaks during meetings. All profits fund free dance classes for charities and communities. During this session we’ll dance to a few uplifting hits, following some simple moves. No dance experience required, and no need to feel self-conscious, as you’re in the privacy of your own home! You will leave this session feeling energised, positive, connected and productive. Those benefits are scientifically proven and we’ll share a few science nuggets during the session, so you’ll learn something too!

14:15 - 14:45

By Emily Hutchinson

Pre-recorded event with Emily Hutchinson, Chartered Psychologist

How to Break the Stress Cycle

The way we collectively live and work is creating an epidemic of stress and mental health issues. It’s only by understanding why this is, that we can start making changes for the better. Our brains and bodies have evolved to function highly effectively but, in today’s world, we can easily get stuck in an unhealthy stress cycle. This session explains the science behind this cycle, how our brains respond to stress, and how to use this understanding to create a healthier way of working and living. Key topics will include - the science of how our brains (and bodies) respond to stress; why context matters; and interventions that can help.

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15:00 - 15:45
Coaching Session

Pre-recorded event with Brian Shanks, HR Professional and Management Consultant

Wellbeing & Resilience at Work – Stress Toolkit Coaching Session

Brian Shanks is a member of ISMAUK and an executive coach with experience in dealing with wellbeing. He has been using ISMAUK’s Wellbeing & Resilience at Work Programme as part of his coaching toolkit since it was first published. This session offers a practical taster, based on the ISMAUK programme, for coaches or managers dealing with wellbeing issues. Having resources such as this training programme to hand offers flexibility and a range of options to help coachees. Brian will also talk about the programme’s wellbeing wheel which enables coachees to consider their holistic situation and perhaps identify areas where they may not be operating at full capacity.

Brian will be discussing the link between health and resilience, how to recognise signs of stress, ways of generating improvements in wellbeing and other key topics included in ISMAUK’s Wellbeing & Resilience at Work Training Programme.

16:00 -17:00
Interactive Panel Discussion

Including 15 minutes’ Q & A

Live event moderated by Jessica Smyrl, Founder, YSM Solutions

Strategies on Improving Health Management for Better Wellbeing

Join our panel of experts for an informative live online panel discussion on the strategies that could be used to improve health management and thus achieve better wellbeing for us all.

The main subjects that the panel have on their agenda for this session are: the need to identify the challenges and opportunities offered by different collaborative health and wellbeing models; the importance of engaging in dialogue with policy makers and opinion leaders to find out what potential there is for cooperation among them; possible solutions to inertia and ways of changing mindsets so that improvements in systems performance and quality can be delivered, for better results in the future.

This is your opportunity to put questions to the Experts

  • Professor Richard Sullivan, Professor of Cancer and Global Health, King’s College London

  • Jonathan Develing, Director of Strategy and Partnerships for Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust

  • Hayley Farrell, Award-winning Wellbeing Practitioner, Arcadis

  • Louise Aston, Wellbeing Campaign Director, Business in the Community

17:15 - 17:45
In Conversation

with Phil Sampson, Founder, Sampson Hall

  • Pre-recorded event moderated by Maggie Stevens. ISMAUK Ambassador

    Dying Well

    'Not many people have terminal diagnosis before the age of sixty. But those of us who have had such a life-changing event begin to look at the world in a very different way.'

    Phil was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019. He will reflect on what it has meant to him and his family, how he now views the world we live in, and the importance of purpose in life. His talk will go through all the emotions, including how lucky he has been to help others through his life and how he approaches death, a subject too infrequently discussed in our society.

18:00 - 18:45
Getting to Know You

Free to attend

Live Networking Event moderated by Carole Spiers, Chair of ISMAUK

ISMAUK is proud to be hosting another Summit that brings the ISMA community together from across the world. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend a little time meeting other Summit attendees, sharing thoughts and comments about the day’s events and other experiences you’d like to share with fellow delegates.

19:00 - 19:30
In Conversation

with Lucy Brazier OBE

Pre-recorded event moderated by Carole Spiers, ISMAUK Chair

Hear from one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession. Lucy heads up a very successful international business as CEO of Marcham Publishing, publishers of Executive Support Magazine. She talks about the value of a career in administration, sharing her tips and techniques on how to be successful and stress-free at the same time.

19:45 - 20:15
Fireside Chat

with Baroness Dido Harding Member of the House of Lords

Pre-recorded event moderated by Deep Dhir Rajah, ISMAUK Trustee, Broadcaster at Dilse Radio

  • Deep will be talking to Baroness Harding about stress-related subjects including –

    The effects of stress in the workplace and how its impact can be felt by both employees and employers. How should workplace stress be managed? It’s common for many of us to take our work-related stress home with us, which can have a negative impact on our domestic life. What strategies can we employ to separate work-related worries from our lives in the home environment? If we stopped worrying about things, we could make better use of our time in many areas of our lives.

    What steps can we take to achieve this?

20:30 - 21:00
Just One More Thing...

By Carole Spiers

Live Event with Carole Spiers, Chair of ISMAUK; ISMAUK Ambassadors and members of the ISMAUK A-Team

ISMAUK Ambassadors and members of the ISMAUK A-Team join Carole to bring the Stress and Wellbeing Summit to an end, picking up on stories, insights, learnings and experiences. They will share with you some of the highlights and maybe some ‘behind the scenes’ activities. Join us for the last time before we say farewell to the Global Stress and Wellbeing Summit 2022.

'“The pandemic brought about some salutary changes including hybrid/remote working and a greater awareness of the importance of wellbeing in the workplace. This represents a step in the right direction, but as the statistics show, stress and mental health issues are still widespread, together with the stigma that attaches to them. ISMAUK are to be applauded for their work in this field, and especially for their excellent Online Summit during International Stress Awareness Week. This year’s event promises to be as wide-ranging in its coverage as in previous years and is an unmissable date for anyone with an interest in workplace wellbeing.”
  Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE