wow, i’m rusty. i actually started writing the headline for this post in title case!
some of you are aware that my mother was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in august 2013. my sister-in-law was diagnosed at the same time with stage II breast cancer. in september 2013 i decided to curtail any discretionary writing to free myself to help them. frankly, i also wanted the space to process the emotional reaction that comes after one learns of a terminal diagnosis. happily, my sister-in-law is finished with therapy and surgery and my mother is facing her ongoing treatments with grace—surprising her medical team, but not those of us who know her, by defying the statistics.
eventually, i’d like write about anticipatory grieving and what i’ve learned from it. for now, all i’d like to say is hello, i’m jumping back in! i’m going to resume the writing of this blog and my monthly newsletter. i’m not sure yet how frequently i’ll post, but i’m excited to do so. so much has happened in the last year in our industry, from raging debates about the effectiveness of workplace wellness to the EEOC pursuing companies for their incentive design. i’m anxious to rejoin the conversation, share my thoughts, and hear what you have to say.
i’m also delighted to get out there and work with everyone again, starting with these three events:
2015 virgin pulse thrive summit
i’ll be a panelist and a session leader at this three-day event in boston this april. registration rates are $300 if you register by january 31.
human resource executive health & benefits leadership conference
i’m pleased to return to this conference to moderate a panel on turning disengaged executives into wellness champions. the super early bird rate runs through january 26. register today.
business innovation factory patient experience lab
this february lab will bring together 30 thought leaders to figure out how we can better use narrative to improve the patient experience. while this intimate, two-day participatory design workshop is not open to the public, i do expect to come out with transferable lessons.
happy new year! i hope to see or hear from you. it’s good to be back!