[GALA Connected 2021] Supporting Wellbeing in the New "Hybrid" Workplace

23 Mar 2021

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It is becoming clear that a hybrid home/office model is here to stay. In this session, a panel of experts will explore what this means for the wellbeing and productivity of both employees and employers. Employee health and wellness, and also the expectations that employers enable it, are becoming indisputable priorities. As "business as usual" has shifted into the "new normal," it has become clear that we are at an irreversible tipping point that requires a modern approach to delivering multidimensional health, wellness, and connection. Key takeaways to be explored included the essential elements of a post-COVID wellbeing program, the pitfalls of sustaining a work from home model and how to avoid them, and the benefits of a work from home or hybrid model and how to accelerate them. 

Host organization: Globalization and Localization Association

Event Speakers

Annette Lawlor
Lion People Global

Having completed her studies in Marketing at University, Annette went on to develop a multiyear career in Sales & Marketing for global Media and Software organizations. While selling software and services, Annette realized her true passion was people, connections and finding synergies between the two, so after interviewing with a leading recruitment agency in Boston, she successfully transitioned to the world of Talent and Recruitment. After many amazing years in the USA, Annette returned home to Ireland, started a family of three kids and one company! Izzy, Noah, Ellie, and Lion People Global, a Localization specific recruitment, talent and related business services company. Like her kids, Lion People has grown up too, and now provides Growth Services through its Talent and M&A Solutions practices, focusing initially on Language Services, and extending to Data and AI, Digital Marketing, and Software Industries. Annette’s other passions include growing personal wellbeing through running, sea swimming, yoga, walking, cooking, and mindfulness, and as a business founder, developing a company culture of wellbeing. “Lion people Global” is an authentic “people first” company, both for our staff and our clients.

Michael Lawlor
WeThrive Health

Michael is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist. He lectures in preventative medicine at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin. He is the course director for Acupuncture at CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) He has founded several businesses in various sectors over the years but found a life’s passion in preventative medicine and lifestyle 10 years ago and runs “Monkstown Natural Health” a busy clinic in Dublin, also Michael is a co-founder of We Thrive Health offering live and on-demand demand Wellbeing programs and training to Workplace, Schools and Community based on achieving balance in the four pillars of Mind, body, heart, and gut. Michael is also a long term student of the School of Philosophy in Dublin where he runs guided meditation workshops for its members

Delphine Hervot

Delphine Hervot is a Management Consultant and Collaborative Workshop Facilitator in Paris, France. Before that, she was based in Montreal, Canada, where she worked for over 20 years in the Localization industry in international operations management and organizational change positions, including VP of Subtitling Global Operations at Deluxe. Passionate about people development, collective dynamics, and management innovation, she uses her experience on the ground as an international VP and her expertise in change management gained through many large organizational changes to support individual and collective transformation.

Lauren Cullen

Lauren is the Global Director of HR Business Partners at Intercom. Lauren started her career in HR at Google and quickly found her passion for growing and scaling organizations with a strong focus on people. Lauren's first taste of startup life was when she joined the HR team at Twitter in its early days. Lauren was the fourth employee at Twitter's EMEA headquarters in Dublin and helped grow the Dublin office to over 250 people, as well as launching many offices across Europe and seeing Twitter grow to 300 million daily active users. Lauren followed her passion for people and early-stage startups and joined Intercom as the first HR employee in EMEA on its mission to 'make internet business personal'. Over the past 5 years, Lauren has been involved in helping Intercom grow to over 600 people across 5 offices, growing revenue to over $150m and a valuation of over $1B. Lauren is a firm believer that a company's people strategy must enable the organization to meet their performance objectives. Lauren believes the best way to do this is through meaningful partnerships and outcome focused programs.

Dominique Puls
tsd-Technik-Sprachendienst Gmbh (Translation Services & Documentation)

Dominique grew up in the translation and localization industry, in a multicultural environment. She started her professional career in economics before realising that her heart belongs to this industry, so she merged both passions. Dominique’s strong suit is thinking outside the box: optimising localisation strategies, introducing new solutions to the toolbox, bringing stakeholders together to deliver seamless processes? It’s all about solving the puzzle as a team! She is driven by practical, feasible, and sustainable ideas. Dominique is nerdy in many ways: she loves languages, cultures, and context, and has a real passion for pop culture and rock music.