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Well at Work: Strategies from Research to the Real World: The World We Make 2020

Oct 7, 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Wednesday Presenters at The World We Make 2020

What does it mean to be well at work, especially in the age of COVID?

Join scientists and experts at Healthy Minds Innovations, the nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison that turns science into action through accessible tools, for a fascinating discussion to gain real-world skills to manage your well-being in the workplace, wherever that might be.

In this recorded event, our experts explore take-aways from working with companies and organizations across the country to boost well-being in their workplaces, offering a guided practice, and hosting a panel with representatives from one of our first pilot programs, teachers (and leaders) from local partner, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) who’ve taken part in our Healthy Minds @Work program to promote their emotional well-being and who are now faced with increased stress teaching remotely and balancing uncertainty with their own families and classrooms. 

People who sign up will be able to access Healthy Minds Innovations' Workplace Well-Being Assessment, giving you insight into stress and other indicators of well-being in the workplace.

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Cortland Dahl

Cortland Dahl

Chief Contemplative Officer, Healthy Minds Innovations
Research Scientist, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dahl is interested in exploring the interface between the body, mind and brain, and especially in the question of how various forms of meditation may help us cultivate positive qualities like mindfulness, compassion and resilience.

His current work focuses on studying the psychological and neural mechanisms of different families of meditation practice. He is also the creator of the Healthy Minds Program, a well-being training program that integrates insights from scientific research with a comprehensive path of contemplative training.

Stephanie Wagner

Stephanie Wagner

Trainer & Program Specialist, Healthy Minds Innovations

Wagner is a board-certified health and wellness coach with a passion for mindfulness and meditation with extensive years working in professional development. She is a trainer and program specialist at Healthy Minds Innovations, where she develops and trains content to help people cultivate habits to achieve greater well-being. She is especially skilled on topics related to workplace well-being.

Richard Davidson

Richard J. Davidson

Founder, Center for Healthy Minds & Healthy Minds Innovations, William James & Vilas Professor of Psychology & Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin–Madison

 Davidson is best known for his groundbreaking work studying emotion and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker, leading conversations on well-being on international stages such as the World Economic Forum, where he serves on the Global Council on Mental Health. Time Magazine named Davidson one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2006.

Panelists from the Madison Metropolitan School District
Tamar Jacobsohn

Tamar Jacobsohn

Early Childhood Program Support Teacher, Department of Student Services at the Madison Metropolitan School District

Tamar Jacobsohn has 30 years as an educator with expertise in autism and early childhood special education. She is honored to be a member of the  MMSD Core Mindfulness Team and stoked to spend decades on the path of beginning again with sass and curiosity.

Jenny Jones

Jennifer (Jenny) Jones

School Physical Therapist, Madison Metropolitan School District

Jenny Jones is a mother of two teenage boys and in her tenth year of being a Physical Therapist in MMSD. Currently, she works with students who are in special education programming in an elementary, middle and two high schools. Over the last five or so years, she has taken a few mindfulness professional development courses through MMSD. During the past school year, she started using the Healthy Minds app and has regularly turned to it throughout the pandemic.

Ana Salcido

Ana Salcido

Bilingual Teacher Leader, Office of Multilingual and Global Education at the Madison Metropolitan School District

Ana Salcido has 25-plus years as an educator. In her role as a teacher leader, she provides district-wide supports for multilingual learners. Ana participated in the 2018 HMI pilot in MMSD. She has participated in several different mindful opportunities offered by the district's Mindfulness Team over the years.

Sylla Zarov

Sylla Zarov

Principal of Franklin Elementary School a the Madison Metropolitan School District

Sylla Zarov is beginning her sixth year as the Principal at Franklin Elementary and has more than 25 years of experience as an early childhood educator. She has been interested in mindfulness for the past several years and has attended several mindfulness retreats and PDs to support her personal practice so that she can bring her best self to work everyday. Sylla uses the Healthy Minds Program app and several other apps to support her practice and has drawn on these resources to help create space for a daily sitting practice.

The World We Make 2020

Well at Work: Strategies from Research to the Real World was a part of THE WORLD WE MAKE: 2020, a week-long series of virtual events that included lively conversation, well-being tips and the opportunity to hear from well-being experts and special guests, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

Support the Work
Support The Work at HMI

This event and others are supported by the generosity of individuals and organizations who share our vision of a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world.

A significant portion of our funding comes from supporters who give to Healthy Minds Innovations and help bring well-being skills out into the world.

Event Sponsors


Chris and Sara Fortune


Jim and Judy Hirsch