Mile High SHRM Event | “Elevate Workplace Wellbeing"

A happy employee equals a successful company. You might’ve noticed this already in your own workplace or in other jobs you’ve worked before. Just think about yourself as an employee: what makes you stay at your job? That’s right, feeling comfortable and appreciated. If you can’t have that then your company will have trouble attracting and retaining talent.

The toughest part about it, is that this heavy load falls on the shoulders of Human Resources people. If this is your case, then you should attend Mile High SHRM’s “Elevate Workplace Wellbeing: A New Framework for Resilience & Engagement” event.

Maybe your company is doing well but you want it to grow more and want to polish your skills. Or maybe you’re having trouble with your workplace environment and retention of talent. Whatever the case, we’re sure this event can help you. There’s always something new to learn.

About Mile High SHRM

Mile High Society of Human Resource Management (Mile High SHRM) is an organization about HR matters and for HR professionals. They aim to improve the HR industry and educate professionals on the best practices for their businesses. They’ve been doing that since 1938 and have grown so much that now they’re composed of over a thousand members.

One way they help achieve their mission is by providing education through their SHRM Cert Prep course. The purpose of this course is for you to get the Mile High SHRM certification. This is a highly important certification as they state that SHRM certifications “[…] are the only behavioral competency-based programs in the field”. And they truly believe that by having the certification people know you care about your career.

During the cert prep course, you’ll have an instructor who will answer any questions or doubts you might have. This instructor will also give tips for the test and will give sample test questions to practice.

Because you need to be fully equipped with the best tools to learn, they’ll also give you the SHRM Learning System. It’s an interactive system that “[…] provides a personalized roadmap that combines in-depth HR knowledge with real-life situations…” The course is taught two times a year, in Spring and Fall. So keep an eye for the next one.

If you truly admire this organization, don’t forget you can be a member! This is a Dual Membership. That means that in order to be a Mile High SHRM member you also must be a National SHRM member. Don’t worry, they’re purchased together. This just means you’ll have too many amazing benefits. Some of the advantages the SHRM membership gives you are personalized content, free webcasts and discounts for their events. Some of the benefits of the Mile High SHRM membership are the chance to “earn PDCs for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification” and be able to network with other local professionals. It’s a lot of knowledge and tools for you to prepare the best way possible!

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2023
Time: From 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: online via Zoom

The “Elevate Workplace Wellbeing: A New Framework for Resilience & Engagement” event aims to help you gain new tools to improve the wellbeing of your company. So you can attract and retain the best of talent.

Mile High SHRM is doing this event because they understand one of the most important things for employees to choose your company is the wellbeing you offer. But they also know how difficult it can be to achieve the perfect environment for everyone to feel happy. They believe “the key to addressing this disconnect lies in recognizing that every employee is unique, with distinct needs and preferences…” They state that “embracing a one-size-fits-all approach won’t suffice”. So they want to help you learn new strategies to become a company leader in workforce contentment.

They promise they’ll show you “[…] successful case examples of organizations that have effectively improved wellbeing…” As well as “explore practical implementations and best practices…”

They have a whole agenda planned. The opening remarks will begin at 12:00 pm and will last half an hour. Then, from 12:30 pm to 1:55 pm will take place the first session called “Empowering Employee Wellbeing: Tackling Workplace Stress at Its Core”. The second session, “Creating a Supportive Work Environment: Transformative Solutions that Matter”, will begin right after that, from 1:55 pm to 3:20 pm. Then, from 3:20 pm to 4:45 pm it’s time for the third and last session. This one is called “Understanding the Essential Elements of a Comprehensive EAP Program”. Finally, from 4:45 pm to 5:00 pm there will be the closing remarks, ending an evening full of knowledge.

Register now. It costs $25 for members and $40 for non-members.

Opening Remarks Speakers

Yvette Costa
Yvette Costa studied a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Penn State University. Then, she got a Master of Business Administration in Marketing at University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business. She also became a Professional and Corporate Coaching by the iPEC Coaching. As if that weren’t enough, she has different certifications, including a The Science of Well-Being certification by Coursera Course Certificates. And she’s also a Certified Happiness Facilitator by the Happiness Studies Academy.

On top of that, she loves yoga and everything related to it. In fact, she’s a Yoga Teacher certified by the Yoga Alliance. And she’s a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

In terms of work experience, she has a great one. She worked for Amgen for 14 years! First, she started as an Associate Director of Corp Accounts Marketing and Government Economics. And after climbing through different job positions she ended as their Executive Director of Regional Sales of Northeast Region. But that’s not it, she also worked as the Vice President of Global Pricing, Access and Reimbursement at Seres Therapeutics. As well as a Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist at Buka Studio, where still works. Currently, she’s also a Senior Advisor and Consultant at Velocity Advisory Group. As well as an Executive Coach and Team Dynamics Consultant at Full Circle Coaching + Consulting.

She believes yoga knowledge also helps for the corporate world; they’re a good combination. So her knowledge in that area is helpful for her corporate and speaking jobs. As she states that she melds “[…] eastern concepts with western logic in an approach that […] allows you to unlock your individual and team’s potential”.

Ed Beltran
Edward J. Beltran studied a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems at W. P. Carey School of Business. Then, he got his Master of Business Administration in Corporate Strategy, Economics and Finance at University of Michigan. He also has many different certifications, including a Strategic Management: Connected Strategy certification by Wharton Online. As well as Global Business certification and a Certificate of Specialization in Strategy, both by Harvard Business School Online. And these are just a few among many others.

He has a lot of work experience. He was a Senior Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He also worked as Director of Finance at Avnet and then as Adjunct Professor at Maricopa Community Colleges. He also worked as a Senior Director of Finance and Analytics at Wireless Advocates. He’s been working at Fierce Conversations for six years now. He started as their Chief Financial Officer and EVP of Finance & Operations and is now their Chief Executive Officer.

Currently, he’s also Forbes Councils Thought Leader of Forbes Business Council and an Official Member of the Fast Company Executive Board.

On top of that, he also hosts the podcast The Pulse Experience.

On his LinkedIn, he lists leadership, marketing strategy, finance, accounting and strategic planning as some of his skills and areas of knowledge.

Speakers of the Different Sessions

Dr. Cree Scott
Dr. Cree Scott got her Doctorate in Psychology at Xavier University. She also got a Hogan 360 qualification at Peter Berry Consultancy. And she’s also an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.

She’s worked as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University. During that time, she was also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and worked on that for five years. She was an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. After that, she became Senior Manager of Deloitte and worked there for ten years! Then, in May 2020 she became the founder and CEO of Serenity Psychological Health & Well-being.

During her workshops, she helps people “[…] stay fully engaged, discover new perspective and illuminate insights for development and growth”. She also states she’s able “to connect with my audience and turn complex concepts into digestible, actionable strategies that support behavior change”. So, we’re sure, you’ll learn a lot from her.

Jaime Navarro
Jaime Navarro studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater at Cornish College of the Arts. Then, she got a Master of Business Administration at University of Arizona.

She’s worked for different companies in different job positions, so she’s gained great experience. She first worked as a Sales Development Representative and then as an Enterprise Account Executive at Fierce Conversations. Then, she was an SMB Marketing Specialist at Amazon. Right after, she started working as the Strategic Business Development Manager at Anthology Careers. Then, she came back to Fierce Conversations and has been growing and working in different positions there for seven years. She came back to be their Senior Client Executive. And ever since she’s passed through positions like VP of Client Solutions, VP of Global and Channel, SVP of Growth, among others. Today, she’s their Executive Vice President of Marketing and Revenue Operations.

Andrea Groth
Andrea Groth studied a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Trinity University. Then, she studied a Master of Science in Health Promotion at The University of Memphis.
When it comes to work, she’s gained a lot of experience and knowledge through the years. She worked at Kaiser Permanente for eight years! First as a Wellness Consultant and then as a Senior Consultant of Healthy Workforce. She then became the Senior Manager of Well-being Solutions at Anthem. Then, she worked as a Human Resources Associate at The Borgen Project. All this before becoming Employee Experience Coach at University of Denver, where she currently works.

With her work, she aspires to “[…] create a healthy culture where the healthy choice is the easy choice”.

Mary Ellen Gornick
Mary Ellen Gornick got her Master of Arts in School of Social Service Administration at University of Chicago. She also has a Building Resilience LinkedIn certification.

In terms of her work experience, she’s known how to keep and manage her jobs for many years. She founded and worked as the President of CPA Group for nineteen years! Then, she became Senior Vice President of Global Products at Workplace Options and was there for fifteen years! She’s been working as the Principal at The Gornick Group for five years now and continues to be there.

Some of the skills she lists on her LinkedIn are consulting, leadership development, organizational development, coaching, employee benefits and leadership, among many others.

Calvin Paries
Calvin Paries studied a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Brigham Young University. Then, he got his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at University of Houston-Clear Lake. After that, he got a DrPH in Occupational Health – EAP at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

He has gotten a lot of work experience throughout the years. He was a Regional Manager at OHCA for six years. During that time, he was also VP of Horizon Health EAP at Horizon Health and worked there for eleven years! He also worked as a Head of Workplace Support Services EAP at Aetna for eleven years! He had other amazing jobs before landing his current role as a Manager of EAP Health and Wellness at Centura Health, where he’s been for six years.

On his LinkedIn, he writes change management, leadership development, performance coaching, marketing and other skills as his specialties.

Bruce MacMillan
Bruce MacMillan studied a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder. Then, he got his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Naropa University.

Through the years, he’s worked in different companies and job positions. He was an Outreach Counselor at Urban Peak. Then, he worked as a Mental Health/Substance Abuse Counselor Intern for Colorado AIDS Project. During that time, he was also a Therapist at Vive. Then, he was a Family Therapist at The Tennyson Center for Children. MacMillan also worked as an EAP Consultant and Behavioral Health Manager III at Anthem for twelve years! That was before going to work as a Mental Health Clinician and EAP Consultant at MINES and Associates, his current job.

On his LinkedIn, he states his specialty is employee assistance programs.

Offer Fluency Corp Classes for Your Employees and Become a More Appealing Company

We’re sure you’ll get the best of tips on how to create a better work environment to attract and retain talent during this event. But if you still want another tip and way to do that, we got you: offer second language classes for your employees. Even better, take the classes yourself as well.

Second language skills are highly important in today’s world as everything is globalized. So, if you want your company to grow and to connect with international clients, bilingual skills are your solution. But that’s not it. Knowing how to communicate in a new language can be very fun and interesting. So, your employees would love that. It would be beneficial for their personal and professional lives, as well as for your business.

Plus, if you as a boss or HR professional know a second language, you’ll be able to connect better with your foreign employees. Therefore, they’ll feel appreciated and will consider your business a well-being company.

But how could you do that? With Fluency Corp! We offer corporate language training customized to the job and your needs. The best of all is that we have native teachers, who will make sure it’s a safe environment to make mistakes and learn. We will also provide reports of the students’ progress.

We based our lessons on our Bellieu Method. It consists of speaking using what you’ve learned. Yes, this means we encourage everyone to speak during our classes. That way we can be sure students achieve language fluency. So next time they have a business bilingual meeting, they can communicate properly.

All you have to do is choose a language, pick a schedule and decide between our online or onsite classes. It’s that easy!

For any questions, set up a free consultation with Fluency Corp by contacting us at or (800) 401-3159.