Laura Putnam

Laura Putnam

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If you’re looking for insights on well-being, motivation, innovation, or human performance, Laura Putnam, author of “Workplace Wellness That Works,” can help. A former urban public high school teacher, international community organizer, dancer, and gymnast, Laura is now a movement- builder in the world of health and wellness.

Laura has keynoted at conferences, companies and associations around the world for audiences as large as 3,000 people and has shared the stage with such notables as Dr. Oz, TV Personality and Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones. Her unique style of speaking combines relevant science with meaningful stories and a good dose of humor. With a mission to get people “in motion,” she guides team members, managers and leaders in discovering how to get big results with simple steps.

As CEO of Motion Infusion, a well-being training and consulting firm, Laura works with a range of organizations from Fortune 500s to nonprofits to academic institutions, helping each to build a culture of well-being.

Recent media appearances include MSNBC, US News & World Report, Business Insider and NPR. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Entrepreneur and The American Journal of Health Promotion. Laura teaches at Stanford University and is the recipient of the American Heart Association’s “2020 Impact” award and the National Wellness Institutes “Circle of Leadership” award. A graduate of Stanford University and Brown University, Laura lives in San Francisco with her fiancé.

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Webinar Series:

  • Love (& Life) In The Time OF COVID-19 – Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera, this session offers information, tips, and hope during these uncertain times, addressing the following questions: What do we need to know?, What should we be doing?, And how do we cope? We’ll pull from a variety of disciplines including science, psychology, philosophy, and literature to provide answers as well as practical strategies to help you sustain well-being, purpose and a sense of meaning.
  • The (Virtual) Multiplier of Well-Being  A healthier, happier Me At My Best workforce is good for people and good for organizations. The research repeatedly suggests that the extent to which employees are well largely comes down to leadership commitment – especially from managers. If there’s ever a time that employees are counting on their team leaders, it’s now. This talk outlines the critical role that each manager plays in enabling their team members to be well, and the specific steps that each can take to become a Multiplier of Well-Being.
  • How COVID-19 Should Shift Your Wellness Strategy – What steps should you take with your wellness strategy during this time of COVID-19 and its aftermath? This is a session that is specifically designed for those who are in the business of helping others to be well. Learn about how you can redirect your wellness offerings to meet your people where they’re at and at the same time, meet bottom-line objectives. Perhaps the biggest lesson learned – and one that you can apply toward your wellness strategy – is that “there is no me without you.” That is, the only way forward is together.

Me At My Best
How to drive personal performance through well-being

What are the keys to not just surviving — but fully thriving? How can you become “Me At My Best” when you are a busy, hard-driving, ambitious professional? Through a combination of stories and science, learn about the secrets needed to thrive and achieve personal excellence, even when time is short. We’ll uncover the multiple facets to being well, including physical, emotional, social, financial, career and community. You’ll come away refreshed and armed with specific takeaways to catapult yourself into a revitalized way of living.

Key points:

  • Me At My Best – that’s what it’s all about
  • Do you have the energy that you need to be that?
  • Keys to thriving and tips for each
Stand Up For More Movement

How to future-proof our world by getting in motion

As human beings, we are designed to move. The problem is, we live in a society that literally mandates us to sit. Learn about what’s happening to us as a result of our pervasive sedentary lifestyles, why getting active is more than just getting a workout and how you can infuse movement into your daily work routine, even when there’s “no time.”

In a provocative and delightful talk, Laura Putnam, author of “Workplace Wellness That Works” and CEO of Motion Infusion, unpacks the “biological-cultural mismatch” we all face when it comes to more movement, and the specific steps we can each take to get a little more “motion infusion.” After hearing this inspiring talk, you’ll rethink the next time you ask someone to “Have a seat!”

Key points:

  • When we move, we get healthier, happier, smarter
  • Born to move, culturally mandated to sit
  • The difference we can each make – starting with ourselves

Workplace Wellness that Works
How to build a winning culture

The evidence is unequivocal: a healthier, happier workforce is good for people, good for the bottom line and essential for building a winning team. Employee well-being in all dimensions, including physical, emotional, social and financial, are critical for an organization’s success.

The good news is that nearly all employees have access to some type of wellness program today. But, do these programs actually work? Evidence suggests that most do not. Over 80% of eligible employees are opting out and rates of stress and poor health continue to soar. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Learn about why every organization cannot afford to overlook employee well-being, and the steps each can take to truly make a difference. You will walk out inspired to start a movement of well-being in your organization.

Key points:

  • Instead of a program, start a movement
  • How to cultivate an environment and culture that supports well-being
  • Help people to imagine what’s possible

The Multiplier Effect
What the best team leaders do differently

A healthier, happier “Me At My Best” workforce is good for people and good for organizations. Meanwhile, most leaders continue to view wellness as being outside of their scope, disconnected from the bottom-line, and something to be addressed by HR. But, the research repeatedly suggests that the extent to which employees are well when they are at work and even when they are away from work, largely comes down to leadership commitment – especially from managers.  This talk outlines the critical role that every team leader plays in embedding wellness into the fabric of business as usual, enabling their team member to be well, and the specific steps that each can take to become a Multiplier of Well-Being.

Key points:

  • Why well-being
  • Why you – the ripple effect
  • Do, Speak, Create
  • Oasis of well-being

“Laura’s energy and knowledge is something we always look forward to when we know she is presenting. She is professional, authentic and a true wellness expert. I am inspired after each time I hear her speak!”
Jessica Moore, BCBSVT

“So grateful to Laura Putnam for being our incredibly interactive, energetic and brilliant keynote speaker at the American Heart Association’s 2020 Workplace Health Symposium. She spoke the truth about what we need to do to Rewrite the Script about wellbeing in our workplaces and our communities to improve health across the board.”
Maddie Philley, Community Impact Director, American Heart Association

“Laura is an empathic storyteller, which allowed her to really connect with people at our annual Accountable Blue Health and Wellness employer event. Her energy and insights that day created space for people to shift their thinking, remove barriers, and actually envision a Vermont where we could be the healthiest state in the nation.”
Don George, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

“I attended Laura Putnam’s ‘Activating Managers Bootcamp.’ It was by far the best training I have ever attended!”
Angela Kraft, State Employee Wellness Coordinator, Idaho Division of Human Resources

“Laura’s keynote at this year’s Health & Benefits Leadership Conference was truly a hit!”
David Shadovitz, Editor, Human Resource Executive

“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your speech at the NBGH conference last week. Your message was well received and just the inspiration I needed as we navigate into the open enrollment season. Thank you for sharing your insights!”
Kristen Sylvester, Wellness Project Manager at United Airlines

“Laura was an amazing speaker and her book is one of the best I’ve read on worksite wellness!”
Mylynn K. Tufte, State Health Officer, North Dakota

“Laura is the most popular keynote we’ve ever had.”
Kathryn Gay, Vice Chair, First Coast Worksite Wellness Council

“A great speaker who reinforces the little things we can all do to maintain and promote a healthy lifestyle. She is both informative and engaging!”
-Pamela Vavra, Senior Account Manager, Blue Shield of CA

“Laura Putnam is one of the new visionary leaders that has emerged to ensure workplace wellness continues to move forward.”
–-Bill Baun, Former Wellness Officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center

“Laura gave a superb opening address at Workforce Strategy 2017. A dynamic and professional on-stage presence, Laura communicates by showing more than telling; her use of images, powerful data points, examples and stories enhances impact, as evidenced by numerous references to her content throughout the rest of the conference.”
–-LuAnn Heinen, Vice President, National Business Group on Health

Article in Chief Executive Magazine: How You Can Make Workplace Wellness Work

Article in Triple Pundit: To Improve Employee Health, Start with Workplace Culture

Article in Training Magazine and reprinted by SHRM: From Gatekeeper to Multiplier: Give Your Managers a Role in Wellness Plans

Delivering Happiness blog post: Me At My Best – What Workplace Wellness Should Really Be About

Article in The Enterprisers Project: How to run less painful meetings: Add motion