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 Fransisco with her fiancé.

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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 leaders do differently

A healthier, happier workforce is good for people, good for the bottom line and essential for building a winning team. Meanwhile, most leaders continue to view wellness as being outside of their scope, disconnected from the bottom line, something to be addressed by HR, and not part of their daily workday. But, the research repeatedly suggests that the extent to which employees are well when they are at work largely comes down to leadership commitment.

Senior leaders are needed to set the tone for well-being at work, and managers effectively serve as the conduits of well-being for their team members. Therefore, every leader must consider: Am I acting as a multiplier, or am I acting as a gatekeeper?

This talk outlines the critical role that every leader plays in embedding wellness into the fabric of business as usual, 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

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” – whatever that looks like for you? Learn about the multiple dimensions of well-being, including physical, emotional, social, financial, career and community.

Through a combination of stories and science, learn about the secrets needed to thrive. 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

“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