Laura Putnam is turning the wellness world upside down. From a book that pioneers a whole new system for workplace wellness to keynote speeches that are jam-packed with vitality, insight and humor – Laura is ready to revolutionize any organization.
She is a speaker, author, trainer and consultant, and has keynoted at conferences, corporations 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.”
As CEO of Motion Infusion, a wellness and human performance improvement provider, Laura is helping organizations to “get in motion.” By merging evidence-based methodologies from the field of wellness with best practices from the field of learning and development, Motion Infusion is introducing creative solutions to address engagement, behavior change, human performance, and building healthier, happier, more innovative organizations.
Laura’s 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. She recently was welcomed as part of the Vitality Lab which is a collaborative community hosted by Google to help navigate the big challenges in health and well-being, aspiring to help organizations, their people, families, and communities live purposeful and healthy lives.
Laura has taught 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.
Born to Move, Told to Sit
Our future in the balance
Jerry Seinfeld once joked about how we load up into cars, just to unload into restaurants, movie seats, or back to our own living room couch. Americans sit a lot – on average, over 10 hours a day. Moreover, we’ve inadvertently spawned an epidemic of sitting around the world.
There are a multitude of factors that keep us from moving throughout the day: classrooms where kids sit for hours at a time, work environments that keep people constantly in front of computers, even groceries that are delivered to our homes. Meanwhile, we are inundated by a stream of fad exercise classes and news stories about the dangers of sitting. We’re told what to do: “Move more, sit less!” And we are left to feel that we’re failing ourselves and that we are to blame. But the reality is that widespread change can only happen when we collectively change the culture and environment that surrounds us.
As human beings, we are designed to move. The problem is, we live in a society that literally mandates us to sit. This session unpacks the “biological-cultural” mismatch we’ve created – and provides a meaningful roadmap forward. After hearing this talk, you’ll rethink the next time you ask someone to “Have a seat!”
Workplace Wellness That Works
10 steps to infuse vitality & well-being into any organization
The evidence is clear: a healthier, happier workforce is good for people, good for the bottom line and essential for building a winning team. But, are workplace wellness actually working? Evidence suggests most do not. Over 80% of eligible employees are opting out and rates of stress and poor health continue to soar.
Learn about how you can get workplace wellness to work and why you should – especially now in the time of COVID-19. You will walk away with a 10-step template to measurably improve the health and vitality of your employees. Come away inspired to start a movement of well-being in your organization!
Creatures of Culture
No, we are NOT creatures of habit
It’s time for a rethink on why our wellness efforts aren’t getting us any healthier, and what we can do differently. Hint: we do not need another self-help book or another app designed to improve our individual habits. Rather, the key lies in taking collective action. As COVID-19 has laid bare, “there is no me without you.” That is, the only way forward is together. This provocative talk unpacks the cultural complexities that get in the way of each of us becoming our best selves and then explores how each of us tackle these barriers to become accountable for ourselves and for others. Walk away with an understanding of why we are “creatures of culture,” along with a blueprint to make a difference in your community, your workplace, the team you’re on, and for yourself.
Multipliers of Well-Being
What the best team leaders do differently
A healthier, happier workforce is good for everyone. The problem is, most leaders continue to view wellness as being outside of their scope, disconnected from the bottom line, and something to be addressed by HR. Meanwhile, an extensive body of literature clearly shows that the extent to which employees are well largely comes down to leaders, especially managers.
Learn about the critical role that the team leader plays in embedding wellness into the fabric of business as usual, and the steps each can take to become a Multiplier of Well-Being.
Me At My Best®
How to drive personal performance through well-being
In a challenging time, how can we not only survive, but thrive? How can we become our version of “Me At My Best®” as we each navigate our way through the fallout from COVID-19? Through a combination of stories and science, learn about the secrets needed to weather the storm to become more resilient. You’ll get up to speed on the multiple dimensions needed to be your best self: physical, emotional, social, financial, career, and community. Come away refreshed and armed with specific takeaways to catapult yourself into a revitalized way of living.
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. At a time when our country is confronting three overlapping crises – coronavirus, financial distress, and reckoning with racism and injustice – how do we cope and how can we each make a difference? Come away with practical strategies to sustain well-being, purpose, and a sense of meaning.
“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
“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