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Empathetic Leadership: Understanding and Supporting Mental Health

Our 2020 Symposium session videos will be available on the platform until December 31, 2020, but we know it’s way more fun to watch the presentations with others so we’re having three watch parties during the month of December.  The watch parties will consist of the presentation (roughly 60 minutes) followed by live discussion with watch party attendees.  If you registered for the 2020 Symposium, watch for the email with all log-in details for the watch parties. Questions should be sent to

Session Topic: Empathetic Leadership: Understanding and Supporting Mental Health

Speaker: Sarah Noll Wilson, CEO/Chief Edge Officer, Sarah Noll Wilson, Inc.

Session Description:

While millions of people suffer directly or are impacted indirectly by mental illness, the reality is that each of us will experience some type of mental health challenges in our lifetime. Right now all of us are experiencing significant levels of prolonged exposure to stress as a result of the Covid Pandemic which has resulted in higher levels of mental health challenges. People are reporting higher levels of fatigue, difficulty sleeping, losing track of time, memory issues and irritability.

As leaders our goal is to help our team members be at their best. Mental health impacts our physical health, productivity, ability to innovate, how we connect to others, and most importantly it impacts how we see ourselves. To truly support the wellbeing of our people, we need to understand the beautiful complexity of what it means to be human even when and especially when it comes to mental health.

Leveraging current research and best practices combined with her personal experience with mental health illness as a person and a leader, Sarah will guide a conversation on what it means to be a leader who supports mental health.

Objectives: To provide leaders with the direction to dispel myths and break the common stigmas surrounding mental health in the workplace.  To encourage those with mental illnesses to embrace treatments that can return them to a highly-productive work life and professional well-being.

Presentation Highlights Include Identifying:

  • The signs and symptoms of mental illness in the workplace.
  • How the current situation is contributing to mental health disorders.
  • The difference employers can make in the impact of mental illness in team members.
  • Strategies to address employee mental health disorders.