Welcome to Summit 2021

November 8-10, 2021

Aligning Wellness to High Performance!

is Wellness tied to high performance?

Join us to explore how the wellness and high-performance connection impacts your workplace or career

Virtual Showcase of Sponsors & Exhibitors   7:00 am -7:30 am

Summit Store and Charity of Choice Introduction  7:30 am -8:00 am

PRE Summit

November 8, 2021 

 Executive Roundtable on Workplace Health & Performance

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (CST)

10:00 am  

10:05 am


8:00 am - 8:30 am

8:30 am - 9:15 am 

JOYCE ODIDISON -  Keynote Speaker


Systemic Racism and unconscious bias continues to be a very divisive and polarizing issue in workplaces. As we prepare for this summit I have clients who are terrified to sound the alarm on the racist comments, gestures and dismissive attitudes they encounter at work. This has resulted in repressed anger, depression, obesity, and the early unset of other chronic diseases for Blacks and other visible minority employees, contributing to unhealthy work experiences, this is another viewpoint that connects with the Black Lives Matter movement.

10:50 am  

 sUMMIT MARKETPLACE & Sponsor Highlights

10:50 am  - 11:00 am              ENERGY BREAK  

9: 30 am  - 9:45 am 


Patience Hemenway

Panel Discussion

Our Panelists

Andrew E. Guy                 

Andrew E. Guy is an author, and an international speaker with a global reach. He is a staff development trainer and a personal development coach who helps professionals and leaders balance work and life so they can pursue purposeful living. Andrew is a professionally certified classroom educator and a former teacher of the year. He is an Educational Classroom Engagement expert, and a Certified Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour, (PMAB). Andrew’s coaching and consulting work includes Professional Development for new educators, Work-Life Enrichment for professional staff, municipal public service members, faith-based and not-for-profit organizations.

Patience Hemenway

Patience Hemenway MS, International Bestselling Author and Speaker, Corporate, Trainer, ICF Certified Coach and Master Serenity Coach at Patience Serenity Grove. As a survivor of the storms of life, a mother, leader, and wife, Patience reached rock bottom as an immigrant, a single mother, graduate student working 3 jobs, experienced miscarriages and bullied; stress, panic attacks and burnout became her middle name. How
did she stay calm in an ambulance when her only daughter nearly drowned and was unconscious while her husband just got discharged from a hip replacement surgery that same day? Well, Patience has found the secret tools successful leaders have used to overcome stress, anxiety and burnout in their personal and professional lives.

Ally Nataniel

Ally Nathaniel is a leadership and productivity consultant who specializes in building emotional resilience. Ally is a best-selling author who sold over 60,000 of her books and the creator of Emotional Business IQ TM. Her BA is in business management and psychology and for many years, she worked as a recruiter for the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and managed HR and technology teams in high-tech companies. She is also a motivational speaker and mentor.

Joyce Odidison

Joyce is the President and CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. and is a Conflict Analyst, Author, Entrepreneur, Certified coach, Interpersonal Wellness expert, and thought leader. Joyce is adept at creating powerful models and programs such as the wellness competency mindset coach training certification program, approved by the international coach federation (ICF); that teaches a whole-person perspective built on key wellness competencies. Joyce is founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit that brings together practitioners, leaders, and organizations globally to share and learn best practices to enhance wellness at work. She is host of the What’s Happening at Work podcast and is a frequent TV guest expert, who has been featured in Canadian Living, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Fast Company, Thrive Global. Joyce holds a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Management and is a Certified coach and certified training professional.

Ben Akoh


Dr. Ben Akoh is an organizational development expert on employee engagement, performance development and institutional corporate learning. He is also the founder of the African Movie Festival in Manitoba, an organization that creates a platform for cross-cultural understanding and dialogue through cinema.

Sandi Boucher


Sandi Boucher is a much-loved speaker, thought-leader, blogger, podcaster, seminar facilitator, and best-selling author who has dedicated her life to empowering the marginalized, assisting them to develop "a SELF that serves". As a proud member of Seine River First Nation, Sandi began her speaking career in 2009. Now more than a decade later, Sandi continues to use conversational English, stories, humour, metaphors, and personal examples to empower men and women of all cultural backgrounds.

11:45 am - 12:30 pm                           LUNCH BREAK

10: 30 am  - 10:44 am


11:45 am - 12:30 pm


Afternoon Workshop: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Black Lives Matter to Wellness at Work

Alex Ihama

Mental Health in the Workplace

Why Black Lives Matter – The Strategic Imperative from Diversity to Inclusion.

Due to the racial revolution of our time, the topic of systemic racism has made its way to the top of the agendas of organizations and governments around the world. As a result, people and organizations need to identify and deal with the unconscious biases that are hindering diversity, inclusion and equity in business, churches, schools, associations, all arms of government. An uncommon perspective of Why Black Lives Matter and the Strategic Imperative from Diversity to Inclusion. 

Come and learn how to:

  • Explore black lives matter from different lenses
  • Examine diversity and its impact on the workplace
  • How leaders can communicate black lives matter
  • Recognize the role of inclusion on the health and well-being of diverse groups

Panelists: Designing Solutions to Systematic Racism

Phyllis Haynes                

As a speaker, facilitator, trainer, and moderator, Phyllis Haynes is in demand. Her knowledge of global media, new media technology and cross-cultural communication encompasses over 20 years of experience in television. She is also receiving attention for her video biographies and interviews of accomplished individuals who may not have received the media attention they deserved.   Dr. Russell Ackoff, (deceased) professor emeritus of the Wharton School is among her favorites. She is well known as the former co-host of WOR-TV's "Straight Talk" and as former network correspondent for ABC's "Evening News with Peter Jennings" and "Good Morning America."

Yonason Goldson

Yonason Goldson is director of Ethical Imperatives, LLC, teaching professionals how good ethics is good business and the benefits of intellectual diversity. He’s a keynote speaker, TEDx presenter, and community rabbi, as well as a repentant hitchhiker, recovered circumnavigator, former newspaper columnist, and retired high school teacher in St. Louis. He’s authored hundreds of articles and six books applying ancient rabbinic wisdom to the challenges of the modern, secular world.

Alex Ihama

Since 1999, Alex has been working with reputable organizations like the Bank of Montreal, Moneris Solutions, CIBC, Canada Basketball, the City of Toronto, the City of Markham, Region of Peel and even arms of the United Nations to share and develop strategic and sustainable solutions to eliminate systemic racism, maximize diversity and build equitable and inclusive corporate cultures.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm                                              Blended Working Group Panels    

Questions From the audience - Mindset and Competency Working Group, Solutions exploration

3:15 pm             Reflections and Take Away

2:30 - 2:45 pm


7:15 pm - 7:45 pm


3:30 pm                    Wrap Up

8:00 pm

Wrap Up

Earn up to 18 Recertification credits for SHRM

Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.  The Global Workplace Wellness Summit is valid for 26 PDCs options for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.