LOWELL, Massachusetts – A free UMass Lowell public program will explore ways to stay grounded, healthy, and engaged while maintaining the line between your work and personal life in these changing times.

The online event “Holistic Health: Women, Wellness and Leadership” brings together experts from a variety of fields to discuss the effects of stress on general health, the priority of eating a healthy diet to stay healthy, the science behind mindfulness and effective leadership strategies to discuss challenges and opportunities to master in the workplace and beyond. The program, one in a series of UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conversations, will take place on Tuesday, June 15 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Citizens wishing to participate should register at www.eventbrite.com/e/holistic-health-women-wellness-leadership-tickets-156550896947.

“With one of the most difficult years in our history behind us, sharing our experiences, taking care of ourselves, and building our skills and resilience as we move toward our leadership roles at work and in the community has never been more important. This interactive session will encourage attendees to achieve these goals, ”said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, who will welcome attendees to the event.

Anne Maglia, UMass Lowell Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Administration and Integrity, will moderate the program, which includes insights from the following experts:

  • Karoline Evans, UMass Lowell Manning School of Business Assistant Professor of Management and Research Associate at the University’s Center for Women and Labor;
  • Kelsey Mangano, UMass Lowell Assistant Professor of Biomedicine and Nutritional Science and Director of the Nutritional Science Program at the university’s Zuckerberg College of Health Science;
  • Tara Healey, founder and director of the Mind the Moment mindfulness program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

“I am particularly pleased about the focus on the holistic health of female executives. While most of us are pretty good at pursuing professional development activities to improve our business acumen and leadership skills, we don’t always put the same amount of energy into our own health. This promises to be a dynamic discussion on how we can support and improve our whole selves and how focusing on our own health can make us better leaders, ”said Maglia.

The program builds on the success of the UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) presented by the university. This event brings together hundreds of business, government, and nonprofit professionals to learn from a series of speakers and panel sessions, attend interactive workshops, and attend networking events to share best practices, challenges, and opportunities related to leadership .

Past UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership events have featured executives from Coca-Cola, Deloitte Consulting LLP, IBM Corp. and Scholastic Inc. along with dozens of other professionals from the creative arts, technology, education, finance, government, healthcare, human medicine featured resources, human resources, legal and retail sectors.

“For several years now, we’ve been thinking about how to expand the energy, community building, and rich delivery of our UMass Lowell Women’s Leadership Conference beyond our face-to-face meetings. When the world moved to virtual programming last year, we decided to take this opportunity and offer shorter, focused, conversational “fireplace chat” sessions. Our first Future of Work event was very well received, so we’re building on that momentum, ”said Elizabeth Altman, assistant professor of management at UMass Lowell Manning School of Business and co-chair of the WLC. “We look forward to continuing to offer events that enable attendees to learn in a fun and informative way. We encourage people to keep their cameras on during the sessions and coordinate participation with friends and colleagues so that together we can continue to build this vibrant community focused on leading women. We are also happy to offer these sessions free of charge to encourage broad participation. “

The Women’s Leadership Conference was founded in 2015 by Moloney, the first woman to lead UMass Lowell in her history and one of the earliest recipients of the Boston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award. UMass Lowell is named 12th – and for the fourth year in a row – the top-ranked educational institution – in the top 100 women-run companies in Massachusetts by Boston Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute.

In addition to the events of the Women’s Leadership Conference, the university hosts the Center for Women and Work, an innovative research collaboration that seeks solutions to gender inequality in the workforce through education and the promotion of change. The Center’s National Science Foundation-funded Making WAVES (Women Academics Valued and Engaged in STEM) initiative establishes innovative approaches to increasing faculty diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math in colleges across the country; UMass Lowell is one national research university that offers its more than 18,000 students bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, visual arts, health, humanities, natural and social sciences. UMass Lowell offers quality educational programs and personal attention from leading faculty and staff that prepare all graduates to be leaders in their communities and around the world. www.uml.edu

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