“Most of the world’s 3.4 billion workers are unwell,” as stated in the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) research report on The Future of Wellness at Work, five years ago. Today, 2021, during the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19, where our world is changing at an incomparable pace, there is a rising epidemic of the unwell, stressed workforce where anxiety, burnout, employee disengagement and economic insecurity plagues our global population.
The Economic Cost of Stress
In the United States, where the most extensive data are available, the cost of chronic disease, mental health challenges and stress is estimated to be more than $2.2 trillion each year or 12 percent of GDP (GWI report). The World Economic Forum estimates that chronic diseases and mental illness will result in a projected cumulative $47 trillion in lost economic output globally from 2011-2030. What is more alarming, is many of these diseases are preventable, thereby these projected hemorrhaging costs can be avoidable.
Conference Theme: Leadership in Industry 5.0
The theme of this year’s conference is Leadership in Industry 5.0: Becoming Future Ready. The 2021 objectives focus on developing leaders that are agile and self-disruptive to lead their organisations into the future. The conference has high expectations with the ethos, ‘that the future-ready leader is one who is able to anticipate, adjust to new realities, create resilience and sustainable solutions while ensuring a sense of purpose that energizes their people and drives change.’
Since the inception of this conference, a partnership was established with the University of the West Indies Open Campus within their continuing education programme. This collaboration allows conference participants to gain continuing education course credit and UWI digital badge as verified attendees to both days of the conference.
Premier Leadership Conference in the Caribbean
The Disruptive Leadership Conference started in 2019 in response to the many leadership gaps encountered within the workplace across the region. This conference is the flagship event of Go Blue Inc, a management consulting firm based in Grenada.
Judy McCutcheon, CEO of Go Blue Inc, with more than 20 years of leadership experience under her belt, envisioned this leadership summit as one that not only drives success but guides Caribbean leaders to create sustainable impact and significance within their teams and organisations. McCutcheon believes that the region is well equipped with leaders undertaking exceptional initiatives within their organisations. Therefore, an integral part of the Conference methodology is to use regional leaders as facilitators.
Speakers from Trinidad and Tobago
This year’s speaker line up has five speakers from Trinidad and Tobago:
Randyll Pandohie is an IT Applications Manager for The University of the West Indies Open Campus and is an artificial intelligence genius with a Caribbean focus. Randyll believes that AI will soon transform businesses in the Caribbean, and therefore, knowledge and understanding is key. In a world that’s becoming increasingly more automated, Randyll will share his wisdom by speaking on, “Using AI to Fuel The Future.”
David Green is the Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Hitachi Systems Security Inc. His 20-year career in top leadership positions has provided him with a wealth of information on cybersecurity. David will present on “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in the Industry 5.0 for Leaders: A Practical Approach.”
Sarah Inglefield is the CEO of Ogilvy Caribbean, passionate about business and communications, and particularly about building brands and teams. Sarah’s bold moves and radical ideas are unprecedented in the way they transform organisations. She will grace the stage and share her thoughts on modern work structures, as she speaks on “The New Way of Work”.
Dr Safeeya Mohammed, CEO of SISU Global Wellness and 2009 alumni to the distinguished International Visitor Leadership Programme of the US Department of State, is on a mission to indoctrinate Preventative programmes that are wellbeing-focused within the workplace. Over the past decade, motivated by the overwhelming burdens of ill health, escalating NCDs and unwellness in the Caribbean, she switched focus from working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit setting to strategic interventions for the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases. Dr Mohammad will inform this year’s conference on “How can leaders play a pivotal role in supporting employee well-being?”
Judy McCutcheon, the visionary behind this leadership series is an expert in organisational design, talent management, employee development and training. Judy helps businesses create amazing employee experiences so that they in turn can deliver value to customers. Years of collaborating with companies to solve their people problems have taught her the best practices for fostering a healthy work environment. She will be presenting on the topic, “Creating Better Employee Experiences.”
The conference takes place virtually on November 11 and 12, 2021.
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