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SHRM Executive Network and SHRM Foundation Explore Belonging and Workplace Mental Health at Visionaries Summit in Chicago

Leaders Uzair Qadeer of Carbon Health, John Ferguson of NASCAR and more discuss the effects of workplace culture on belonging and mental health.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) Executive Network and the SHRM Foundation are co-hosting the second annual Visionaries Summit and Tharseō Awards. The Summit will explore how belonging and mental health are vital to a successful, productive workplace. The Visionaries Summit will take place at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago from October 17-18, 2022 and will feature remarks from a diverse selection of industry leaders, such as SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP; Stephen W. Beard of Adtalem Global Education Inc.; and Pat Wadors of UKG.

The Visionaries Summit will convene C-Suite executives and HR professionals to discuss how to drive business success through a thriving office culture. The Summit builds off of insights gained from the recent SHRM Foundation's Mental Health in America report, which finds that 88 percent of HR professionals believe workplace mental health resources can increase productivity. 

"Research shows nearly 1 in 4 workers are feeling down, depressed or hopeless—not sometimes, but often," said Taylor. "Our goal at Visionaries is to show that cultivating a workplace environment with belonging and mental health is good for employees and the company. It's more important than ever to build inclusive, empathetic and resilient workplace cultures amid a countrywide mental health crisis."

The Visionaries Summit creates opportunities for executives to discuss the work they've done in their organizations, enabling attendees to share ideas in an exclusive, private gathering of peers. This opportunity is timely. The workplace is rapidly and irreversibly changing after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, and demands are not abating for social justice and dynamic diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategies. Today's executives face challenges—and opportunities—that their predecessors never did. Success demands workplaces that support belonging and mental health. 

Hosted with the Visionaries Summit, the SHRM Foundation's Tharseō Awards Gala will take place Monday night at the Field Museum. Launched in 2021, the Tharseō Awards recognize three leaders who demonstrate the vision, courage and business acumen to transform the workplace and are at the cutting edge of strengthening the connections between employees and company purpose. Each honoree serves as a visionary in their respective organization and furthers the conversation around belonging and mental health in the workplace.

"This year's Visionaries Summit and Tharseō Awards are a testament to SHRM and the SHRM Foundation's continued commitment to the future of belonging and workplace mental health," said SHRM Foundation President Wendi Safstrom. "Since beginning this conversation last year, we have taken this commitment to new heights, but our actions don't stop here. We aim for attendees to turn these discussions into concrete action—working toward solutions for a better tomorrow."

Leaders attending this year's Visionaries Summit will discover that each executive can create change for their employees and company. For more information about the Visionaries Summit and Tharseō Awards, please visit

About SHRM Executive Network
As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. More than 95% of the Fortune 500 rely on SHRM members to drive their people and strategy. The SHRM Executive Network is a vetted, private collective of CHROs and VPs at mid-market and large enterprises who influence human capital. Learn more at

About the SHRM Foundation
Founded in 1966, the SHRM Foundation is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the world's largest HR professional society, SHRM. SHRM represents more than 300,000 HR professionals across the globe, impacting 115 million workers and their families. The SHRM Foundation mobilizes the power of HR for positive social change in the workplace. Its robust resources, meaningful partnerships and evidence-based programming educate and empower HR professionals to hire diverse talent, build inclusive workplaces, prioritize workplace mental health and wellness, develop and support the next generation of HR professionals, and help employees find purpose at work and beyond. Learn more at


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