The Great Return to Work

Ensuring Individual and Organizational Wellbeing in the New Normal

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The Great Return to Work

Ensuring Individual and Organizational Wellbeing in the New Normal


Join us for a lively and insightful discussion on the Great Return, free and online. A panel of experts and leaders in mind sciences, business and management theory will address the uncertainty and anxiety facing employers and employees alike, as we all adjust to the unfolding New Normal. 

At the intersection of neuroscience, human psychology, social sciences and the emerging trends that are challenging businesses today, this panel will help unpack the issues and implications of the various work-from-home options and their long-term impact on employee and organizational wellbeing.


Our panelists will discuss:

  • How to meet the need for engagement, community and spontaneous creativity in work-from-home and hybrid work environments. 
  • How to address the mental and emotional needs of employees in the new normal.  
  • How to ensure a fair and just implementation of work-from-home and hybrid work environments. 
  • How to ensure that Diversity/Equity/Inclusion efforts will not be negatively impacted by this shift to work-from-home.


Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman, PhD is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. His New York Times bestseller, Emotional Intelligence was named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME magazine. The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Accenture Institute for Strategic Change have listed Goleman among the most influential business thinkers.

Goleman is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning and is co-director of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University.

Darrell Ford, JD, MBA serves as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for UPS. Prior to joining UPS, Darrell was the CHRO at DuPont. In addition to leading DuPont’s H.R. functions and activities, Darrell was integral in helping shape the company’s culture, with a focus on talent to increase customer and shareholder value. He achieved similar results in previous roles with Xerox, Advanced Micro Devices, Shell and Honeywell in his 30-year career.

Elected to the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and recognized by several professional organizations and magazines as one of the Most Influential Executives globally, Darrell earned his bachelor’s, MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Rutgers University.

Lindsey Cameron

Lindsey Cameron, PhD is an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on how algorithmic management is changing the modern workplace, especially individuals' work lives. A field researcher, she conducted a five-year ethnography of the largest employer in the gig economy— the ride-hailing industry —  based, in part, on her own experiences as a driver. She recently finished another project examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on gig economy workers on a number of different platforms. In another line of research, Professor Cameron has studied the effects of mindfulness programs and self-affirmation interventions on workplace culture.

Her work has been published in journals such as Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Process, Organizational Behavior, and the Academy of Management. Lindsey has spoken at many venues including the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, Microsoft and Harvard Law School. Prior to entering academia, Cameron spent over a decade as a political and technical analyst in the US government, having served in the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe.

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD is a psychiatrist, clinical researcher and meditation scholar-teacher who integrates neuroscience with contemplative practice to help people cultivate personal well-being, interpersonal compassion, and transformational leadership. Assistant Professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College and founder of the educational non-profit Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, he has published dozens of chapters and articles on the benefits and mechanisms of meditation in peer-reviewed publications such as The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. His books include the award-winning Boundless Leadership, Sustainable Happiness and Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy.

Katherine Klein

M O D E R A T O R  

Katherine Klein, PhD is an organizational psychologist and the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at Wharton.  Her research on diversity, leadership, team effectiveness, and innovation has appeared in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review.  Her current research is focused on organizational change and effectiveness following a leadership change at the top.  An award-winning teacher and research scholar, she is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. 

Since 2012, she has served as the Vice Dean for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII), whose mission is to build the talent pipeline and evidence base to lead business and capital markets in creating sustainable solutions to social and environmental challenges around the world. 

She teaches on social impact, leadership, organizational change, diversity, and research methods.  Each year, she brings 30 Wharton MBA students to Rwanda for her global modular course “Conflict, Leadership, and Change: Lessons from Rwanda.”

Klein received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her PhD in Community Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a member of the board of directors of United Therapeutics and serves as an advisor to the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. 


Elazar Aslan, MBA, PCC is an award-winning author, executive advisor, speaker, and Founder and CEO of Caterfly Solutions, a firm that offers coaching, workshops and rigorous programs to help leaders and their organizations operate from their peak potential to have a positive and lasting impact on their communities and the world.

Prior to starting Caterfly, Elazar founded Guild B2B, a strategic and marketing communications agency serving Fortune 500 clients and start-ups, where he built it to $80MM in capitalized billings and a top B2B Agency in the country, three years in a row.  Elazar started his business career in new product development at Kraft Foods, and proceeded to hold key marketing positions at American Express and ADP. 

Elazar is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA from The Wharton School. 


Date: Wednesday, June 22 from 12:00–1:30pm ET

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Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: FREE


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