Ginger Zee to headline 2022 Health & Benefits Leadership Conference

The TV personality, ABC News chief meteorologist and mental health advocate will speak about why employers must step up their mental health efforts.
By: | November 17, 2021

Mental health is taking the spotlight for the opening keynote of HRE’s Health & Benefits Leadership Conference.

TV personality, ABC News chief meteorologist and mental health advocate Ginger Zee will headline the 2022 Human Resource Executive® Health & Benefits Leadership Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas from April 5-7.

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In her opening keynote, “The Mental Health Crisis: Time for Action,” Zee will draw from her personal journey and history of mental health struggles to discuss why company leaders must step up to destigmatize mental health in the workplace. Zee, an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning meteorologist, is also the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I Am One, where she opens up about her own significant mental health issues that went undiagnosed until she entered inpatient therapy. She currently covers the nation’s weather headlines on Good Morning America and across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms.

Ginger Zee

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Zee’s keynote comes at an important time: Mental health has been a big focus of employers over the past year and a half as rates of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout have soared among employees because of the ongoing pandemic. As a result, scores of employers have stepped up efforts on mental health by adding and expanding benefits, implementing mental health days and offering digital solutions. Still, experts say efforts must continue.

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The 2022 Health & Benefits Leadership Conference marks the return of an in-person event. The 2021 event was held virtually due to COVID-19.

Zee joins a robust conference program that will go in-depth on the ongoing pandemic and the new world of work as well as spotlight some of the hottest trends and issues facing HR and benefits professionals.

Other mainstage events will include a panel of HR and benefits leaders on how COVID-19 has reshaped benefits; a session about improving workers’ wellbeing when they work remotely from i4cp’s Carrie Bevis; and a keynote address from James Klein, president of the American Benefits Council, who will discuss what benefits and HR professionals need to know about benefits policy in 2022.

Registration is now open. To sign up, visit benefitsconf.com.

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.