Gettysburg, Pa. (July 31, 2022) — Social Current’s Karen Johnson, Senior Director for the Change in Mind Institute, and Kelly Martin, Director of Practice Excellence, will present Inspiring Workforce Resiliency Through Activation of the Social Sector — The Social Current Case Study at the August 4 OPEN MINDS Circle Elite Virtual Executive Roundtable. The session will discuss emerging practices for understanding and responding to stress, distress, and trauma in the workplace, and creating workforce resilience.

“The responsibility of promoting positive mental health has shifted from the employee to the employer in recent years” noted Monica E. Oss, chief executive officer of OPEN MINDS. “It is important for organizations to take concrete steps to promote resiliency and combat employee burnout and turnover in the workforce. This has become part of retention in a very tight labor market.”

This discussion will explore concepts and strategies from both the neurosciences and human services for advancing positive workforce goals such as managing conflict, nurturing relationships, embracing equity, and achieving our outcomes. Social Current will share their process for partnering with organizations to build a resilient workforce that can adapt and thrive in times of change and challenge.

Social Current was formed in 2021 through the merger of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and the Council on Accreditation to activate the power of the social sector by bringing together a dynamic network of human/social service organizations and partners. Leveraging the collective experience of the field and research, they drive continuous evolution and improvement. Social Current elevates the work of the social sector through collaboration, innovation, policy, and practice excellence. They offer access to intellectual capital of thousands of professionals within our network through peer groups, learning opportunities, advocacy, individualized consultation, tools, and resources that address the sector’s most critical challenges. Their mission is to, “advocate for and implement equitable solutions to society’s toughest challenges through collaboration, innovation, policy, and practice excellence.”

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Karen Johnson brings knowledge of the advancing science around resilience, brain development, adversity, toxic stress, equity, and trauma-informed approaches to the complex challenges we face. This expertise, coupled with 28 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health, and community services, enables her to successfully partner with leaders, staff, community members, and participants across numerous settings to promote individual and organizational resilience. Ms. Johnson leads the development of Social Current’s Change in Mind Institute, which partners with organizations and communities to strengthen the workforce and leadership to build brain science-aligned and equity-focused systems and policies that support better outcomes for children and families. Ms. Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker certified in Dr. Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead and trained in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.

Kelly Martin is the Director of Practice Excellence at Social Current. Her position has a special emphasis on applied developmental psychology, educational success, policy, and advocacy. In this role, she collaborates with stakeholders across the network to advance systems change through policy and advocacy efforts, and to build the capacities of members through networking, knowledge, and solutions.  She is currently a leader in the Change in Mind Institute, working with organizations on advancing brain science, equity, diversity and inclusion, and work force resilience. Ms. Martin has experience facilitating design sessions and learning opportunities with social sector leaders and frontline staff, informed by her background in professional development and quality improvement systems in education spaces.

The August 4 Circle Elite Executive Roundtable is offered as part of a weekly series designed to help executive teams navigate the business, organizational, operational, and culture changes of a market in turbulence during (and after) the COVID-19 crisis. Each one-hour briefing outlines a field-tested approach for recovering from the crisis and developing a plan for organizational sustainability. Once an exclusive benefit to Elite members of the OPEN MINDS Circle, these impactful sessions are now available to all OPEN MINDS subscribers and available on demand.

OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence, management consulting, and marketing services firm specializing exclusively in the markets of the health and human service field that serve consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. OPEN MINDS’ mission is to provide payers, service provider organizations, and technology and scientific firms that serve these consumers with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

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