GGC-Health • Wellness • Leadership • Human Potential • Impact • GGC-General
Elie Losleben leads technology projects that span more than a dozen emerging economies, aimed at lifting vulnerable populations out of poverty. Her company, Code Innovation, has been funded to do this work by UNICEF, the UK Department of International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Elie has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and consults for both governments and the social sector on how to strengthen systems and incorporate innovative technologies. She’s done pioneering work on gender issues and women’s safety and created some of the only free, African language digital resources for communities impacted by Ebola.
Elie is a founding member of the Wellness faculty at Singularity University, where she has designed and lead programs on leadership and resilience for startups and experienced executives for more than four years.
This talk explores three different epidemics that require urgent attention from global leaders. Elie begins by exploring our preparedness for threats like H5N1 or Hemorrhagic Fevers. Our interconnectedness, recklessness with the natural world and poorly planned cities leave us vulnerable to disease and instability. Epidemics can strain a public health system to a breaking point. We need to cultivate resilience and preparedness for these sorts of epidemics and exponential technologies play a key role—for monitoring, preventing and responding.
A second epidemic is already unfolding around the world: depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses are starting to take a massive toll on society and the economy alike. The World Health Organization and others predict that mental illnesses will continue to spread until they are even more prevalent than physical health issues. They warn that our current responses are inadequate. Elie explores the technologies and solutions that can help us to understand and heal from mental health challenges.
The final epidemic included in this talk is violence against women. Oppression of women expresses itself in different places around the world and its costs are harmful and slowing of our progress. Technology has been a double-edged sword with regards to women’s safety; but there are reasons to be hopeful.
Leaders today are facing a dynamic and emergent context of accelerating technological change that impacts everything from society’s expectations of career success to intimate personal relationships. Those of us responsible for companies, organizations and communities must learn how to navigate the stress that comes with adapting to constant change.
This workshop introduces a four-part wellness compass: mind, body, heart, and spirit. In the workshop, participants will identify where their own strengths are and where they most need the support of self-care practices. Elie then explores the latest research on how to optimize self-care interventions for each of the compass points, such as physical health (nutrition, sleep, hydration, exercise), emotional boundaries, mental well-being and impact or purpose.
At the end, each participant will determine a leveraged and small action to take that will yield results where they’ll be noticed most.
Participants will leave the workshop with completed worksheets that can be used as roadmaps towards greater wellness, leadership and personal resilience.