Event Details

If there is one positive thing to come out of the pandemic, it is the increased focus on wellness.

The impact of employee health on productivity has never been more obvious. Having seen the disruption caused by the pandemic, we will never again take absences caused by chronic conditions or seasonal illnesses for granted. One important idea demonstrated over and over is that people who are fitter overall can often fight off diseases better and recover more quickly, suggesting that employees' physical fitness and overall health should be of interest to business leaders.

Of course, physical wellness should not be our only concern. Mental wellbeing is important for everyone, and from a business standpoint it affects such critical areas as engagement, retention, collaboration, and innovation. Mental health has traditionally been left undiscussed in this part of the world, and we look forward to changing that during our session.

It's worth remembering that wellness programs affect more than just health. Additional benefits include personal growth, such as improving self-confidence and self-discipline. Wellness programs also offer opportunities for leadership development and other professional soft skills' practice.

Following lunch, the session will include distinguished panelists discussing the business value of, and methods for achieving, physical and mental wellness among your workforce. We will also have an opportunity for a guided small-group discussion with a few of your peers, followed by a larger group discussion to share effective practices. You will leave the event with a better idea of how to improve employee wellness and what impact you can expect that to have.

And who knows? In addition to improving your employees' wellness, you just might learn something to improve your own, too.

This event is being held in-person. However, if your company policies do not allow you to join in-person events due to COVID, please contact us and we will seek alternative arrangements for you.

Due to current public health guidance, you must be fully vaccinated to attend the event OR have a negative Covid test result from a clinic that was completed after 2pm on September 27th. Hotel staff will be checking the vaccination status of all attendees.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please send an email to ecn_sea@economist.com.


11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Doors open for registration
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Lunch served
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Opening remarks and panel discussion
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Small group discussions
1:45 PM - 2 PM
Best practice sharing


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    Jeffery Tan

    Group General Counsel, Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd, and CEO, Mindset, a charity of the Jardine Matheson Group

  • Jun Wei Ng (Lecturer, Sport and Wellness Management at Nanyang Polytechnic)

    Jun Wei Ng

    Lecturer, Sport and Wellness Management at Nanyang Polytechnic

  • William Thomas (Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    William Thomas

    Director, South-east Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    William Thomas is the Director of the Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia. An experienced advisor to senior business and government leaders, he helps organisations understand the strategic, operational, and talent implications of geopolitical changes.

    William holds a PhD in public policy from George Mason University in the US, as well as a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA. His academic research has centered on managing change in large, multinational organisations, with an emphasis on organisational culture.

    William is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, having spent much of his 21-year career as a strategic planner for complex operations such as humanitarian assistance and counterterrorism. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at the US Air Force Academy, and later taught at Georgetown University in Washington DC and as a Fulbright Scholar at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

    Having worked in Asia since 2012, William has focused on leadership development and organisational change as a consultant, leadership coach, and training facilitator.

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