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Addressing Ableism in Wellness | Katie O'Neill & Janie Warner


Although we are familiar with being mindful of disabilities, are we aware of the concept of “ableism” and how it can show up in wellness culture and programs? Even the most well-intentioned programs can sometimes have undercurrents of ableism, such as creating ideals of health that are not attainable for all, or not accounting for how physical, mental, emotional and social aspects can influence decisions and health. Internal and external ableist beliefs can shame, disengage and overwhelm—Building programs and shifting beliefs towards more inclusivity can be a powerful and much-needed next step to transform the wellness industry and culture.

Following this session, participants will be able to:

  1. define the concept of ableism and explain how it might present in wellness programs and culture.
  2. describe best practices for developing programs for well-being that promote inclusion and engagement.
  3. describe how ableism can present in internal and external belief systems.

NOTE: "Registration" for individual sessions is not required. Once onsite, you may attend any sessions on the day(s) for which you are registered.


  • Katie O'Neill, DC

    Dr. Katie O’Neill joined McGriff Insurance Services in 2018 as Practice Leader and Director of Clinical Wellness. As an experienced researcher, clinician, and consultant, she provides strategic direction and best practices for promoting better employee health and well-being. Katie has published and presented on both the impacts and strategies for cost mitigation on topics such as obesity, chronic pain, and specialty medications. Katie believes in a multi-faceted approach to well-being, including aspects such as safety and social determinants of health to help provide employees the best opportunities to improve their health status, which, in turn, can greatly impact their overall well-being and productivity. Katie graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

  • Janie Warner

    Janie Warner currently serves as Vice President/Human Resources Advisory Team Leader in the employee benefits division of McGriff Insurance Services. In this role, she partners with clients to assist their executives and HR management in all areas of the employee life cycle, including compliance, policy development, general HR management, training, and benefits administration. Janie has more than 30 years of progressive experience in human resources, training and employee benefits. Prior to joining McGriff, Janie served in several executive level positions including Vice President for a financial institution and Chief Administration Officer for a software development company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She holds senior certified professional (SCP) designation from the Society for Human Resource Management and a certificate in Total Compensation and Rewards from Cornell University.

August 27, 2024
Tue 1:30 PM CDT
In-person Individual session registration NOT required

Duration 1H 15M

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