We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has emerged as a very real threat to public health and is creating a new normal for all of us. Like you, we are concerned about what this means for our families, employees and businesses and are taking aggressive measures to help contain and prevent the spread of this virus. One of those measures involves our annual Thrive Summit event scheduled for this May. After much careful thought and consideration, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event in Scottsdale. We recognize that, like you, we are health and wellbeing leaders who have a heightened responsibility to lead by example and safeguard public health. While this has been a difficult decision, we are confident it is the right one.
We are currently evaluating a range of online/virtual options for making Thrive Summit sessions and content available and will provide additional details as we finalize our plans. In the meantime, please direct any questions to [email protected]. We will, of course, issue full refunds to those who have already registered.
Hear the brightest thinkers, practitioners and leaders in the industry present on the topics you care about.
Thrive Summit is about making connections. Engage with your peers, expand your network, catch up with old friends — and have fun doing it.
Build your health and wellbeing IQ, apply your knowledge and open your mind with practical, hands-on learning experiences and workshops.
Choose from a variety of daily wellness activities, because conferences should be good for you too.
“Having the courage to change, changes everything.”Meet Mel
“Every stakeholder in healthcare is doing very well financially except for one — the patient … transparency's time has come.”Meet Marty
“Sleep is the elixir of life. It is the most widely available and democratic powerful healthcare system I could ever possibly imagine.”Meet Matthew
“You cannot maintain a positive employee experience without listening to your people.”Meet Josh
“Every time your mind shifts, your world shifts.”Meet Byron
"Healthcare costs are skyrocketing, but employees aren’t getting healthier. As leaders in this industry, it’s our job to solve this challenge."Meet David
"As a platform, we were one of the first to pioneer whole-person wellbeing, and we are committed to creating daily success for everybody."Meet Ron
Mark has published two books: “What’s up with your Handshake?” and “The Art of Business Seduction”.Meet Mark
“Having the courage to change, changes everything.”
CEO & Founder of 143 Studios, TV Host and international best-selling author of the #1 self-published audiobook in the world — The 5 Second Rule.
Mel Robbins is the host of the new daytime syndicated talk show, The Mel Robbins Show, which aired nationwide on September 16th, 2019.
She has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice and life strategies provide tangible results and skills that help people push through the everyday challenges we all face in life, work, and love.
She is the most booked female speaker in the world and an international best-selling author whose work has been translated into 36 languages. In 2017, Mel broke self-publishing records with her international best-seller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the #1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most read book of the year on Amazon. When Mel launched her science backed productivity planner, The 5 Second Journal, the first print run sold out worldwide within minutes.
She is the creator and host of three #1 audiobooks on Audible and the co-founder and CEO of 143 Studios, a digital media company that produces content in partnership with Fortune 500 brands. In January of 2019, a quarter of a million people took part in her free 30-day Mindset Reset program online.
Her social media platforms inspire more than 60 million people every month and her TEDx Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with more than 18 million views.
“Every stakeholder in healthcare is doing very well financially except for one — the patient … transparency's time has come.”
Named one of America’s 20 most influential people in healthcare, NY Times Bestselling Author, Johns Hopkins Surgeon and Professor of Health Policy
Dr. Makary is a New York Times bestselling author and Johns Hopkins surgeon. His book, The Price We Pay, has been described as “A must-read for every American” by Steve Forbes and “a deep dive into the real issues driving up the price of health care” by Don Berwick. Makary is a frequent medical expert on NBC and FOX News and is a leading voice for physicians, writing for The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Dr. Makary was the lead author of the first publications on The Surgical Checklist and later served in leadership with Atul Gawande on the World Health Organization Surgery Checklist project. Makary has published over 250 scientific articles, including articles on organizational culture, vulnerable populations, and opioid prescribing guidelines. As a gastrointestinal surgeon, he is also an advocate for healthy foods and lifestyle medicine.
Dr. Makary has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and named one of America’s 20 most influential people in health care by Health Leaders Magazine. Dr. Makary speaks frequently on the future of health care and what it means for everyday Americans, business leaders, and health care professionals. His current research focuses on the appropriateness of medical care, health care costs, drug prices and low-income populations. His book, Unaccountable, was turned into the hit TV medical series The Resident, and his newest book, The Price We Pay, tells the stories of health care’s disruptive innovators and the new movement to restore medicine to its mission.
“Sleep is the elixir of life. It is the most widely available and democratic powerful healthcare system I could ever possibly imagine.”
NYT Best Selling Author of Why We Sleep, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and co-creator of the recent National Geographic documentary, Sleepless in America.
Dr. Walker’s research examines the impact of sleep on human health and disease. He has received numerous funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. To date, Walker has published over 100 scientific research studies.
Dr. Walker is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Why We Sleep, which was recently selected for the prestigious Sundance Book Festival. Why We Sleep has a singular goal: to reunite humanity with sleep. The book provides a complete description of, and a prescription for, sleep. It answers critical questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What happens during dreaming? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Why are sleep pills linked to a higher risk of death and cancer?
Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Why We Sleep explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children; and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. The book concludes with a provocative new vision for sleep in the modern world – one that aims to solve the greatest public-health challenge we now face: the global sleep-loss epidemic.
Dedicated to the communication of science, Dr. Walker is an internationally recognized speaker, having been invited to give talks at the prestigious Royal Institution (Ri) and Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) in London, The Smithsonian in the U.S., and he has also given three Google talks. Dr. Walker is also a popular media discussant and a frequent feature on mainstream television outlets including the BBC and CBS, as well as popular radio outlets such as the BBC World Service and NPR.
With the goal of promoting sleep’s critical importance, he speaks at festivals, events, and forums available to the general public. Dr. Walker also offers workshops of various kinds to business leaders, technology firms, and medical and healthcare professionals. Dr. Walker was the feature of a CBS 60 Minutes special entitled “The Science of Sleep.”
Dr. Walker has also helped create the recent National Geographic documentary, Sleepless in America, and the PBS NOVA special, Memory Hackers. Most recently, he has contributed to the BBC Horizon documentary, Curing Alzheimer’s. His numerous presentations include several Google Tech talks and radio features on the BBC and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, City Arts & Lectures, Hidden Brain, Science Friday, and Forum: NPR.
Dr. Walker holds numerous U.S. patents concerning consumer-based sleep recording, sleep tracking, and sleep stimulation. He also owns several patents focused on the commercial use of consumer-based sleep measures as they apply to health, technology, business, and enterprise.
Previously, Dr. Walker has served as Chief Scientist and scientific counsel for numerous technology companies, including Hello and Fitbit. Currently, Dr. Walker is a Sleep Scientist at Google. Here, Dr. Walker helps the scientific exploration of sleep in health and disease.
“You cannot maintain a positive employee experience without listening to your people.”
The HR Industry’s Most Influential Analyst, Founder of the Josh Bersin Academy, Thought Leader.
Josh Bersin is an internationally recognized analyst, educator, and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges impacting business workforces around the world. He studies the world of work, HR and leadership practices, and the broad talent technology market.
He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the next ten years, he expanded the company’s coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. Bersin left Deloitte in June 2018, but he continues to serve as a senior advisor and contributes to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education.
Bersin is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events around the world and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn.
“Every time your mind shifts, your world shifts.”
Founder of The Work, pioneer of mental health, meditation, and freeing yourself from negativity.
In 1986, at the bottom of a ten-year spiral into depression, rage, and self loathing, Byron Katie woke up one morning to a state of constant joy that has never left her. She realized that when she believed her stressful thoughts, she suffered, but that when she questioned them, she didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Her simple yet powerful process of inquiry is called The Work.
The Work consists of four questions and the turnarounds, which are a way of experiencing the opposite of what you believe. When you question a thought, you see around it to the choices beyond suffering.
Katie has been bringing The Work to millions of people for more than thirty years. Her public events, weekend workshops, five-day intensives, nine-day School for The Work, and 28-day residential Turnaround House have brought freedom to people all over the world.
Byron Katie’s books include the bestselling Loving What Is, I Need Your Love—Is That True?, A Thousand Names for Joy, and A Mind at Home with Itself. For more information, visit thework.com.
"Healthcare costs are skyrocketing, but employees aren’t getting healthier. As leaders in this industry, it’s our job to solve this challenge."
Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Pulse
David Osborne is a seasoned technology business leader with more than 20 years’ experience in global sales, operations, transformation planning, execution and M&A. He brings deep experience in operations, strategic growth, and executive management and a proven record of helping organizations successfully integrate, operationalize and scale their businesses.
As CEO of the world’s largest, most comprehensive digital health and wellbeing provider, Dave is responsible for optimizing and scaling Virgin Pulse as the company continues an aggressive growth strategy. He is responsible for setting and actualizing the company’s vision – solving the most critical and complex health and wellbeing challenges faced by employers, employees, and health plans.
A former NCAA Division I golfer, Dave has seen and experienced, firsthand, that investing in building healthy habits and skills pays significant dividends in driving performance and long–term success, personally and professionally. He is a firm believer in Virgin Pulse’s ability to help organizations drive business outcomes that matter by engaging and supporting employees, every day, in improving all aspects of their health and wellbeing.
"As a platform, we were one of the first to pioneer whole-person wellbeing, and we are committed to creating daily success for everybody."
Chief Product Officer, Virgin Pulse
Ron Hildebrandt brings approximately 20 years experience building and marketing SaaS software products that improve employee productivity and wellbeing. Ron joined Virgin Pulse in 2013. As Chief Product Officer, Ron is responsible for the product strategy and delivery of Virgin Pulse’s enterprise wellbeing solutions, including its SaaS portal, mobile apps, and personal tracking devices.
Ron came to Virgin Pulse from Enkata, a successful, venture-backed Bay Area analytics and performance management company that he co-founded in 2001. There, Ron served as EVP and oversaw all product and customer-facing functions and led Enkata’s rapid growth. Ron has extensive experience bringing innovative products to market and ensuring that they solve mission-critical problems. Ron is passionate about increasing the competitiveness of companies by improving the brainpower and the health of their employees.
Mark has published two books: “What’s up with your Handshake?” and “The Art of Business Seduction”.
Author, Keynote Speaker and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships.
Dividing his time mostly between The United States, Canada and Europe, Mark is invited to deliver his highly effective keynotes on ‘Business Communication, Influence & Presentation’ to audiences across many industries. His speeches are relevant, entertaining, and filled with instantly useable takeaway ideas.
Mark has also mastered a fascinating niche – moderating major corporate events. He has rapidly become the go-to person for facilitating, moderating and ‘MC-ing’ multinational events for large and small organizations around the world. As well as running countless industry panels and chatting with more than 150 C-Suite execs, on stage, Mark has also interviewed many celebrities including Will Smith, Richard Branson, Bob Mueller, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps and Michael J. Fox.
Mark has published two books: “What’s up with your Handshake?” and “The Art of Business Seduction” and has just launched 2 highly innovative and very engaging e-learning courses dedicated to elevating users into Trusted Advisors, Persuasive Communicators and Key Influencers.
Discussing the power of ‘Business Influence’ and ‘Networking 2.0’, Mark regularly appears as an expert guest on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business, and BBC News and writes for The Huffington Post.
45 minute sessions
Stay at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona
Discover a revitalizing oasis at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, the hotel offers a stunning landscape in one of the most biodiverse regions of North America, ripe with the energy of renewal.
Special Room Rate: $220 (exclusive of taxes & fees)
The conference was amazing. The keynote speakers were inspiring, life affirming and engaging.
Vice President, Shared Services
The event exceeded my expectations. Super organized and very thoughtfully organized. The main speakers were excellent. The food was the best conference food I've ever had. Enjoyed the vendor expo and the wellness activities in the morning. You thought of everything!
Manager, Compensation & HRIS
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I can honestly say the Thrive Summit was the best conference I’ve EVER attended. What great speakers, break-outs, venue, food, fun!
The most enriching, educational, inspiring, professional and motivational conference I have ever been to. I am so grateful that Sun Life chose to partner with Virgin Pulse and especially grateful for the team we are assigned.
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We fight so hard against the negative in this world, and we forget to tell people how powerful the positive is.
Co-Founder & CEO, GoodThink
We all have that capacity to do goodness whenever we can.
Founder and Managing Partner, The Cue Ball Group
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