Training Industry Leader Talk_Employee Wellness
Wednesday, January 27 | 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. E.T.

Untreated mental health challenges in the workplace can cost companies millions of dollars in turnover, absenteeism, presenteeism and crisis management each year. Mental health affects everyone, and your employees all experience it differently. Leaders who show up in a vulnerable and authentic way drive a compassionate company culture, saving both lives and profits in the process.

During this talk, your speaker – Christmas Bacos, senior director of workplace mental health – will introduce attendees to Hope For The Day and discuss how the organization implemented a mental health program in a leading company with impacts on both employees and company culture. Christmas will also guide attendees through one of the key activities of the program to apply in their everyday lives.

This interactive session will provide easy-to-understand insights on:

  • The current state of mental health in the workplace.
  • Implementing a workplace mental health program.
  • Impacts of a comprehensive workplace mental health program.


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Christmas Bacos, Senior Director of Workplace Mental Health, Hope For The Day
Christmas Bacos is the senior director of workplace mental health at Hope For The Day, a nonprofit movement amplifying the conversation around proactive suicide prevention and mental health education. Christmas is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she majored in music business management and entrepreneurship. She worked for 14 years in many fast fashion retail roles, ranging from sales associate, manager, recruiter, human resources (HR) and employee relations. She earned and maintained a SHRM-SCP and brings a well-rounded background in HR and leadership to her role at Hope For The Day (HFTD). Christmas started as a volunteer at HFTD in 2011, doing education and outreach at events before taking on an officer role on the board of directors in 2015. She joined the team as a director in January 2020. Christmas is a wife, listener, hugger, traveler, reader, laugher, organizer and lover of all things mental health and pizza. She is a Pittsburgh native and a Chicago resident.