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Worker Well-Being in the Core Business The Breakers Palm Beach Aerial View

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When: Wednesday, 24 October | 13:00 - 16:00 | HALF DAY
Where: The Breakers Palm Beach
Ticket Price: ILA members - $75 | non-members - $100
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Attendees will experience a tour of The Breakers and interact with its high performing team. The session will include the use of video, music, photos, handouts and giveaways to drive home key points.

Transportation included with limited availability.

This workshop is about redefining the workplace – whether in an office setting or in a labor-intensive operation – to be all inclusive of the well-being of workers, and elevating well-being as a business strategy. Learn how The Breakers, a wellness-centered workplace, fosters an engaged, collaborative and high achieving workforce, empowered to satisfy customers and be caretakers of the community and the environment! The participants will visually and mentally explore the evolution of a proven wellness workplace model, and embark on a 15-year journey that highlights key milestones and interventions that support the overarching strategy. Financial performance and actual statistics will be shared and discussed.

  Who Should Attend?

Top Executives and Leadership focused and committed to creating a culture of well-being within their organizations.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will take away:

  • Understand the evolution of The Breakers Wellness Culture
  • Learn how to build a wellness workplace model, strategy, programs & interventions, health data
  • Takeaway the outcomes and gain insight into the methodology that drives performance
  • Learn personal wellness techniques that include scientifically proven nutrition & movement best practices
Workshop Leader & Presenter

Denise Bober Pat Ciavola
Denise Bober
The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc.
Pat Ciavola
The Breakers Palm Beach, Inc.


Denise Bober is the rare executive who ignited her professional passion by enjoining two highly appealing disciplines – human resources (HR) and the hotel business – as the fuel for a successful career. As one of the industry's premier HR specialists, she remains as highly charged by her responsibilities today as when she first shifted to hospitality from the health care/benefits sector. Her intrinsic respect for people and the desire to put them in a nurturing environment where they can thrive, grow and develop, reflect the employee-centered philosophy of The Breakers Palm Beach, for whom she has worked since 1988.



Pat Ciavola has over 30 years of leadership experience in the sports, recreation, hospitality and wellness fields. Her vision has always been driven by her passion for doing what she loves and excelling at delivering outstanding quality and results. As the Director –Team Member Development for The Breakers, Pat oversees training, personal and professional development, wellness programs, team member café operations, and rewards and recognition for 2000+ team members. The emphasis of these programs addresses team members' well-being in seven dimensions: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, social and occupational.



Paul Kosempel is currently Teaching Associate Professor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU) as well as Interim Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. Paul joined the faculty in 2007, and soon after received his PhD in interpersonal communication from DU. His professional experience includes over twenty years in higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, and operations management. He is co-convener of ILA's Sustainability Leadership Learning Community. His research interests include leadership and sustainability, assessment of leadership learning outcomes, and mentoring and leadership. He is also part-owner of the Green Bay Packers Football Team.



Charles David Tauber, M.D. is a founder of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace and has been its Head of Mission for Southeast Europe since 1995. He developed Pragmatic Empowerment Training (PET), a participatory course in communication, psychology, civil society, non-violent conflict transformation, and human rights for people without previous education in these fields. He has given therapy and supervision to victims of war. Previously, Tauber worked with various groups in The Netherlands, assisting asylum seekers and refugees and lay volunteers. He grew up in the USA, where he worked with environmental and peace groups starting in 1966.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.