Driving Business Performance: Culture of Health for Executive Leaders

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This program provides evidence-based knowledge, skills, and tools that will contribute significantly to executives’ effectiveness in enhancing focus and taking progressive action on employee, customer, community and environmental health within their own organizations.
  • —Laurie S. Pascal, MBA, MPH
  • Program Director, Driving Business Performance: Culture of Health for Executive Leaders


Accelerating productivity, reputation, and talent management

Businesses have immense power to impact the health and well-being of their employees, consumers, communities, and the environment—also known as the “Four Pillars”—whether intentionally or not. Companies that recognize this potential and aspire to contribute towards improving America’s health care outlook not only assert a competitive advantage, but also become influential in advancing public health across the country. Businesses can achieve this by adopting a Culture of Health, a movement that enables maximizing good health and well-being, stimulating positive health, growth, profitability and sustainability.

Based on the “Four Pillars” framework for business implementation of a Culture of Health, Driving Business Performance: Culture of Health for Executive Leaders will bring together individuals with a range of responsibilities across business sectors who strive to begin or further develop their Culture of Health strategies. Led by expert faculty from Harvard University, as well as business leaders who have already incorporated Culture of Health into their business strategy, this program will provide participants with the tools for companies to use health and well-being to unleash the potential for greater profitability and social impact.

Participants will draw from their own experiences, as well as those of fellow participants and faculty, to develop individual Culture of Health action plans so they will be able to implement change effectively within their organization when they return home. By sharing ideas and approaches, participants will also build a nationwide network of similarly interested colleagues that they can rely on long-term.

Whether an organization already practices the values of a Culture of Health or is looking to initiate this strategy, the senior organization leaders who attend this program will have the opportunity to expand both their own and their organization’s positive influence. Participants will be individuals who:

  • Are new to Culture of Health and want to understand how to use Culture of Health to improve their company’s performance and reputation, or
  • Have already initiated an effort to move their Culture of Health agenda forward and wish to further develop their approach, or
  • Are seeking ways to connect or align their Culture of Health initiatives across their organization to achieve greater holistic results

Support for this program was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Objectives & Highlights

Learning Objectives

  • Learn to implement Culture of Health concepts and practices modeled by the Four Pillars framework in your organization
  • Identify real-world examples of Culture of Health implementation that are adaptable to your organization
  • Master tools to advance Culture of Health implementation in your organization
  • Join a national learning network to explore and advance Culture of Health practices, data, and experiments

Program Highlights

By attending this program, participants will:

  • Become Culture of Health subject matter experts in their companies, able to communicate the business case for adopting a Culture of Health approach, including the value of health and well-being for their fellow employees, companies, communities and the environment.
  • Understand how to position their organizations to use Culture of Health to generate a ROI by helping businesses compete for employees, executives and customers, creating a competitive edge.
  • Be able to engage effectively with stakeholders in implementing initiatives to introduce and expand Culture of Health strategies where employees work and live.

Credits and Logistics

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The program takes place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Continental breakfasts, lunches, and refreshments will be provided according to the program agenda. A reception and dinner will be held on the first day of the program after sessions conclude.


Continuing Education Credit

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation upon completion of the program.

Support for this program was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Who Should Apply

This program is designed for business executives and senior leaders with responsibility for shaping or implementing policies, practices, initiatives, strategies or programs that impact one or more of:

  • Employee health and welfare
  • Vendor management
  • Product and service development, production, and distribution
  • Community relations
  • Environmental impact and sustainability

Titles may include, but are not limited to:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Environmental Officer
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Officer
  • VP of Sustainability
  • VP of Supply Chain

Leaders from business associations and trade organizations with interest in promoting the health, welfare, and competitiveness of their membership by adapting a Culture of Health are also encouraged to apply.