June 18, 2024

Rise and Resilience: Bringing Inspiration

This will be an inspiring TED talk session featuring three Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation board members and respected industry leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary resilience in their personal and professional journeys.

In situations outside our comfort zones, we can feel weak or powerless. Why is it easy for some to find a path forward despite the obstacles, while others may feel paralyzed with fear and inaction? The answer is resilience, which can be defined as the ability to bounce back from setbacks and is often described as the difference between successful and unsuccessful people. Resilience has been shown to positively influence work satisfaction and engagement, as well as overall well-being, and can lower depression levels. There is even evidence that resilience can help protect us from physical illness. However, conventional wisdom tends to portray resilience as an innate quality that emerges solely during times of challenge—a solitary internal “grit” possessed only by those considered strong enough to bounce back.

Though resiliency might be a natural trait for many, this skill can also be strengthened, allowing everyone to have the potential to grow and evolve from adversity. Some research also suggests that resilience is not purely an individual characteristic but is also heavily enabled by strong relationships and networks. We can nurture and build our resilience through a variety of interactions with people in our personal and professional lives. These interactions can help us shift our work demands and change our perceptions of the challenge we are facing. They can help crystalize the meaningful purpose of what we are doing.

Marijo Storment, Chief Executive Officer, ForzaCare
Dionne Lacey-Artis, Chief Business Officer, Optum Workers’ Comp and Auto No-Faul
Nina Smith, President of Customer & Market Operations, Enlyte