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Impact Makers

100 EpisodesProduced by Jennifer McClureWebsite

The Impact Makers Podcast with Jennifer McClure is a weekly podcast for people who are interested in making a positive difference in the world not only through their work, but also through how they choose to live their lives.


065: Building a Culture of Mindfulness and Supporting Employee Mental Health with Headspace CPO Désirée Pascual

Mental health well-being is now at the forefront of what employees want and what employers are looking at. And more and more, we're now seeing that employees expect employers to be involved in their life outside of work.


As leaders, we need to be able to create a culture that provides psychological safety within the workplace if we don’t want to be a part of the statistics of people exiting the workplace at the speed of light.


In this episode, we're joined by Désirée Pascual, the Chief People Officer at Headspace Health, a digital mental health company. As a trained psychologist, Désirée specialized in organizational and group dynamics focusing on communication and conflict resolution. Following years of clinical practice, she moved on to HR leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, Carrot Inc, ginger – and now, Headspace Health.


Informed by human-centered design principles and data-driven inquiry, Désirée is committed to curating joyful and resilient workplace cultures where employees are empowered to do their best work. Today, she shares great insights and practical action steps we can take as leaders to support our own mental health, and that of our employees.

Show Highlights:

  • How life and work intersected during the pandemic
  • Creating psychological safety in the workplace
  • Designing mental health strategies for organizations
  • How to spot burnout in your team and prevent it
  • The definition of mindfulness and steps to creating a mindful culture
  • Addressing the needs of your diverse employee population
  • Investing in culturally competent mental health support for your employees
  • How leaders can ​​help destigmatize mental health benefits in the workplace

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If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Emerald City Productions. They helped me grow and produce the podcast you are listening to right now. Find out more at Let them know I sent you.

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