How to Build a Happy Workplace

September 08, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

River Creek Club
43800 Olympic Blvd
Leesburg, VA 20176
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Have you ever walked into an office and just felt… down? Sad? Depressed? Would you like to walk in and feel energized, fulfilled, and productive? Wouldn’t you like for your employees to feel that way? This dynamic workshop focuses on how HR leaders can create a sustainably happier workplace! Using the PERK system from researchers at UC Berkeley, we’ll dive into defining and using purpose, engagement, resilience, and kindness to build a happier workplace. By the end of our hour together, you’ll walk away with a concrete next step that makes sense for your company. This presentation will be given by Gina Weatherup of  Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation.

By the end of my presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and define four keys for a happier workplace with engaged employees.
  • Understand how purpose, engagement, resilience, and kindness can be instituted within an organization.
  • Take the next step! We’ll have work time to brainstorm next steps you can take in your workplace.


Gina Weatherup believes we spend too much time working to not be happy at work. She founded Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation because she thrives when working with small groups to improve communications. She quickly found out that while no one wants to talk about conflict, most managers have concerns about employee engagement, with little understanding of what role emotions and communications play in engaging employees.

Gina has 15 years of professional experience, with the federal government, non-profits, and small businesses. Her roles have ranged from community organizer to complaints processor in equal employment opportunity to online content writer. The common thread in all of her jobs (and several personal roles) has been active listening. Gina is a trained mediator, holds a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from The George Washington University, and a Professional Certificate in the Science of Happiness at Work. Gina is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, the Mid-Atlantic Facilitator Network (MAFN), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Gina is available for speaking engagements and trainings on a variety of topics dealing with emotions in the workplace, including emotional intelligence, empathy, civility, resolving conflict, and employee engagement. She can also be hired as a neutral party to mediate workplace conflicts, including performance management problems. Mediation can also be a positive way to approach communication problems between coworkers that may not be rooted in a specific dispute.

Gina grew up in Queens, New York City; she loves to read and take nature walks. She is married with two children and currently lives in – you guessed it – Chantilly, VA.

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$20.00 Student/In Transition Registration

$20.00 Student/In Transition Registration

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