Wei-Li ChongWei-Li Chong

U.S President of Mind Gym

Wei-Li Chong is the U.S President of Mind Gym, a behavior change company that has helped business leaders transform their organizations for over 20 years. He leads the rapid growth of Mind Gym’s U.S. operations, headquartered in NYC and directs teams across the country. Mind Gym works to change the culture of many ambitious companies, including more than half the S&P 100, as well as mid-size and smaller businesses, by translating behavioral science into a unique set of experiences, products and tools that create company-wide behavioral change. With a background in human resources and business operations, Wei-Li is an expert in building high-performing cultures that have measurable impact on business performance.

Prior to joining Mind Gym, he served as President of KinderCare, the largest provider of childcare and early learning services in the U.S., where he oversaw more than 30,000 employees. Wei-Li was tapped for the role after working as Executive Vice President of HR for the company and leading the organization’s cultural turnaround by developing a “people first” philosophy that bridged culture, data and analytics to drive business results.

He is credited with transforming the business and delivering record company performance. Wei-Li’s extensive background also includes a position as SVP, Human Resources for women’s retailer Ann, Inc., home of the prominent Ann Taylor brand.

Wei-Li Chong is based in New York City at the Mind Gym Americas headquarters.

Takes part in

May, 21 6:00 PM CEST
Stage 1
Panel Discussion

Rehumanizing Work in an Age of Accelerating Technological Progress

Technology brings huge benefits to corporations, enabling them to increase productivity and offering almost limitless opportunities for growth and expansion.

While this connectedness brings advantages, it can also dehumanize working processes, especially at times when many companies have gone partly or fully remote. Employees know their colleagues largely as LinkedIn profiles and Slack icons, which might reduce the level of empathy and alienate them from co-workers. The alienating effect of technology is not only about the inability to interact face-to-face. The feeling of missing out can also be dramatically multiplied when the entire workspace and career opportunities are at a person’s fingertips.

So how do we rehumanize our workplaces and boost empathy in the age of accelerating technological progress?

Our speakers will cover the following topics:

  • The dominance of the digital identity inside and outside the office
  • Boosting emotional intelligence, compassion and understanding within hybrid teams of remote and offline workers
  • New type of humane behavior in a digital environment
Speakers
Annie Yu Chief of Staff at Vox Media
Sandra Healy CEO at inclusio, Founding Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
Wei-Li Chong U.S President of Mind Gym
Scott Domann Chief People Officer at Calm
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May, 21 10:00 PM CEST
Stage 2
Panel Discussion

Current State of Diversity & Inclusion: Panel on Polarization

It’s been one year since George Floyd’s murder caused a cultural reckoning around our diversity and inclusion behaviors. In addition, new inclusion and exclusion fault lines have been generated by COVID-19 and remote working, as well as increasing political and social polarization.

Society is rapidly dividing in new ways and many company executives are struggling to know what to do. The traditional DE&I toolbox with diversity quotas, heartfelt CEO emails and unconscious bias training seems woefully insufficient.

So, how should we lead on inclusion in this new environment? Looking at the research over the past 12 months, the panel will discuss:

  • Is polarization getting worse or better?
  • Is there too much of a focus on race?
  • ‘Heat’ vs ‘light’ approaches to driving social and behavioral change
  • How we can talk about race and other high stakes issues in ways that help
  • Is there a difference between what our organization needs vs. what it is ready for?
Speakers
Wei-Li Chong U.S President of Mind Gym
Dr. Janet Ahn Chief Behavioural Science Officer at Mind Gym 
Tessa West Associate Professor at New York University (NYU)
Khalil Smith Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement at Akamai
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