The State of Women’s Mental Health
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Women in the workforce are facing unprecedented challenges to their mental wellness – juggling job pressures while pursuing parenthood, managing childcare, and grappling with changing policy around reproductive care all take a toll on employees’ physical and mental health.
Your benefits and employee investments must respond to both individual needs and the challenges created by the world we live in.
Do your programs do enough to help women thrive – and not just survive?
Kelly is a vice president and director of Health Risk Solutions (HRS) in Employee Benefits for Lockton Northeast, working out of the Boston office. In this role, she works with Lockton Associates and clients to provide strategic consulting, program design, vendor management, and health data analytics and solutions, and she oversees the growth and development of a team of HRS consultants.
Kelly has more than 20 years of seasoned experience in population health management and employee engagement. Her specialty is leading transformation work, which focuses on strategic planning, identifying health improvement opportunities, and engaging organizations to improve culture through policy and environmental changes.
Carole Mendoza is a value-based leader and relationship builder whose career spans 20+ years in strategic program planning and design for multinational Fortune 500 companies, including IBM and Amgen. She recently joined Voya Financial as the Vice President of Benefits, where she crafts the enterprise benefits strategy, expands employee retirement readiness initiatives, and champions DE&I and health equity across the organization.
Carole is an MPH candidate at The George Washington University—Milken Institute School of Public Health, where she is working to deepen her expertise in the US healthcare system. She also holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and holds the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). Carole serves on the Board of the Midwest Business Group on Health and as Board Chair of 2020 Mom, a nonprofit focused on closing gaps in maternal mental health.
D'Andrala (DeDe) Alexander, LPC-S
DeDe is a lifelong public servant and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in Texas. Professionally, she has served a variety of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and the Dallas County MHMR. Additionally, she provided inpatient and residential treatment for psychiatric and criminal justice populations. As a clinician, she helped children and families navigate mental health challenges and build their lives after a mental health crisis. Her clinical specialties are Trauma focused-CBT, DBT, parent training, and crisis intervention.
In addition to her career as a mental health professional, she is a community activist and public speaker focused on mental health, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. She is the co-founder of an affordable housing organization in Dallas (Neighbors for More Neighbors Dallas).
DeDe is currently a Director of Clinical Partnerships at Spring Health, having also served as Associate Chief of Staff, as well as a Clinical Manager and Care Navigator on Spring Health’s Care Team.
Zealous human resource professional with a passion for helping employees achieve their fullest potential. Believes that a thriving workforce starts with its people and is committed to providing resources and support to enable employees to be their best both inside and outside of work. An Ohio State alumni and mother of two. Enjoys curling up under a warm blanket and watching a good movie, drinking hot coffee on the porch, and reading travel blogs.
Mary Riddle, PhD
Mary P. Riddle, Ph.D. is a Senior Medical Solutions Manager at Carrot Fertility, the leading global fertility healthcare company. Dr. Riddle received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. She has spent almost 20 years providing mental health services to individuals and couples struggling to build their families. She has spent almost 17 years as an Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. She has published numerous book chapters and articles in the field of Reproductive Psychology and speaks internationally on the psychological issues inherent in gestational surrogacy.
She is the past Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine as well as the past Chair of the Scientific Development Committee. Dr. Riddle serves on the Editorial Board of Fertility and Sterility and as an ad hoc reviewer for other journals such as Reproductive Biomedicine Online and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. She has served as the Mental Health Professional Group Representative to the Membership Committee of ASRM and also serves on the Abstract Committee.