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Retreat Session: Building a Better Workplace Wellness Initiative (Ogden)
September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00: Building a Better Workplace Wellness Initiative, Margaret Ogden
Are you looking to start a wellness initiative in your workplace? Has your organization already started one, only to have it flounder as the pandemic uproots our old practices? This session will give legal professionals tools to create focused, accessible, and evidence-based well-being programs for our legal workplaces. What traits does a “well” law firm, government agency, or other legal employer have? How can individual lawyers change their larger organizational culture to improve mental health and substance use? These questions (and more!) will be answered, using the Virginia Supreme Court’s groundbreaking report, A Profession at Risk, as a model for success.
- ABA Toolkit Manager Wellbeing
- Building a Better Workplace Wellness Initiative Slides Final
Margaret Hannapel Ogden (Wellness Coordinator), Virginia Supreme Court
As the Wellness Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Margaret Hannapel Ogden is dedicated to improving mental health and addressing substance abuse issues in the legal profession through education, regulation, and outreach. A lawyer by training, Ms. Ogden began her career in the Roanoke City Commonwealth Attorney’s Office before entering private practice to defend criminal cases throughout the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Immediately prior to joining the Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative, she served as a staff attorney for the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness where he analyzed policy, drafted and commented on proposed rules and legislation, and advised judges and attorneys on best practices for addressing bias in the state court system.
A native of Washington, D.C., Margaret graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She earned her juris doctorate degree from Washington and Lee School of Law in 2011. When not traveling around the Commonwealth discussing attorney well-being, you can find Ms. Ogden walking in the Richmond Fan neighborhood with her husband and their dogs, Jackson and Tilda.