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    Chapter Meeting - Responding to Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace

    Date: May 7, 2024, 1:00pm
    Southwest Virginia SHRM
    Virtual through Zoom

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    Meeting ID: 878 8626 3259
    Passcode: 360751
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    Join us on Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom for Responding to Mental Health Challenges in the Workplace. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to identify signs of mental health challenges, understand the impact on the workplace, and apply effective strategies to support employees and create a mentally healthy workplace. 

    Christi Venable is an award-winning Business Owner, Organizational Leadership and Culture Change Expert and Speaker. She’s the founder of SMILE Therapy Services, a multi-million-dollar mental health agency that she managed to build from the ground up. SMILE Therapy Services is committed to providing top-notch mental health services that help people heal and lead happier lives through transformative counseling — one person, one spirit, and one smile at a time.  

    In 2020, Christi was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Businessperson of the Year for Washington D.C. In 2022, Christi was honored as an Enterprising Women of the Year awardee. In 2022, SMILE Therapy was named one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by INC. 5000, and the honor was granted again as SMILE was recognized by INC 5000 a second year in a row in 2023. As a minority and women owned company, she’s proud to be certified with WBENC, 8a and NMSDC. 

     Today, Christi employs a dynamic team of therapists -- all people of color – while continuing to serve individuals, school systems and fortune 500 organizations. As a leadership and culture expert, she’s now helping top leaders improve their culture so they can increase employee wellness, retention and build a happy workforce. No matter the industry, you can count on Christi’s team to weave in leadership training focused on dynamic topics such as emotional intelligence, productivity, and effective communication. SMILE Therapy staff have been leading facilitators in the mental health and wellness arena since its foundation in 2015. Over the years SMILE Therapy has developed an arsenal of workshops that speak to the needs of a diverse market and an ever-changing social climate. Some of the most sought-after topics include Leading with Effective Communication, Leveraging your Leadership Style, Mental Health Spot-Checking, Sexual Harassment, Resiliency, Self-Care and Stress Management, The Power of Patience and many more.  

    Christi is a proud member of THE BOW COLLECTIVE, ™ an organization and sisterhood of the Nation's top 1% of small business owners. As "Business Philanthropists" we work together to bring awareness, business opportunities, and capital resources to entrepreneurs. Christi received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and her master’s degree from George Washington University. Christi Venable is a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.