Resilience in the Workplace

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
17:00 - Doors open (arrivals, check-in)
17:30 - Welcome from the Walker School of Business and Management
17:40 - Panel discussion, followed by Q&A
18:45 - Formal event ends; informal networking to follow

Webster University Geneva
Living and Learning Center (LLC) Commons Room
9 route de Collex, Bellevue
(ample parking / venue is also adjacent to the Genthod-Bellevue station)

This event is free and open to the public, but we please ask that you REGISTER HERE

Panelists (see full bios, below the session description)

Ms. Uzma Qaiser Butt
Senior HR Executive, Nestlé

Mr. David Rault
Head of Learning and Talent Development, Pictet Wealth Management

Ms. Betty Sacco German
Faculty member, Webster University Geneva

Dr. Mina Michal

Head of SMART PERFORMANCE consultancy


Our modern workplace is always-on-the-go, constantly connected and increasingly complex. Our clients demand from us immediate responses, and our superiors expect us to deliver results and be available upon demand. This places substantial pressure on employees, increasing the risks of stress and burnout, that can be very costly both to the employee and to the business. Resilience mitigates these risks. It liberates our employees’ talent and competences and enables them to be effective and create value for the company.

Employers are increasingly recognising that performance and engagement can be affected by a worker’s state of mind. Given the direct relationship between negative stress, wellness and productivity, they understand the damage that stress can do to the company. This includes lost productivity due to attrition, staff turnover and absenteeism.

A panel of the leading experts in their field will help us understand what resilience is, what are the mechanisms underlying it and what are the factors associated with it. We will explore whether companies can develop and cultivate practices to build resilience in the workplace, and ultimately enhance success.


17:00 Registrations, informal welcome
17:30 Welcome and introduction

Dr. Dominique Jolly, Chair, Walker School of Business and Technology
Dr. Michal Paserman, MBA and MA in Management and Leadership Programs Director

17:40 Panel Session and Q&A
          See panelist bios, below

18:45  - Q&A / Networking Cocktail


Uzma Qaiser Butt, Senior HR Executive, Nestlé

Ms. Uzma Butt is a Senior HR executive with one of the world’s most recognized corporations for over 16 years now. From Pakistan to Switzerland, to Malaysia and back again to Switzerland, she has led and worked with teams with multiple country responsibilities.

She abides by the belief that in an organization, the right people, challenging the status quo, guided by the right value system, focusing on business results- is what constitutes success. As an HR executive, she has a track record in working to achieve this definition of success, demonstrated by the ultimate accomplishment of the businesses she has been associated with. From high growth, high volatility environments, to mature, saturated markets to her current role in Global Transformation - she has acquired a depth and breadth of experience required for leadership in HR.

David Rault, Head of Learning and Talent Development, Pictet Wealth Management

Global HR leader with 20 years of international corporate and business strategy, talent development, organization and leadership experience. He lived in 5 countries and is multilingual.

Background:  An MBA from HEC Paris + Master in Finance, with Systemic coaching and N.L.P academic background, David is a change agent with a strong analytical and communication skills, pragmatic and collaborative.

He focuses on people & HR strategy development (cultural change, talent's development, leadership effectiveness, cross functional management, HR strategy support and organization design) as well as steering innovation and creativity through collective intelligence.

Industry area of expertise:  Financial services (Private Banking, Asset management, Asset Financing), Watch industry, Internet market places, Automotive, HR Consulting and Learning development.

Betty Sacco German, Webster University Geneva
Betty Sacco German is a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist. She works in Lausanne in a private practice with adults and is one of the region’s experts in burnout prevention and treatment.

After a Masters in Italian Literature and Theory of Literature from the University of Rome La Sapienza, she studied at the C.G. Institute in Zurich, where she obtained her Psychoanalytic Diploma.  Her research interests include the relationship between individual and collective psyche, psychology and culture, and narcissism.  Ms. Sacco German teaches business psychology at Webster University Geneva.

Moderator: Mina Michal, Webster University Geneva

Dr. Mina Michal has created and implemented programs in Organisational Development, Corporate Health and Management Training on a variety of themes across all levels of the hierarchy over the past twenty years. These include Health and Stress Management, Leadership, Change Management, People Management, and Team Dynamics. A graduate of Cambridge University (UK) and Professor of Management Sciences at Webster University, she has had the privilege of working in both academic and professional spheres in several countries providing her with a multicultural, interdisciplinary and cross-functional foundation. Her philosophy of management is centred on an integrated and systemic approach designed to align the perception, attitudes and behaviours of individuals and teams with the strategic aims of the organisation. A key element in her collaboration with forward-looking organisations in several sectors of activity focuses on striking the right balance between performance and pressure, at both individual and organisational levels. Dr. Michal is head of SMART PERFORMANCE, Geneva and consultant to several organisations in the public and private sectors.

This event is free and open to the public, but we please ask that you REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Webster University Geneva, LLC Commons Room
Route de Collex 9 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland

Event Type

Global Campuses, Geneva


Divisions, Walker School of Business & Technology



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