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Virgin Pulse Unveils Thrive Summit 2016 Agenda and Speakers

Special Guest Arianna Huffington, Together with Keynote Speakers Patty McCord, Cameron Herold, and Devon Still to Present on Health, Culture and Productivity

Boston, MA - (April 15, 2016)

Framingham, Mass. – (April 14, 2016) – Virgin Pulse, a leading provider of employee-centric solutions that drive wellbeing, culture and productivity across organizations around the world, today announced the speakers and agenda for its third-annual Thrive Summit, taking place May 10-12, 2016 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Mass.

Conference keynotes Cameron Herold, author, entrepreneurial guru and former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK; Devon Still, National Football League defensive tackle; and Patty McCord, former Netflix Chief Talent Officer, will present on the connection between employee wellbeing and workplace culture. Special guest Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution, will discuss the impact sleep has on health, job performance, relationships and happiness.

Virgin Pulse’s Thrive Summit brings together business and human resources leaders, customers, and dynamic thought leaders for three days of insightful sessions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. In addition to thoughtful keynote presentations, Thrive Summit attendees will hear from industry leaders who are using wellbeing programs to drive meaningful business outcomes and create healthy, engaging places to work. Interactive sessions will explore how organizations can create thriving workplace cultures that attract and retain top talent and support employee health and workplace productivity.

“Leading organizations and HR professionals know that an engaged workforce is a key driver of business outcomes,” said Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce. “Thrive Summit 2016 provides us with an opportunity to bring together the best and brightest industry professionals to share ideas, collaborate, and innovate around the role employee wellbeing plays in inspiring stronger workplace cultures and driving business performance.”

Thrive attendees will hear from Cameron Herold, former COO of the world’s largest residential junk removal company, 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Nicknamed “The Business Growth Guru,” Herold, an internationally renowned speaker, writer, and entrepreneur will present his “Vivid Vision” methodology and strategies for getting teams on the same page and helping organizations attract and retain amazing employees. Herold’s session will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 10th.

Devon Still, NFL defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, will share his perspective on health, wellbeing, and the importance of social support as the father of young cancer survivor, Leah Still. Still’s talk will take place from 11:50 AM to 12:35 PM on Tuesday, May 10th.

Patty McCord, an advisor on culture and leadership and the former chief talent officer at Netflix responsible for creating the “Netflix Culture Deck,” will offer her perspective on corporate culture and the critical role it plays in driving engagement, productivity, and business performance.  McCord’s presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 11th, from 10:10 to 11:00 AM.

In a special session, Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, will speak about her journey to find work-life balance and share fresh insights from her latest book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time. She will also be available to sign copies of the new book, provided to attendees free of charge. Huffington will be speaking from 4:00 to 4:45 PM on Tuesday, May 10th.

In addition to learning from these wellbeing leaders, Thrive Summit attendees will be introduced to ShapeUp and Global Corporate Challenge (GCC), the newest members of the Virgin Pulse family. Together with ShapeUp and GCC, Virgin Pulse is delivering global, highly personalized solutions that engage employees across all aspects of wellbeing – from HRA and biometrics screenings, to physical activity challenges, to healthy habit creation and tracking. Attendees will also learn how Virgin Pulse can help organizations manage and optimize utilization of their third party benefits programs through the Virgin Pulse Hub, a one-stop-shop user experience where employees can access personalized, user-specific benefits.

Join Thrive Summit 2016 and discover how to engage employees through wellbeing, build a thriving organizational culture, and create great places to work. For more information and to register for the event, visit and join the conversation on Twitter at #ThriveSum16.

About Virgin Pulse

Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, replenishes employees with tools that help them build better habits. Through its award-winning platform, the company helps employees thrive at work and across all aspects of life. The Virgin Pulse platform is purpose built to deliver a personalized, consumer-grade user experience designed to promote health, productivity, and culture across organizations and employees. More than 250 industry leaders representing more than 2 million employees have selected Virgin Pulse’s programs to help them support their people and drive business results. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @virginpulse.