Employees are the HEART of our Workplace: how to show them love

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March 31, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.5 hours)

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The last 2 years have been difficult and we are all feeling stretched thin, leaving us with high burnout and turnover rates. In this webinar we will step outside the box and look at new and innovative ways to support your staff. Join our panel of Executive Directors as they talk about what has worked and what hasn’t worked as they have led their organizations through this pandemic.

*No CE's will be offered for this webinar.

About the Presenters

Debbie Meyer has extensive background in leading nonprofits as the present executive director for Erin’s House for Grieving Children the past 14 years and, prior to that, the leader of Children’s Hope Hospital Hospitality House. She also spent time as the marketing director for a winning Indianapolis 500 race car driver and has over 20 years’ experience as an executive in corporate marketing.
Debbie is an adjunct professor at Huntington University since 2014 teaching classes in grant writing, nonprofit management, and leadership. Most recently, she participated in the Foellinger Foundation Leadership Lab—a one-year program comprised of twelve Northeast Indiana leaders and designed to develop adaptive leadership skills.
Debbie is proud of her time as former board member and secretary on the executive committee for the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG). She has also served as a board member for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Visiting Nurse, and Leadership Fort Wayne.
She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from University of Central Florida—obtaining these while working full-time and raising a family. In April 2021, Debbie became a Certified Leadership Coach through the International Coaching Federation and Certified Coaches Alliance.
In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, cheer on Indiana University basketball with her family, and help at her church.


Carly Woythaler-Runestad, MHA has served as the executive director of the Mourning Hope Grief Center for nearly 14 years. A music therapist by trade, she received a Master's in Health Administration from the University of Iowa.

Prior to Mourning Hope, Carly worked as the recreation therapy director of a 165-bed long-term care facility in Minneapolis, as the director of an Alzheimer's unit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and as the health policy director for the Nebraska Hospital Association, providing advocacy services at the local, state and federal level for 85 Nebraska hospitals.

Carly has enjoyed a handful of nonprofit board appointments, including the advisory board for the American Cancer Society, as the President of the Nebraska Rural Health Association, the Area Health Education Statewide Advisory Board, and Blixt Locally Grown. Most recently, she completed a six-year Board of Director’s term on the National Alliance for Children’s Grief, serving as the National Board President in 2019. A frequent speaker on topics of health policy, community health, leadership and children’s grief, Carly also delivered a TEDx Talk titled: “No Child Should Ever Grieve Alone.”

Carly is delighted to serve as Mourning Hope's executive director and is committed to promoting healthy communities through innovative programs and partnerships.


Brennan C. Wood has been the Executive Director of Dougy Center since 2015. Since 2004, Brennan has served in multiple roles at the organization. Brennan’s background and expertise is grounded in fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development, and capacity building. Brennan walked through the doors of the Dougy Center for the first time in 1987 when her mother, Doris, died three days after she had turned 12 years old. Her experience in a peer support group shaped her life and she has strived to provide the same opportunity that she had to other children and families who are grieving in her community, across the country, and around the world ever since.

Brennan is the author of, “A Kids Book About Grief”, a proud member of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief Board of Directors, the 2020 Portland Monthly Light-a-Fire Award Extraordinary Executive Director, a United Way Speaker of the Year, and a 2022 Portland Business Journal Women of Influence Honoree. Brennan is passionate about supporting children and families who are grieving and would love to connect with you anytime about our shared mission.