Mental Health Benefits: Making the #1 Investment for 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Host: Future Workplace Webinars
By: Carole Mendoza, Global Benefits Executive and Sean McBride, Vice President, Lyra Health

With only half of 2021 remaining, there are a lot of things we’d like to get done for our employees (and budget) this year as we start thinking about 2022 and beyond. The best investment not only helps correct the course right away, but also sets up a stream of wins down the road. An investment in mental health can do both. Benefits expert Carole Mendoza and Lyra Health’s Sean McBride are champions of this approach, and they have even more evidence to share that 2021 is the time to take action.

What you’ll learn:

  • How comprehensive mental health makes a difference for your company today, tomorrow, and years from now
  • How to protect your employees from costly, ineffective mental health care
  • The impact mental health makes on company culture and resilience


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Carole Mendoza
Carole Mendoza

Global Benefits Executive

Carole Mendoza is a value-based leader and relationship builder whose career spans 20+ years in strategic program planning and design for multinational Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Amgen, and Chevron. She recently joined Voya Financial as the Vice President of Benefits, where she will craft the enterprise benefits strategy, expand employee retirement readiness initiatives, and champion DE&I and health equity across the organization.

Leveraging her vast benefits experience, Carole has initiated global programs that continue to touch hundreds of thousands of employees worldwide. In addition to corporate work, she partners with employee coalitions and advocacy groups in Washington, DC, to advocate on the importance of employee health and long-term retirement planning. As a respected thought leader in employee insurance and benefits programs, Carole is frequently called upon to participate in industry groups and speak at national conferences, including The Conference Board Employee Health Care Conference and HLTH Conference.

Carole is an MPH candidate at The George Washington University—Milken Institute School of Public Health, where she is working to deepen her expertise in the US healthcare system. She also holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and is certified by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans as an Employee Benefit Specialist. Carole serves on the Board of the Midwest Business Group on Health and as Board Chair of 2020 Mom, a nonprofit focused on closing gaps in maternal mental health.

Sean McBride
Sean McBride

Vice President, Lyra Health
Sean helped start Lyra Health in 2015 and serves as Lyra's Vice President of Partnerships overseeing all new employer sales. Lyra partners with companies like Facebook, Morgan Stanley, Starbucks, and many others to offer tech-enabled mental health benefits to millions of people. Prior to Lyra, Sean worked at Castlight Health, The White House's National Economic Council, The Brookings Institution's Health Care Reform Center, and Khulisa Management Services. He has done consulting work with the Health Care Transformation Task Force and Leavitt Partners. Sean earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

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