Fall Conference:
Social Connection in a Digital World

Today’s college students are more digitally connected than ever before yet express feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and depression at higher rates than previous generations. Join us on September 13, 2024 as we explore research, hear from industry leaders and a member of Gen Z, and discuss ways to help create connection and balance in our digital world.

Speakers:

Tyler Rice
Tyler Rice, co-founder & CEO
Digital Wellness Institute
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Laurie Fritsch
Laurie Fritsch, MSEd, CHES, CTTS
VT, Digital Wellbeing Program
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Alison Nagel
Alison Nagel, Ph.D
UVA, Hoos Connected
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Sean Killingsworth
Sean Killingsworth, founder
The Reconnect Movement
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Location:

Robert E. Plecker Workforce Center
Blue Ridge Community College
Weyers Cave, Virginia, 24486

Date: September 13, 2024
Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Registration:

  • Cost: FREE for higher education institutions in VA.
  • Limited to 110 attendees.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Speaker Bios:

Tyler Rice

Tyler Rich
Tyler Rice

Tyler is an author, speaker, and co-founder of the Digital Wellness Institute. A leading digital wellness innovator, Tyler’s work focuses on designing new tools, training, and data measurements to drive awareness of the importance of digital wellbeing in employee wellness programs. Tyler completed coursework at Stanford University’s “Idea 2 Market” business incubator and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at New York University. Prior to that, Tyler graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College. He has presented his work at the World Happiness Summit, South x Southwest, the Welltech World Summit, Cisco Live! and Collision North America. His written work has been published by the Global Network of Workplace Wellbeing Professionals, and his seminal book, Tactical Disconnection, will be published in 2024.


Laurie Fritsch

Laurie Fritsch
Laurie Fritsch

Laurie leads the Digital Wellbeing Program at Virginia Tech that uses data-backed events and challenges to encourage students to unplug from their mobile devices at crucial times in their day. Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech, where she continued on to receive her master’s degree in health and physical education. She has been working in college health at Virginia Tech for 23 years and is a proud member of the Hokie Wellness team. Laurie is a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, INC. and a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist through the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence.


Alison Nagel

Alison Nagel
Alison Nagel

Alison is the Program Director for Hoos Connected. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Alison earned her B.A. in Psychology in 2010 and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2020 at the University of Virginia. Alison has been a part of the research team that created Hoos Connected since its earliest inception and has loved watching and helping the program grow.


Sean Killingsworth

Sean Killingsworth
Sean Killingsworth

Sean is the founder of The Reconnect Movement, which aims to create in-person communities that counteract the overwhelming influence of social media on our connections. Sean is a student at University of Central Florida. In addition to creating Reconnect Clubs on several campuses, Sean has started speaking to groups about the impact phones and digital devices have had on his generation.