I had the honor of working with Ken Dolan Del-Vecchio for BHS’ 9th Annual Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium. The focus for this event was on mental health in the workplace. Prior to finding Ken, I had talked to two other potential speakers, both very well-known in the mental health awareness field, but not quite the right fit for the goals of our event. These goals were to provide an open atmosphere to talk about mental health issues in the workplace, and provide key takeaways that our audience — predominantly HR professionals, decision makers and influencers in an organization, and health and wellness professionals — could use to help reshape the culture of the workplace. When I found Ken’s website, he sounded like the perfect speaker because of his experience as a mental health professional and a key player in developing a successful health and wellness program at a fortune 500 company. The initial contact with Ken could not have been easier. Super responsive, easy-going, yet professional, Ken responded to emails and calls– despite his busy schedule– either the same day, or definitely by the next if he was traveling. Other examples of how easy the process was with Ken have to do with his PREPAREDNESS for speaking engagement inquiries. He already had one-pagers and sample video clips to share, which made my life so much easier, as I had to share my findings with our CEO and COO. After we signed the deal to have him on board for our symposium, it was smooth sailing from there. Again, Ken was always responsive, asking us how he could tailor his presentation to fit the event, and just so pleasant about our process. He was a professional, and someone you could easily trust. The day of the event, I heard nothing but positive feedback from the audience. His presentation style was very informal — which was perfect for our event because we wanted something that did not feel like a lecture, but have a more engaging atmosphere to it instead. He was inviting to everyone, which made the topic of mental health an even more approachable topic to discuss. Working with Ken, and having him as a keynote speaker for our event, could not have gone any better. It was a huge honor to have gotten to work with him, not only because of his expertise on the subject matter, but because of who he is a person — his work ethic, his genuineness, and also his passion for wanting to help others. Hands-down, Ken is one of the best people to work with and get to know. Thank you, Ken!