A FREE Online Panel Discussion

Grief in the Workplace
Supporting Each Other Through Life’s Challenges

Molly Sjostrom, Senior Global Inclusion Manager, General Mills

Ron Gura, CEO and Co-Founder of Empathy

Dr. Julie Shaw, Founder Lead Different Consulting and Hello I'm Grieving

David Kessler, Grief Expert, Grief.com

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Beyond HR policies - How do we create a grief-literate workplace for organizations big and small?

  • Navigating the demands of grief in the workplace
  • Initiating and maintaining compassionate conversations
  • Workload modification
  • Dealing with privacy, interpersonal relationship, disclosure of information
  • What to say and what not to say 
  • Supporting the whole team during challenging times

Meet the Speakers

Molly Sjostrom

Molly's had a fulfilling 20-year career at General Mills where she is now the Senior Global Inclusion Manager on the D&I team where she is focused on building a culture of belonging. Her goal is to open hearts and minds through storytelling to build empathy moments that influence action and allyship across our broader organization.

She also leads the company's Allyship efforts as well as Courageous Conversations. Prior to her current role, she was the Vice President of the General Mills LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group.


Ron Gura

Ron is a tech entrepreneur who has brought his love for developing empowering products to startups and major international corporations alike such as eBay, WeWork, The Gift Project and Aleph VC.

Empathy’s mission is to help families deal with loss, incorporating both emotional and logistical support for families in their time of need. Powered by technology and driven by purpose, Empathy’s application, awarded Google Play’s 2021 “Best App for Good” and CB Insights’ “Top Digital Health Companies Of 2021,” simplifies and streamlines end-of-life bureaucracy with personalized plans and grief support.

Dr. Julie Shaw

Julie is a change agent whose passion lies in personal development, leadership development, and transition. Dr. Shaw comes from the world of athletics having been a collegiate women’s basketball coach for close to 15 years helping lead teams to multiple championships and the NCAA Sweet 16. She has also been a part of the NBA, hiring and overseeing 50 coaches for a training program with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shaw has devoted her time and expertise to the field of diversity and inclusion starting with earning her doctorate in Leadership & Administration focusing on creating safe space climates on college campuses. She has also been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, women’s equity, and social justice. In addition, she has dedicated her time to help others as the founder of Hello I’m Grieving, a grief awareness brand and community geared towards grief awareness, visibility and education.

David Kessler

David Kessler is an author and expert and speaker on grief.

He runs online grief groups that are attended by people worldwide and he leads a grief certificate program.

He serves as Specialist Reserve for the Los Angeles Police as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team. He was the founding chair of the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee. His article in the Harvard Business Review, titled, The Discomfort you are Feeling is Grief went viral last year. It gave us a vocabulary to discuss our losses big and small.

He is the author of six books, including his latest bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He is the founder of Grief.com.