2023 Mental Health Innovation Summit

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 | 3:00pm – 7:30pm
Welcome Reception begins at 6:00PM on Wednesday

Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 8:00am – 4:00pm

GuideWell Innovation Center
6555 Sanger Road
Orlando, FL 32827

Join us for our inaugural and transformative mental wellness summit, where you’ll be part of a pioneering team of 250 business leaders and mental health experts united by a shared vision and mission to revolutionize Florida’s mental health landscape. At the heart of our endeavor lies the development of a business-oriented model, meticulously designed to elevate mental health outcomes for employers and commercial entities, with the potential for national replication. Through a comprehensive statewide assessment, we will identify immediate opportunities for rapid improvements and craft long-term strategies for substantial, lasting change over the next five years, all with the aim of enhancing access to care and amplifying the effectiveness of behavioral health services.

Through the guidance and partnership with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute we can create and implement practical and attainable strategies to secure and potentially augment funding for efficient behavioral healthcare services, by aligning state and federal policies more effectively. The success of this mental health initiative will influence policy landscapes, regulatory frameworks, reimbursement protocols, and program structures across Florida’s mental health sector. Join us in this groundbreaking effort, and together, we will establish the first business-led statewide movement, rooted in independent, non-partisan, data-driven principles, fostering accountability and trust.


Reserve a seat as an existing Florida Chamber Board of Governors level member to attend this exclusive event.

Register Here


Not a Florida Chamber Board of Governors level member? Please reach out to:

Dr. Robert Roncska
SVP, Florida Chamber Health Council
[email protected]


The GuideWell Innovation Center is a 30,000 sq/ft hub in Orlando’s Lake Nona’s Medical City. This prominent health sciences cluster includes some of the nation’s top hospitals, universities, research institutions, and consumer health companies.


Hotel Details

If you are traveling to attend, kindly refer to the list of recommended hotels provided below.

Lake Nona Wave Hotel – 6100 Wave Hotel Rd | Book Here

Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona – 6955 Lake Nona Blvd | Book Here

Springhill Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona – 13700 Boggy Creek Rd | Book Here



This summit is an inspiring one-day event, preceded by a welcome reception and QPR training on the evening before, where we will explore groundbreaking ideas and initiatives in the field of mental health. Our program boasts four distinguished speakers and showcases cutting-edge research.

Below is our preliminary agenda, please note that dates, times, and topics may be subject to refinement as we strive to offer you the best possible experience.


Wednesday, November 8, 2023

3:00pm – 5:00pm | QPR Training
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is an evidence-based training that teaches the warning signs of suicide, how to interrupt the crisis, and how to refer someone to proper care. This training is open to all interested in attending; everyone is qualified to participate in this incredibly beneficial course.
5:00pm – 5:50pm | The Power of Language When Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace, Words Matter – Kim LaMontagne, President, Kim LaMontagne, LLC
5:30pm – 7:30pm | Welcome Reception

Thursday, November 9, 2023

8:00am – 9:00am | Check-In and Buffet Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am | Katie Yeutter, President, Florida Chamber Safety Council and “Navy Bob” Roncska, SVP, Florida Chamber Health Council
9:15am – 9:45am | Welcome Remarks – Elana Schrader, M.D., SVP, Health Care Services and President, Guidewell Health
10:00am – 11:00am | Research Discussion – Kacie Kelly, Chief Innovation Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
11:00am – 12:00pm | Construction Dilemma – Vince Hafeli, President, Ajax Paving
12:00pm – 12:30pm | LUNCHEON
12:30pm – 2:30pm | Navigating Uncertainty – Testimonials of Working programs – Heather Cogar/Chief Metzger/Hamilton Baiden/Dr. Serovich/Adam Nemer
12:30pm – 2:30pm | Meadows Focus Group/Interviews
2:45pm – 3:45pm | The 4 Pillars of Creating a Mentally Healthy Culture in the Workplace – Kim LaMontagne, President, Kim LaMontagne, LLC
3:45pm – 4:00pm | Closing Remarks – Next Steps


Register Here

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Robert Roncska
SVP, Florida Chamber Health Council
[email protected]


We are thrilled to introduce you to the extraordinary speakers who will be sharing their insights and expertise at the 2023 Mental Health Innovation Summit. These remarkable individuals come from diverse backgrounds and will bring a wealth of experience and passion to this summit.


Our four speakers this year are Kacie Kelly, the Chief Innovation Officer at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, a trailblazer in mental health innovation. Vince Hafeli, President of Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, who stands as a testament to outstanding leadership and management skills. Dr. Elana Schrader, Senior Vice President of Health Care Services and President of GuideWell Health, a dynamic force in the healthcare industry. And finally, Adam Nemer, the Founder of Simple Mental Health, a man on a mission to transform workplace mental health.


These speakers are all united by their passion for improving mental health. Get ready to be inspired and enlightened by their insights at the 2023 Mental Health Innovation Summit.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Leader Sponsor





Advocate Sponsor


             University of South Florida College of Behavioral & Community Sciences