The CoreNet Global Summit in Boston wrapped up on Day Three with a special panel discussion with notable journalist Ronan Farrow and Tarana Burke, who is credited with launching the #MeToo movement that went viral and prompted a societal conversation around the world.

The two shared their insights with moderator Dr. Josh Packard, CEO of the Packard Group & Associates.

What advice did the two have for establishing a welcoming environment in corporate offices across the country and what are the lessons of #MeToo?

Farrow suggested that perhaps the complicated issue is being over-thought on some level. The message that Farrow and Burke sent to the audience is to be conscious and create a workplace where everyone is treated with respect.

Earlier in the day, the last set of breakout sessions included a discussion of corporate wellness and how to “nudge” employees to being happier and healthier.

Rex Miller, principal and thought leader at MindSHIFT discussed the concept of legibility in workplace design, which includes plan configuration, landmarks and zones, visual access inside and outside, signage and graphics and intentional use of spaces and furnishings.

He also said there are several ways to give employees control over their workspace as a strategy to reduce stress: height adjustable workspaces, ergonomic seating, moveable whiteboards, choice of work location, refuge spaces and input into the design process.

Many attempts at wellness are reactive, he said, and therefore less effective. A proactive, holistic strategy that is not just focused on wellness, but well-being, would be more effective.

As an example, he cited a fast-growing trend in which employers are offering spaces to meditate, or even nap, with the company’s blessing.

After three full days of sessions, keynotes, networking and exhibits, that message may have hit home more than any other.

The conference was adjourned with a call to do it all again next year in Anaheim, CA.