Mike Bayer on the Very Well Mind panel to discuss Managing Financial and Mental Stress

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Join the experts at Investopedia and Verywell for a free virtual event exploring answers to your biggest financial and healthcare questions.

About this event

COVID-19 continues to present unheard-of challenges for the world’s economies and healthcare systems. The Your Money Your Health conference will explore what long-term recovery looks like, and offer you the health and financial information you need to tackle the future feeling mentally, physically, and fiscally prepared.

The leaders of Investopedia and Verywell have brought together some of the brightest minds in finance and healthcare to answer your important questions and share timely advice on everything from managing financial stress to navigating the future of patient care.



  • Erik Anderson: President of Global Services, Hologic, Inc.
  • Melynda Barnes, M.D.: Chief Medical Officer, Ro
  • Mike Bayer: Life coach, best-selling New York Times author, and founder of CAST Centers
  • George M. Blount, D.B.A.: Financial therapist & founder, nBalance Financial
  • Ethan Harris: Head of Global Economics Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research
  • Haesue Jo, LMFT: Head of Clinical Operations, BetterHelp
  • James L. Madara, M.D.: CEO & Executive Vice President, American Medical Association
  • Carolyn McClanahan, M.D., CFP: Founder & Director of Financial Planning, Life Planning Partners, Inc.
  • Jim Merlino, M.D.: Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Cleveland Clinic
  • Liz Ann Sonders: Managing Director & Chief Investment Strategist, Charles Schwab

Event Agenda

Opening Remarks & Welcome — 1 p.m. EST

Healing the Economic Scars of the Pandemic — 1:15 p.m. EST

  • Caleb Silver & Ethan Harris

The economic recovery from the pandemic has been uneven as the income inequality gap has widened, leaving millions of people vulnerable. What will be the long-term effects of the uneven recovery, and how can we take steps to address them today? Panelists will explore topics including the ongoing market rebound, inflation concerns, and the latest economic outlook.

Managing Financial and Mental Stress — 2 p.m. EST

  • Hosts: Amy Morin, LCSW & Caleb Silver
  • Guests: Mike Bayer, George M. Blount, & Carolyn McClanahan

Financial anxiety is one of the leading causes of mental stress which can also lead to physical illness. Experts will discuss how financial anxiety manifests in mental and physical illness, and provide actionable ways you can alleviate stress and take control of your financial life to reduce anxiety.

Paying for It: The Future of Care from the Patient Perspective — 3 p.m. EST

  • Host: Jessica Shepherd, M.D.
  • Guests: Haesue Jo, LMFT, James L. Madara, M.D., Jim Merlino, M.D.

The pandemic brought the importance and realities of our health care into our homes like never before. Telemedicine and virtual check-ups are here to stay, but so is the complete transformation of the way consumers experience and pay for health care. Experts will examine what changes are here for good, what’s coming in the future, and how the financial relationship between patient and provider may further evolve.

Moving Forward: Healthcare Access & Options — 4 p.m. EST

  • Host: Jessica Shepherd, M.D.
  • Guests: Erik Anderson, Melynda Barnes, M.D.

Access to quality healthcare is more crucial than ever. Our guests will share how the pandemic is changing how products and care reach the most vulnerable patients, and how healthcare policy changes will support care quality and accessibility.

Investing Through the Pandemic: How the Pandemic has Changed Investor Behavior and Impacted Global Markets — 4:45 p.m. EST

  • Caleb Silver & Liz Ann Sonders

The pandemic and the recovery changed our relationship with money in many ways. Trends that were already in motion accelerated while new dynamics emerged in investing and trading that will be forced over the next decade as new investors enter the market and portfolios are re-examined. We’ll explore those trends, how they manifested over the past year, and where they are headed.

Closing Remarks — 5:30 p.m. EST


  • The Grand Opening of Cast Centers in Alamosa, Colorado
  • Cast Centers and West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Collaboration
  • Grief Yoga with Paul Denniston
  • Ellen Reiss-Goldfarb RDN/CEDRD
  • On 94.7 The Wave with Mike Bayer

CAST Centers is in network with Anthem Blue Cross, MHN Health Net and accepts most PPO insurances like Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare.

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