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“I think it’s sort of a flywheel where we are possibly using social media and using the Internet in more and different ways.” Danny Dickstein, Brand Partnerships Manager at TikTok, and James Delattre, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization at Penn State join the podcast to discuss the pandemic-driven innovations impacting our relationship with mental wellness and the ways in which companies, future employees, students, and society may be stronger from such adaptations. Considering trends from the growth of fitness and mental health apps to telemedicine and social media use, they examine questions such as how will the market evolve, what will Gen Z’s connection to the digital and social media world teach future workplace teams and how will our understanding of one another shift?


Show Notes:

0:00 Intro

4:05 Danny talks about how the pandemic has caused an increase in innovation and creation of more companies around mental health

10:30 Danny talks about the most interesting innovations that he has seen that has come of year 2020

16:11 Danny talks about how a lot of people feel like they all want to fix the world in this time of the pandemic and how you can use all their ideas to come up with a solution

25:27 James also talks about the challenges he has experienced in the business over the last year and how he has tried to combat them

28:27 Danny talks about how the kind of companies that will be successful after the pandemic

31:02 James talks about the four different generations that are in the workplace and how they can effectively communicate with each other in regards to mental wellness

34:02 Danny also talks about the four different generations that are in the workplace and how they can better have communications about mental wellness

39:06 Danny shares his thoughts on what he feels should be done to improve the communication between the generations in the workforce

50:09 Danny shares some of the things that he does from home that helps him flex his mental fitness muscles


Books Mentioned:

Crisis of Disengagement book by Andrew J. Sherman


Shows Mentioned: Lululemon Athletica, styled as Lululemon Athletica, is an athletic apparel retailer domiciled in Delaware and headquartered in Vancouver. Founded in 1998 as a retailer of yoga pants and other yoga wear, Lululemon has since expanded to sell its products internationally in 491 stores as well as online.

Peloton Interactive, Inc. is an American exercise equipment and media company based in New York City. It was founded in 2012 by John Foley and launched with help from a Kick starter funding campaign in 2013. OpenTable is an online restaurant-reservation service company founded by Chuck Templeton on 2 July 1998 and is based in San Francisco, California. In 1998, the website began operations offering reservations at a limited selection of restaurants in San Francisco.

Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a video-sharing social networking service owned by Chinese company ByteDance. Clubhouse is an invitation-only social media app for iOS and Android where users can communicate in voice chat rooms that accommodate groups of up to 5,000 people. The U.S. Small Business Administration is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Bullis School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school for grades K-12. The school is located in Potomac, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Signal is a cross-platform centralized encrypted messaging service developed by the Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC. Quotes Mentioned: “There are now over 10,000 different apps that are related to mental health.” “It will cost less for health care and for education with the digital transformation.” “The ones that are going to see the most success and most growth and the healthiest growth are the ones who understand that everybody is facing new challenges.” “Make lemonade out of lemons.” “Millennials are in a very interesting part of the life cycle of social media.” “Crisis of Disengagement is like it’s more of the survival of the fittest.” “Embrace the older traditions and match them with the newer traditions.” “Mental wellness, mental fitness for everybody comes at certain times.” “You’re only as happy as your least happy child when you’re a parent.”


Guests Social Media Links:

Dr. James Delattre LinkedIn

Danny Dickstein LinkedIn