2020 Member Holiday Celebration

  • Welcome from BioForward
  • Video
  • Wellness presentation with Kristin Johnson Bott from Mindful Wellness
  • Prize drawing and charity donation announcement

Learn about Mindful Wellness here


BioForward’s annual gift to the community will be a laid back celebration designed to help members get in the holiday spirit and eliminate holiday stress. Rejoice in Wisconsin biohealth community successes, discover local businesses and charities to support, acquire strategies to start 2021 on the right foot, and enter a gift card drawing. A little holiday frivolity is just what the doctor ordered! Members only. (if your company is a member, you are a member)

December 16, 2020
12:00 p.m. via Zoom


About the speaker: Kristin Johnson Bott ~ Founder of Mindful Wellness LLC

An early adaptor and advocate for mindfulness and corporate/school wellness, Kristin Johnson Bott has brought mindful strategies, brain research, vision board workshops, intention setting and meditation to schools and companies for twelve years. A sought-after expert, motivational speaker, and consultant in, she is Owner and Founder of Mindful Wellness, LLC which has a three-tiered focus: Mindfulness Training, Nutrition and Fitness/Yoga . Her clients include corporate, health care, insurance, education and non-profits. While working as an educator, Kristin led several At-Risk-Programs and brought mindfulness to students and witnessed amazing improvements in behavior and focus with reduction in stress and anxiety. She holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Education from University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, and a Masters of Science in Special Education from North Dakota University. Her numerous certifications include: fitness, personal training, yoga, meditation and mindfulness with an emphasis in corporate wellness. 


          Always give without remembering and receive without forgetting.                                                  —   Brian Tracy  —

Each year, BioForward makes giving back a part of our holiday celebration.  With so much suffering and loss across the globe, giving back matters more now than ever.  We recognize that making a difference has a positive impact on both physical and mental health, so this year we are inviting members to join us in multiple ways.


According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, Milwaukee is ranked #4 in volunteerism!

Read Stories of Giving Back-  Lisa’s Story | Brian’s Story | Mike’s StoryRissa’s Story

Lisa Johnson, CEO | Organization selected- Second Harvest

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is a hunger-relief charity organization whose goal is to make sure everyone in southwestern Wisconsin has enough of the right kinds of food to live a happy and healthy life. Second Harvest distributes millions of pounds of food each year through its network of partner agencies and programs. Second Harvest has had a critical role in serving our communities since the pandemic hit:

  • 12,404,715 lbs. of food distributed
  • 55% more food distributed in 2020 vs. 2019
  • 522,214 boxes of food
  • 42,376 volunteer

Projected impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic:

  • 1 in 9 face hunger in SW Wisconsin
  • 40% increase in # of food insecure people in SW WI

Please consider donating funds to the COVID response fund: https://www.secondharvestmadison.org/donation-pages/coronavirus-response-fund

Or, donate your time. There are three locations you can volunteer or consider joining me in Stoughton on December 17thhttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084ba8a72baaf49-stoughton

Mike Harrison, Business Development Manager | Organization selected- COA Youth & Family Centers

COA Youth & Family Centers helps Milwaukee children, teens and families reach their greatest potential through a continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs offered through its urban community centers and rural camp facility.

COA’s programming continuum is comprised of three core focus areas.  Early Child Development, Youth Development, and Community Development.  Family is at the center of all they do.

In 2020, despite the pandemic, COA was able to:

  • Provide critical services for more than 10,000 low-income Milwaukee children and families.
  • Expand their food pantry and launch a new meal program.
  • Provide more than 62,000 pounds of food to 12,348 people and serve 30,954 free summer meals.

The pandemic has hit lower-income families harder than most and many of them rely on COA.  I hope you will consider donating your money or your time this year to COA Youth & Family Centers.

To Donate:  https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E248816&id=1

To Volunteer (Corporate Groups are encouraged):  https://www.coa-yfc.org/volunteer/


Brian Moeller, Director of Member Services & Operations | Organization selected- Madison West High Area Collaborative

The Madison West High Area Collaborative (MWHAC) is an educational barriers relief effort for the West High School attendance area. As a collaborative of school staff, PTO/PFO’s and community members representing all schools within the West High attendance area, their values consist of: every student deserves food, every student deserves access to education, every student deserves access to health, every student deserves access to a place to lay their head.

One part of the Collaborative operates as a food relief program to help address the widespread food insecurities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Each week the Collaborative provides 30+ pounds of food to each family
  • In September/October, MWHAC helped 34 households with rental payments
  • To date, 129 families have received just over $78,000 in rental assistance payments through the Collaborative
  • They’ve also filled 44 requests for help with phone, MG&E, and internet bills

This pandemic has significantly impacted at-risk families and I hope you’ll consider donating to or volunteering with MWHAC: http://madisonwestcollaborative.com/all-groups/

I’d also like to give a nod to United Way of Dane County’s site: https://www.volunteeryourtime.org/.  I know it can be challenging to volunteer during a global pandemic but there are numerous opportunities to serve on boards, mentorship, delivering food to those in need, and more ways to give back that keep your risk at a minimum.

Rissa Guffey, Marketing Manager | Organization selected- Dane County Humane Society

Just like humans, COVID-19 has had an impact on our faithful furry (or not so furry) friends.  Due to loss of jobs or income, some families have found that they cannot afford the cost of caring for their pet or cannot risk high-contact areas to get food or services. The staff and volunteers at the Dane County Humane Society ensure that there is no gap in services during COVID-19.

Despite COVID-19, DCHS, accepts all animals in need of assistance regardless of age, health status or temperament.  DCHS has an adoption guarantee, meaning all healthy or treatable animals can stay at DCHS as long as it takes to find a loving home.

DCHS runs the following programs:

  • Humane education programs (virtually in time of COVID)
  • Community-based care for pets
  • Foster care for animals
  • A pet food pantry
  • Training
  • Wildlife rehabilitation
  • A thrift store

Whether volunteering, donating, fostering, or adopting, the spirit of “Helping People Help Animals” is sure to lift holiday spirits!

Visit their webpage here

Sign up to volunteer here

Donate today


Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) assists individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening, or expanding businesses by providing direct lending, quality business, and financial capability education, and one-on-one technical business assistance.

Services are open to anyone but their focus is women, minorities, and people of lower wealth – those most likely to face barriers in accessing financing or educational support.

To support and empower the shop local movement they have introduced their NEW Shop Small Catalog for reference this holiday season and beyond.

Contact Rissa Guffey at [email protected] for questions and requests.