Introduction to Psychological
Safety for HR

Thursday, November 30, at 1:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT

Webinar Summary 


Health and safety at work has evolved from a singular focus on physical safety to a multifaceted approach that addresses the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of health. This holistic perspective recognizes psychological safety as an integral component of employee health and wellbeing. However, psychological safety is not a checklist item or quick fix. It is an ongoing effort that requires commitment across the organization and strong alignment between organizational norms, leadership behaviors, and day-to-day processes.

Join our speakers as they discuss how to:

  • Distinguish observable behaviors at each stage of psychological safety.
  • Outline the best practices for modeling psychologically safe norms and behaviors.
  • Reinforce the shared responsibility for psychological safety and identify HR’s role in building psychological safety at work.

Meet the Speakers


Grace Ewles

Manager, Human Resources Research & Advisory Services, McLean & Company

  • Grace Ewles is a Manager on the HR Research & Advisory Services team at McLean & Company. She is passionate about using data-driven insights to help organizations improve performance and create impactful change. Her areas of focus include wellbeing, organizational culture, talent management, and learning and development.

  • Prior to joining McLean & Company, Grace worked as an organizational consultant for eight years. As a consultant, she supported a range of organizational development initiatives related to recruitment and selection, organizational design, change management, and employee development in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

  • Grace holds her MA and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph, where she conducted research on work stress, occupational health, and wellbeing. She also has extensive experience as an educational instructor and has taught several courses at the post-secondary level related to statistics and organizational psychology.


Obie Odunukwe

Director, Advisory Services - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, McLean & Company

  • Obie is a Director of HR Advisory with a focus on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Services at McLean & Company. She has 10 years of global HR experience and has developed programs for various HR areas including Learning & Development, Talent Acquisition, Global Mobility, and DEI.

  • In her most recent role, she focused on developing and executing DEI strategies, creating training initiatives, establishing employee resource groups, and hosting workshops and listening sessions.

  • Obie brings an entrepreneurial mindset to problem solving by leveraging design thinking principles. She understands the complexities of project and program management, process improvement, and managing wide-reaching HR initiatives.

  • Obie holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Windsor.

  • She has received the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) designations and a Masters Certificate in Adult Training & Development.

  • Active in community service, Obie serves as a Mentor/Panelist for the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre Top 200 program and volunteers through Project Love Toronto for different organizations meeting the greatest needs of those within Toronto.

Alexandra Zawora

Consulting Analyst, Human Resources Research & Advisory Services, McLean & Company

  • Alexandra Zawora is a Consulting Analyst on the HR Research & Advisory Services team at McLean & Company. Her areas of interest include talent acquisition, learning and development, and helping organizations foster a positive and inclusive culture and work environment. She is passionate about helping organizations create meaningful work opportunities for their employees using data-driven HR best practices.

  • Prior to this role, Alexandra worked in the financial services industry where she gained experience identifying clients' needs and creating tailored solutions. She is focused on the human factor in the workplace and on implementing effective HR best practices so that employees feel engaged and rewarded and organizations are able to meet their strategic goals. Alexandra holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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