A few months ago, we hosted our first “On-Course with Ogletree Deakins” session, where we talked about preparing for the unexpected, overcoming challenges, and some of the parallel lessons that can be learned from how we get ourselves out of “hazards” – in golf and in life. Whether in the workplace, at home, in our communities or personal lives, we’ve been learning how to stay “on-course” in what is called the “new normal.”

Now, we continue to navigate towards the “next normal.” Today we have shifted the focus to post-traumatic growth, mindfulness, and the idea that out of adversity can come growth, development, and strength. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the first week of May is Well-Being Week in Law, so this is a timely and universal discussion!

One in five adults in the U.S. experiences a type of mental illness. Your favorite professional athlete, celebrity, friend or family member – mental illness does not discriminate. And in times of stress – like, say, a global pandemic – taking care of yourself and your emotional health is crucial.

As the National Alliance on Mental Illness said, “Now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected with our community. You are Not Alone.”

And in golf, the mental side of the game is also vital. The great Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course — the distance between your ears.”

So, we’re here to discuss why self-care should ALWAYS be in session, and hopefully give you some helpful tools that you can use in your daily lives.


Maria Greco Danaher

Maria Greco Danaher, a shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ Pittsburgh Office. Maria regularly represents and counsels companies in employment related matters. She specializes in representing management in labor relations and employment litigation, and in training, counseling, and advising human resource departments and corporate management on these topics. Maria received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and her law degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Dennis Davis, PhD

Dr. Dennis Davis is Ogletree Deakins’ National Director of Client Training. In that capacity, he develops and implements training programs which are designed to minimize the risks associated with inappropriate employee behavior. Dennis has conducted Behavioral Risk Management Training for university personnel, governmental agencies and private corporations across the United States. In addition to training, Dennis also provides on-going threat assessments to Ogletree clients. Dennis earned his Ph.D. from the United States International University.

Alex Freda

Alex Freda is in Business Development for Headspace. Alex joined Headspace’s corporate division in early 2018. He’s focused on partnering with organizations who want to offer their employees Headspace; be it as a stress management tool or to strengthen mental resilience and emotional intelligence. He’s practiced meditation for over 6 years and is passionate about improving the health and happiness of the world.