2022 Global Loneliness Awareness Week

Conversations on Belonging, Connection, & Well-Being

Our 2022 event featured a conversation with Today correspondent, Jenna Bush Hager, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. Audience members also heard from premier thought leaders, change agents, and advocates about the value of social connection and how to ensure all people feel a sense of belonging.

Our Speakers

Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek Murthy

U.S. Surgeon general

Jenna Bush Hager

Today Host

Senator Tina Smith

U.S. Senator (D-MN)

Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz

Eventbrite Founder & CEO

Dr. Jeremy Nobel

President, Project Unlonely

Emily Allen

Senior Vice President, AARP

Carla Perisinotto Headshot

Carla Perissinotto, MD

Professor of Medicine, UCSF

Mona Siddiqui

senior Vice president, Humana

Abbie Gilbert

Associate Director, Humana

Event Photos


5:30 PM Introduction

Foundation for Social Connection Founder and Board Chair Edward Garcia introduces the Foundation.

5:35 PM Far From Alone Awareness Setting

Presentation by Abbie Gilbert of Humana

5:45 PM Keynote Introduction

Edward Garcia will introduce our keynote speakers, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Jenna Bush Hager

5:50 PM Keynote Remarks

Fireside Chat on Culture, Belonging, Connection, and Well-being with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Jenna Bush Hager. Q&A with audience to follow.

6:20 PM Congressional Introductions

6:25 PM Congressional Keynote with U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)

Our Champions in Congress will share their perspectives on the path forward to building a more socially connected nation. We look to our Congressional leaders for insight into federal policies and initiatives that will help to end the crisis of social isolation and loneliness in the US.

6:30 PM Reflection from Julia Hartz

Julia Hartz, Founder and CEO of Eventbrite will provide reflection remarks.

6:35 PM Clip Screening from ‘All the Lonely People’ Documentary

6:45 PM Remarks from Dr. Jeremy Nobel

Dr. Jeremy Nobel, Faculty at Harvard Medical School and President of the Foundation for Art & Healing/Project UnLonely will discuss the Foundation’s Unlonely Film Festival.

7:00 PM Panel Discussion on Social Connection and Action

The panel discussion will be moderated by Executive Director Jillian Racoosin and feature:

  • Philanthropy in Action – Emily Allen, Interim President, AARP Foundation
  • Science Translation for Action – Dr. Carla Perissinotto, UCSF
  • Equity in Action – Mona Siddiqui, Senior VP Enterprise Clinical Strategy and Quality, Humana
7:30 PM Closing Remarks

Founder and Board Chair Andrew MacPherson will deliver closing remarks.


2022 Conversations on Belonging, Connection, & Well-Being was sponsored in partnership with Humana’s Far from Alone.