Health & Benefits Leadership Conference April 4 - 6, 2018 REGISTER

[ 2017 Program Materials & Attendee list ]
2017 Agenda At-A-Glance
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1 - 4:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Symposium Presented by Global Women 4 Well Being (GW4W)
Women in Business — Removing Barriers, Building Bridges — What Professional Women Need to Know
The Symposium is being facilitated by the GW4W Executive Team: Mim Senft, Deb Smolensky and Nancy Board
Sponsored by: NFP

Despite efforts of many companies, less than 5% of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Less than 20% of their board members are women. And those numbers are even lower for women of diverse backgrounds. Women continue to get paid less than men and often stay in a job that is unfulfilling and that doesn’t support their financial goals — impacting their health and financial growth as well as negatively impacting their businesses and communities. It doesn’t have to be that way. Learn from successful professional women about removing the barriers to build a better career and a better life. You’ll:
Be inspired by trailblazing women who took the road less travelled to get where they are today
Understand the hidden barriers that may be holding you back
Learn how to better evaluate where you are now and connect with your purpose and passion to position yourself for taking the right steps towards a fulfilling career
Become more aware of the unique skills that female leaders can bring to organizations, including a more integrated approach towards evaluation, empathy and the power of connection vs. competition
Discover actionable steps towards building a more meaningful career and an understanding of how to secure a more stable financial future
This interactive symposium will be divided into several components featuring:
What Barriers Professional Women Face and How to Overcome Them
Kim Davis   Kim Davis, EVP, Chief HR Officer, NFP
The Advantages and Challenges of Women Leading in Different Industries
Susan E. Docherty   Susan E. Docherty, Chief Executive Officer, Canyon Ranch®
Bridging the Financial Gap for a Better Future — How to Know What to Ask for and How to Ask for It
Robin Shoemaker   Robin Shoemaker, CRPC, CLTC, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Women in Leadership at All Socioeconomic Levels
Katee Van Horn   Katee Van Horn, VP of Global Engagement and Inclusion, GoDaddy
Group Exercise: What barriers do you see holding woman back regarding education, diversity, family and community? What can you do about it
A panel discussion with diverse women sharing how they have successfully created meaningful careers and the paths they took to get there:
Liana Bran, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Maggie Hsu, Consultant to Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos
Jae Kullar, Manager of Health and Wellbeing, Delta Air Lines Inc.
Ronna Tampa, Founder of Workplace ESL Solutions
Moderator: Dr. Tausha Robertson, Entrepreneur and Technology Advisor, SXSW Advisory Board Member

The Wellness Factor — What Smart Businesswomen Should Know to Thrive
Desiree Watson   Desiree Watson, CEO, Wellness Interactive Branding, LLC
7 - 8 a.m. Heart Healthy Breakfast
8 - 9:15 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION | Going Stealth: How Not Calling It “Wellness” Can Be Your Secret Weapon
Laura Putnam Laura Putnam
CEO of Motion Infusion and author of Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization

If your organization is like most, you’ve got a wellness program that’s under-funded and underenrolled. Let’s face it: Most eligible employees are simply opting out. No wonder many professionals tasked with workplace wellness can feel like Sisyphus pushing a rock up a hill. But thankfully, there is a better way. Hear Laura Putnam, a leading wellness authority and author of the highly praised Workplace Wellness that Works, explain how you can successfully execute a “stealth strategy” that calls for sneaking wellness into non-wellness initiatives. You’re sure to walk away inspired and armed with tangible techniques for generating higher rates of engagement and results.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION | Creating a Culture of Health: Challenges and Opportunities
Maureen Beal Maureen Beal
CEO and Chairman, National Van Lines Inc.
Gale Tedhams Gale Tedhams
Director of Sustainability, Owens Corning
Denise Bober Denise Bober
Vice President of Human Resources, The Breakers
Mim Senft Moderator Mim Senft
President and CEO, Motivity Partnerships Inc.
Jae Kullar Jae Kullar
Manager of Health and Wellbeing, Delta Air Lines Inc.

Smart organizations are beginning to take a fresh look at the culture they currently have in place, realizing that it serves as a foundation for addressing and solving the challenges of rising healthcare costs and diminishing employee engagement. Many companies have found that building a culture of well-being can have a profound positive impact on overall business performance, but building such a culture is often easier said than done. This panel of world-class health and well-being experts will discuss innovative approaches for transforming your organization’s DNA so that both employer and employee can thrive. Panelists will explore the move toward values-driven leadership, training networks of employees throughout the organization to drive engagement, and embracing an integrated approach for both human and environmental sustainability.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Refreshment Break in Expo
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Heart Healthy Lunch in Expo Sponsored by:
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3 - 4 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION | Ideas & Innovators
Steve Boese Steve Boese
Columnist, Human Resource Executive®, Program Co-Chair, HR Tech Conference
Maayan Cohen, CEO and Founder, Hello Heart
Chris Diede, Co-founder, Mpirica Health Analytics
Ennie Lim, Co-founder and CMO, HoneyBee
Benjamin Pitts, CEO, myFinancialAnswers LLC
David Reid, CEO and Founder, EaseCentral
Mari Ryan, CEO and Founder, AdvancingWellness LLC
Mim Senft, President and CEO, Motivity Partnerships Inc.
Safwan Shah, Founder and CEO, PayActiv
Rob Whalen, CEO and Founder, PTO Exchange
Al Zink, SVP of HR,

This top-rated session will inspire you with “big ideas” from industry visionaries leading the innovation charge. In fast-paced, five-minute presentations, you’ll discover creative new ways of thinking about your benefits programs and what you can do to ensure they continue to thrive.
4 - 5 p.m. Networking Social in Expo
6 - 6:30 a.m.

Morning Workout with Fitbit Group Health Sponsored by: fitbit

Kick off your day the right way with Fitbit Group Health for a fun 30-minute workout that will get your body moving and your heart rate up. There may even be some exciting giveaways, so you won’t want to miss this! All fitness levels welcomed.
7:30 - 8 a.m.Heart Healthy Breakfast
8 - 9:15 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION | What Do the New Congress and New Administration Have in Store for Employee Benefits?
Jim Klein Jim Klein
President, American Benefits Council

Come April, the new Congress will be completing its organization of committees and in full pursuit of each party’s agenda, as well as hopefully confirming the new heads of the various Executive branch agencies that oversee employee benefit programs. American Benefits Council’s Jim Klein, always an attendee favorite, returns to examine how the post-election political landscape will likely shape the health and retirement legislative and regulatory policy agenda in 2017 and beyond. How will the GOP-led Congress manage ACA”repeal and replace”? Will comprehensive tax reform be a priority for the new president and Congress? Either way, policymakers will be making decisions that will have a crucial impact on employer-sponsored benefits. Mr. Klein will give you an indispensable roadmap for successfully navigating the legislative environment that lies ahead.
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions    
10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Refreshment Break in Expo    
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions    
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Heart Healthy Lunch in Expo    
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions    
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break in Expo    
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION | Realizing an ROI in Benefits Communication
Jennifer Benz Jennifer Benz
Founder and President, Benz Communications®

Effective benefits communication is as valuable to a business as it is to the employees who use it. It is essential to driving engagement in health, wellness and financial programs and has a direct impact on employee satisfaction, productivity and the bottom line. Successful companies recognize this and make significant investments in modern channels and a year-round approach. But the majority of employers struggle to dedicate enough resources to benefits communication to see bottom-line results. Benefits-communications expert Jennifer Benz will tell you about leading companies that have quantified the business value of their ongoing investment in employee-benefits communication. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to manage communications, budget for it and measure the success of your efforts.
7:30 - 8 a.m. Heart Healthy Breakfast    
8 - 9 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION | The Rise of High Performance Healthcare
Brian Klepper Brian Klepper
Founding Principal and CEO, Health Value Direct

First the bad news: The move from volume to value has been largely stymied by a focus on institutions that have had little incentive to become more efficient at the expense of revenues and margins. The good news? Startup healthcare vendors are now emerging that have set their sights on deconstructing particular healthcare problems and devising unconventional but powerful solutions for driving better health outcomes at a far lower cost. Whether you are one of the many healthcare purchasers sufficiently frustrated with conventional practices to pursue a better way, or whether you’re simply curious about other choices, healthcare thought leader Brian Klepper will review a wide range of innovative options now available and how you can leverage them to achieve better outcomes and greater cost savings.
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION | Transforming Health and Benefits by Rethinking Organizational Design
Brian Baker Brian Baker
Senior Vice President of Strategy Associate Experience and People Innovation, Walmart
Sandeep Singh Sandeep Singh
Senior Director of Total Rewards, Kellogg Company
Kathy Gantz Kathy Gantz
Vice President of HR Operations, Centene Corporation
Nate Randall Moderator: Nate Randall
Founder and President, Ursa Major Consulting

As organizations evolve to meet market and consumer demands, so too must employee benefit teams. The structures and approaches that have served HR and benefits leaders well in the past aren’t necessarily geared to serve them well today or tomorrow. Success hinges on designing benefits that improve the employee experience, tie into corporate goals, leverage technology and deliver real value — and that may require organizational restructuring and staffing benefit teams in ways that diverge with current models. Hear this panel of distinguished HR and benefits leaders explore how they’re rethinking and reshaping their structures, service delivery methods and team competencies to improve effectiveness and enhance business performance.

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