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​2018 Preconference Information

We are pleased to offer the following preconference options at the 2018 HBCE program. A separate registration fee is required.

NWI Logo.pngWorksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) Certificate

Sunday, January 21 - Monday, January 22, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.​

Presented By:
The National Wellness Institute

George J. Pfeiffer, M.S.E., FAWHP

George J. Pfeiffer, M.S.E., FAWHP
Founder and President
WorkCare Group, Inc. (WCG)

Sallie Scovill, Ph. D

Sallie Scovill, Ph. D
Associate Professor
School of Health Promotion and Human Development
University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point

A special offering for 2018, you can earn your CWWS at HBCE. Recognized as a premier traiing program for worksite wellness, human resources, benefits and interdisciplinary professionals, the Worksite Wellness Specialist program provides the knowledge, skills and tools needed to help you assist in creating and sustaining a culture of wellness within your organization. (CE credits for this certificate will be administered by the National Wellness Institute.)

  • Module 1: Foundations, Part A: Building a Business Case for Wellness
  • Module 2: Foundations, Part B: Population Health and Wellness Management
  • Module 3: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Wellness, Part A: Culture and Leadership
  • Module 4: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Wellness, Part B: Environment and Policies
  • Module 5: Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Wellness, Part C: Benefits and Incentives
  • Module 6: Driving and Measuring Employee Engagement, Part A: Communications
  • Module 7: Driving and Measuring Employee Engagement, Part B: Primary Prevention, Risk Reduction and Special Programming
  • Module 8: Driving and Measuring Employee Engagement, Part C: Evaluation

Creating Meaningful Employee Experiences: Using Design Thinking to Solve the Toughest of Worksite Wellness Challenges

Monday, January 22, 2018 | 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Presented By:

Michelle Spehr

Michele Spehr
Health and Wellnes Consultant
The Benefit Services Group, Inc.

Tara Witt

Tara Witt
Employee Wellness Coordinator
Milwaukee Public Schools

"We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein. This workshop will introduce the concept of design thinking, a human-centered method for innovation. In the field of workplace wellness, we aim to design interventions that will lead to positive lifestyle changes for all people. However, we often fall short in our ability to create programs that are, well, human. Michelle and Tara will walk participants through the steps of design thinking as a new way of identifying the impactful solutions that address worksite health promotion problems by embracing empathy, collaboration, integrative thinking, optimism and creativity. If your wellness and well-being strategic planning approach feels mechanical and you're frustrated that your current solutions are insufficient, join us! It is time to see and do things differently. Take the first step to explore how to use a new level of thinking to guide your wellness strategy.

Integration of the Benefits and Wellbeing Functions within an Organization

Monday, January 22, 2018 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Presented By:

Miriam Senft

Miriam (Mim) Senft, CWWS, GBA, AAI, RYT
President and CEO, Motivity Partnerships, Inc.
Co-Founder, Global Women for Wellbeing (GW4W)

Deb Smolensky

Deb Smolensky, CWPC, CWCC, WELCOA Faculty Member
VP and Global Practice Leader, Well-Being and Engagement 
NFP Corporate Services (IL), Inc. 

Join this interactive workshop to discuss the "people, place, purpose" and overall health/wellbeing of your workforce - including the importance of effectively integrating the benefits and wellness function of an organization. Discussions will include data, programming, communications and engagement of key stakeholders in the following areas:

  • Targeted programming for best results (high-risk medical cases, chronic conditions, mental well-being)
  • Connecting mental well-being and prescription drug spend for mental health
  • EAP utilization - what your data tells you
  • Disease management programs - what's needed to get better results
  • Creating a safe psychological environment that emphasizes social connection and reduces negative peer pressure

If you are interested in participating in a preconference, we encourage you to register early. Limited space is available and preconference sessions sold out in 2017.