Program Details

Speakers at the Health Benefits Conference & Expo are expert practitioners in the field and represent organizations from across the country.
Speakers with a (VC) after their name will have their sessions included in the 2017 Virtual Conference. 

 2018 Preconference Options

Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) Certificate
Sunday, January 21-Monday, January 22, 2018

You can earn your CWWS at HBCE! Recognized as a premier training 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

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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.

Speakers:

Michelle Spehr
Health and Wellness Consultant,
The Benefit Services Group, Inc.

Tara Witt
Employee Wellness and Engagement 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.

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Watch for more details on an additional Monday afternoon preconference option.

 2017 Keynote Speaker

Scott Conard, M.D (VC)
Practicing Physician
Health and Well-Being Consultant
Population Health Consulta​​nt
Author - The Seven Numbers

Session: From Chaos to Competency in Health Benefits

 2017 Speaker List


Dr. Allison Grupski, Envolve PeopleCare (VC)
What your employees may be missing without a whole-person approach to wellness

Dr. Andrew Seter, Sensia Wellness
Top-Tier Executives and Your Corporate Wellness Program

​Brent Bordson, Target Corporation (VC)
Target Corporation: Designing and Implementing a Financial Well-Being Program

​Brian Klepper, Ph.D., Health Value Direct
Worksite Clinics versus Targeted Risk Management Solutions

Cheryl Simmons, CHRO, Maestro Health
Baby Boomer vs. Millennial: Best Practices for Bridging Generational Gaps in Benefits Communications

Chia-Chia Chang, CDC (VC)
Integrated live Well/Workwell Program Design: Dartmouth Hitchcock Case Study

Christine Durkee, BJ's Wholesale Club (VC)
Measuring the Impact of a Wellness Program on a Diverse and Dispersed Employee Population

​David Blasewitz, Pinellas County, Florida (VC)
How a Collaborative Cross-Functional Team Led to Greater Wellness Program Success

Debra Wein, Wellness Workdays
Measuring the Impact of a Wellness Program on a Diverse and Dispersed Employee Population

Edyta Domain, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (VC)
Integrated Live Well/WorkWell Program Design: Dartmouth Hitchcock Case Study

Jennifer K. Fuhrmann – Berger, BeneCard PBF (VC)
Prescription Drug Cost Savings through Clinical Controls and Benefit Plan Management

Joanna J. Mayer, CEBS, McGraw-Hill Education (VC)
What Your Employees May be Missing Without a Whole-Person Approach to Wellness

Karin Ajmani, Progyny Fertility Benefits (VC)
From Fertility Preservation to Conception – How Large Employers Are Disrupting the Current Infertility Benefit Status Quo

Katherine Brune, SunTrust Bank (VC)
SunTrust Bank: Rewards and Well-Being Communication Strategies

Mark Saiz, City of Albuquerque (VC)
City of Albuquerque Value Based Health Initiatives

Mary A. Bradley, Pitney Bowes
Your Employees Want Virtual Care: How Pitney Bowes Launched a Telehealth Service

Mary Emma Karam, Jackson Walker, LLP (VC)
Increasing Transparency to Control Costs in Health Benefit Plan Contracts

Michael Arloski, Ph.D, PCC, CWP, National Wellness Institute
The Best Benefit of All: Wellness Coaching

Michael Staufacker, Emory University (VC)
Emory University – Aligning an Academic Medical Center’s Fitness Center and Health Management System

Michelle Gile, American Well
Your Employees Want Virtual Care: How Pitney Bowes Launched a Telehealth Service

Misty L. Kyle, PHR, SHRM-CP (VC)
When Benefits and Wellness Collide

Norbert “Bert” Alicea, Health Advocate (VC)
Managing Threats of Violence: Best Practices Using EAP in High-Risk Situations
Renee Albert, Facebook (VC)
From Fertility Preservation to Conception – How Large Employers Are Disrupting the Current Infertility Benefit Status Quo
Rob Graybill, Vitals (VC)
Building a Shopping Culture at Work to Reduce Health Care Costs
Rosa Novo, Miami-Dade School District (VC)
Personalized Wellness Initiatives at Miami-Dade County Schools

Scott Segal, USI Insurance Services​​ (VC)
Employee Benefits Compliance “Hot Topics”

Scott Weden, Health Trust (VC)
Building a Shopping Culture at Work to Reduce Health Care Costs

Sheryl Simmons, Maestro Health
Baby Boomer vs. Millennial: Best Practices for Bridging Generational Gaps in Benefits Communications

Sue Klein, Pinellas County, Florida (VC)
How a Collaborative Cross-Functional Team Led to Greater Wellness Program Success

Susan Scherer, RN Cancer Guides Solutions
Combatting Cancer: Why Cost-Conscious Employers Care About Cancer
Zirui Song, Harvard University (VC)
Measuring the Impact of a Wellness Program on a Diverse and Dispersed Employee Population