Program Details

Interested In Presenting at HBCE in 2020? 

​See our session submission requirements and instructions here​.

​The deadline for session submissions is Tuesday, July 23rd. ​​

Educational sessions begin Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Sessions Being Presented Include:​

Opening Session 

Wellness Works and Prevention Pays—If Done in the Right Ways 

Tuesday, January 21 - ​8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.​​

Ron Loeppke, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM, FACPM


U.S. Preventative Medicine, Inc.​​​​

By now, we have all seen the conflicting headlines about the effectiveness of wellness programs. Therefore, now more than ever, you are being asked to make the business case supporting the development or continuation of these programs in your workplace. What we know for certain is that random acts of wellness do not work. In this session, you will hear about new validated and evidence-based wellness and prevetion strategies, yielding compelling clinical and financial results at companies across the globe. Learn why "good employee health continues to be good business" and how integrating features from other successful programs can result in lower health care costs, abesenteeism and presenteeism with a measurable positive impact on your employer's bottom line.

​Featured Session

Health Care Costs and Quality Measures—How to Find and Use Resources

Tuesday, January 21 - 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Leah Binder, MA, MGA

President & CEO

The Leapfrog Group

Employers are continually looking for transparency in the health care industry - to effectively remove barriers for their employees recieving appropriate care. Do you know what resources are available? Hear about how to find data and learn how employers have used provider cost and quality measures to impact the benefits offered to their employees.

Session List​

Dave Blasewitz

Benefits Manager
City of Tampa​

Wendy White

Director of Client and Clinical Services​
CareATC, Inc.

City of Tampa Near-Site Wellness Centers - 

Tuesday, January 21 - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.

​Kim Farmer, CCWS, CPT, AES​

Leading and Perfecting the Business Case for Your Wellness Program: Creative Methods to Improve Engagement and Sustainability - 

Tuesday, January 21 - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Paula Krupa

Director of Benefits

Roper Technologies​

Jen Benz

Senior Vice President, Communication Leader
Segal Benz

Year-Round Benefits Communication Improves Employee Decision Making

​​Tuesday, January 21 - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Dawn Duffy

Strategic Health
Lighthouse Group

Eleni Kontos, CWWPM

Account Manager

Lighthouse Group’s Three Year Focus on a Complete Wellness Program

​​Tuesday, January 21 - 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.


Marilyn Monahan​

Conducting a Self-Audit of Your Health and Welfare Plan

Tuesday, January 21 - 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

​​Missy Chase

Nutrition Coach and Author, Sneaky Chef Foods​

Is Functional Medicine the Future of Health Care and Solution to Chronic Illness?

Tuesday, January 21 - 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Erica N. Cordova Zinkie, J.D.

Vice President, Legal Counsel, OneDigital Health and Benefits

Wellness and Value-Add Benefits: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished?

Tuesday, January 21 - 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Shannon L. Gilbert

Area Senior Vice President, Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc

Learning From Best-in-Class Employers—Using Benchmarking Data Analytics to Attract and Retain Talent

Tuesday, January 21 - 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Lydia Leah Caraveo, M.S.

Wellness Program Manager, Grinnell Mutual

Nicolle L. Smith, G.B.A., SHRM-SCP

Director of Employee Benefits, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance​

Creating a Culture That Is Well For Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 21 - 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

Colleen M. Murphy

President, The ClareFolio Company


The Last Generation of Health Benefits Managers: Switzerland as a Solution

Tuesday, January 21 - 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Darren Rieger

Director of Benefits

Itron Inc.

Itron Fit—Wellness Based on Community and ​Competition

Tuesday, January 21 - 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Linda J. Cahn, Esq.

President, Chief Executive Officer, Pharmacy Benefit Consultants, The National Prescription Coverage Coalition

Obtain Real Prescription Coverage Transparency and Take Control of Your Pharmacy Benefit Data

Tuesday, January 21 - 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tramaine EL-Amin, M.A.

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health​

Total Workplace Wellness: Why Mental Health Is Essential to Your Well-Being Initiative

Wednesday, January 22 - 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Jane Ellery, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Senior Fellow
Ball State University
Project for Public Spaces

Peter Ellery, Ph.D., M.L.A.

E2 Praxis​

Placemaking: An Engaged Approach to Employee and Community Well-Being

Wednesday, January 22 - 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Carrie B. Cherveny, Esq.

Senior Vice President 
Strategic Client Solutions
HUB International​

Dicrimination in Employee Benefits...And the Civil Rights Act?

Wednesday, January 22 - 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Jenna-Leigh Igoe, CEBS

Vice President, Practice Leader and Employee Benefits Consultant, Fallon Benefits Group

Dr. Kathleen Lang Stone, CEBS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

President, Fallon Benefits Group​

Reimagining Open Enrollment: Strategies for Innovative Employee Communication

Wednesday, January 22 - 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Nicole Hare-Everline, CHES, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Strategy and Development Human Resources| Benefits Division

City of Houston

City of Houston Mental Health Management

Wednesday, January 22 - 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Kirstie Settas-Jones, M.B.A.

National Leader – Health Management Practice, Director, Health and Benefits, Willis Towers Watson​

Delivering Value to the Modern Workforce: Realigning Your Approach to Employee Well-Being

Wednesday, January 22 - 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Eileen M. Flick

Senior Vice President, Benefits Consultant, National Health Services Practice

Sadhna Paralkar, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Senior Vice President and National Medical Director, Segal

Case Studies in Successful Health Care Cost Savings Through Data Mining

Wednesday, January 22 - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Sandy Schenck

Director, Business Development, Naturally Slim

Dana Labat, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Pelts, Kirkhart, and Associates, LLC

Ernie Medlin

Software Support Analyst, Research and Development, Arkansas Department of Corrections

Shalada Toles

Deputy Director, Employee Benefits Division, State of Arkansas, Department of Finance & Administration

Fostering Resilience: How to Help Employees Bounce Back in the Face of Life’s Obstacles

Wednesday, January 22 - 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Brett R. Powell, B.A., CWPC

Vice President, Wellness Consultant, American Institute for Preventive Medicine

Generational Economics: Engaging the Most Diverse Workforce in History

Wednesday, January 22 – 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

​More sessions will be announced shortly. Please check back soon.