Annual Health & Wellness Benefits Conference

Catch the Wave! Dive into New Employer Strategies for 2020

How are you getting ready for 2020? Have you found a strategy that lowers costs for high-cost conditions – but can also improve outcomes?  Do you suffer from wellness program fatigue and need inspiration to try something different?  What about telehealth, ACOs, urgent care and convenience clinics – do you have a plan that prevents your employees from getting caught in a tangled web of healthcare options?

New thinking on HDHPs indicates they may not be all they’re cracked up to be.  And creating a benefits strategy that caters to millennials can backfire when it comes to retaining other high-performing talent.  

These are just some of the topics we’ll cover at our 8th Annual Conference.

The year 2020 is coming fast.  Catch the wave and avoid a wipeout – our experts will show you how!


  • Do a 360 on High Cost Conditions                                                          
  • Drop In on a Wellness Wave that Works
  • Get Stoked on Virtual Health and AI
  • Paddling Through Choppy Waters: Docs Here, There and Everywhere
  • Don’t Take a Header on HDHPs
  • Avoid Workforce Wipeout: The Future is Now
  • Healthcare Disparities Despite Coverage

Thursday, June 13, 2019

7:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am


8:40 am

What Are We Really Paying For When We Pay For Healthcare?

Keynote Speaker

Amitabh Chandra, PhD

Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Harvard health economist Amitabh Chandra says our healthcare system is “compromised.” So what are the decisions and trade-offs we need to be thinking about when it comes to addressing innovation and cost growth in healthcare? What’s a fair price for a lifesaving cure?

9:20 am

Do a 360 on High Cost Conditions


Sara Rothstein

32BJ Health Fund

Adam Entenberg

Vice President, Employee Benefits

Michelle Martin

Sr. Vice President, Total Rewards


Steve First

Vice President, Global Benefits

Employers know that a minority of employees and dependents account for the majority of healthcare costs, and the culprits include cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, heart disease and high-risk pregnancies, among others. Are there strategies that will enhance quality while reducing costs?

9:45 am

Drop in on a Wellness Wave that Works


Michael Cremer

Manager, Health and Wellness Benefits

Dawn Armenio

North America Pension and Benefits Design Lead

Urvashi Saigal

US Benefits Manager
Unilever NA


Amanda LaGanga

Senior Manager, Benefits

Is your wellness program a washout? You’re not alone. But there are success stories to be learned from. Hear from employers on what’s working for them!

10:25 am

Getting Employees to Take the Plunge: What Livongo and Sharecare Know About Engagement (and You Don't!)


Arnnon Geshuri

Chief People Officer
Livongo Health

Brian Woods

Senior Vice President of Enterprise


Sandi Stein

Managing Director – Global Head of Total Rewards
Brown Brothers Harriman

Employee engagement is the holy grail when it comes to anything having to do with benefits, healthcare and wellness. These two innovators have the “special sauce” – find out what ingredients they’re willing to share and how you can put them to work for you!

10:45 am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:10 am

Get Stoked on Virtual Health and AI


Jeff Harner

Chief Analytics Officer
Teladoc Health

Justin Burns

Senior Vice President, Product Management and Technology


Kathleen Harris

Head of People

AI is improving virtual health capabilities by using algorithms for chatbots to help analyze clinical data, diagnose conditions and provide care recommendations. Find out what’s new and on the horizon for your employees!

11:45 am

Paddling Out Through Choppy Waters: Docs Here, There and Everywhere


Angela Profeta, PhD, MPH

Senior Vice President, Strategy

Wayne Jenkins, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Matt McCambridge

Chief Executive Officer
Eden Health

Amy Meister, DO, MRO

President, Worksite Solutions


Marco Diaz

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Benefits
News Corp

New options like convenience and retail clinics, low-cost concierge services and tech-enabled “docs on demand” are upending the traditional primary care model. How can you create a primary care strategy that capitalizes on these without causing confusion among employees and fragmentation of care?

12:15 pm

Networking Lunch

12:45 pm

Selling Your Vision: A Master Class


Lydia Fenet

Managing Director and Global Director of Strategic Partnerships

Introduced by

Lindsay Jurist-Rosner

Co-Founder and CEO

Whether it’s getting C-suite buy-in on a new benefits strategy or motivating your team to perform at their most awesome level, you need to sell your vision. Find out what it takes to command a room and inspire those around you from the leading benefit auctioneer in the country!

1:15 pm

Transition to Breakouts

1:30 pm

First Wave (Breakout Sessions): Don't Take a Header on HDHPs


Bruce Sherman, MD, FCCP, FACOEM

Chief Medical Officer
National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

Jeff Dobro, MD

Partner, H&B Strategy & Clinical Services Leader


Jared Lewis

Senior Director, Total Rewards
Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Most large employers offer High Deductible Health Plans, with some putting them at the center of their benefits strategy. But are HDHPs having the opposite intended effect on employees who need the most help – and on your overall healthcare costs?

1:30 pm

First Wave (Breakout Sessions): Avoid Workforce Wipeout: The Future is Now


Danielle Shanes

Senior Vice President and Head of Global Benefits & Wellbeing

Heather Tinsley-Fix

Senior Advisor, Financial Resilience

Adam Schuster

Chief Human Resources Officer
EHE Health


Michelle Martin

Sr. Vice President, Total Rewards

With as many as five generations working at once, a one-size-fits-all strategy is no strategy at all. How can you treat your employees like consumers and reinvent the employee benefits experience?

1:30 pm

First Wave (Breakout Sessions): Healthcare Disparities Despite Coverage


Karan Singh

Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer

Kimberly Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca Zack Callahan, MSN, WHNP-BC

Product Adviser and Nurse Practitioner
Maven Clinic

Luther T. Clark, MD

Deputy Chief Patient Officer


Claire Levitt

Deputy Commissioner
New York City Mayor's Office of Labor Relations

You treat your diverse workforce equally when it comes to benefits coverage, but disparities exist in accessing care and managing certain conditions. What do you need to know and how can you best address these issues in your employee population?

2:10 pm

Transition to Next Breakout

2:15 pm

Second Wave (Breakout Sessions Repeat)

3:15 pm

The Weight of Gold: Lessons from Olympic Athletes and Other Achievers Who've Struggled with Mental Health


Brett Rapkin

Emmy Award-winning Writer/Director
The Weight of Gold

Katie Uhlaender

Three-time Olympic skeleton medalist

David Boudia

Four-time Olympic diving medalist

Chris Soule

Two-time Olympic skeleton & bobsled racer and World Cup Champion

Dr. Mark Cunningham-Hill

Medical Director


Oren Frank

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

One in five Americans struggles with depression or other mental health issues. What do the personal stories of Olympians and other high achievers teach the rest of us about tackling the mental health crisis, head on?

Join us for this very special session featuring Olympic athletes.

4:15 pm



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