The New Sandwich Generation
NEBGH Members – HR/Benefits Team Members: 8:00 AM arrival | All Other NEBGH Members: 9:30 AM arrival
This is a NEBGH Members only event. If you are interested in attending and not a member, please contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, your Gen X and Millennial employees increasingly find themselves shouldering expenses for small children and/or adult children — including college education and costs of those returning home to live — while also caring for aging or ill parents. And for middle-aged adults, this is all happening as they plan for retirement. “Sandwichers” lack the time and energy to fulfill these responsibilities successfully, and their physical and mental health frequently suffers.
Learn from peer employers which new programs and policies they’ve found effective in supporting sandwich generation employees, increasing productivity and aiding in retention.
- Examine cultural awareness in your workforce and among managers. Are your employees comfortable identifying themselves as caregivers?
- Normalize the conversation about the demands on caregivers in the workplace.
- Don’t stress! Review your current benefits and re-package and communicate them as caregiver support, including legal and financial services, and flexible work schedules.
- Use tech-enabled caregiver tools to supplement your efforts, not replace them.
- And more!
As the Vice President, Global Benefits for Dow Jones & Company, Kim oversees the strategy and daily administration of the health and welfare programs, retirement, wellness, perquisites, and leaves administration for the employees and retirees. Through her career at Dow Jones, she’s been incredibly privileged to help develop programs which directly impact working families like Dow Jones’ paid parental leave and Compassionate Care leave, offer enhanced fertility services, as well as services for families with children who have special needs and for those who are caregivers. Dow Jones has been named a Top Company for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine the last 4 years. Kim holds a degree in Sociology with a minor in Social Work from Lebanon Valley College.
Shelley Sinclair is Assistant Director, Health & Welfare at Ernst & Young (EY). She is responsible for the strategy, design and administration of the health and welfare plans for EY’s 44,000 U.S. staff and partners. Shelley has over 20 years of employee benefits experience. Prior to joining EY, she worked at BNY Mellon as Vice President of Benefits Planning where she coordinated the integration of the legacy Bank of New York and Mellon benefit programs.
Shelley earned her B.A. in economics and French from Wellesley College and holds an MBA from Fordham University.
Shelley is on the board of directors of the Northeast Business Group on Health.
Heidi Wolpow, FSA, MAAA
Heidi Wolpow is a director and senior actuary in Willis Towers Watson’s New York City Health and Benefits business.
Heidi has more than 25 years of experience in the employer health benefits industry, both on the consulting side and the insurer side. Heidi has worked with both midsize and large employers on the design and financial analysis of their health programs. Her areas of expertise include projections and budget setting, reserve analysis, pricing and overall health benefit strategy.
Heidi holds a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.