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Wednesday, September 14 — Employer-Only Day

8:30 a.m.
Registration Opens
Networking and Refreshments
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Welcome Address
  • Brian Marcotte, President and CEO, National Business Group on Health
  • LuAnn Heinen, Vice President, National Business Group on Health
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Keynote Address
Built on Values

"It's all about culture." But how, exactly, does culture impact well-being, engagement and business performance? Hear Ann Rhoades, founder and president of People Ink, a company that helps employers create winning workplace environments that allow their employees and their companies to thrive, break it down: leadership drives values that influence behaviors, and these behaviors become culture. Sharing examples from her extensive experience in senior roles at major corporations, Rhoades will connect the culture built on values and behaviors to employee well-being and corporate performance.

Ann Rhoades, President, People Ink and Former EVP of People, JetBlue Airways
11:15 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Stretch Break
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 1
(Choose one of the Breakout Sessions below)
  • Breakout Session 1A     Understanding the Corporate Journey to Promoting Health and Well-being Globally

    Company efforts that encourage and support employees worldwide to live healthier and more engaged lives vary considerably. They may focus exclusively on physical and emotional health or address a broad set of objectives impacting how employees function at work, in relationships and the community. Join this “fireside chat” to learn how GlaxoSmithKline, Intel Corporation and Chevron have structured and advanced employee health and well-being efforts globally.

    Jeannie Jones, Health & Resilience Team Lead, GlaxoSmithKline
    Julee Weller, Program Manager, Intel Corporation
    Janis Davis-Street, Associate Manager, Health and Productivity, Chevron
  • Breakout Session 1B     The Coach Will See You Now: Innovations in Health Coaching

    Telephonic coaching is no longer the only game in town to help employees achieve a healthy lifestyle. Lincoln Financial Group, Sodexo and Steelcase are leveraging on-site facilities, community partnerships and mobile technology to allow employees to engage in convenient, personalized health coaching. Hear each company’s rationale for implementing their coaching program, the success they’ve achieved using the new model, and tips for other employers looking to implement a similar program.

    Audrey Im, AVP, Health & Welfare Benefits, Lincoln Financial Group
    Karleen Stephens, Manager, Health & Safety, Steelcase
    Nebeyou Abebe, Senior Director, Health & Well-being, Sodexo North America
  • Breakout Session 1C     Creating a Leadership Culture of Well-being

    When it comes to creating a workplace culture that promotes employee well-being, data show there’s a disconnect between the support leadership think they are providing and employee perceptions of organizational support of their health and happiness. Learn how Aon bridged this divide by incorporating employee well-being as a fundamental principle in leadership development and management practices for their own employees, and changed the organization from the inside out.

    Kim Kivimaki, Director, Colleague Wellbeing, Aon Service Corporation
    Stephanie Pronk, Senior Vice President, Aon Health Consulting
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 2
(Choose one of the Breakout Sessions below)
  • Breakout Session 2A     Shifting the Odds in their Favor: Improving Employee Activation through the Use of an Integrated Well-being Platform

    Employee engagement in healthy living activities is a top challenge for all employers. It’s even harder when employees lack computer access at work and at home. See how Boyd Gaming activated and engaged hard-to-reach employees in their health by building a “one stop shop” well-being platform and offering workplace kiosks to facilitate access, all while transforming the health and benefits experience.

    Bob Berglund, Vice President, Benefits and Insurance, Boyd Gaming Corporation
    Jonna Kurucz, Vice President, Clinical Strategy, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Breakout Session 2B     Moving Beyond the Scale to Redefine Well-being at Work

    Consumer research shows that losing weight can be an integral part of enhancing one’s quality of life, but real change requires going beyond the scale. That’s why LabCorp, OhioHealth and Texas Children’s Hospital have created multi-faceted well-being strategies that build upon the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and expand into the roles of emotional, social and other states of well-being. Join the "fireside chat" to hear the elements of each company’s holistic health program, as well the engagement strategies used to drive success.

    Kim Beck, Senior Total Compensation Consultant, Corporate Benefits, Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)
    Lisa Meddock, Systems Director, Benefits and Wellness, OhioHealth
    Julie Griffith, Manager of Employee Medical Clinic and Wellness, Texas Children's Hospital
    Nicole Campagna, National Director of Strategic Accounts, Weight Watchers Health Solutions
  • Breakout Session 2C     Getting Employees to Move: Designing Physical Activity Challenges that Engage and Inspire a Diverse Workforce

    Not everyone’s an athlete and not everybody has an extreme fitness goal. But one thing’s for sure: when it comes to the workplace, we can all move more. Discover how Emory University has developed a physical activity program designed to drive participation across its diverse workforce. Also understand how Emory is generating continued excitement around challenges year over year, as well as driving activity between challenges.

    Michael Staufacker, Director of Health Management, Emory University
    Amy McDonough, VP & GM, Corporate Wellness, Fitbit Group Health
2:45 p.m.
Refreshments Available
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 3
(Choose one of the Breakout Sessions below)
  • Breakout Session 3A     Driving Engagement in Well-being from the Ground Up

    Delta Air Lines has injected its distinct culture into its well-being strategy, resulting in a suite of benefits and resources that strongly resonate with crew members. Hear the various ways Delta is leveraging company values and practices, aided by a robust wellness champions network and personalized communications, to drive employee engagement in their physical, emotional, financial, social and career health.

    Jae Kullar, Manager - Health & Wellbeing, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
    Seth Serxner, Ph.D., Chief Health Officer and Senior Vice President of Population Health, Optum
  • Breakout Session 3B     It’s All About the Money: Advancing Employees' Financial Health to Reduce Stress and Improve Well-being to

    Employees report that their number one source of stress is their personal finances. Hear how Paychex and PepsiCo and are helping employees of all generations become more financially secure, both now and in the future, by deploying personalized financial well-being programs. Learn how Fidelity Investments is assisting employees with student loans pay off their debt.

    Jake Flaitz, Director, Benefits & Human Capital, Paychex, Inc.
    Erik Sossa, Vice President, Global Benefits & Wellness, PepsiCo, Inc.
    Cindy Silva, Director, Employee Benefits, Fidelity Investments
  • Breakout Session 3C     The Business Case for Improving the Well-being of Your Employees: A Focus on Performance and Human Capital

    How does improved employee well-being contribute to improved organizational performance? Hear the latest in definitive research tying changes in well-being to metrics valued by your C-Suite, including employee performance, accountability, innovation, and development. Learn how Lockheed Martin drives maximum performance and engagement within their population by leveraging and integrating the key players in the market to meet the needs of their employees.

    Marleece Barber, MD, Director, Health and Wellness & Chief Medical Officer, Lockheed Martin Corp.
    Lindsay Sears, PhD, Executive Director, Advanced Data Sciences, Healthways
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
General Session and Stretch Break
Managing Your Organization's Emotional Culture: What it is and Why it Matters

It's not just an organization's cognitive culture that’s vital to its success, but its emotional culture as well. In this session, Mandy O'Neill, Ph.D., will share her research on what an emotional culture is, and the impact it can have on employee performance, engagement, creativity and well-being. Using illustrative examples, Dr. O’Neill will discuss the types of emotional cultures are most beneficial to different industries, as well as share ways that companies are measuring — and subsequently managing — their emotional culture.

Mandy O'Neill, PhD, Associate Professor of Management and Senior Scholar, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Networking Reception
Discovery Hall Opens
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® Dinner (BY INVITATION ONLY)


Thursday, September 15 — Open to All Attendees

7:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Fitness Activities

Start the morning with the fitness activity of your choice! You can join Fitbit for a 5K run/walk through Washington DC’s scenic Woodley Park/ Rock Creek Park area or join Weight Watchers’ Fitness Expert Ileana Pinon for what is sure to be an energizing morning workout!

Fitness Session
The Business Group is teaming up with Weight Watchers to offer a Rise and Shine: Morning Workout with Weight Watchers’ Fitness Expert Ileana Pinon. Start your day with an energizing workout which will take place at the Omni Hotel. All participants will be provided with a commemorative water bottle at the end of the session.

5K Run/Walk
Back by popular demand, the Business Group and Fitbit are pleased to offer this fun and energizing networking event. The 5K Run/Walk will take place through scenic Washington, DC in Woodley Park/ Rock Creek Park areas. All participants will be provided with a commemorative T-shirt at the conference registration desk.

  • 5k
  • Fitness Session
8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Discovery Hall Networking Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
NBGH Workshop
EMPAQ® Benchmarks: How Employers Manage their Health, Absence and Productivity Programs

A healthy and productive workforce is critical to achieving long-term cost savings and increasing employee engagement and productivity. EMPAQ®, a benchmarking tool administered by the National Business Group on Health and Truven Health Analytics, provides employers with credible benchmarking data for measuring benefits programs that directly impact employee health and productivity. Join the Business Group and Truven Health to learn about the latest results of this year’s EMPAQ® survey and gain insights into how employers are effectively managing their health, absence and productivity programs.

Attendees will learn:

  • The latest employer benchmarks around health, absence and productivity programs
  • What steps can be taken to effectively manage these programs
  • John Azzolini, Senior Consulting Scientist, Truven Health Analytics
  • Craig Lykens, Assistant Manager, Benchmarking and Analysis, National Business Group on Health
  • Brenna Shebel, Director, Health Care Cost and Delivery, National Business Group on Health
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Discovery Hall Networking and Learning Sessions
Refreshments available in Discovery Hall at 10:30 am
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
NBGH Workshop
Effective Leave Management: What's on Your Mind?

Join us for an interactive session where we will collectively discuss insights, your concerns and needs, as well as share best practices for addressing FMLA and ADA risks. Moderated by NBGH, the panel will include speakers from Henry Ford Health System and Cigna. Discussion topics will include the cost and drivers of absence, prevention and intervention ideas, overall compliance concerns and new / evolving requirements as well as FMLA and ADA tips for delivering solutions and strategies to meet your needs.

  • Lisa R. Carlisle, Disability Management Team Leader, Henry Ford Health System
  • Kim Rudeen, Senior Director of Product & Strategy, FMLA/ADA & Absence, Cigna
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
"State of the Employer" Address
  • Pamela Hymel, MD, Co-chair, Institute on Health, Productivity and Human Capital, National Business Group on Health; Chief Medical Officer, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
  • Erik Sossa, Co-chair, Institute on Health, Productivity and Human Capital, National Business Group on Health; Vice President, Global Benefits and Wellness, PepsiCo, Inc.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Keynote Address
The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

An expert on human motivation and award-winning social psychologist, Ron Friedman, Ph.D. wrote the book on how to build extraordinary workplaces. He will discuss how to enhance employee performance by leveraging their surroundings – ie designing environments that help employees meet the cognitive demands of their work.

Ron Friedman, Ph.D., Author, The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Discovery Hall Luncheon
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 4
(Choose one of the Breakout Sessions below)
  • Breakout Session 4A     Cultivating Emotional Health: Three Different Companies, Three Unique Approaches

    This session will provide attendees the opportunity to explore how three organizations are supporting the emotional health of their employees and families. Focused on resiliency, stress management, and behavioral teletherapy, this panel will share their strategy, programs, and outcomes to date, while also highlighting the key challenges they have faced implementing evidence-based solutions. Finally, key areas of interest including scalability and creating the value proposition for emotional health initiatives will be discussed.

    Mark Goldberg, Global Wellness Manager, Latham & Watkins, LLP
    Andrew Gold, Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Business Partner, Global Innovation, Pitney Bowes
    Sonya Woschenko, Benefits Communication Manager, United Technologies
    Jennifer Flynn, Strategic Market Director, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc.
  • Breakout Session 4B     Learning the ABCs of Enhanced Parental Leave

    While the nation lags behind in paid parental leave benefits, large US employers are leading the charge by developing customized parental leave policies that align with their culture and integrate with existing benefit offerings, as well as comply with federal and state family leave laws.

    Currently, employer parental leave policies range from partial to full salary and can be limited or unlimited during the first year of a parental event. Join this session to go beyond the basics of establishing a benefit amount and duration, hear contrasting stories from a medical device manufacturer, a technology organization and a beverage company, and learn ways to re-acclimate employees after a lengthy leave period.

    Kelly Keith, Senior Director, Benefits, The Coca-Cola Company
    Amber Pilgrim, Life@ Program Manager, Time Away, Facebook
    Myrna Rivera, Vice President Corporate Benefits and HR Administration, B. Braun Medical Inc.
    Lisa Scotton, Assistant VP, National Absence Management Practice, Aon Health and Benefits
  • Breakout Session 4C     Making the Connection: Well-being to Organization Performance

    This presentation is all about defining and measuring the metrics of well-being. Learn how two leading corporations have navigated the selection, testing and refinement of metrics over several years with the goal of drawing correlations between well-being and employee performance and business outcomes. These companies will share how employee well-being has impacted sales, customer engagement, job satisfaction, productivity and absence to assist others in identifying key well-being metrics in their own organizations. They will further discuss how corporate goals have both defined the well-being strategy and been influenced by evidence of the impact of well-being on performance.

    Leslie Pilliod, Group Manager, Benefits and Well-being Engagement, Target Corporation
    Keith Winick, Director, Health & Wellness and Analytics, Prudential Financial
    Shelly Wolff, Global Health and Well-being Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
  • Breakout Session 4D     Designing Environments for Well-being: Science and Practice

    The indoor built environment influences health, well-being and productivity to a greater degree than commonly understood. Learn how buildings can impact social connections, concentration, emotions and physical health. Dr. Banks will present a framework for understanding psychological needs in the workplace focusing on, for example, what does connection look or feel like to individuals working in a range of different workplaces? And in what physical context(s) does a person feel or perceive a sense of equity? Join this session to explore emerging evidence, including from published literature and employee focus groups, to guide employers in designing environments that support well-being and productivity.

    Deborah Borton, Senior Director, Benefits and HR Central Services, Keurig Green Mountain
    Anthony Ravitz, Real Estate and Workplace Services Team Lead, Google, Inc.
    Cristina Banks, PhD, Director, UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
General Session
Innovation in Behavioral Health Care for Employees with Medical Conditions: Impact on Depression and Work Productivity

Behavioral health issues are a leading contributor to disability and diminished work productivity; they often co-exist with health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pain, which are common in the U.S. workforce. Join this session to learn about the links among depression, health care costs, and the cost of lost employee productivity. Presenters will highlight the impact that an innovative approach to addressing employee behavioral health challenges can have on improvements in work productivity, overall physical and mental outcomes, as well as the potential impact on overall health care costs. The session will highlight one employer’s experience with tele-behavioral health solutions and the impact that improved behavioral health can have on employee depression and work productivity.

  • Donna Sexton, Director of Employee Benefits, Costco
  • Reena Pande, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AbilTo
  • Steven Serra, MD, Senior Medical Director, Aetna
3:50 p.m.
Fun Rewards Prize Drawing
3:50 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Discovery Hall Refreshment Break
4:25 p.m. - 5:25 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 5

There is a need for innovative and disruptive solutions to transform health care. New solutions are proliferating, yet breaking into the large employer market is challenging for start-ups. The Business Group’s Health Innovation Forum, which connects large employers to digital health solutions, offers two sessions for conference attendees to explore some of the most exciting new developments in this space.

(Choose one of the Concurrent Sessions below)
  • Breakout Session 5A     A Look to the Future &mdash What's Emerging in Health Innovations

    Join this session to hear from the founders of three early stage companies with novel solutions that change existing paradigms for heart health, child obesity and diabetes. All three were advanced by the Health Innovations Forum employer Board for their compelling solutions: mobile technology that empowers employees to monitor, understand and improve heart health (Hello Heart); a company transforming the lives of kids, teens and their families through mobile technology and personal coaching that helps them eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight (Kurbo Health); and medically supervised interventions to cure the most complex diseases (Virta Health).

    Virta Health — Clinically proven and medically supervised interventions to cure the most complex chronic diseases.
    Hello Heart — A clinically based, cutting edge mobile technology that people love. It empowers employees to monitor, understand and improve heart health — the biggest healthcare cost for employers
    Kurbo Health — The only company focused on transforming the lives of kids, teens and their families through mobile technology and personal coaching that helps them eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight.

    Maayan Cohen, Founder and CEO, Hello Heart
    Joanna Strober, Founder and CEO, Kurbo Health
    Sami Inkinen, CEO & Founder, Virta Health
    Brian Marcotte, President and CEO, National Business Group on Health
  • Breakout Session 5B     Digital Health Pilots: Employer Results

    Hear pilot results from innovative technology solutions employers are using to update benefit offerings and engage employees in new ways. Lowe’s will discuss a targeted strategy for engaging employees at risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease in a behavior change program that deploys coaches, wireless digital scales and more while delivering quantifiable clinical results; the Hartford will share the impact of a personalized and scientifically-proven sleep management program based on cognitive behavioral therapy; and IBM will present findings from a comprehensive digital nutrition solution.

    Bob Ihrie, Senior Vice President of Compensation and Benefits, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., (Omada Health Results)
    Judy Gordon, Director of Wellness, The Hartford (Sleepio Results)
    Ellen Exum, Director, Health Benefits & Health Promotion Design and Strategy, IBM Corporation (Zipongo Results)
    Dannielle Sherrets, Director, Workforce Well-being and Health Innovations, National Business Group on Health
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception


Friday, September 16 — Open to All Attendees

7:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Discovery Hall Breakfast
Discovery Hall Closes
8:40 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Closing Keynote Address
How Starbucks’ Workforce Strategy Drives the Business

Ranked number 6 on Fortune’s 2016 World's Most Admired Companies, Starbucks is known for investing more in learning and development than advertising, providing health benefits and stock options to part-time employees, and supporting philanthropic projects in communities it serves. Julie Ann will also discuss the recent expansion of a free college tuition benefit for eligible partners as part of the company’s ongoing strategy to increase the well-being and financial security of Starbucks employees.

Julie Ann Overcash, Vice President, Global Total Rewards, Starbucks Corporation
9:40 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Refreshment Break
9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
General Session
Taking Well-being to the Next Level: It's about the Consumer

This panel discussion will focus on the way consumer-oriented companies drive innovation in their business and how they mirror that approach with their internal health and well-being initiatives. See how these companies create new solutions and services with a laser-like focus on the consumer. The panel will review services relevant to employees as consumers, important metrics of success and how these best practices relate to executing a well-being strategy. The session will also highlight trends in consumer marketing and innovation, specifics on tailoring programs to meet high expectations for the consumer experience, and the business case for addressing employee needs beyond physical health.

  • Jacquie Folk, Director, Health & Wellness, Nestlé USA
  • Jennifer P. McMurray, Director, Strategy and Planning, Walgreen Co.
  • Sarah King, Senior Vice President, Large Employer Market, Walgreens Team Members Benefits, Health and Well-Being
10: 55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
Health Leadership for Business Excellence Award

The Health Leadership for Business Excellence Award recognizes excellence and efficiency in corporate health and productivity programs. This award is granted to a company showing exemplary management of its health and productivity programs through the use of EMPAQ® (Employer Measures of Productivity, Absence and Quality™) — an employer developed and driven measurement tool.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
General Session
Where Big Data and Personalization Intersect: Analytics to Drive Population Health & Well-being

Imagine that employee age and gender along with medical claims history and self-reported health and well-being data could be used to push alerts, reminders, educational or inspirational messaging and other customized information to employees and families. Messaging could leverage an individual’s preferred communication channel, participation history and even social networks and norms. Hear health data experts and HR professionals discuss how close this vision is to realization.

  • Kyu Rhee, MD, Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Corporation
  • Jill A. Berger, Executive Consultant, Health Care Payer, IBM Watson Health
  • Brian Marcotte, President and CEO, National Business Group on Health
12:00 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.
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