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Tuesday, September 17 — Employer-Only Day

6:15 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.
Fitness Session: Yoga
Paradise Terrace
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Paradise Foyer, Conference Center
Hospitality Suites Open
Executive Suites, Executive Lawn
Mother’s Room
Board Room, Conference Center
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Open House Breakfast

Join us for an Open House Breakfast in the Hospitality Suite Courtyard. Grab a healthy bite, network with your peers and stop by the Hospitality Suites for an early peek at what this year’s Hospitality Sponsors have to offer. Hospitality Suites will be open to visitors throughout breakfast and the remainder of the day. Suite sponsors include Castlight, Cognoa, HDMS, Hinge Health, Omada Health, Sharecare, Staywell, and Teladoc Health.

Executive Lawn
8:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Well-being & Workforce Strategy Institute Meeting (breakfast served at 7:45 a.m.)
Mission Bay Ballroom and Gallery
Open to Well-being & Workforce Strategy Institute Members
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Employer Benchmarking Sessions
Choose one of the following interactive, peer-to-peer sessions:  
  • Passport to Global Mental Health: A Tour of How Stigma, Access, and Resources Vary By Country
    Sunset 1-3

    Stigma, access, resources and costs are barriers to mental health care globally. However, the context and details vary greatly between countries. Discuss what you hear from employees and colleagues on the ground in different locations and share what you’ve learned through implementing company programs locally.

  • Policies that Matter Most: Comparing Notes on Family Leave and Flexible Work Options

    Foosball, free food and casual attire at work are awesome, but employees and recruits are increasingly focused on the policies and benefits that matter most to families. Health care is table stakes today and is family leave next? What about flexible schedules and telework? Share your company’s current policies, challenges and likely trajectory.

  • When Hard Things Happen: Preserving Employee Well-being When Times are Tough
    Bay View

    Is your business in a down cycle with a perceived risk of layoffs? Have your products or services failed publicly or been criticized in the media? Employees want to work for companies that make them proud, and their well-being at work is impacted not only by financial performance but also by corporate citizenship and “net impact” on society. Join this session to commiserate, benchmark current strategies and brainstorm together on how best to boost morale and rally employees affected by tough times.

  • What’s Hot, What’s Not (and How Do you Know): Programs and Perks that Resonate in Your Population
    Sunset 4-5

    It can be hard to tell whether a new program or perk is going to be a hit or a miss, and sometimes even the most seasoned professionals find themselves surprised by the popularity (or lack thereof) of a benefit. Participate in this session to hear others’ experiences with what’s hot or not and share the well-being offerings that your employees love, how you gather employee feedback on your initiatives, and ways you use employee input to plan for the future.

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Refreshment Break
Conference Center and Executive Lawn
Hospitality Suites Open
Executive Suites, Executive Lawn
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Conference Center Portico
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Expert-Led Workshops
Choose one of the session options below. Take a deep dive in an expert-led workshop or stretch your legs in a walking lecture around the resort.
  • How to Influence Beliefs and Behavior in Employees and Leaders
    Sunset 4-5

    Influencing beliefs and behavior lies at the core of what employers do, whether it’s engaging employees in well-being initiatives, convincing leadership to approve a program or even buying a new benefit. But what’s happening inside us when influence is at work? This session will explore the effectiveness of story structure on people’s brains, including what makes a message click and impact behavior. Attend this workshop if you want to understand how to use influence to improve health and well-being engagement.

    • Jason Mednick, Managing Consultant, ROC Group
    • Kendall Haven, Neural Story Scientist/Master Storyteller, StoryStreet
  • Make a Move in the Right Direction: How to Incorporate Activity into the Day (Walking Lecture)

    If sitting is the new smoking, how can employers help employees get out of their seats? This walking session will explore ways to incorporate movement throughout the day, including inspired ideas to spend less time in hibernated sitting, ways to encourage standing more often and opportunities to encourage movement outside of work time. Attend this session if you want to learn cost-effective and best-practice solutions for increasing the activity level of your workforce.

    • Grace DeSimone, National Group Fitness Director, Optum
  • Unraveling the Web of Mental Health Issues… and their Solutions
    Sunset 1-3

    The world of mental health solutions is changing, and it’s changing fast. A wide and ever-growing array of programs and benefits are now available to address a variety of issues, from access to stigma to stress. This session will help you better understand the innovations that are available today, what might be around the corner, and how employers are leveraging them to meet the needs of their workforce. Join this workshop to learn how to evaluate the latest mental health solutions (including the metrics to gauge success) and hear case studies on how employers are working with partners to promote mental health in their populations, including reducing mental health stigma.

    • Louise J. Short, MD, National Clinical Leader, Strategic Benefit Advisors/Brown & Brown, Inc.
    • Joel Axler, MD, National Behavioral Health Leader, Strategic Benefit Advisors/Brown & Brown, Inc.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
NBGH Welcome
Paradise Ballroom
Opening Headliner
Paradise Ballroom
From Bad to Badass: Leveraging the Power of Brain Science to Make Well-being Initiatives Better at Any Budget

When it comes to employee well-being, it’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough, don’t have enough or that you’re not doing it right. Let’s fix that right now! In this humorous and story-infused session, Dr. Kyra Bobinet will impart new hope for better, more effective well-being programs at any budget. Using brain science and brand new insights from her research and work with large employers, she’ll reveal the hidden patterns behind engagement and disclose the tactics you can use to feel more confident in your well-being approach.

Kyra Bobinet, MD, Founder, engagedIN, author of “Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, & Purposeful Life”
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch
Paradise Ballroom
12:55 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Mind Stretch Presentation
Paradise Ballroom
Backstage Tour of the Brain: Understanding Stress and Resilience

A constant state of demand-resource imbalance at work, perceived lack of job control and struggle with meaning is creating overwhelming cognitive and emotional load that our brains are ill equipped to handle. In fact, some of the brain’s instinctive systems multiply this load, causing excessive – yet avoidable – stress. Dr. Sood will share research from a variety of disciplines, particularly neuroscience, to help you glean deeper insights into the genesis of stress and “brain fatigue.” Dr. Sood’s approachable presentation style will leave you with a clearer understanding of the causes of stress, along with ideas for innovative solutions that are simple, scalable, evidence-based and highly effective.

  • Amit Sood, MD, Executive Director, Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 1
Choose one of the following breakout sessions:
  • 1A: What It Takes to Create a Winning Well-being Strategy - Lessons from Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Well-being Award Winners
    Sunset 4-5

    The Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Well-being and Global Distinction award programs recognize companies for their innovative and comprehensive approaches to employee and family well-being. Learn the keys to well-being success from two winning companies, including how they’ve overcome challenges and roadblocks and their best advice to other large and multinational employers.

    • 2019 U.S. Platinum Winner and Global Distinction Winner
    • Moderator: Joneyse Harley, Manager, Award & Recognition Programs, National Business Group on Health
  • 1B: Parental Leave: Promise, Pitfalls and the Path Forward
    Bay View

    A winning parental leave policy gives employers a competitive edge. But with the expansion of leave benefits, obstacles have emerged and lessons have been learned. Hear how leading employers are improving the parental leave experience by helping dads take leave, promoting equity through global strategies and integrating leave into a broader suite of well-being benefits to meet the needs of working parents.

    • Bronwyn Ott, North America Wellbeing Manager, Unilever
    • Heidi Hobbs, Program Manager, Benefits, Dell Technologies
    • Moderator: Ophelia Galindo, Global Director, Leave of Absence, Disability & Accommodation, Amazon
  • 1C: No Incentives Needed: The Potential of the Workscape to Influence Health
    Sunset 1-3

    It’s scientifically proven: air quality affects mental cognition, natural elements such as sunlight and greenery influence well-being, and office layout and design impact movement. Workspaces can increase or alleviate our stress response – noise, temperature, availability of natural light and arrangement of workstations all contribute. Hear how two employers have sought to optimize health, well-being and the employee experience through intentional design.

    • Marlene Kosinski, Associate Director, Wellness + Sustainability, Genentech
    • Jeri Brittin, PhD, Director of Research, HDR
  • 1D: Start Your C-Suite Dialogue with Meaningful Metrics

    How do you win the hearts and minds of senior leaders? With data, of course! Join this session to hear from health and benefits leaders representing two different business sectors, cultures and C-Suite priorities. Each has found success communicating the impact of their health and well-being initiatives using internally recognized business performance metrics. Learn how they identified metrics, created dashboards, and crafted a narrative that resonated with the C-Suite. Engage the panel during Q&A to see what worked and what didn’t, and where they’re going next.

    • Jennifer Lee, Director, Health & Wellness, Prudential Financial
    • Vickie Strickland, Director, Health Strategy & Resources, Delta Air Lines
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 2
Choose one of the following breakout sessions:
  • 2A: The Importance of Leave & Well-being Benefits to a Purpose-driven Employer Brand
    Bay View

    Purpose is a priority for employers: Customers want to spend money on socially responsible companies, current and potential employees are demanding a purpose-driven culture… and investors are taking notice. Find out how top companies connect employees to a greater purpose through creative leave and well-being benefits, from parental and caregiver leave to sabbaticals, time away for voting and community service opportunities.

    • Priyanka Das Sarma, Director of Benefits, Hilton
    • Tracey Crowell, Director, Health, Welfare & Wellbeing, VF Corporation
  • 2B: We Are the Champions: Utilizing Well-being Champions and Executive Sponsors to Enhance Engagement Globally
    Sunset 4-5

    Well-being champions and executive sponsors are vital to employee engagement in well-being initiatives, and for global companies, they are often the driving force of their success. Discover how two multinational organizations use champions and executive sponsors to propel their global well-being strategy forward. Employers will get an inside look at the recruitment process, challenges the companies have encountered and what they’ve done to keep their champions and executive sponsors excited and engaged.

    • Leah Evert, Director, Global Associate Wellbeing, Marriott
    • Maria Walsh, VP, Global Benefits and Mobility, Nielsen
  • 2C: Turning the Tide on Modifiable Health Risks Using Personalized Engagement Tactics
    Sunset 1-3

    Leading employers have realized that the age of one-size-fits-all health improvement programs is over; to truly make a difference in employees’ lives – and in health outcomes – solutions must be hyper-personal. This session will explore the ways two employers are providing their workforce with tailored support for a number of conditions, such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension. Each will discuss how a high-tech, high-touch approach has only increased engagement and moved the dial on modifidiable health risks.

    • Sheila Laing, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Hy-Vee, Inc.
    • Alicia Braswell, Senior Benefits Manager, Asurion
  • 2D: Redefining Café Culture to Nudge Health

    Food is baaaaack! Not that it ever really went away, but evolving dietary preferences are intersecting with a deeper understanding of the potential for food to both prevent and reverse chronic conditions. As employee interest in “what to eat” gains traction, nutrition and workplace foodscape guidelines that impact break rooms, call centers, food altars, celebrations and catered events are more important than ever to an employer’s health and well-being strategy. Learn how two employers are redesigning their café cultures to promote and reward healthful choices, with the goal of helping employees eat better inside and outside of work.

    • Bridget Schulz, Vice President, Benefits, United Health Group
    • David Hoke, Senior Director, Associate Health and Well-being, Walmart
4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Refreshment Break
Conference Center and Executive Lawn
Hospitality Suites Open
Executive Suites, Executive Lawn
4:20 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
General Session
Paradise Ballroom
Life Magnified: How Important Life Events Impact Total Well-being

Our well-being isn’t just impacted by how old we are, where we live or how much money we make, but also the moments that matter in life – both good and bad. People with similar demographics can be in very different places in life and need different help to support their health, happiness and finances. This panel will discuss research conducted with the Stanford Center on Longevity on the impact of the importance of helping employees navigate the life events that impact their total well-being, ranging from the joy of having a baby to the uncertainty of going through a corporate reorganization – and how these findings reinforce the need for a more holistic approach to workplace wellness. Speakers will share the latest findings on the relationships between money/health/work/life, and the impact of life events across all four domains of well-being. You will learn how this data supports a personalized approach to total well-being (vs. one-size-fits-all), and hear firsthand about considerations when expanding to a more holistic well-being approach outside the U.S.

  • Jenny Craven, Global Wellness Manager, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Erin Tatar, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Workplace Consulting
  • Tamara Sims, PhD, Director, Behavioral Science, Fidelity Investments
5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Well-being Pictures
Garden Foyer
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Employer Cocktail Hour sponsored by HDMS
Paradise Terrace
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Well-being Dinner
Paradise Ballroom
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wine Down Open House

End the day at the Wine Down Open House in the Hospitality Suite Courtyard. Join your peers for a drink before turning in for the night. Hospitality Suites will be open to visitors. Stop by the Suites to meet the sponsors and to grab specialty cocktails and snacks throughout the reception. Suite sponsors include Castlight, Cognoa, HDMS, Hinge Health, Omada Health, Sharecare, Staywell, and Teladoc Health.

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