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Wednesday, September 18 — Open to All Attendees

6:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Fitness Sessions
Location TBD
7:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Paradise Foyer
Mother’s Room
Ovia Mother’s Room (the Board Room, Conference Center)
Hospitality Suites
Executive Lawn
Conference Center Portico
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Discovery Hall Breakfast
Discovery Hall (Sunset Pavilion)
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Discovery Hall Exploration
Discovery Hall (Sunset Pavilion)
Pet Therapy
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
President's Welcome
Paradise Ballroom
Brian Marcotte, President and CEO, National Business Group on Health
9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Morning Headliner
Paradise Ballroom
Overcoming “Life Sucks Disease”: Loneliness, Purpose, and Love (Yes – that says LOVE)

When life is hard, health goes wrong. While we all spend a lot of energy promoting prevention, screenings, diet and exercise, what’s really hurting us are the “unmentionables” – the things in life that cause shame and stress like our finances, strained relationships, or the heavy burden of caregiving. How can we better acknowledge that life gets in the way of our health, and design well-being solutions assuming vulnerabilities and stressors? This session will explore the burdens and life challenges that we all face but don’t speak about, and make the case for developing benefits and programs that put employees (actually, HUMANS) first.

Alexandra Drane, Co-founder and Chair, Eliza Corporation, co-founder of Engage with Grace, and co-founder and CEO of Rebel Health and ARCHANGELS
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Discovery Hall Refreshment Break
Discovery Hall (Sunset Pavilion)
Pet Therapy
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 3
Choose one of the following breakout sessions:
  • 3A: The Business Case for Employers’ Investment in Healthy Workers and Healthy Communities

    Employers have heard that companies that invest more in employees and community health outperform those investing less, leaving some to wonder if this holds true for their organization. In partnership with IBM Watson Health, Eaton and Merck decided to find out for themselves if their efforts to build a culture of health have paid dividends. This session will explore how these two companies are improving employee health and will share the results of a new study that examined if these actions have impacted health, medical costs and stock performance.

    • Ron Goetzel, PhD, Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research, IBM Watson Health
    • Doug Grossman-McKee, PhD, Director, Health & Welfare, Eaton Corporation
    • Cathryn Gunther, Vice President, Global Population Health, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • 3B: A World without Stigma: How Two Fortune 500 Employers are Driving Change in their Organizations

    What does it take to develop a contemporary mental health strategy that enables convenient access to care, supports an emotionally healthy workplace and ends mental health stigma? Find out directly from two companies with multi-pronged approaches to do all these things and more. In this moderated discussion, Unum and a second employer will discuss how they are expanding access to mental health care through on-site and virtual care, reducing the shame that is all too often associated with mental health conditions, changing the workscape to support positive emotional health, and using metrics to measure the effectiveness of their strategy (and evolve it in the future).

    • Laurie Mitchell, AVP, Global Wellbeing & Health Management, Unum
    • Kate Mellor, Vice President Behavioral Health Strategy, Optum
  • 3C: Easing Growing Pains Along the Parenting Journey

    Bringing a baby into the world and raising a child can be one of life’s most joyful experiences, but new and seasoned parents alike will tell you that it’s also one of the most challenging. From finding a trusted practitioner during pregnancy, to preparing to take leave and come back to work, to navigating development milestones – and sometimes delays - the parenting journey can often leave moms and dads dazed and confused. In this session, three employers will share how their partnerships are helping employees ease the stress of having and raising a child, and improve outcomes for parents and kids alike.

    • Emile Chung, VP Compensation and Benefits, Buzzfeed
    • Jason Russell, Director North America Total Rewards, SAP America
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Lunch & Discovery Hall Exploration
Discovery Hall (Sunset Pavilion)
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Mind Stretch Presentation
(Optional Educational Opportunity for Attendees; Registration Required)
Right Audience. Right Message. Big Impact. How Segmentation Can Drive Successful Health Interventions for Your Most Vulnerable Employee Populations

Lower income employees face a unique set of barriers and motivators when it comes to engaging in their health and well-being. This session will share first of its kind research conducted among employees across California that uncovered what these barriers and motivators are, as well as they key differences that allow for psychographic segmentation. Learn how this research can be used to tailor your communication strategy for maximum impact, including the specific the messages that can be used to influence positive change.

  • Kristin Carroll, CEO, Rescue Agency
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 4
Choose one of the following breakout sessions:
  • 4A: Productivity Re-examined. Answering Business-Critical Questions with New Techniques and Bigger Data

    What really impacts productivity? Is it employees’ physical or mental health? The workplace environment? Or something else entirely? This session will present findings from an original study, with groundbreaking new methodology, that assessed the influence of lifestyle, physical and mental health, well-being and the workplace environment, and even factors such as commuting time on employee productivity. Find out how these factors relate to one another, what the most important determinants of productivity are and how two companies have developed robust strategies to improve well-being and help employees be their best selves at work.

    • Francois Millard, SVP and Chief Actuarial Officer, Vitality Group International
    • Ian Edwards, Programme Director at Nomura Health and Fitness, Nomura
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Discovery Hall Exploration
Discovery Hall (Sunset Pavilion)
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
General Session
Paradise Ballroom
Session and Speakers to be Announced
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Beach Island Luau sponsored by Aon
Mission Bay Beach
6:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Shuttles to Downtown San Diego
Shuttles depart from Conference Center


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