• Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Registration
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Tutorial
    Understanding Your Fiduciary Obligations Under ERISA
    Michael E. Falcone, NFP
    Christian D. Hancey, J.D., Nixon Peabody LLP
    Kate U. Saracene, J.D., Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
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    This intensive, six-hour tutorial provides a comprehensive look at the fiduciary duties and obligations of retirement and healthcare plan sponsors. A team of highly respected ERISA experts covers issues ranging from the basic rules and regulations governing fiduciary responsibility to a more advanced look at contemporary and unfolding issues. Among the retirement plan topics explored are Fiduciary Committee formation and governance, investment and fiduciary consulting models, selecting non-financial service providers, investing plan assets, using plan assets to pay expenses and current fiduciary litigation. Additional health plan topics include health plan contracting and oversight, notice and disclosure requirements, and a basic legal compliance primer.

    Speakers:

    Michael E. Falcone, NFP

    Michael E. Falcone
    Vice President, East Region
    NFP

    Michael Falcone is the vice president of the East region for NFP. His primary responsibilities include developing new relationships for retirement plan business, as well as delivering consulting services as an account and project manager for new and existing retirement plan clients. Mr. Falcone has more than 25 years of experience assisting clients with the design, administration, funding and communication of their employee retirement benefit plans. Previously, he was a retirement consultant with Aon Consulting, where he worked with employers of various size and industry. Mr. Falcone graduated with a B.S. in mathematics from Drexel University. He holds the chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter designations from The American College. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Falcone ranked on the 401kwire.com list of “Top 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution,” receiving recognition for being among the “Top 40” advisors in the large market segment.

    Christian D. Hancey, J.D., Nixon Peabody LLP

    Christian D. Hancey, J.D.
    Partner
    Nixon Peabody LLP

    Christian Hancey is a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation group where he focuses on designing, reviewing and implementing a wide range of benefit and compensation programs structured to suit businesses and nonprofit organizations. He also counsels employers on all types of traditional benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, multiemployer plans, medical benefit plans, cafeteria plans and disability plans. Additionally, Mr. Hancey works with employers to manage the transition of employees and their benefits during and after a merger or acquisition as well as advise employers and administrative committees on fiduciary oversight of ERISA plans. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2016) within Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2015, and was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Employee Benefits/ERISA law by Super Lawyers magazine in 2014. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

    Kate U. Saracene, J.D.
    Partner
    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Kate Saracene is a partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she advises fully and self-insured employers, consultants, insurance brokers, third-party administrators and multiple employer associations regarding employee benefit plan design and operational compliance. She has extensive experience with a variety of plan types, including health, life and accident, flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, dependent care assistance programs and severance pay, among others. Ms. Saracene also provides counsel on wellness programs and paid family leave, and helps clients navigate the complexities of government disclosures and filings, Department of Labor and other government audits, and benefit plan litigation. She also represents employers in negotiations involving third-party administrative service agreements and collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, Ms. Saracene provides counsel on compliance matters to a wide variety of employer types, including education, health care, manufacturing, hospitality, technology, media, government and industry associations. She has a robust practice advising third-party administrators on product development and compliance. Previously, Ms. Saracene headed a number of human resources functions at Xerox, and most recently served as the head of the health and welfare benefits team at an Am Law 100 firm, where she also practiced as an employment law attorney. She frequently lectures and writes on topics relating to employee benefits and wellness programs, and has been featured in national and industry media, including quotes appearing in Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, Law360, HR Morning and HR Executive. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, a “40 Under Forty” award recipient by the Rochester Business Journal, a “Top Woman in Law” by The Daily Record, and a “Woman to Watch” by the Democrat & Chronicle. She received her B.S. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

     

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Pre-Conference Self-Funding Forum
    Basic Concepts and Advanced Tactics in Self-Funding
    Dean M. Hoffman, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC
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    This all-inclusive four-hour session begins with the basics of self-funding your health and welfare plan and progresses to more advanced tactics to help mitigate risk. The speaker breaks down this funding arrangement into easy-to-understand segments and explains the “plug and play” approach to stop loss protection, claims administration, care management, pharmacy, data analytics, domestic medical travel, direct provider contracting and digital medicine. The emerging use of group captives will be discussed along with the new level-funded and reference-based pricing arrangements. Gain insight into the variations of stop loss contracts, including recent hybrid contracts, and how they impact the employer’s risk tolerance and financial goals. Real-life case studies will be considered, allowing participants to walk away from this session well-grounded in the concept of self-funding and partial self-funding.

    Speaker:

    Dean M. Hoffman
    Owner/Consultant
    Dean M. Hoffman, LLC

    Mr. Hoffman is the owner of consulting firm, Dean M. Hoffman, LLC, that provides employee benefit consulting services, customized training for agents, brokers, plan sponsors, benefit managers, human resource professionals and is often retained for expert witness testimony work. He has been in the employee benefit industry for more than 40 years, with an emphasis in group employee benefit plans. Mr. Hoffman has expertise in a broad range of employee benefits, including prescription plan analysis and all funding arrangements, including conventionally insured, minimum premium, retrospective, experience refund, stop loss, level funded and self-funding. His strategic leadership process is centered on providing solutions to employers seeking to maximize their healthcare benefits, and enhance employee satisfaction while managing their healthcare expenditure. Mr. Hoffman utilizes his technical skills, advanced knowledge of ERISA plans, stop loss contracting, health care systems and data analysis to meet the needs of both the plan sponsor and employee. Mr. Hoffman’s knowledge on self-funded arrangements has made him a favorite at many health and welfare plan management conferences around the country. Professional affiliations include a 28-year membership in the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and the Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters (WAHU), Past President, a member of the 2018 WAHU Board of Directors and chair of the Professional Development Committee. He has been a long-time advocate on legislative issues affecting the employee benefits industry, including hosting Congressional briefings for members of Congress and the Wisconsin legislature about the health insurance marketplace and the advantages of self-funding. In addition to having served on the NAHU board of trustees, Mr. Hoffman has volunteered for a number of the organization’s committees, including most recently chairing the Professional Development Committee.

  • Monday, March 25, 2019
  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:00 am - 8:15 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:15 am - 8:30 am
    Welcome/Opening Remarks
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Gearing Up for 2019 & 2020: How Benefits Strategies Affect Recruiting in an Almost Zero Unemployment World
    Marybeth Gray, Trion
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    Value based plan designs are driving the future of healthcare strategy and replacing the Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP) strategy of 2016-2018! This presentation will explore plan design changes that employers are implementing and provide insight into their views on the rapidly changing healthcare environment in the current climate of almost zero unemployment. The landscape is changing—stay on top of industry trends in this insightful keynote session.

    Speaker:

    Marybeth Gray
    Senior Vice President
    Trion

    Marybeth Gray has worked in the employee benefits field for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a senior vice president of health and welfare consulting with Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency firm, supervising the overall account management for her clients. Skilled at analyzing companies’ healthcare costs and benefit plans, Ms. Gray is an expert in identifying financial opportunities and assisting with strategic planning, with special emphasis on large, self-insured clients. Previously, she was a vice president with Aon Consulting, where she specialized in utilization and data management for key cost drivers, as well as developing and redesigning pharmacy programs. Ms. Gray’s strategic approach is a direct result of her experience working as a national account manager with Aetna Inc., where she was responsible for overall account management, including the financial perspective and program operations for clients with more than 10,000 employee lives in multiple locations. She also served on the President’s Roundtable Committee for the firm, fostering communications between clients and the president’s office regarding suggested changes that would improve operational procedures. In 2017, Ms. Gray was recognized as one of the “Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising” by Employee Benefit News. She is a member of the National Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C., a board member of UPMC Hamot Medical Center, and a speaker for Pennsylvania State University’s health policy and administration program. Ms. Gray graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in health policy and administration. She is licensed in accident, health, life and fixed annuities in 32 states.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch & Speaker
    Mission Possible: Positive Leadership
    Devin C. Hughes, Devin C. Hughes Inc.
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    Are you a positive leader? Do you wonder what others think about your attitude as a leader? A quick test is to observe the way people react to you when you walk into a room. Are people happy to see you? Do they want to talk to you? Or do they quickly make themselves scarce? If they run when they see you, it’s time for an attitude check. Negativity in organizations is costing US businesses $300 billion/year. Organizations that have a positive culture are more productive, have happier employees and, most importantly, have happy and satisfied customers. Leaders have a choice about his/her attitude—and no matter what the situation, you have a choice to make about how you are going to react. In this keynote session, learn vital strategies to keep your team/organization strong and establish a culture of positive leadership.

    Speaker:

    Devin C. Hughes
    Chief Inspiration Officer
    Devin C. Hughes Inc.

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Networking Reception
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Moving Forward—The Role of Advisors in a Changing Industry
    Richard T. Allison, SWBC Retirement Plan Services
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    While investment advisors have long been involved in the retirement industry, the role of advisors has been far from constant. What’s changed? Should you have an advisor? Which advisor? Is your advisor staying current with an evolving industry? Does the now-defunct fiduciary rule have any impact today? Is your recordkeeping provider enough? During this session, receive answers to these questions and a clear path forward to ensure you’re staying current and positioning your plan for the future.

    Speaker:

    Richard T. Allison
    Chief Executive Officer
    SWBC Retirement Plan Services

    Richard Allison is the chief executive officer of SWBC Retirement Plan Services, where he brings more than 35 years of experience and knowledge to the team. In addition to his role as chief executive officer, he is currently a member of the Goldman Sachs Retirement Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Allison spent 10 years as a regional vice president for The Standard, where he managed the Western region’s retirement plan advisory group. He also served as a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments, overseeing the institutional market. Mr. Allison received a bachelor of business administration and a master of business administration from the University of Georgia, where he graduated magna cum laude. He completed the executive management course sponsored by the American Bankers Association for Trust Executives at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and also holds the certified financial planner, chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter designations.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm
    Panel Discussion
    What's Keeping Plan Sponsors Up at Night?
    Organized by, University Conference Services
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    Legislative changes for benefit plans combined with the retirement of approximately 76 million baby boomers within the next 20 years makes for a scenario that will profoundly impact your company and the benefits you provide to your employees. A panel of benefits experts examines how these seismic shifts are likely to affect the types of healthcare benefits your organization offers. Participate in a robust discussion about the impact of ever-increasing healthcare costs, overcoming barriers to employee engagement and more. You won’t want to miss this thought-provoking session.

    Speaker:

    Organized by
    University Conference Services

  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Refreshment Break
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Networking Reception
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
  • 7:30 am - 11:00 am
    Registration
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Keynote Address
    Workforce 2030: Global Trends that are Redefining the Workplace, the Workers and the Work
    Dr. Shirley Davis, SDS Global Enterprises, Inc.
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    The work, workers, and workplace of the future will continue to undergo a dramatic transformation. Research suggests that by 2030, workers will be both older and younger at the same time, more educated and less skilled, hyper-connected through new technologies, and more ethnically diverse. How can we ready our organizations for this new workforce reality? What new strategies, competencies, and skills will be necessary to harness the benefits, yet counter the negative effects of these global disruptions? More importantly, what new leadership models will be needed in order to achieve high performance, innovation, and inclusiveness? Dr. Shirley Davis answers all of these questions as she details the megatrends and business implications that will shape the workforce of the future. Additionally, she will provide practical strategies that business leaders should employ if they expect to achieve greater Inclusion in 2030.

    Speaker:

    Dr. Shirley Davis
    President and CEO
    SDS Global Enterprises, Inc.

    Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP, is a corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She works with leaders at all levels and has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. Dr. Davis brings a high-energy, high-content and high-value message to audiences all around the world. With over 20 years of business experience in a variety of senior and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies, her expertise lies in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performance and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive. Most recently, Dr. Davis worked at the world’s largest HR membership association, the Society for Human Resource Management as Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies. She has also been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, CNN.com, and Inclusion Magazine. Dr. Davis is a Certified Speaking Professional earned through the National Speaker’s Association. In 2017 she was inducted as a Board Member of the National Speakers Association and will serve for three years.

  • 9:45 am - 10:45 am
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm -
    **MAIN CONFERENCE ENDS**
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Post-Conference—HeR Success
    Lunch
  • 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
    HeR Success Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    HeR Success Opening Keynote
    Strategies for Getting a Seat at the Table and Making it Count
    Dr. Shirley Davis, SDS Global Enterprises, Inc.
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    One of the most common frustrations and questions asked by women, people of color, and by diversity and inclusion professionals is the proverbial “How do I get a seat at the table?” This is not a new question; it’s an ongoing conversation that’s been occurring for decades. More and more professionals report that they want to be recognized as valuable contributors in important business decisions, gain the credibility and visibility that their counterparts experience (often with less effort), and they want access to opportunities. Likewise, they want to be acknowledged for their knowledge, skills, ideas, and rewarded for their performance and impact to the business goals. Unfortunately, when the global workforce demographics have shifted significantly over the past 20 years, too many women still experience microaggressions, being overlooked, marginalized, and undervalued, and still do not have a seat at the table. In this presentation, Dr. Shirley Davis will identify the key skills and behaviors and at least 12 proven strategies and techniques that will enable professionals to not just “earn a seat” at the senior leadership table but how to sustain their level of influence and impact in their organizations. Participants can begin implementing these practical tips immediately back on the job.

    Speaker:

    Dr. Shirley Davis
    President and CEO
    SDS Global Enterprises, Inc.

    Dr. Shirley Davis, CSP, is a corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She works with leaders at all levels and has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. Dr. Davis brings a high-energy, high-content and high-value message to audiences all around the world. With over 20 years of business experience in a variety of senior and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies, her expertise lies in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performance and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive. Most recently, Dr. Davis worked at the world’s largest HR membership association, the Society for Human Resource Management as Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies. She has also been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, USA Today, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, CNN.com, and Inclusion Magazine. Dr. Davis is a Certified Speaking Professional earned through the National Speaker’s Association. In 2017 she was inducted as a Board Member of the National Speakers Association and will serve for three years.

  • 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
    HeR Success Break Out 1
    Developing Your Leadership Style
    Lynne S. Ellis, Spang & Company
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    What is your leadership style? No matter where you are in an organization, understanding your leadership style, including your strengths and weaknesses, will aid you in your growth as a leader. In this session, discover your leadership style and learn some of the key areas to focus on for stellar results.

    Speaker:

    Lynne S. Ellis
    VP & CFO
    Spang & Company

  • 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm
    HeR Success Break Out 2
    Career Oxygen: Five Leadership Moves that Set You Up for Negotiation Success
    Lisa Gates, She Negotiates
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    Whether you’re in a job interview or performance review, at a networking event or trying to build your internal influence, how do you breathe life into your story so that it leads to the role, project, and salary you deserve? This workshop takes a deep dive into your “value story” and the five key elements of your Leadership Operating System that set you up for successful problem solving and value creating conversations.

    Speaker:

    Lisa Gates
    Co-Founder
    She Negotiates

    Lisa Gates is a certified coactive coach (CTI) with training in mediation, Crucial Conversations, and StrengthFinders. She helps women become daily askers and confident actors in work and life by honing in on interview prep, strategy, script writing, and roleplaying. Ms. Gates also designs leadership, negotiation, and workplace coaching trainings that help women navigate organizational complexities, the frustrations of bias, and rise to the level of their aspirations. She has authored several video tutorials available online at lynda.com and LinkedIn, including Asking for a Raise, Negotiation Fundamentals, Resolving Conflict, Coaching and Developing Employees, and Coaching for Results.

  • 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
    HeR Success Break Out 3
    Seize The Power—Stop The Sabotage
    Jill A. Kopanis, Shazaam Communications
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    Forty-six percent of the workforce is comprised of females, yet only 19% occupy the C-Suite. It’s time to get out of the playground and into the boardroom. In this high energy, insightful session you will discover four 4 key components that will help you climb the corporate ladder, including 1) understanding gender communication differences and how women unintentionally miscommunicate in business conversations, 2) uncovering how we sabotage rather than support each other climbing the rungs of the ladder, 3) discovering the grade school playground theory and how we can break that mold, and 4) how to ‘seize the power’ of the C-Suite.

    Speaker:

    Jill A. Kopanis
    Shazaam Communications

  • 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm
    HeR Success Break Out 4
    Getting Past No: Negotiation Strategies for Women Who Mean Business
    Lisa Gates, She Negotiates
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    Your ability to successfully advocate for yourself—routinely—drives your professional advancement and compensation and also contributes to your self-worth and confidence. Mastering effective strategies to negotiating for yourself can make the difference in getting your next promotion. In this workshop, you’ll dive right into the heart of the at-the-table process. Through role play and skill drills, you’ll learn practical, highly tactical skills that you can begin implementing immediately in your problem-solving, value-creating conversations.

    Speaker:

    Lisa Gates
    Co-Founder
    She Negotiates

    Lisa Gates is a certified coactive coach (CTI) with training in mediation, Crucial Conversations, and StrengthFinders. She helps women become daily askers and confident actors in work and life by honing in on interview prep, strategy, script writing, and roleplaying. Ms. Gates also designs leadership, negotiation, and workplace coaching trainings that help women navigate organizational complexities, the frustrations of bias, and rise to the level of their aspirations. She has authored several video tutorials available online at lynda.com and LinkedIn, including Asking for a Raise, Negotiation Fundamentals, Resolving Conflict, Coaching and Developing Employees, and Coaching for Results.

  • 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
    HeR Success Closing Keynote
    Successful Businesses Embrace and Support Strong Smart Women—Let’s Do This Together!
    Marybeth Gray, Trion
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    This “power-briefing” session reviews the challenges women face in the workplace and how we can help each other and build our network of women executives. Learn how to utilize relationships for mentorship and networking and hear about an effective mentorship program and how to develop one at your workplace.

    Speaker:

    Marybeth Gray
    Senior Vice President
    Trion

    Marybeth Gray has worked in the employee benefits field for more than 25 years. She currently serves as a senior vice president of health and welfare consulting with Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency firm, supervising the overall account management for her clients. Skilled at analyzing companies’ healthcare costs and benefit plans, Ms. Gray is an expert in identifying financial opportunities and assisting with strategic planning, with special emphasis on large, self-insured clients. Previously, she was a vice president with Aon Consulting, where she specialized in utilization and data management for key cost drivers, as well as developing and redesigning pharmacy programs. Ms. Gray’s strategic approach is a direct result of her experience working as a national account manager with Aetna Inc., where she was responsible for overall account management, including the financial perspective and program operations for clients with more than 10,000 employee lives in multiple locations. She also served on the President’s Roundtable Committee for the firm, fostering communications between clients and the president’s office regarding suggested changes that would improve operational procedures. In 2017, Ms. Gray was recognized as one of the “Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising” by Employee Benefit News. She is a member of the National Business Group on Health in Washington, D.C., a board member of UPMC Hamot Medical Center, and a speaker for Pennsylvania State University’s health policy and administration program. Ms. Gray graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in health policy and administration. She is licensed in accident, health, life and fixed annuities in 32 states.