​By going beyond traditional benefits you can explore all it takes to engage and motivate employees. This brand new full-day conference covers aspects of the employee value proposition you may not have considered. Workshops and breakout sessions are designed to help you attract and retain the most talented employees. This conference is designed for leaders, managers, and compensation, benefits and HR professionals at all levels.


PRE-SESSION / OPTIONAL FOR ADDITIONAL FEE Employees or Customers – Who Comes First?

Mark Cicotello, MBA, SPHR, GPHR, CCP, CECP, SHRM-SCP and Valorie Waldon, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Your organization should make employees the number one priority in establishing your business strategy. After all, aren’t they your most valuable asset? But wait, maybe you should pin your strategy on making your customers your top priority. Without customers there really is no need for employees. Right? Opinions differ, but are the two perspectives mutually exclusive? This session tackles these questions and more, and the research just might surprise you.

KEYNOTE Summit Bound: The Leader’s Role in the Experience Economy

Deborah Dale Brackney, MA, SPHR
Welcome to the experience economy. Leaving behind the service economy, we are moving into a business world where value is derived, not just from products, but from the experience provided to the customer. Organizations that master this reality will depend on employees who can deliver a transformative experience. Leaders can create meaningful events to engage employees in a memorable and personal way. Learn how leaders can partner with HR to cultivate an employee value proposition where employees will thrive and perform in the experience economy. Discover how a well-crafted total rewards approach, enlightened leaders and great employees can combine to produce great organizational rewards.


The Times They Are A-Changing: Recent Developments in Compensation and Benefits

Justin D. Hocking, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
From the recent implementation of the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule, to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, there have been some significant developments in the realm of employee benefits and compensation in the past year. This informative breakout session addresses the developing trends, recent court filings and decisions, and also the legal requirements that plan sponsors need to know in order to better manage the risks and rewards of their benefit plans. This session also addresses shifting employee preferences in benefit offerings – from more flexible work schedules to employer-driven financial management through “Help Me Save” programs, including new employer-based student loan reduction plans. Yet, despite the trend toward new offerings, many tried-and-true employee benefits continue to be popular incentives across all generational groups. As the saying goes, the more things change - the more they stay the same.

The Future of Employee Health Plans

Kristen Russell, FSA, MAAA, Tonya Kimrey, and Juliet Fitzgibbons, Fall River Employee Benefits
Health insurance is one of the most challenging areas for business leaders and HR professionals because it’s constantly changing, and has a large impact on your ability to recruit and retain talent.
Breaking news is happening every day regarding the attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We provide an up-to-the minute update on the latest activities on repeal and replace as of the day of the Summit. But we also talk about the repercussions of any potential backlash to this approach, including even a potential single payer push by a future administration, or by state-wide initiatives, in Colorado and elsewhere.
Since further healthcare reform may or may not happen, employers also really need to focus on cost drivers. What can you control, and what can’t you control? We share some of the leading practices employers are using to keep their costs under control. And, we explore some more futuristic and technology-driven ideas that employers are trying out to see if they can help reduce health care costs.
Join us for a great discussion about how you can take charge of your benefits future in the face of enormous uncertainty.

Neuroscience Behind Leading

Julie Auger, MOD and Megara Kastner, PhD
How does understanding how our brain functions expand a leader’s effectiveness?
This workshop combines science and practical leadership skills to help you understand how your brain impacts your work and working with others. Neuroscience is an emerging field of research that is mapping the brain to better understand how we function in the work environment. The functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) of the brain gives us insight into our behaviors and the behaviors of others. Once you understand how your brain works, you are able to leverage your brain to become a highly effective leader in all situations.

The Importance of Well-being at Work

Anitra Lesser, M.Ed.
What are the most effective formulas for helping create sustained and lasting engagement in our personal and professional lives? When it comes to creating a more balanced life, what is the best starting place? What are the connections between wellness, well-being and ROI? These questions have been asked by many of the most successful scientists, psychologists, OD practitioners and organizations for the past several years. The data might surprise you; it will inspire you; most importantly, the answers and several simple to implement practices might even bring you some relief! Come enjoy all of the above and more in this workshop.

LUNCH ACTIVITY / Driving Connections

Anitra Lesser, M.Ed. and Tammeron Trujillo, M.Ed, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Conferences are jam-packed with new ideas and up-to-the minute information. And yet finding ways to connect what’s learned to day-to-day activities can be a challenge. During the mid-day break this session is designed to provide you with an interactive opportunity to brainstorm the best ways to implement change based on lessons from the Summit.


Value-Based Reimbursement-What Does it Mean to Employers?

William Bishop, CEBS (Fellow), MBA, and Tania Sundheim, MBA, HCA HealthOne, llc
Reimbursement contracts between health plans and the providers of healthcare are rapidly shifting from “fee for service” to a value-based reimbursement structure (fee for value). The value-based reimbursement structure is aligning the priorities of the primary care physician and the patient.
Value-based reimbursement improves patient outcomes, produces claim cost savings for the employer, promotes wellness and disease management, and provides additional data to the employer.
In this session we discuss the structure of value-based reimbursement, what it means to the primary care physician and patients, how it changes physician behavior, outcome measurement, data integration, quality measurements and the positive outcomes to the employer.

Mindfulness in the Workplace

Eric Daly, M.A., GPHR
Cranky colleagues getting you down? Feel like you are running on empty? What fills your cup?
The answers may lie in an old notion that is getting a lot of new buzz—mindfulness, or the practice of conscious awareness. Mindfulness holds great potential for maximizing effectiveness and satisfaction in the workplace. When you master mindfulness, you master the resource over which you have the greatest control—yourself! Join us in this session to explore how the notion and the practice of mindfulness can enhance your role and your life.

Culture On Demand: The Power of Managers and Leaders in Shaping Organizational Culture

Evan Abbott, M.A., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
"We’re struggling to meet our goals and retain a high-quality workforce. We need to build an effective, dynamic culture. Fast! What do you have for that?" Does the sentiment sound familiar? We all know that workplace culture is one of the best differentiators between good and great organizations. And when the pressure is on, we want it high functioning . . . now. What does it take to build a high-value culture? While it’s true, culture comes from the top down it is also built from the inside out – from the daily practices of who we hire, what we reward . . . and what we choose not to see. Managers and supervisors play a direct role making the culture you profess into the culture you have. This session explores the power of managers and leaders in shaping and driving organizational culture as well as key practices that may be preventing you from having the culture you want . . . now!


4 Key Developments in Compensation: What You Must Know

Kimberly Barton, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
From changes in the approach to base pay to the importance of pay equity, attendees will learn four key trends they can’t afford to ignore to stay ahead of their competitors in 2017 and beyond. Join us to discuss trends including how changes in the approach to base pay affects the way organizations reward, motivate, and retain their best talent, the importance of compensation program transparency, managing pay equity, minimum wage impacts, rethinking pay-for-performance, and more.

The session highlights the impact these trends have on compensation and shares insights and compensation best practices. This session addresses:

  • Impact of compensation program transparency on organizations
  • Managing pay equity and new developments in the law prohibiting inquiries into applicant salary history and reporting pay data on EEO-1 reports
  • Effects of minimum wage increases and resulting pay compression issues
  • Evolving performance management and rethinking pay- for-performance
  • How to analyze these trends to stay one step ahead

Leadership Through Influence

Julie Auger, MOD
Effective leaders are masters of influence. If you cannot influence, you cannot lead. Leaders can turn visions into reality when they influence powerfully, intellectually, and with integrity. In this workshop we discuss what influence is, why it is essential, and provide some ways you can increase your capacity to influence.

"Why Don’t You Like Me?" Unconscious Bias as a Decision Driver

Kimberly Searfoorce, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Before we can influence others, we first need to understand what influences us. At the root of much of our behavior are unconscious biases. They are beliefs and assumptions we make of which we may be completely unaware.
During the session, an overview of unconscious bias and examples of its impact are provided. You will be encouraged to examine your own biases and assumptions so that you can make more considered decisions. Informed with an understanding of unconscious bias, and through self-awareness, we can create a bigger impact on our organizations and our communities.


Are You Ready to Play in a Gig Economy, or is the Traditional Economy More Your Style?

Chelsea Jensen, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP and Diana Sadighi, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
The new "gig" economy uses short-term independent contractors and freelance workers rather than the long-term employees of the traditional economy. Does the gig movement or the traditional economy fit your current business model? Are your employees here for the short term or the long term? How does going gig or traditional impact your choices in compensation, benefits, culture and leadership? Join Chelsea and Diana as they debate the merits of both methods, and how each impacts the organization’s bottom line. Get ready cause here it comes!


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