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2024 GLOBAL BENEFITS CONFERENCE

THE FUTURE OF BENEFITS STRATEGIES

We're delighted to offer two parallel agendas for your exploration. Please utilize the buttons below to access the details of each track.

Day 1 - May 14

BENEFITS TRACK

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Global Benefits Conference: The Future of Benefits Strategies – Day 1

Welcome!

Lisa Yee - President & CEO, Silicon Valley Employers Forum
9:10 AM - 9:55 AM

Plenary: Embracing a Holistic Approach to Global Wellbeing

Explore Microsoft’s comprehensive strategy for fostering a culture of wellbeing that is inclusive, holistic, engaging, and data-driven. Microsoft will dive into the guiding principles that shape their global wellbeing initiatives, emphasizing the importance of integrating wellbeing into the everyday journey of their employees and their families.

Sonja Kellen, CEBS - General Manager, Global Health and Wellbeing, Microsoft
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Benefits Track: Leveraging Data to Revolutionize Benefits Design: A Self-Funded Approach to Addressing SDoH, DEI, and Improved Health Outcomes 

Donna Gibson - Staff VP of Benefits & Total Rewards, Elevance Health
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break and Vendor Showcase

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM

Benefits Track: How Comprehensive Fertility, Family Building and Women’s Health Benefits Can Solve for Disparities Across the Women’s Health Continuum

Having comprehensive women’s health benefits has become a pillar in DE&I strategies; however, access to the expert care needed to effectively deliver on this value for employees is still catching up. Join Dr. Janet Choi, Chief Medical Officer, and Julie Stadlbauer, Chief Business Development Officer at Progyny, as they discuss:
• Why specialty networks and concierge support impact experience and outcomes.
• How women’s health benefits have expanded beyond maternity.
• The critical areas to invest in now and into the future.

Julie Stadlbauer - Chief Business Development Officer, Progyny
Dr. Janet Choi - Chief Medical Officer, Progyny
Maile Kusano - LivingWell Project Manager, Bread Financial
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM

Benefits Track: The Implications of AI on employee benefits design and delivery

Review the current application of AI in health benefits and the exciting emerging opportunities for plan sponsors to further harness the power of AI to revolutionize the management of their benefit programs. WTW will also provide an update on its Bay Area AI health benefits pilot aimed at providing next generation reporting and insights, through deep analytics and machine learning.

Dr. Jeff Levin-Scherz - Managing Director, Health & Benefits, WTW
Megan Hood - Director, Health & Benefits, WTW
12:05 PM - 1:20 PM

Networking Lunch and Vendor Showcase

1:25 PM - 2:10 PM

Benefits Track: Investing in Health Equity: A Strategic Imperative for Diverse Talent Development

Join the fireside chat with Dr. JaBaris D. Swain, MPH, Medical Executive|Health Systems Integration, US Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular & Metabolism of Johnson & Johnson, and Dr. Ron Sinha, Chief Medical Officer, Silicon Valley Employers Forum and practicing physician as they share insights on the strategic framework of health equity, utilizing data to inform your strategy and how you can promote health equity in the workplace and the community. 

Dr. JaBaris D. Swain - Medical Executive, Health Systems Integration, Johnson & Johnson
Dr. Ron Sinha - Chief Medical Officer, Silicon Valley Employers Forum
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Benefits Track: Revolutionizing Healthcare: AI’s Impact on Care, Costs, and Equity

Uncover some of the pivotal questions that benefits leaders must pose regarding AI’s impact in healthcare, including equity and governance to ensure ethical and effective implementation within your organization and the vendors with which you work. Learn more with Dr. Daniel Yang, VP of AI & Emerging Technologies at Kaiser Permanente, about how emerging technologies such as AI can help to advance health innovation and patient centered care with purpose, driving towards a future of enhanced healthcare accessibility, affordability, and equity.

Dr. Daniel Yang - VP of AI & Emerging Technologies, Kaiser Permanente
Todd Hesse - VP, California Large Group Sales & Account Management, Kaiser Permanente
2:50 PM - 3:35 PM

Plenary: Navigating the Tough Stuff: How to Help People When it Matters Most 

Where to go for care. Taking time away when a loved one is sick. Dealing with the unexpected. These are the times when benefits matter most—and when it is hardest to reach employees and their families. In this panel, you’ll learn novel ways employers are tackling health care navigation, leaves, financial wellbeing and more. You’ll see several examples and learn about their impact.   

Jen Benz - SVP, Segal Benz
Jeannie Franks - Senior Manager, Benefits, Workday
Sarah Gregory - Director, Global Benefits, Marvell Technology
3:35 PM - 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Reception and Networking

Join us as we celebrate our 30th anniversary during the networking reception. Plus, be sure to arrive on time and stay for the entire conference to receive our coveted techy giveaway and to be entered into the raffle!

Day 2 - May 15

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Global Benefits Conference: The Future of Benefits Strategies – Day 2
Welcome!

Lisa Yee - President & CEO, Silicon Valley Employers Forum
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
Plenary: Making a Difference with Global Mental Health 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud leader in transforming businesses. Hear from Samanntha DuBridge, VP, Benefits, Culture and People Experience at HPE, and how they evolved their global mental health strategy to transform and impact the lives of its employees and families.
Samanntha DuBridge - VP, Global Benefits, Culture, and People Experience, HPE
9:45 AM - 10:10 AM

Plenary: State of Employee Wellbeing in 2024

Companies are stepping-up to improve their employees’ wellness. Just think, financial stress alone is costing companies around $183 billion in lost productivity each year, and 78% of leaders saw it causing more turnover last year. Tackle these challenges head-on with Joelle Vail, Chief Revenue Officer at BrightPlan and Jennifer Pasqualini,  Head of Total Rewards at Stripe, as they share key takeaways from the 2024 Wellness Barometer Survey and discuss how Stripe is uniting their organization to improve employee wellness.

Joelle Vail - Chief Revenue Officer, BrightPlan
Jennifer Pasqualini - Head of Total Rewards, Stripe
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM

Plenary: Employment Cost Analytics – Harnessing Data to Drive Organizational Results

Audience will gain an understanding of how the total global employment cost analytics project provides a multipurpose tool that achieves full global cost transparency essential for Benefits/HR, Finance and Procurement teams. A behind the scenes overview that describes the step by step process Alliant follows to collect, calibrate and compute the data output. Presenting with Snowflake.

Kim Passini-Akhtar - Senior Director, Global Benefits, Snowflake
Lauren O'Neill - Global Benefits Consultant Lead, Alliant Insurance Services
Sam Hussein - Assistant VP, Global Benefits Consultant, Alliant Insurance Services
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break and Vendor Showcase

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Benefits Track: Reimagining Pharmacy Care 

Pharmacy costs are rising at unsustainable rates. 91% of employers are concerned about rising pharmacy costs and 50% of employees struggle with the decision of paying for prescriptions or paying for food. Join Alison Lum, VP Pharmacy Services at Blue Shield of California, to learn how we can build a future where patients have safe, equitable, and sustainably affordable access to needed medications while working within a complex system. This will take stakeholders working together – we all have a role in creating a better system.

Alison Lum - VP, Pharmacy Services, Blue Shield of California
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Benefits Track: Disentangle the Maze of Employee Experience with AI and Human Guidance

Employees have more tools, technology and systems than ever before – hear how employers can disentangle the maze of employee experience with AI and human guidance to help their people thrive with Alight Solutions.

Colin Cook - Enterprise Sales Executive, Alight Solutions
12:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch and Vendor Showcase

1:35 PM - 2:20 PM

Benefits Track: Speaker Pending

2:25 PM - 2:50 PM

Benefits Track: More with Less- How Cost Cutting & Investing in Your Employees Can Coexist 

Rising healthcare costs are a hot topic, especially when employee wellbeing is a top concern. Despite spending big bucks on different solutions and employee assistance programs, organizations haven’t seen the desired results. That’s why CFOs are demanding cost-saving measures across the board. But how can you do more with less and still prioritize your employees? Join Dr. Jeff Jacques, Chief Medical Officer at Virgin Pulse, in the discussion on how cost cutting and investing in your employees can coexist.

Dr. Jeff Jacques - Chief Medical Officer, Virgin Pulse
2:55 PM - 3:35 PM

Benefits Track: The Future Relies on Building Innovation & Communities Together

Sometimes the problems we try to solve may seem impossible and beyond our control. Are pharmacy, medicine and technology delivering the outcomes we need? How do we balance business needs with our obligation to care for employees and create a future where design works for us? Please join Jeni Chih, Senior Director of Global Health & Wellness, to learn about PepsiCo’s efforts to address these issues and to participate in a conversation about how strong communities foster innovation, leading to better communities.

 
Jeni Chih - Senior Director, Global Health & Wellness, PepsiCo
3:35 PM - 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

NOTE: All times noted are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
The agenda may be subject to change.

Day 1 - May 14

LEARNING TRACK

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Global Benefits Conference: The Future of Benefits Strategies – Day 1

Welcome!

Lisa Yee - President & CEO, Silicon Valley Employers Forum
9:10 AM - 9:55 AM

Plenary: Embracing a Holistic Approach to Global Wellbeing

Explore Microsoft’s comprehensive strategy for fostering a culture of wellbeing that is inclusive, holistic, engaging, and data-driven. Microsoft will dive into the guiding principles that shape their global wellbeing initiatives, emphasizing the importance of integrating wellbeing into the everyday journey of their employees and their families.

Sonja Kellen, CEBS - General Manager, Global Health and Wellbeing, Microsoft
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Learning Track: Why You Are Here

 In this introductory session, Richard Polak will present the overall goals and expectations you will receive from completing this course. This will set the pace for an interactive experience; a collegial atmosphere; a safe place where everybody can participate and contribute. In fact, participation is encouraged…and will even be required at the end where you will be asked to present as part of a team in breakout groups. This is all in the spirit of “we can all learn from each other.”

Richard Polak - Global Advisor, Silicon Valley Employers Forum
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break and Vendor Showcase

11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Learning Track: Social Security and Mandatory Programs

Employers must consider not only the local laws of their international employees but also the culture and expectations employees have from their high-tech employers in each country. This session will review how social and cultural expectations will affect the supplemental employer-provided benefits within high-tech companies. As an example, while there is a National Health System (NHS) in the UK, how will this integrate with private employer-sponsored medical plans (PMI), which virtually all high-tech companies provide? This session will address the different requirements from country-to-country, financing, taxation, and labor and environmental regulations. 

 
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM

Learning Track: What Do the Typical High-Tech Employers Provide?

Benchmarking is a practice that gives high-tech companies an accurate idea of how they measure up against the competition. When you understand how your benefits stack up against other companies, you can better market your business. This session explores the benchmarking process, the differences in each company and country, how to differentiate yourselves amongst the competition, and where you could be wasting money and where you can save.

12:05 PM - 1:20 PM

Networking Lunch and Vendor Showcase

1:25 PM - 2:10 PM

Learning Track: What About Our Expats?

This session will provide you with all the areas of managing an expat’s expectations and how these benefits differ from local nationals and home country benefits. In addition, you’ll understand the reasoning behind offering an expat package and what is generally included in a high-tech environment.

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Learning Track: Work from Anywhere

Remote work is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment and is becoming more and more common. This is a new challenge for HR. The opportunities and challenges with remote work are still being fleshed out. Each company is different. This session will not only examine flexible working arrangements and the implications for employees and employers, but the common misconceptions. We’ll discuss what others in the high-tech space have done to solve this complex issue and present studies that show the most optimal result. 

2:50 PM - 3:35 PM

Plenary: Navigating the Tough Stuff: How to Help People When it Matters Most 

Where to go for care. Taking time away when a loved one is sick. Dealing with the unexpected. These are the times when benefits matter most—and when it is hardest to reach employees and their families. In this panel, you’ll learn novel ways employers are tackling health care navigation, leaves, financial wellbeing and more. You’ll see several examples and learn about their impact.   

Jen Benz - SVP, Segal Benz
Jeannie Franks - Senior Manager, Benefits, Workday
Sarah Gregory - Director, Global Benefits, Marvell Technology
3:35 PM - 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Reception and Networking

Day 2 - May 15

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Global Benefits Conference: The Future of Benefits Strategies – Day 2
Welcome!

Lisa Yee - President & CEO, Silicon Valley Employers Forum
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
Plenary: Making a Difference with Global Mental Health 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud leader in transforming businesses. Hear from Samanntha DuBridge, VP, Benefits, Culture and People Experience at HPE, and how they evolved their global mental health strategy to transform and impact the lives of its employees and families.
Samanntha DuBridge - VP, Global Benefits, Culture, and People Experience, HPE
9:45 AM - 10:10 AM

Plenary: State of Employee Wellbeing in 2024

Companies are stepping-up to improve their employees’ wellness. Just think, financial stress alone is costing companies around $183 billion in lost productivity each year, and 78% of leaders saw it causing more turnover last year. Tackle these challenges head-on with Joelle Vail, Chief Revenue Officer at BrightPlan and Jennifer Pasqualini,  Head of Total Rewards at Stripe, as they share key takeaways from the 2024 Wellness Barometer Survey and discuss how Stripe is uniting their organization to improve employee wellness.

Joelle Vail - Chief Revenue Officer, BrightPlan
Jennifer Pasqualini - Head of Total Rewards, Stripe
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM

Plenary: Employment Cost Analytics – Harnessing Data to Drive Organizational Results

Kim Passini-Akhtar - Senior Director, Global Benefits, Snowflake
Lauren O'Neill - Global Benefits Consultant Lead, Alliant Insurance Services
Sam Hussein - Assistant VP, Global Benefits Consultant, Alliant Insurance Services
10:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break and Vendor Showcase

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Learning Track: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Due diligence is often overlooked as an important part of acquiring a company. Understanding the possible risks of mergers and acquisitions beforehand can increase confidence and deal success. By acquiring these skills, you’ll be a great asset to your organization. We’ll use a case study to review the pre and post phases of M&A. By the end of this session, you’ll feel like you’ve just been through a merger!

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

Learning Track: Yes, Some People Do Want to Retire

In some parts of the world, most employees rank retirement as among the most important type of benefit an employer can offer. Most, if not all, of the legacy defined benefit plans in the high-tech world have been wound-up and grandfathered. The world of defined contribution plans has many variations and certain governments are requiring auto enrollment to be provided by employers. There are several types of schemes that are necessary to complete a competitive benefit package for your employees. We will discuss all of them and help you prepare what’s best for your company. 

12:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch and Vendor Showcase

1:35 PM - 2:20 PM

Learning Track: Help Please 

With all the information online, how do you know if you’re using a reliable source? How do you know what sources you can trust and where to find them? This session will give you information to trusted, reliable, and credible resources to take with you on your job.

2:55 PM - 3:35 PM

Learning Track: A Day in The Life plus a Team/Breakout Session

We will conclude our course by reviewing what you have learned and how to apply this knowledge to your company. With these skills, you will be able to impact productivity, financial responsibility and help your organization attract and retain talent. The final assignment will be a team’s approach to real life cases based on what you learned in the past two days.

3:35 PM - 3:45 PM

Final Remarks, Certificates Awarded 

NOTE: All times noted are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
The agenda may be subject to change.
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