Agenda

All Days
Monday, September 18
9:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (Workshop attendees only)
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Keynote: Engaging the Workforce of the Future - The Emergence of Generation Z
Join Jim Link, Chief Human Resources Officer of Randstad North America, as he identifies global challenges in the attraction, retention and engagement of employees for the future. The emergence of the next generation of employees, Generation Z, will transform the landscape of tomorrow’s workforce and require changes few companies are prepared to meet. Jim will discuss strategies, you, your leaders, and your company will need to be ready for tomorrow’s workforce.
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Health Care: Up to the Minute Employer Update
2017 has proven to be a tumultuous year for many things in Washington, including health care. It’s impossible to say what will happen as the Senate works to create it’s version of ACA reform, but you can be sure this panel will have the most current perspective on what employers can expect in 2017 and beyond.
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perks for Parents - Companies Embrace Paid Parental Leave
Over the past year, a number of companies have announced the expansion of paid parental leave benefits. This development is great news for U.S. parents giving birth, adopting, or caring for a new child. During this session you will hear from companies who have recently introduced new parental benefits, to discuss how their efforts have enhanced the overall wellbeing of their employees and promoted a positive workplace culture.
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Networking Break in the Foyer
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7 Major Disruptions About to Shape the Future of Benefits
Change is the only constant in the business world, and benefits are no exception. This session will offer a visionary view of technologies that are changing the future of employee benefits.
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Superhuman Leadership Strategies
Feats of strength such as bending steel bars and breaking chains are used as an illustration of the mindset needed to accomplish the impossible. The purpose is to inspire the audience to leave their limitations behind and become the greatest possible version of themselves.
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Keynote: Think Education is Expensive, Try Turnover: The Business Case for Education as a Benefit
As the labor market tightens, annual frontline turnover rates have soared over 100%, costing business leaders more than $10 billion per year. To combat this, a growing number of companies are experimenting with a new benefits program -- offering education as a strategic benefit -- to significantly increase retention rates with a positive return on investment. Panelists will discuss how major employers are using tuition assistance and other education benefits programs and the outcomes employers have seen in terms of recruitment and retention rates of frontline employees.
5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by
Tuesday, September 19
6:45 a.m.
Registration Opens
6:45 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Healthiest You Let’s Get Fit! 5k Fun Run/Walk
Join us for the fun at the Healthiest You Let’s get fit 5K – run/walk. It’s gonna be awesome!
Sponsored by
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast Briefing - A Look at the Hottest Voluntary Benefit
Presentation Description:
Sponsored by
Coffee in the Foyer
8:25 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Keynote: How eBay Developed Culture As An Asset
Hear about the successes, challenges, and lessons learned along the journey to creating a strong, unified corporate culture in this candid fireside chat. Attendees will learn the importance of core company values and how to effectively implement them for a small team or large global organization. eBay Senior Director of Global Benefits and Wellness Becky Bailey will share behind-the-scenes triumphs, stumbles, and learnings from building and directing eBay's human resources organization, along with insights from over three decades directing employee benefits programs for top employers. Grokker CEO and Founder Lorna Borenstein interviews top HR leaders around the globe about how to create employee-centric cultures that value wellness. Attendees will learn how to develop company culture into a strategic asset to attract and retain top talent.
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Driving Down Employer Costs and Improving the Employee Benefit Experience
A revolution in employee benefits is on the horizon, and twenty-first century analytics is at the core. Big data holds the promise to scan huge data sets in a near real-time environment for insights that will impact both the current and future trajectory for a given area. The advancement of true cross-vendor analytics, prescription, engagement and measurement brought on by the democratization of big data is enabling employers, brokers, and consultants to improve the performance of their employee benefit plans like never before. During his session Eric will explain how analytics are being employed to measurably enhance the employee experience and drive down costs for the employer. Attendees will learn the five core elements of cost saving solutions and how these new solutions are being leveraged within the analytics platform to deliver on the dual objectives of providing outstanding benefits while controlling compensation costs.
11:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
The Game Changing Promise of Benefits Technology
New technology allows employers to ensure employees best utilize the benefits offered and choose the right coverage levels. This session will explain the opportunities to present Human Capital Management technology as a promising investment opportunity that strategically augments HR services.
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Dead or Alive – The Impact of (Repeal, Replace, Repair) Health Care Legislation on Brokers
2017 is a landmark year for the independent health broker. Don't keep your head in the sand. Given the challenges that agents and brokers are facing with the uncertain regulatory climate, including the positive and potential changes, we are presented with a unique and unparalleled opportunity. Now that Republicans have control of the Presidency and both chambers of Congress, will politics allow for repeal, replace or repair ACA and will you arrive Dead or Alive?
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Industry Innovation Lunch Session - Telling Stories With Data: A New Era in Analytics
In today’s environment, there is more healthcare data than ever before. But employers don’t just need more data – they need actionable insights from their data. In the new era of analytics, effective visualization can guide employers to quickly answer key questions such as:
Sponsored by
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Why Performance Based Contracting is the Future of Advising
Perverse incentives abound in our healthcare delivery and financing systems. When all parties benefit from higher prices except the customer, prices rise. Fee based helps, but still does not align the financial motives of the adviser with their client. When the model is turned around and the adviser wins the client wins, new paths forward present themselves that allow for greater innovation, lower costs and MORE revenue to you!
3:10 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Top of the Game: Award-Winning Brokers Share Their Best Practices
Join EBA’s five Employee Benefit Advisers of the Year to hear how these leaders are disrupting the status quo in the areas of adviser compensation, wellness plan design, technology application, voluntary benefit integration and retirement plan expansion.
3:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Networking Break in the Foyer
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Don't Get Left Behind: Solidifying the Broker's Place in Digital Benefits
Today, employees are shopping for and enrolling in their benefits with the click of a mouse. This session will explain how brokers can participate in this new landscape and implement effective cost-containment strategies for businesses, employers and consumers?
4:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Workplace Benefits Association Advisory Board Meeting (By invitation only)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, September 20
7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Morning Workout - Yoga on the Lawn
7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Coffee in the Foyer
7:15 a.m.
Registration Opens
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote: Breaking Down the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act
The employer participation in Student Loan Assistance Act (H.R. 795) is a bipartisan bill that amends the IRS code to extend the tax exclusion for employer-provided education assistance to include payments of qualified education loans. There has been a groundswell of rising interest in and support for employee student loan assistance as a way for today’s employers to increase employee retention and engagement. Adding tax relief to the equation could elevate student loan assistance alongside 401(k) contribution as one of the most valuable financial benefits a company can offer its workers. This session will discuss the benefits of this new legislation for both employers and employees.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
A New Way to Offer Ancillary Products in the Benefits Space
In today’s benefits space, both employers and employees are working with far fewer dollars when selecting ancillary benefits. So what’s the best way for brokers to fill those benefits gaps and stand out in the crowd? It’s easy – you break the rules. Stay ahead of the trends and learn what you can do to revolutionize your benefits offering. In this entertaining and educational session, learn about the new, innovative pay-on-demand model that can offer more value for your clients’ and customers’ ancillary benefit dollars.
10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
The Importance of The Rapidly Emerging Gig Economy to Benefits Advisers
The composition of the American workforce is witnessing a fundamental re-structuring. As more and more employers aggressively manage full-time labor costs and more and more multi-generational workers seek greater lifestyle flexibility, some experts expect that intermittent workers will comprise 50% or more of the U.S. workforce by the early 2020’s.
11:35 a.m.
Conference Adjourns
Monday, September 18
9:00 a.m.
Registration Opens
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (Workshop attendees only)
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Keynote: Engaging the Workforce of the Future - The Emergence of Generation Z
Join Jim Link, Chief Human Resources Officer of Randstad North America, as he identifies global challenges in the attraction, retention and engagement of employees for the future. The emergence of the next generation of employees, Generation Z, will transform the landscape of tomorrow’s workforce and require changes few companies are prepared to meet. Jim will discuss strategies, you, your leaders, and your company will need to be ready for tomorrow’s workforce.
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Health Care: Up to the Minute Employer Update
2017 has proven to be a tumultuous year for many things in Washington, including health care. It’s impossible to say what will happen as the Senate works to create it’s version of ACA reform, but you can be sure this panel will have the most current perspective on what employers can expect in 2017 and beyond.
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Perks for Parents - Companies Embrace Paid Parental Leave
Over the past year, a number of companies have announced the expansion of paid parental leave benefits. This development is great news for U.S. parents giving birth, adopting, or caring for a new child. During this session you will hear from companies who have recently introduced new parental benefits, to discuss how their efforts have enhanced the overall wellbeing of their employees and promoted a positive workplace culture.
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Networking Break in the Foyer
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
7 Major Disruptions About to Shape the Future of Benefits
Change is the only constant in the business world, and benefits are no exception. This session will offer a visionary view of technologies that are changing the future of employee benefits.
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Superhuman Leadership Strategies
Feats of strength such as bending steel bars and breaking chains are used as an illustration of the mindset needed to accomplish the impossible. The purpose is to inspire the audience to leave their limitations behind and become the greatest possible version of themselves.
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Keynote: Think Education is Expensive, Try Turnover: The Business Case for Education as a Benefit
As the labor market tightens, annual frontline turnover rates have soared over 100%, costing business leaders more than $10 billion per year. To combat this, a growing number of companies are experimenting with a new benefits program -- offering education as a strategic benefit -- to significantly increase retention rates with a positive return on investment. Panelists will discuss how major employers are using tuition assistance and other education benefits programs and the outcomes employers have seen in terms of recruitment and retention rates of frontline employees.
5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by
Tuesday, September 19
6:45 a.m.
Registration Opens
6:45 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Healthiest You Let’s Get Fit! 5k Fun Run/Walk
Join us for the fun at the Healthiest You Let’s get fit 5K – run/walk. It’s gonna be awesome!
Sponsored by
7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast Briefing - A Look at the Hottest Voluntary Benefit
Presentation Description:
Sponsored by
Coffee in the Foyer
8:25 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Keynote: How eBay Developed Culture As An Asset
Hear about the successes, challenges, and lessons learned along the journey to creating a strong, unified corporate culture in this candid fireside chat. Attendees will learn the importance of core company values and how to effectively implement them for a small team or large global organization. eBay Senior Director of Global Benefits and Wellness Becky Bailey will share behind-the-scenes triumphs, stumbles, and learnings from building and directing eBay's human resources organization, along with insights from over three decades directing employee benefits programs for top employers. Grokker CEO and Founder Lorna Borenstein interviews top HR leaders around the globe about how to create employee-centric cultures that value wellness. Attendees will learn how to develop company culture into a strategic asset to attract and retain top talent.
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Driving Down Employer Costs and Improving the Employee Benefit Experience
A revolution in employee benefits is on the horizon, and twenty-first century analytics is at the core. Big data holds the promise to scan huge data sets in a near real-time environment for insights that will impact both the current and future trajectory for a given area. The advancement of true cross-vendor analytics, prescription, engagement and measurement brought on by the democratization of big data is enabling employers, brokers, and consultants to improve the performance of their employee benefit plans like never before. During his session Eric will explain how analytics are being employed to measurably enhance the employee experience and drive down costs for the employer. Attendees will learn the five core elements of cost saving solutions and how these new solutions are being leveraged within the analytics platform to deliver on the dual objectives of providing outstanding benefits while controlling compensation costs.
11:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
The Game Changing Promise of Benefits Technology
New technology allows employers to ensure employees best utilize the benefits offered and choose the right coverage levels. This session will explain the opportunities to present Human Capital Management technology as a promising investment opportunity that strategically augments HR services.
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Dead or Alive – The Impact of (Repeal, Replace, Repair) Health Care Legislation on Brokers
2017 is a landmark year for the independent health broker. Don't keep your head in the sand. Given the challenges that agents and brokers are facing with the uncertain regulatory climate, including the positive and potential changes, we are presented with a unique and unparalleled opportunity. Now that Republicans have control of the Presidency and both chambers of Congress, will politics allow for repeal, replace or repair ACA and will you arrive Dead or Alive?
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Industry Innovation Lunch Session - Telling Stories With Data: A New Era in Analytics
In today’s environment, there is more healthcare data than ever before. But employers don’t just need more data – they need actionable insights from their data. In the new era of analytics, effective visualization can guide employers to quickly answer key questions such as:
Sponsored by
2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Why Performance Based Contracting is the Future of Advising
Perverse incentives abound in our healthcare delivery and financing systems. When all parties benefit from higher prices except the customer, prices rise. Fee based helps, but still does not align the financial motives of the adviser with their client. When the model is turned around and the adviser wins the client wins, new paths forward present themselves that allow for greater innovation, lower costs and MORE revenue to you!
3:10 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Top of the Game: Award-Winning Brokers Share Their Best Practices
Join EBA’s five Employee Benefit Advisers of the Year to hear how these leaders are disrupting the status quo in the areas of adviser compensation, wellness plan design, technology application, voluntary benefit integration and retirement plan expansion.
3:55 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Networking Break in the Foyer
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Don't Get Left Behind: Solidifying the Broker's Place in Digital Benefits
Today, employees are shopping for and enrolling in their benefits with the click of a mouse. This session will explain how brokers can participate in this new landscape and implement effective cost-containment strategies for businesses, employers and consumers?
4:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Workplace Benefits Association Advisory Board Meeting (By invitation only)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, September 20
7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Morning Workout - Yoga on the Lawn
7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Coffee in the Foyer
7:15 a.m.
Registration Opens
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote: Breaking Down the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act
The employer participation in Student Loan Assistance Act (H.R. 795) is a bipartisan bill that amends the IRS code to extend the tax exclusion for employer-provided education assistance to include payments of qualified education loans. There has been a groundswell of rising interest in and support for employee student loan assistance as a way for today’s employers to increase employee retention and engagement. Adding tax relief to the equation could elevate student loan assistance alongside 401(k) contribution as one of the most valuable financial benefits a company can offer its workers. This session will discuss the benefits of this new legislation for both employers and employees.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
A New Way to Offer Ancillary Products in the Benefits Space
In today’s benefits space, both employers and employees are working with far fewer dollars when selecting ancillary benefits. So what’s the best way for brokers to fill those benefits gaps and stand out in the crowd? It’s easy – you break the rules. Stay ahead of the trends and learn what you can do to revolutionize your benefits offering. In this entertaining and educational session, learn about the new, innovative pay-on-demand model that can offer more value for your clients’ and customers’ ancillary benefit dollars.
10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
The Importance of The Rapidly Emerging Gig Economy to Benefits Advisers
The composition of the American workforce is witnessing a fundamental re-structuring. As more and more employers aggressively manage full-time labor costs and more and more multi-generational workers seek greater lifestyle flexibility, some experts expect that intermittent workers will comprise 50% or more of the U.S. workforce by the early 2020’s.
11:35 a.m.
Conference Adjourns