Innovations in Voluntary Benefits Reshaping the Benefits Landscape

On the final day of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, Robert Shestack, Chairman of the VBA, hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Edward Sutton, Manager, Benefits Solutions – LifeLock Inc.; Tom Wamberg, Chief Executive Officer – Wamberg Genomic Advisors; and Christy DeFrain, VP, Sales & Account Management – Purchasing Power. They represent three companies providing new voluntary benefit products changing our idea of what these plans can offer.

Ed Sutton began the forum by explaining the need for this benefit, especially after the recent Equifax.

Philippines’s Leading Healthcare Provider St. Luke’s Medical Center Sponsors the 9th WMTC

The Medical Tourism Association welcomes St. Luke’s Medical Center as a Gold Sponsor of the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress which is taking place this September 25-28, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington D.C.  Take a look at the exhibit hall and visit St. Luke’s Medical Center at booths 449-451-348-350.

About St. Luke’s Medical Center

St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) has grown to be the leading and most respected and recognized healthcare institution in the Philippines. Its two facilities in Quezon City and Global City, Taguig are at par with the most advanced hospitals around the world.

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A testament to SLMC’s world class quality medical services are accreditations and key affiliations with prestigious international organizations.

St. Luke’s – Quezon City has the sole distinction of being accredited four times by the JCI or Joint Commission International, the international arm of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the oldest and most prestigious healthcare accreditation organization in the world.


St. Luke’s – Global City earned its first JCI accreditation after only two years of operation. Both Global City and Quezon City are also the only Philippine hospitals certified by German-based accrediting body Temos (Trust. effective medicine. optimized services.) for Excellence in Medical Tourism and Quality in International Patient Care.

The passion to continuously improve, redefine and evolve excellence in medical and patient services have been the cornerstones of SLMC’s mission to deliver state-of-the-art healthcare. This is also guided by key drivers: good clinical outcomes, patient safety, education, training and research, great patient experience and financial viability.

Visit St. Luke’s Medical Center at booths 449-451-348-350 at the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress which is taking place this September 25-28, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington D.C.  Take a look at the exhibit hall here.


With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving medical tourism industry, the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC) is the largest medical tourism conference in the world. Riding off the success of the 2015’s event, the 9th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress anticipates up to 3000 attendees, from nearly 100 countries around the world.

Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from leading hospitals, insurance companies, physicians, etc. and to take advantage of the collaborative forums and summits.

There will also be hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from the combined conference of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conference (EHBC), and International Luxury Hotel Association (IHLA) providing six times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year. 

Who else is Sponsoring the #WMTC16?

See for yourself! 

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“It’s been so enlightening to hear what’s new.”

Health & wellness is an evolving concept of ideas, innovation, and experience. One-size-fits-all is a term of the past as we approach the new age of digital health. Top employers, HR professionals, Wellness Managers and Insurance providers seeking to collaborate and create cutting-edge healthcare solutions gather around once a year at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress to grow their business with partnerships; driving the industry to new heights.

Arkansas Tech University using Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work as Required Read

RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS, January 20, 2016 – Arkansas Tech University will use the Corporate Health & Wellness Association’s (CHWA) publication, Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work as a required text for their students of the Health and Physical Education Department’s Wellness Degree.

Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work is the most relevant textbook we’ve found relating to today’s wellness industry,” said Professor Mr. Jamie McDougal from Arkansas Tech University. “It provides ‘real world’ scenarios that allow future professionals to develop knowledge and awareness of the opportunities and challenges facing them as they select future career paths.”

Engaging Wellness provides insights from industry experts on how to successfully implement, operate and measure a corporate wellness program; as well as how to engage and motivate employees to become active in their health, along with other valuable insights

“Here at the CHWA, we are very excited to announce this as part of their education and foresee other Universities following suit in the future,” said Renée -Marie Stephano, President of the Corporate Health & Wellness Association. “They are setting a high standard of education, and we are happy to play our part in developing the wellness leaders of the future.”

To order a copy of Engaging Wellness: Corporate Wellness Programs that Work, click here.

For more information, contact Sarah Hunt:

Phone: 561-792-4418 ext. 808

Email: [email protected]

About the Corporate Health & Wellness Association

The Corporate Health & Wellness Association (CHWA), also referred to as the Health & Wellness Association or the Corporate Wellness Association, a 501(c)6 is the first national non-profit organization focused on health, wellness, disease prevention and management for employers, employees and their families.



WEBCAST REPLAY: Global Wellbeing Research Webinar

Wellbeing Without Borders: Findings from ShapeUp’s Global Research 

The Corporate Health & Wellness Association, in partnership with ShapeUp, invites you to join us for the replay of our recent webinar: Wellbeing Without Borders: Findings from ShapeUp’s Global Research.

If you missed out on our recent webinar or would just like to watch again click below:

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Do you know what your global employees think about your wellness program?

We do. We recently polled employees worldwide to gather a participant’s perspective on wellness programming.

If you missed out on this educational webinar, join us for its replay where we examine the results of our global research.

You will learn:

  • Barriers to engagement
  • Cultural challenges
  • Localized communications
  • And much more

Brought to you by ShapeUp and the Corporate Health & Wellness Association, this webinar features international health expert Wolf Kirsten and ShapeUp global account executive Erik Sayre.  




Wolf Kirsten

President & CEO

International Health Consulting




Erik Sayre

Global Account Executive









Sarah Hunt

Education & Engagement Leader

Corporate Health & Wellness Association

GHR eProgram is LIVE!

GHR is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Conference eProgram. The eProgram highlights all the best the conference has to offer, from the keynote sessions showing latest in a growing industry, to the breakout sessions helping professionals across the globe learn how to improve their businesses and themselves to the amazing sponsors who make it all possible.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include:

  • The Fireside Chat: Women’s Leadership Ask the Experts – This interactive Q&A taking place on Monday night is dedicated to the business of women’s health and well-being. This session, sponsored by Grokker, will feature some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful women such as Cat Lee, Head of Culture, Pinterest; Pat Wadors, Chief HR Officer & SVP of Global Talent, LinkedIn; Becky Cantieri, SVP, Human Resources, Survey Monkey; Lorna Borenstein, CEO & Founder, Grokker, Inc.; Patricia Diesel, Speaker, Author, Coach; Owner, Keep it Simple Now, LLC.; and will be moderated by Rasheda Ali, Author, Media Spokesperson, Speaker and Parkinson’s Advocate.
  • Keynote speaker Dr. J. Craig Venter Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and Head of Scientific Strategy Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) and one of the first people to crack the human genome. His session titled “Advanced Health Intelligence and the Future of Medicine,” will detail the advances in genomic testing, and what it means for employers and the future of medicine.
  • In Engaging Millennials Will Take More than Instagram, Moderator Denise Holland; Denise Holland, President & Owner, Inside Employee Wellness & Consulting, LLC, along with Jae Kullar, Manager, Health & Wellbeing, Delta Air Lines; Medha Rishi, GPHR, Head of Global Benefits, Global Mobility and International HR Operations, Square; Sally Luck, HR Director, Corporate Services and Wellness, Hallmark Cards, Inc., will guide attendees through the fine points of engaging millennials.

These are just a taste of what GHR has to offer. Be sure to see the eProgram for more information, and stay tuned to this blog for live updates from the congress!

Hear Samsung, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 1-800-FLOWERS and More at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress

The 9th Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress is gearing up to bring you the best speakers and educations in the industry. Here are just five of the speakers you don’t want to miss at this year’s event taking place October 2 -4, in Los Angeles.

Tyneshia Farmer, Sr. Total Rewards Specialist- Wellness & RecognitionSamsung Electronics America

Tyneshia FarmerTyneshia L. Farmer is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in the Dallas-area now for approximately 2-years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and an MBA from American Intercontinental University. Ms. Farmer brings several years of varied experience in Human Resources and Well-being within various industries. She has several personal interests that include community youth outreach, events planning, reading, and well-being. She is currently employed as a Sr. Total Rewards Specialist at Samsung Electronics America and is looking forward to continuing to make positive contributions to both the goals of the Samsung and the field of Well-Being and Human Resources.


Tiffany Woo, Senior Health Advisor U.S. Department of LaborEmployee Benefits Security Administration 

Tiffany WooTiffany Woo is a Senior Advisor for Health Investigations with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Los Angeles Regional Office. Since she joined the office in 2009, she has worked a variety of complex civil cases, served on the inaugural National Health Enforcement Task Force from 2013-2014, and helped in developing the agency’s health enforcement training program. She is responsible for overseeing the Los Angeles Region’s health plan investigations, training regional office staff on health care legislation, and creating investigative plans and other tools for conducting health plan investigations. She holds a B.A. from UCLA, an M.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the California Bar.


Laurel Hyle, Ombudsman DirectorBaylor College of Medicine

laurel HyleAs Ombudsman Director at Baylor College of Medicine Laurel is available, as a designated neutral, to all members of the Baylor community as we work together to implement and support Baylor’s mission and vision. The Office of the Ombudsman works to achieve this through the application of the ethical principles and standards of practice articulated by the International Ombudsman Association, specifically by providing a forum that is confidential, neutral, independent and informal. Laurel has trained in conflict resolution, law, public health, and ethics. Her professional interests include developing better understandings among individuals and groups, resolving disputes, and encouraging more meaningful and effective professional relationships and communication.


Maureen Paradine, Senior Vice President, Human Resources1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

Maureen ParadineMaureen Paradine has been recognized as an innovator in the HR field.  Her experience and talents for implementing and optimizing next-generation processes and advanced technologies have been instrumental in the growth of thousands of employees as well as the success of several companies. As Senior Vice President of Human Resources for, Maureen has worldwide responsibility for all HR activities.  Most recently, Maureen re-engineered the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s Human Resource function, transforming it into an enterprise that utilizes online social technologies for recruitment, selection, onboarding and performance management.  This change has created a highly collaborative company culture where employees have embraced the opportunity to communicate and share ideas more effectively.  Implementation of the company’s social technology-based performance management system has generated a transparent platform for performance reviews where feedback is continual.

Dr. Jeff Tarrant, Owner, Author, NeuroMeditation Institute, Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain 

Dr. Jeff TarrantAs an educator, speaker, researcher and Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Tarrant has devoted much of his career to exploring and teaching about the mind/body connection. Dr. Tarrant received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1997. Since that time he has trained extensively in both ancient and modern healing practices. His work utilizes several forms of technology-based therapies including Neurotherapy, audio visual entrainment, brain blood flow biofeedback (HEG), and Heart Rate Variability (HRV). In addition, Dr. Tarrant has studied and taught the ancient practices of Qigong, mindfulness, and energy psychology for the past fifteen years.

2Morrow Inc. joins Dr. Craig J. Venter at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress in LA, Oct. 2 – 4

2Morrow Inc. will join keynote speaker Dr. Craig J. Venter at the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC) in Los Angeles October 2 – 4, along with 2,000 attendees and 150 exhibitors from across the world for three days of learning the latest news and information in their industry and networking with peers as a Silver level sponsor. Attendees will be immersed in an exciting and vibrant environment to spark new ideas for improving employee health and benefits.

If you are involved in creating and maintaining worksite wellness programs, oversee healthcare reform compliance, offer or sell voluntary workplace benefits or administer a self-funded health plan, you cannot afford to miss the insight available at the EHBC. Highlights of this year’s event includes:

  • An extensive conference agenda, featuring everything from benefits design to handling the taboo topics in the workplace and everything in between
  • Healthcare Revolution, a conference track focused on the genomic testing and precision medicine
  • The Employer Direct Contracting Summit, exploring how leading employers are working directly with providers to better maintain employee health and employer healthcare costs
  • Keynote speaker Craig J. VenterCo-Founder, Executive Chairman and Head of Scientific Strategy, Human Longevity Inc. (HLI)

About 2Morrow Inc.

Digital Therapeutics are changing the way we deliver wellness programs by lowering costs and increasing engagement. 2Morrow was named, in the Harvard Business Review, as one of the emerging companies in this space, delivering innovative new programs backed by clinical trials.

For more information visit:

About the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress

With multiple initiatives and platforms to unite the thriving employer healthcare industry, the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress (EHBC) is one of the largest healthcare conferences in the country. Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of the hundreds of one-on-one networking opportunities with registrants from all of the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Conferences, providing seven times the traffic and networking for everyone attending the conferences this year. For more information, visit