April Virtual: Benefits That Fit Individual Needs Without Busting the Budget

Wednesday, April 03, 2024


Benefits that Fit Individual Needs Without Busting the Budget

Having made a commitment to recognize the unique needs of individuals, the secret is in the execution. What are the emerging benefits and rewards that workers are seeking, from fertility care to financial wellness? How can companies use technology to stay in close touch with what individuals are experiencing–and where they need help as a result? How can companies choose among myriad point solutions and innovative new platforms? What are the most cost-effective rewards in terms of investments and outcomes?

From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Opening Remarks: Steve Koepp, Chief Content Officer and Co-Founder, From Day One
12:25 PM - 12:50 PM
The Three Pillars of Wellness: Physical, Mental, and Financial (Fireside Chat)

Rather than thinking in terms of siloes, the more effective approach for benefits leaders is to see how three pillars support an employee’s overall well-being. Weakness in one of the pillars, for example high healthcare costs for workers, can have an effect on the rest of their well-being. An inside look at how a health-minded benefits leader provides individualized care for a diverse workforce.

Speaker: Nate Nevas, Head of Benefits and Health Services, Pitney Bowes

Moderator: Jeanhee Kim, Independent Journalist

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
In Case You Get Hit by a Bus: Transforming How Employees Prepare For the Unexpected (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Everplans helps employees get the most important documents, policies, benefits, and information in place for themselves and their family, and helps employees organize all this vital information and make sure it’s shared with people in their life who need it. Join us for an overview of how Everplans works, focusing on key areas of planning and organization: important documents, insurance, financial, digital estate, and legacy.

Abby Schneiderman, Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Everplans

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
Making Benefits More Accessible–and Meaningful (Panel)

The benefits of the future are personalized, holistic, digital, and approachable. All those features will be good for workers, but how are companies presenting and delivering them? With employers offering dozens of point solutions to meet individual needs, how can benefits leaders help workers navigate those choices, as well as maintaining a dialogue about what new benefits serve multiple purposes, including flexibility and financial wellness?


Nicole Cody, VP, Total Rewards, International Paper

Sarah Schutzberger, Benefits and Wellness Manager, Samsung Semiconductors

Alecia Williams-Pierre, VP, Total Rewards, Atrium Hospitality

Will Peng, CEO and Co-Founder, Northstar

Megan Burns, Benefits Strategy & Solutions, Forma


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
Moving Beyond Pain: A New Approach for a Country in Crisis (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Despite reductions in opioid prescriptions, the addiction and overdose epidemic is still raging. A root cause: One in two Americans are affected by musculoskeletal pain, with over 50 million living with chronic pain that impacts physical and mental health, medical costs, work productivity, and more. Why is it so challenging to treat pain and what is preventing people from getting the help they need? Join Hinge Health physical therapist Bijal Toprani, who will share findings from an original survey of 10,000 consumers and a vision for changing the pain paradigm to create better outcomes, lower costs, avoid opioids, and help people get their lives back.

Dr. Bijal Toprani, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Hinge Health

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Bridging the Physician Gap with Advocacy (Workshop)

Uncover the realities of the physician gap and its direct influence on getting your members the care they need, your company's spending, and outcomes 

Umair Khan, EVP, Solutions Management & Solutions Marketing, Accolade

Katie Connelly, Director of Solutions Management for Advocacy, Accolade

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Flex Your Style and Build Emotional Intelligence (Workshop)

Join ThinkHuman for an interactive “Flex Your Style” Learning Jam that will cover how you can elevate your ability to flex your communication style and behavior to enhance your own effectiveness, enhance the effectiveness of others that you interact with, and understand emotional intelligence and psychological safety at work. At ThinkHuman, we serve our mission by providing leadership-development programs that specifically focus on people leadership,  which is the leadership of oneself and others. Based on behavioral science, our leadership programs focus on creating mindset shifts and long-term leadership change in leaders at all levels.

Shaun Sperling, Facilitator, ThinkHuman

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Which Benefits Provide the Best Worker Outcomes–and Return on Investment? (Panel)

When efficiency is crucial, how can employers decide how to allocate their benefits budgets to have the greatest impact on employee well-being as well as productivity? Which benefits are emerging as newly important? Which ones affect a small population, but with significant impact for those workers? How can employers identify innovative new offerings that don't necessarily cost much, but can protect workers from disruptions in their lives? 


Carrie Theisen, SVP, Total Rewards, Fannie Mae 

Kimberly Young, VP, Global Benefits and HR Technology, Amentum

Elizabeth Chappelear, North American Head of Strategic Benefits, MilliporeSigma

Casey Smolka, Head of Actuarial Analytics, Spring Health

Devin Miller, Co-founder and CEO, SecureSave 


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist, Contributing Editor, From Day One

04:05 PM - 04:25 PM
Revolutionizing Mental Health in the Workplace: The Power of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Prioritizing the mental well-being of employees is essential for fostering organizational growth and resilience. This presentation offers a forward-thinking perspective on enhancing employee benefit programs. We’ll delve into the pioneering efforts of Enthea in incorporating ketamine-assisted therapy into employee benefits, presenting a groundbreaking alternative to conventional mental health remedies. Attendees will be provided with an overview of the underlying science of psychedelic therapies, documented successes in patient experiences, and the benefits these treatments can bring to workplace dynamics. Among them: improved productivity, higher job satisfaction, and better retention rates. Enthea seeks to inspire a transformative shift in how businesses approach mental health, showcasing the substantial advantages of integrating advanced, accessible solutions into their culture to foster a profoundly healthier workplace.

Sherry Rais, CEO, Enthea

04:30 PM - 04:55 PM
Perks and Conversation: How a Leader Brings Clarity to Benefits Offerings (Fireside Chat)

Well-meaning companies can flood their workers with an overwhelming number of benefits offerings. One leader‘s approach: pare back the overlapping benefits and do a better job of engaging with workers–often in face-to-face meetings—about how to navigate what’s available to them and hear about what’s missing. Hot topics right now: student-loan relief and pet care.


Lenka Sloman, Managing Director, Head of Total Rewards, GroupM


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Contributing Editor, From Day One

04:55 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks