Benefits in 2024 and Beyond: Innovative and Inclusive Approaches for Worker Well-Being and Cost Effectiveness

A wide range of benefits allows employers to tackle a broad spectrum of their goals, spanning from retaining and engaging employees to promoting diversity and inclusion within the workplace. What are the cutting-edge benefits available that cater to the needs of every worker? How can companies evaluate their workforce needs and cultivate awareness and participation in their offerings? What trends are emerging and what can be expected in the future of benefits?


08:00 AM - 08:30 AM
Smith Foyer Arrival / Networking / Breakfast
08:30 AM - 08:40 AM
Smith Hall Opening Remarks
08:40 AM - 09:00 AM
Smith Hall The Latest Word on Benefits and Rewards to Help Employees Thrive Personally, Physically, and Financially (Fireside Chat)

How the global head of total rewards at a distinguished financial firm focuses on worker well-being, inside and out, to ensure that employees can be more productive in all aspects of their lives. Among the keys: preventive care should apply to mental health as well as physical wellness, with the purpose of enabling workers to achieve their goals, take care of themselves and their families, and reach their highest potential.


Sandi Stein, Managing Director, Global Head of Total Rewards, Brown Brothers Harriman


Callum Borchers, Columnist, the Wall Street Journal

09:00 AM - 09:05 AM
Smith Hall Session Introduction


Jonathan Murray, Head of Empowerly for Employers, Empowerly

09:05 AM - 09:45 AM
Smith Hall The Benefits That Employees Want to See Enhanced in 2024 (Panel)

After the past few years of crisis and uncertainty, workers have raised and realigned their expectations about employee benefits. Which have been the most popular–from family-leave benefits to student-loan relief–as well as financially viable for employers to add? How have companies integrated new offerings into a worker-friendly menu of standard benefits and optional ones? How can total-rewards professionals best manage the complexity and cost of these expanded offerings?


Jeffrey Stohlberg, Director, Corporate Benefits, Moderna

Ken Wechsler, VP, Total Rewards, Akamai

Britt Barney, Head of Client Success, Northstar

Brian Harty, Head of Total Rewards, Accolade


Rebecca M. Knight, Contributing Columnist, Harvard Business Review

09:45 AM - 10:10 AM
Smith Hall 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

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Smith Foyer Coffee Break
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Smith Hall Improving Employee Mental Health and Wellness Benefits (Panel)

The statistics show an epidemic of anxiety, depression, and other emotional burdens in the workforce, raising the stakes for employers. What is the latest thinking in how they can respond, not just in treatment but in prevention? How can they identify the stressors in how workers are managed, look for early signs of strain and illness, and create a support network of innovative care providers?


Shawna Oliver, AVP, Head of Global Benefits & Wellness, Manulife

Jodi LaMae, Benefits Principal, Global Total Rewards, Boston Scientific

Navin Vettamvelil, Senior Director, Total Rewards, SoftServe 

Yusuf Sherwanii, CEO and Co-Founder, Pelago

Robin Berzin, MD, Founder & CEO, Parsley Health 


Katie Johnston, Reporter, the Boston Globe

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM
Smith Hall Walking the Walk: Best Practices for Supporting a Mentally Well Workplace and Elevating Company Culture (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Together we’ll explore the intersection of employee well-being and crafting an organizational culture that inspires and uplifts. Discover the practical and cost-effective strategies that Talkspace has implemented to support mental wellness but also a company culture where employees can thrive. Uncover insights that align values, promote inclusivity, and sustainable practices towards a healthier and happier workplace.


Kaleigh Oleynik, VP of Talent, Talkspace


Ryan Kellogg, VP of Partnerships & Sales Effectiveness, Talkspace

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Smith Hall Structured Networking
12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
Smith Hall Closing Remarks
12:05 PM - 12:30 PM
Smith Foyer Networking


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