March 24 - 26, 2019
Loews Portofino Hotel, Orlando, FL

Day One: Sunday, March 24,2019

9:00 am - 10:00 am Registration

10:00 am - 10:15 am Welcome Orientation

10:15 am - 10:25 am Thoughtexchange App Introduction

10:25 am - 10:30 am Chairperson’s Welcome & Opening Remarks

J. Brian Coleman, Vice President of Total Rewards and HR Shared Services at Dawn Foods

J. Brian Coleman

Vice President of Total Rewards and HR Shared Services
Dawn Foods

10:30 am - 11:00 am Maintaining the Strategic Vision While Balancing Multi-Generational Employee Segments

Rapidly shifting employee demographics is one most significant changes affecting compensation and benefits innovation and management.  Depending on the employee, rewards perceived as valuable can range from traditional benefits such as stock options, retirement planning, 401Ks, or HSAs to emerging benefit trends such as flex-time, on-demand assignments, student loan repayment assistance, and career-pathing.  In this session, we will share insights and experiences in: 

•Acknowledging compensation expectations and preferred benefits of incoming talent while valuing those of  tenured employees
•Merging Baby Boomer and the Gen Y employees: What we have learned, what we would do differently
•Determining the widest number of offerings your company culture and budget can sustain
•Employee surveying for balancing their preferences with budgetary and administrative limitations
•Knowing when to draw the line: Creating competitive rewards while staying true to organizational culture and long-term goals

J. Brian Coleman, Vice President of Total Rewards and HR Shared Services at Dawn Foods

J. Brian Coleman

Vice President of Total Rewards and HR Shared Services
Dawn Foods

Juan Guerra, Vice President, Total Rewards at Deckers Brands

Juan Guerra

Vice President, Total Rewards
Deckers Brands

11:10 am - 11:55 am The Evolution of Total Rewards for 2020 and Beyond

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Brunch

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Benefits Engagement Wins You Won't Forget

From baby showers to bathroom stalls, the when, where and how of benefits communication is more creative than ever as HR professionals try to drive benefits engagement. But still, with so much noise to cut through, marketing benefits remains a challenge. Using real stories from some of the most innovative companies in the world, Alyssa Johnson, VP of Account Management for Care@Work by, will share strategies that led to major benefits engagement wins, and a few unforgettable fails. Key takeaways will include:
•Easy ways to apply marketing principles to benefits promotion 
•Options for promoting benefits outside of open enrollment 
•Strategies for delivering information where, and how, it’s most useful 
Alyssa Johnson, VP of Account Management at Care@Work by

Alyssa Johnson

VP of Account Management
Care@Work by

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Business Meeting

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Business Meeting

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm Business Meeting

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm Networking Break

4:10 pm - 4:50 pm Demonstrating and Communicating Your Pay Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in Total Rewards

Securing C-Suite, Board, and/or compensation committee buy-in on new total rewards initiatives can often require a sales approach.  However, once you have received their sign-off, to ensure success you must involve your employees in the plan by presenting a clear vision, and its value to them and your organization.  During this discussion, we will take a deep-dive into:

•Ensuring diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of your compensation and benefits strategic vision
•Creating a talent development plan that is inclusive of your organization’s diversity objectives and measurable 
•Prevailing pay equity philosophies and implementation strategies: What’s working? What’s not?
•Demonstrating the reputational value of effective equal pay initiatives to your compensation committee
•Tracking and communicating outcomes: Measuring your success and addressing your shortcomings

Mike Smith, CCP, Vice President, Total Rewards at Navient, Inc.

Mike Smith, CCP

Vice President, Total Rewards
Navient, Inc.

This series of two 10-minute presentations will offer innovative approaches to assist Total Rewards leaders in navigating the dense landscape of compensation and benefits technologies:

Ignite Session


4:50 pm - 5:10 pm How Relieving Financial Stress Will Help Your Employees Win at the Game of Life

As a HR professional, you are managing a workforce across three different generations all of whom are juggling different priorities and challenges. But no matter what generation an employee may be part of, one thing is certain – almost every employee is dealing with some type of financial stress that impacts their productivity & health. 

During this presentation you will:

•Cover the causes of financial stress per generation 
•Review the impact of financial stress on organizations
•Explore potential solutions to set your company up for success, meeting the needs of your employees and managing the trajectory of your talent pipeline

Lisa Lampron, Regional Sales Director- Southeast at Purchasing Power

Lisa Lampron

Regional Sales Director- Southeast
Purchasing Power

Rich Ledson, Regional Sales Director- Northeast at Purchasing Power

Rich Ledson

Regional Sales Director- Northeast
Purchasing Power

4:50 pm - 5:10 pm Think Drama-Free Healthcare is Impossible? Think Again: Straight-Forward Healthcare Costs for the Modern Age

In this session, hear from finHealth, whose primary mission is to “Simplify & Control Healthcare Costs” for large self-insured companies, employees and their families. Through our web-based platform finHealth Navigator, we deliver powerful data analytics in real-time to reduce healthcare costs and promote healthy outcomes.
Jim Arnold, Founder & CEO at finHealth

Jim Arnold

Founder & CEO

5:10 pm - 5:40 pm Uncovering the Hidden Impact of Tax Reform on Total Rewards

Recent press has focused on the decline of federal tax refunds as a flaw in the new tax legislation.  And yet, lower federal refunds are generally considered good financial planning.  Our discussion will explore the true implications of the recent tax reform as a confluence of increased complexity, inadequate education, and the underreported knock-on effects across the total rewards space. We’ll share the seven ways employers can counter these effects through reimagined plan design and educational opportunities that will improve value perception, increase participation, and reduce financial stress. 
Jonathan Barber, Vice President, Tax Policy & Research at Ayco

Jonathan Barber

Vice President, Tax Policy & Research

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm Cocktail Reception

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm Dinner