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As CFO of Veritext, managing the employee and financial aspect of health and wellness benefits increases in importance every day. I’ve been attending BFE for 5 years now and I am amazed at how much I learn each time I attend.

The ability to network with peers facing the same challenges, as well as to meet industry experts is critical in staying ahead of the curve in this ever changing and important facet of our business."
   —Rich Antoneck, CFO,
       Veritext Deposition &
       Litigation Services

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

8:00 a.m -
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: Technology - Changing Enrollment as we Knew It
Moderator: John Stanley, Chief Marketing Officer, TRANSAMERICA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop: DO or DIE: Reinventing Your Benefits Agency for Post-Reform Success
Scott Cantrell, Chief Marketing Strategist, BOTTOM LINE SOLUTIONS, INC.
Panelist: Robert J. Lieblein, EVP, MARSHBERRY
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Main Conference Begins: Conference Chair Remarks
David Albertson, Employee Benefit Group Editorial Director and Conference Co-Chair, SOURCEMEDIA
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Keynote Presentation: PEAKonomics: Success Strategies for the 7 Summits
Alison Levine, Team Captain of the First American Women's Everest Expedition; Adjunct Professor - U.S. Military Academy, U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 10, 2012

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7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
7:00 a.m. -
7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Breakfast Briefing: Innovative Ways to Use Screening Data to Accelerate Changes
Elise Thorpe, Vice President, LOVITT & TOUCHé, INC.
Janice Rahm, Executive Vice President Product and Service Innovation, INTERACTIVE HEALTH

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8:15 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Conference Chairs' Remarks
David Albertson, Employee Benefit Group Editorial Director and Conference Co-Chair, SOURCEMEDIA
8:20 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Bending the Obesity Cost Curve
Dr. Gail Christopher, DN, Vice President for Program Strategy, W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Panel: What the Best Do Best: "Benefit Practices at the Best Companies to Work for in America"
Panelist: Cathy Benton, Chief Human Resources Officer, ALSTON & BIRD
Panelist: Shirley Bullard, Chief Administrative Officer and VP of Human Resources, THE KEN BLANCHARD COMPANIES
Panelist: Shari Conoway, Director, People, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES PEOPLE DEPARTMENT
Panelist: Kevin Ricklefs, VP of Administration, CHG HEALTHCARE SERVICES
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Health Reform: Fall 2012 Edition
Moderator: John Hickman, Partner, ALSTON & BIRD LLP
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Track: Wellness View Track The Convergence of Financial Education and Wellness
Kyle Williams, Chief Sales Officer, MEMD
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Track: Cost Containment View Track Benefits Trends: 2013 and Beyond
Ron Fields, Vice President, AFLAC BROKER SALES
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Track: Employee Engagement View Track X, Y and Boomers: Excelling at Multigenerational Engagement
Moderator: Ronald Leopold, MD, MBA, MPH, Employee Benefits. Health and Productivity. Thought Leadership, WWW.RONLEOPOLD.COM
Erin Barfels, Chief Human Resources Officer, ARAG
Panelist: Steve Bygott, Director, Marketing Programs and Research, COLONIAL LIFE
Panelist: Edwin (Ed) Redfern, Project Manager, AARP
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Cutting Edge: Using Telehealth to Reduce Absenteeism, Improve Productivity
Linda Alba, Director, Compensation and Benefits, SCOTTSDALE HEALTHCARE
Alan Roga, M.D., FACEP, SVP & General Manager, Provider Market, TELADOC
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Track: Wellness View Track The Battle Against Obesity — In Action
Moderator: Elisa Mendel, National Vice President, HealthWorks & Product Innovation, KAISER PERMANENTE
Panelist: Adam Cox, Director of Wellness, HEFFERNAN INSURANCE BROKERS
Beena Thomas, M.P.H., VP, Health and Wellness, OPTUM
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Track: Cost Containment View Track Portal Technologies: Bolster Employee Satisfaction and ROI
John Lamb, VP and Group Head, EBIX
Charlie Broucek, SVP and Partner, HAYS COMPANIES
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Track: Employee Engagement View Track Beat Benefits Bewilderment: Make Your Benefits Communication Simple and Engaging
Harry Gottlieb, Founder, THE JELLYVISION LAB, INC.
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Accelerated Exchanges – A View From Key States
Moderator: Dan Schuyler, Director, LEAVITT PARTNERS
John Barkett, Director, Health Policy Affairs, EXTEND HEALTH, A TOWERS WATSON COMPANY
Panelist: Don Hughes, Executive Director, HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE
Panelist: Dierdre "Dede" Kennedy-Simington, LPRT, VP, POLENZANI BENEFITS & INSURANCE SERVICES, LLC
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Track: Wellness View Track “Building a Better You” at Lafarge
George Lane, Principal, MERCER
Philia Swam, Director of Health Benefits and Employee Insurance, LAFARGE NORTH AMERICA, INC.
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Track: Cost Containment View Track Accelerating Value: More For Your Money With Outcomes-Based Contracting
Cyndy Nayer, CEO, CENTER FOR HEALTH VALUE INNOVATION
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Track: Employee Engagement View Track The Retention Dilemma: Balancing Costs and Employee Satisfaction
Kevin Cipoletti, Area Vice President, GALLAGHER BENEFIT SERVICES
Mary Novak-Jandrey, National Managing Director, HRADVANTAGE A DIVISION OF GALLAGHER BENEFIT SERVICES, INC.
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Making HSAs Work: Insights and Best Practices
Jennifer Benz, Chief Strategist & Founder, BENZ COMMUNICATIONS
Dennis Triplett, CEO, UMB HEALTHCARE SERVICES, A DIVISION OF UMB FINANCIAL CORPORATION
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Track: Wellness View Track Wellness Works: Case Studies From Across the Country
Moderator: David Albertson, Employee Benefit Group Editorial Director and Conference Co-Chair, SOURCEMEDIA
Panelist: Kerry Ann Cannon, HR Director - Total Rewards, PRIME THERAPEUTICS
Panelist: Kim Stroud, Employee Health Benefits Manager, MANATEE COUNTY GOVERNMENT
Panelist: Alice Whinnery, CEO, LFE INSTITUTE
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Track: Cost Containment View Track Cost Transparency and Healthcare Consumerism
Geoff Kilgore, SVP, CHANGE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Track: Employee Engagement View Track Engaged or Enraged? It’s a Fine Line
Doug Layman, Executive Vice President & CSMO, GILSBAR INC.
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Healthcare for All: Tesla's Progressive Approach to Healthcare Management
Moderator: Nate Randall, Founder and President, URSA MAJOR CONSULTING
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Track: Wellness View Track Motivation Innovations: The Latest in Carrots and Sticks
Don Powell, Ph.D., President and CEO, AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Track: Cost Containment View Track Benefits Trends: 2013 and Beyond (repeat Session)
Ron Fields, Vice President, AFLAC BROKER SALES
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Track: Employee Engagement View Track The Best Mobile Apps for Benefits
Moderator: Elizabeth Galentine, Editor-in-Chief & Co-Chair, EMPLOYEE BENEFIT ADVISER
Panelist: Dan Pollard, CEO, MYDRUGCOSTS
Panelist: Kyle Rolfing, Founder & President, REDBRICK HEALTH
Panelist: Jamie Spriggs, President, CONNECTYOURCARE
5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Morning Meditation: Mindfulness and How It May Cut Healthcare Costs
Ruth Wolever, PhD, Director of Research, Duke Integrative Medicine and Chief Scientific Officer, EMINDFUL INC
7:00 a.m. -
7:15 a.m - 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m
Straight Talk With Meghan McCain
Meghan McCain, Political Columnist, Author & Award-Winning Blogger
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Gamification: The Power and Profit of Play
Moderator: Campbell Edlund, President, EMI STRATEGIC MARKETING
Panelist: Brent Poole, CEO, MINDBLOOM
Panelist: Cora Hall, Digital Marketing Manager, AXA EQUITABLE
Panelist: Jillian Verspyck, Director, Marketing Communications, ING
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Health Reform: 2012 Edition (Repeat session)
Moderator: John Hickman, Partner, ALSTON & BIRD LLP
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Track: Wellness View Track Assessing Behavioral Health Costs and Solutions
Caitlin Kozicki, Employee Assistance/Workplace Programs Director, PEER ASSISTANCE SERVICES, INC.
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Track: Retirement and Personal Finance View Track What the Best 401(k) do Differently
Moderator: Luke Vandermillen, Vice President, Worksite Solutions, THE PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP
Panelist: Garry Markle, VP C.O.O., THE SPIRATEX COMPANY
Panelist: Pamela Peterson, SPHR, Vice President, Human Resources, DAVIDSON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Panelist: Karen Roch, Sr. VP, CREDIT UNION
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Track: Legal and Regulatory View Track Employers and Exchanges: Everything You Need to Know Now
John G. Kelly, CEBS, Director, Strategic Partnerships, CERIDIAN
Steven Friedman, Chair, Employee Benefits Practice Group, LITTLER MENDELSON
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Track: Wellness View Track Advanced Practice The Incentive Evolution: Moving Toward Outcomes-Based Rewards
Missy Jaeger, Senior Director of Health Management Consulting, WEBMD HEALTH SERVICES
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Choosing the Right Drug Benefit Strategy in a Challenging Economy
Brenda Motheral, BPharm, MBA, PhD, Executive Director, PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Track: Retirement and Personal Finance View Track HSAs, the New 401(k)s
Kimberly Sexton, Vice President, TOTAL BENEFIT COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Track: Legal and Regulatory View Track Full Disclosure: 401(k) Legal Regulatory Update
Peter Welsh, Vice President, Product and Marketing Strategy, ONEAMERICA RETIREMENT SERVICES
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Track: Healthcare View Track Get Well Here: Employer Onsite clinics-Lower costs, but Beware the Legal Landmines
Jonathan Spero, M.D., President & CEO, INHOUSE PHYSICIANS
Catherine (Katy) Stowers, Advisor and General Counsel, FIRSTPERSON
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Track: Wellness View Track How Dental Benefits Safeguard Employees' Whole Health and Wellness
Dr. John Cunningham, President, DIRECT DENTAL PLANS
Roger S. Schultz, CLU, Principal, SIMPLE, LLC
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Track: Retirement and Personal Finance View Track Bottom Line Benefits of Financial Education at Work
Moderator: Joe Saari, President & CEO, PRECISION INFORMATION
Panelist: Rich Hunt, Director of Retirement Services, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Panelist: Sue Hunter, EPA Director, STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Panelist: Iris Montgomery, MA, CCP, Compensation/Benefits Analyst, ST. ELIZABETH HEALTHCARE
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Track: Legal and Regulatory View Track COBRA & Retirement Medical Coverage Under PPACA
Charles R. Tantillo, Jr. CEBS, President, THE TABEN GROUP
12:30 p.m. -