Annual Health & Wellness Benefits Conference, Virtual Event

2020 and Beyond: A Healthcare Innovation Odyssey – DAY 2

Are you an employer interested in attending but not a member? Contact Jennifer Fucci

How Does COVID-19 Change Us Now and in the Future? 

COVID-19 has upended life as we’ve known it and changed the way we think about work and wellbeing.

What lessons have we learned that make us better prepared for an uncertain future when it comes to delivering better health outcomes and more engaging experiences for our employees?  

How will technology innovation reshape healthcare delivery and the benefits landscape in a cost-effective way?

We’ll tackle these questions and more at our 9th Annual Health & Wellness Benefits Conference!


* This virtual conference replaces our original June 11 event. If you registered for that event, you are automatically registered for this one! Questions or concerns? Contact Diane Engel

~ Registration for this event includes access to both days of programming (September 10 and 17, 8:30am – 11:30am)

Confirmed Speakers

Chris Herren

Motivational Speaker and Former NBA Boston Celtic
Herren Talks

Chris Herren was a celebrated basketball star at Durfee High School in Fall River MA and went on to play at Boston College and Fresno State. He played two seasons in the NBA, including one with his hometown team, the Boston Celtics - and seven seasons overseas before losing everything to the disease of addiction.

With the help of family and the support  of others in recovery, Herren  worked his way to sobriety in 2008 and, one day at a time, has stayed there. His recovery journey has been documented in the bestselling memoir  "Basketball Junkie," the Emmy­ nominated ESPN Films documentary, "Unguarded"  and most  recently  "The First Day."

Through Herren Talks, Chris has spoken to over 1 million students and community members, giving hundreds of presentations to students, community groups and corporations each year sparking honest discussions about substance use and wellness.

In 2011 he established Herren Project, a nonprofit foundation, that provides prevention programs for schools, scholarships for treatment and recovery housing, as well as recovery coaching and online support for families.

Most recently he founded Herren Wellness, a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives with locations in Seekonk MA and Warrenton VA. His inspirational  message and organizations  have helped thousands of people.

Hannah Wilkowski

Manager, Global Benefits and Wellness

Hannah Wilkowski, CEBS is a Human Resources professional with nearly a decade of experience in both the Talent and Reward space, with a specialty and passion for Global Benefits and Wellness.

Currently, Hannah manages Global Benefits and Wellness at BuzzFeed. In this role, she is responsible for the quality, integrity, and sustainability of all employee health, wellness, and retirement plans. Prior to this role, she was a Business Partner and Global Reward Specialist in the financial services industry. Hannah’s accomplishments include rebranding and expanding global employee benefits, implementing and growing Wellness Programs, and enhancing Parental Leave policies and offerings.

Hannah is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) by the IFEBP and Wharton Business School, received an M.S. from New York University, and a B.S. from Muhlenberg College. Hannah lives in Manhattan with her husband and 2 rescue dogs. Hannah enjoys yoga, hikes, and red wine.

Sandi Stein - Vice Chair

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Benefits
Brown Brothers Harriman

Sandi Stein is the senior vice president, global head of benefits at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., the last privately held bank in the United States. At BBH, which she joined in March 2012, Stein is responsible for furthering the global benefits agenda, which includes the benefits platform as well as the firm’s global mobility program.

Prior to joining BBH, she was vice president of global benefits, including global mobility, at NYSE Euronext, and was responsible for delivering competitive, best-in-class benefits programs for the organization and related subsidiary companies.

Stein joined Securities Industry Automation Corp. in 1991 as a 401(k) benefits specialist. In 2006, the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange, where she assumed the lead HR/benefits role.

Stein earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Albany and completed coursework as a certified financial planner from New York University.

Danielle Shanes

Head of Benefits and Global Well-Being

Danielle R. Shanes is head of global benefits and well-being at the NBA, where she drives the organization’s benefits and well-being strategy with an emphasis on employee engagement. At the NBA, Danielle is a member of the Pride Employee Resource Team and the Women’s Network, where she facilitates coaching circles.

Outside of the NBA, she is a board member of the Northeast Business Group on Health and chair of the nominating committee. In her free time, she volunteers with organizations that feed people from food insecure homes, reads, plays strategy games, and is preparing her only child off to go off and do great things at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Steve First

Vice President, Global Benefits

Since joining Pfizer in 2009 as head of Global Benefits, Steve has led efforts to ensure that Pfizer colleagues have access to comprehensive, high-quality healthcare benefits. He and his team have developed partnerships with health plans and health innovators to put in place programs that best meet the needs of Pfizer’s population. Steve has been a member of NEBGH’s board of directors since 2009 and serves on the board’s Executive Committee as well. As a board member, Steve has been instrumental in setting strategic direction for NEBGH.

Steve joined Pfizer through the acquisition of Wyeth. He is an actuary and has worked for both Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) and Hewitt (now Aon).

Eric Foster, CEBS, SPHR

Sr. Director, Health & Welfare
Albertsons Companies

Eric Foster is the Senior Director of Health & Welfare at Albertsons Companies, overseeing the health, wellness, time-away-from-work, and other wellbeing programs for the enterprise’s 20 banners in 36 states. He normally offices in Albertsons’ main headquarters in Boise, Idaho. Prior to taking the role, he spent over three years in a similar role for Lowe’s in Mooresville, North Carolina. The remainder of his career has been in the consulting realm where he helped a large variety of employers solve their benefits challenges, from innovative health improvement solutions to retirement calculations. He has been cited by the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review as an expert on health care advocacy, surgical center of excellence and member engagement programs which have demonstrably improved the lives of plan members and the performance of the companies adopting these programs. He holds CEBS and SPHR designations, as well as an MBA from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. When he’s not exploring the many outdoor activities Idaho has to offer with his wife and three kids, he’s probably watching some obscure film to satisfy his movie snobbery.

Mike King

Chief Growth Officer
Teladoc Health

Mike King is responsible for building and managing Teladoc Health’s sales and growth organization in the U.S. group health market. Leading client acquisition strategies across various channels, Mr. King drives the sales strategy for the company’s industry-leading employer and Complex Case Management solutions.

Mr. King brings immense management expertise and a depth of experience in the healthcare industry, including sales planning and strategy, multichannel and consultative sales, channel partner and product marketing, account management, and client retention. Prior to his position with Teladoc Health, Mr. King held various posts managing sales and marketing programs at such organizations as Healthways, Inc., Doctors Health Plan, and Aetna.

Mr. King holds a bachelor’s degree in employment relations from Michigan State University and attended the general managers program at Harvard Business School.


Sean McBride

Head of Partnerships
Lyra Health

Sean leads Lyra's new partnership efforts with employers and other partners. Prior to Lyra, Sean worked at Castlight Health, The White House's National Economic Council, The Brookings Institution's Health Care Reform Center, and Khulisa Management Services. Sean earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Michelle Martin

Vice President, Total Reward Experience

Michelle Martin is vice president of total reward experience at ViacomCBS and is responsible for the strategy, design and performance of the company’s health and welfare plans, employee engagement and development of HR policies.

Michelle is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist with a certification in global benefits management. As a human resources professional with broad experience, Michelle taught a CEBS course at Hofstra University that emphasized key economic, accounting and financial concepts essential in the administration of employee benefit plans.

She holds an MBA from Adelphi University. Michelle is an active member of the human resources community and is on the board of directors of the Northeast Business Group on Health, HealthPass

New York and The Leapfrog Group. She also sits on an advisory board for Covenant House Mother Child Center in New York City.

Amy Fahrenkopf, MD, MPH

President, HSS Health and SVP
Hospital for Special Surgery

Dr. Fahrenkopf is responsible for the strategy, operations, and management of HSS Health, the digital health “startup” at HSS. In addition, she leads digital strategy and operations for the broader HSS enterprise.  An executive specializing in value-based care, population health, and strategy, Dr. Fahrenkopf has held leadership positions across the healthcare industry, including Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Castlight Health, and Socially Determined. In addition, she served as Deputy Under Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in their healthcare practice. A pediatrician by training, Dr. Fahrenkopf served on the medical staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and was an instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fahrenkopf earned her MD from Yale School of Medicine and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.