• MWC Conference – Nov 8: Employee Wellbeing and the Bottom Line: Strategy & Tactics to Create a Thriving Workforce

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    MWC Conference – Employee Wellbeing and the Bottom Line: Strategy & Tactics to Create a Thriving Workforce

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    Wednesday,  November 8, 2017

    Schedule: (full descriptions, objectives and speaker biographies below; download agenda)

    8:00am to 8:30am        Registration and Breakfast & Networking

    8:30amto 8:45am          Mindfulness Moment and Welcome

    8:45am to 9:45am         Employer Sponsored Health Centers: The role of Primary Care in bridging the gap from Well-being to chronic condition management: Tim McDonald, Senior Vice President & Thought Leader, Health Transformation Team (Aon Hewitt)

    10:00am to 11:00am     Life On Purpose: New Directions in Health and Well-Being: Victor Strecher PhD MPH, Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (University of Michigan School of Public Health), Founder and CEO, JOOL Health, Inc.

    11:15am to 12:15pm       Linking Wellness to Bottom Line Business Value: Jessica Grossmeier, Vice President of Research (HERO)

    12:15pm to 1:30pm        Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase

    1:25pm to 1:30pm          Mindfulness Moment

    1:30pm to 2:30pm         The Evolution of Herman Miller’s Wellness Program: Heather Brazee, Benefits and Wellness Manager, Total Rewards (Herman Miller)

    2:45pm to 3:45pm         Creating Health Supportive Work Environments: David Gaspin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources (Delos)

    3:45pm to 4:00pm         Closing Remarks

    $200 advance registration (members); $250 (non-members) – become a member
    $245 registration on the day of the event (members); $275 (non-members)

    Register now by following this link.


    MSU Management Education Center
    811 West Square Lake Road
    Troy, MI 48098

    Hotel Options:

    The Somerset Inn (call 248-643-7800 and let them know you are with Michigan Wellness Council to get a discounted rate of $124 plus tax) 2601 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084 (distance to conference venue 4.3 miles)

    Other options:

    Hampton Inn 100 Wilshire Dr, Troy, MI 48084 (distance to conference venue 4 miles)

    Hilton Garden Inn 200 Wilshire Dr, Troy, MI 48084 (distance to conference venue 4 miles)

    Embassy Suites 850 Tower Dr, Troy, MI 48098 (distance to conference venue 1.4 miles)


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    This program is approved for 5 recertification credit hours toward PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® recertification through the HR Certification Institute through our partnership with the Best and Brightest programs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

    Contact Rita Patel, Executive Director

    Conference Details:  

    Presentation: Life On Purpose: New Directions in Health and Well-Being: Victor Strecher, PhD, MPH

    Presentation Objectives 

    What is a life worth living? Socrates said that an unexamined life isn’t worth living. Aristotle went further to say that a purposeless life isn’t even worth examining. Vic Strecher explores ways of creating greater life purpose and the daily energy and willpower to live for what matters most. Ancient philosophy meets the most modern science and technology as Dr. Strecher creates a new vision for health and well-being across the lifespan.

    Participants will:

    1. Participants will be able to identify three beneficial aspects of purpose in life.
    2. Participants will be able to define purpose, domains of purpose, conflicts in these domains, and at least two ways of creating purpose.
    3. Participants will be able to identify the role of energy and willpower in alignment with purpose, and factors influencing greater energy and willpower.

    Speaker Biography

    Vic Strecher is a behavioral scientist, professor, and Director of Innovation at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. In 1995, Vic founded the UM Center for Health Communications Research (, which has received over $45 million in grant funding to study ways of helping make significant changes in their lives. In 1998, he founded HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2008. In 2015 he founded JOOL Health (, a digital health solution company that integrates the science of health and well-being, advanced smartphone and biometric technology, and big data analytics. His most recent book is Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne).

    Presentation: Employer Sponsored Health Centers: The role of Primary Care in bridging the gap from Well-being to chronic condition management:  Tim McDonald, Aon Hewitt

    Presentation Objectives 

    The delivery of acute and urgent care services in our communities has created brand new health care delivery mechanisms that are poorly understood and are not substitutes for primary care.  As well-being professionals, you are often the first person to identify health risks in people. Do you know what people are doing for their follow-up?  Primary care in the US is being challenged by shortages of providers and, as a result, employers are taking steps to ensure their employees and their families have access to those services.  Employer Sponsored health centers, Patient Centered Medical Homes, concierge/retainer medical services are three examples of ways employers are addressing this challenge.  This presentation will discuss ways you can help your well-being program’s participants who need access to high quality primary care.  This presentation will provide steps to take to help prepare your organization for the predicted shortages of primary care services.

    Participants will understand:

    1. The current marketplace for acute episodic, urgent, and primary care services
    2. The similarities and difference among Urgent care, retail/convenience care and primary care
    3. How Employer Sponsored Health Centers work and how to determine if they are a good idea for your company
    4. What is a Patient Centered Medical Home and how to set reasonable expectations for what they can do
    5. How concierge/retainer medicine works and if it is a good solution for your company.

    Speaker Biography

    Tim McDonald is a Senior Vice President and thought leader for the Health Transformation Team for Aon Hewitt.  Tim brings over 25 years of benefits and health management experience to his work with client companies to provide health program evaluation, strategy design, intervention measurement and evaluation. He brings practical skills and experience in the areas of chronic condition management, disability management, targeted population health interventions and managing on-site clinics. He currently leads the employer sponsored health center consulting practice for the Health Transformation Team.

    Prior to joining Aon Hewitt in 2011, Tim was the director of Clinical Health Services in the Population Health and Productivity Department for Walgreen’s where he was charged with building a culture of health for its workforce. He led its wellness/health management strategies by developing programs and communications. He also led Walgreens efforts to create on-site health centers and other programs designed to provide improved employee access to high quality health services. Tim was Director of Health Management Consulting for the Employer Services Group within Ingenix Consulting. In that position, he was responsible for leading employers and other Ingenix customers in establishing and applying metrics to their health management strategies. Before that, he was assistant director of Health Services Operations and Programs for General Motors Corporation, where he worked in the areas of Health Care Benefits and Occupational Health. During his career at General Motors, he helped design, build and manage the 2005 Koop Award winning health promotion program – UAWGM LifeSteps. He also was responsible for implementing common and consistent operational practices for GM’s 150+ occupation health clinics.

    Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the University of Detroit-Mercy and became a certified Physicians Assistant. He received his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, and completed a postgraduate Health Systems Specialist Fellowship in Hospital Administration at the Veterans Administration Central Office. In addition to his academic experience, Tim has been author, or a co-author, of numerous scientific papers on health promotion, building a culture of health and chronic condition management.

    Presentation: Linking Wellness to Bottom Line Business Value: Jessica Grossmeier, Vice President of Research (HERO)

    Presentation Objectives 

    Leadership support is essential for sustainable, effective wellness programs but it can be challenging to translate the evidence on wellness outcomes into a value story that is meaningful to a wide range of stakeholders. This presentation will summarize the robust evidence base supporting the value proposition for wellness, share recent research on why leaders invest in wellness, and provide a framework for designing a best practice approach to workplace wellness.

    Participants will:

    1. Differentiate between the concepts of ROI and VOI
    2. Identify outcomes associated with a wellness value proposition beyond health care cost containment
    3. Identify 6 areas of evidence-based best practices measured on the HERO Scorecard

    Speaker Biography

    Dr. Grossmeier is a workplace health promotion thought leader with 25 years of experience advancing individual and population health. Serving the industry for the past 15 years as an outcomes researcher, she has executed numerous studies on the health and financial outcomes of health promotion programs sponsored by large, national employers and presented at numerous national industry conferences.

    As Vice President, Research at HERO, Dr. Jessica Grossmeier oversees the direction and execution of the HERO research agenda. This includes providing research expertise and consultation to HERO study committees, serving as HERO’s research liaison to external contractors and study collaborators, and serving as Principal Investigator for HERO-sponsored research studies.

    Prior to joining HERO, Grossmeier served a variety of research roles which included oversight of research on best practices and outcomes associated with workplace health and well-being programs. She also has served in academic research and teaching roles at the University of Minnesota and the University of Phoenix.

    Presentation: The Evolution of Herman Miller’s Wellness Program: Heather Brazee, Benefits and Wellness Manager (Herman Miller)

    Presentation Objectives 

    Herman Miller has been recognized with awards such as Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for four consecutive years, we received rank 49th in the Top 100 Healthiest Employer Award in 2016, and we are the only company in our industry to have received the World at Work Seal of Distinction award. While these accolades are meaningful, our people are the center of all we do.  Their physical, emotional, and financial health and wellbeing is the lens through which we design everything from our benefit programs to our facilities. This presentation will highlight the successes and challenges of creating a culture of wellness at a diverse, manufacturing company that spans across the nation.

    Participants will:

    1. Understand how and why Herman Miller values their investments in wellness
    2. Learn about incorporating more holistic approaches to wellness – specifically mental and emotional health
    3. Consider and reflect on your program and where you may want to move next

    Speaker Biography

    Heather is the Benefits and Wellness Manager at Herman Miller and has worked there for 9 years, entirely within their corporate benefits department.  Before her work at Herman Miller, she worked in the automotive industry as an HR generalist. At Herman Miller, she is responsible for the creation, execution, performance, and management of their corporate benefit programs.  This includes medical, dental, pharmacy, and voluntary benefits, as well as many of the company’s well-being initiatives and programs.  Heather resides in Grandville, Michigan with her husband and two daughters.

    Presentation: Creating Health Supportive Work Environments: David Gaspin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Delos

    Presentation Objectives 

    This session will outline examples of emerging innovations and evidence-based research about how we can design buildings specifically to support the health and wellness of the people who live, work and learn in them. Following an introduction to the WELL Building Standard, the first protocol of its kind to focus exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment, the presentation will profile the Delos Headquarters in NYC to demonstrate how these design and operational strategies can be implemented in practice. From active stairs to living plants, dynamic circadian lighting to real-time air quality monitoring, and from healthy snacks to active workstations, see how Delos is providing a WELL Platinum workspace that supports employee well-being and productivity. The event will help designers, sustainability consultants, human resources and health professionals who are interested in incorporating health into the design of the built environment. Join us to learn how to harness the built environment as a vehicle to support human health, wellbeing and comfort.

    Participants will:

    1. Gain an understanding of the WELL Building Standard and Certification process – how the built environment can impact health and wellbeing, and industry adoption of WELL
    2. Understand the value-add of WELL implementation in a corporate setting through the Delos Headquarters project in New York City
    3. Understand lessons learned and best practices for future WELL projects
    4. Discover key WELL Concepts and Features and understand how Features impact Delos employees and visitors alike.

    Speaker Biography

    As the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Delos, David Gaspin oversees employee attraction, development, and engagement – always with a heavy focus on wellness.  With over 15 years of broad HR and Talent Management experience, David recognizes how health and wellness are at the center of what makes a top-tier organization. David has leveraged a deep-seeded passion for enabling successful teams and is always working toward new innovations and solutions that enhance employee satisfaction, productivity and well-being while improving the business’ bottom line.

    Prior to joining Delos, David was the Sr. Director of Talent & HR at InRhythm, a technology and product development consulting company, where he was tasked with creating and heading the firm’s HR/Talent Management Department. Prior to InRhythm, David held senior HR roles with Condé Nast, Playboy Enterprises, SinglePlatform, and TheLadders among others. David has hired, developed, coached, counselled, and advised hundreds of professionals at every stage of their careers, and is proud for the part he has played their professional growth.

    David holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Theater from the Hartt School of Music. A long-time NYC resident, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.