• April 10: Workshop 8am – 10am Supporting Employees Across Their Spectrum of Needs – Panel Discussion (rescheduled from Feb)

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    Wednesday April 10, 2019 (rescheduled from February 13th)


    8:00 am- Registration, continental breakfast and networking.

    8:30 am – Workshop Panel Discussion “Supporting Employees Across Their Spectrum of Needs” featuring presentations by Susan Bailey, Director, Culture & Wellbeing Practice Leader, Marsh & McLennan Agency; Kent Sharkey, President & CEO of Ulliance; James Vander Hulst, Chief Disruptive Officer, ERN USA and President & CEO, Michigan ERN at Health Alliance Plan 1414 E. Maple Rd. Troy, MI 48083

    10:00 am – Program adjourn


    $30 advance registration (members); $40 (non-members) – become a member

    $35 registration on the day of the event (members); $45 (non-members)

    Register now by following this link.

    Program Details: 

    Supporting Employees Across Their Spectrum of Needs – Panel Discussion

    • Susan Morgan Bailey: “Broadening the View on Financial Wellbeing”
    • Kent Sharkey: “Supporting Employees Mental & Emotional Resilience”
    • James Vander Hulst: “The Power of Success Coaches in the Workplace”

    Presentation Objectives 

    Wellbeing is more than just physical wellness.  Health is dependent on balance across many dimensions including social, mental and financial wellbeing.  If left unsupported, employee health can deteriorate and impact focus and productivity at work, in addition to negatively impacting overall health risk.  The panelists will present and discuss a range of resources and perspectives that can support wellbeing and work together to overall achieve organizational goals.  Approaches including the power of employee assistance programs (EAP), coaching, financial stability support and innovative approaches to filling gaps and meeting employee needs will be shared.

    Participants will:

    1. Explain the impact of financial challenges on employee health and how to address them as an organization
    2. Describe methods for building resilient employees
    3. Identify common challenges that interfere with engagement and retention of low-wage workers and available solutions to address gaps

    Speaker Biography 

    Susan Morgan Bailey is a high energy leader with more than 20 years of experience in health, benefits and education settings. In her role as Director, Culture & Wellbeing Practice Leader at Marsh & McLennan Agency, she calls upon her experience to help organizations build supportive cultures that empower individuals to live healthy, engaged lives. Prior to joining MMA, Susan consulted on and led wellbeing initiatives in a variety settings from manufacturing to healthcare.   Susan believes in giving back to the field she loves and serves on the board of Michigan Wellness Council and as Faculty of the National Wellness Institute. Susan is SHRM-SCP and SPHR certified with a BS in Education and a MS in Health PromotionRecognized for her passion and enthusiasm, she is on a mission to help others find their own high energy, good health and passion for life!

    Kent Sharkey LMSW, President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Ulliance oversees strategic operations of the international service company that provides human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, career transition services, professional health monitoring, and crisis management. Under his leadership and driven pursuit of excellence, the Ulliance team has assisted organizations of various sizes including many Fortune 500 companies to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs, resulting in saving millions of dollars for the organizations and improving the lives of their employees. Through his experience as a licensed psychotherapist and business professional, Kent is able to discuss behavioral healthcare issues and its impact on businesses. Kent holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master of Social Work.

    James Vander Hulst is the Chief Disruptive Officer, ERN USA and President & CEO, Michigan ERN. ERNs (Employer Resource Networks®) transform companies one employee at a time through the support and growth of existing employer resource networks, the development of new networks, peer learning across all partners, and in-depth evaluation to demonstrate high impact for employees, employers, government and communities. They are private-public consortia whose purpose is improved workforce retention through employee support and training. ERNs approach leads to outcomes in employee retention rates, contributing employer ROI, increased employee engagement, informal regional human resource networks, decreased employee reliance on public assistance, and increased family financial stability.


    Beaumont Service Center, Conference Center (Room B-14), 26901 Beaumont Blvd., Southfield, MI 48033


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