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Communicating Employee Benefits and Compensation Symposium

Leveraging Total Rewards Communications for Engagement and Impact
FEBRUARY 12 - 13, 2020 | WESTIN NEW YORK AT TIMES SQUARE | NEW YORK, NY

February 12 - 13, 2020

About the Conference

Communication must do more than ever before.  It must grab attention and create a sense of pride and belonging: it must inspire, not simply inform!  Join us to learn how industry leaders have transformed their benefits and compensation communications to improve program performance and employee engagement and retention. Walk away insights to help reimagine your Total Rewards Communications to better serve the organization and team.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Communication for Greater Impact: Selling the Ultimate Employee Experience
  • Daring to be Different: Why Playing it Safe in Communications Isn’t Safe at All
  • Customizing Communication: One-Size Does NOT Fit All
  • Leveraging Communication to Improve Employee Well-Being Across the Organization
  • Varied Voices: Connecting to the Employee as a Consumer
  • Talking About Pay Equity, Pay Parity, Pay Transparency…
  • Conversations That Matter: Coaching Managers to Listen and Deliver Complex Messages
  • Role of Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Communicating Compensation and Benefits
  • Retirement Readiness: Messaging from Early Career to Retirement

Who Should Attend 

This conference is designed especially for Vice Presidents, Directors, and Managers of: 

  • ­Total Rewards: Compensation and Benefits
  • Health and Wellness
  • Benefits, HR & Employee Communications
  • Corporate Communications
  • Employee Engagement
  • Digital Communications
  • Compensation
  • Talent Acquisition 

Three Things to Do Now 

1. Download the Agenda

For a detailed look at the sessions and speakers, download the agenda

2. Register Now 

Register before November 30, 2019 and Save $400.  Register here.

3. Get Involved!

If you would like to get involved in this year’s conference, please contact us.

LOCATION

Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 201-2700

Hotel cut-off date: January 21, 2020

Please Note: Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.

OUR MISSION

All proceeds support The Conference Board's educational, scientific, and not-for-profit mission.

LEAD SPONSOR
PartnerComm, Inc.
SPONSORED BY
Limeade - Communicating Employee Benefits & Comp 2020 - Exhibition Sponsorship
AGENDA
FEBRUARY 12 - 13, 2020
WESTIN NEW YORK AT TIMES SQUARE,NEW YORK, NY
February 12 - 13, 2020

About the Conference

Communication must do more than ever before.  It must grab attention and create a sense of pride and belonging: it must inspire, not simply inform!  Join us to learn how industry leaders have transformed their benefits and compensation communications to improve program performance and employee engagement and retention. Walk away insights to help reimagine your Total Rewards Communications to better serve the organization and team.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Communication for Greater Impact: Selling the Ultimate Employee Experience
  • Daring to be Different: Why Playing it Safe in Communications Isn’t Safe at All
  • Customizing Communication: One-Size Does NOT Fit All
  • Leveraging Communication to Improve Employee Well-Being Across the Organization
  • Varied Voices: Connecting to the Employee as a Consumer
  • Talking About Pay Equity, Pay Parity, Pay Transparency…
  • Conversations That Matter: Coaching Managers to Listen and Deliver Complex Messages
  • Role of Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Communicating Compensation and Benefits
  • Retirement Readiness: Messaging from Early Career to Retirement

Who Should Attend 

This conference is designed especially for Vice Presidents, Directors, and Managers of: 

  • ­Total Rewards: Compensation and Benefits
  • Health and Wellness
  • Benefits, HR & Employee Communications
  • Corporate Communications
  • Employee Engagement
  • Digital Communications
  • Compensation
  • Talent Acquisition 

Three Things to Do Now 

1. Download the Agenda

For a detailed look at the sessions and speakers, download the agenda

2. Register Now 

Register before November 30, 2019 and Save $400.  Register here.

3. Get Involved!

If you would like to get involved in this year’s conference, please contact us.

Ernest Adams, VP, Chief Diversity Officer, Danaher Corporation

Elizabeth Carley, Head of Corporate Compensation Services, Johnson & Johnson

Robert Centonze, Vice President, Total Rewards, Campbell Soup Company

Sandy Digilio, VP, Total Rewards, dosist

Lori Glawe, Vice President, Total Rewards, Eastman Chemical Company

Judy Gordon, Director of Wellbeing, The Hartford

Nicole Hare-Everline, Benefits Director, City of Houston

Ivory Harris, VP, Talent, Culture & Corporate HR Services, BASF

Janet Hunt, Vice President, Total Rewards, Vulcan Materials Company

Melissa Kaplan, Director, Compensation, Discover Financial Services LLC

Kim Kearbey, Vice President, US Total Rewards, Walmart Stores, Inc.

Bernie Knobbe, Head of Global Benefits Corporate VP, Total Rewards, AECOM

Laurie Korinek, Partner & Creative Director, PartnerComm

Karen Lisi, Vice President, Benefits, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Jodi Newton, Senior Compensation Director, Nordstrom Inc.

Erin Ridge, Senior Vice President, Total Rewards & HR Operations, The Hartford

Scott Rynearson, AVP, Compensation and Benefits, BNSF Railway Company

Dan Scheinkman, VP, Compensation, Benefits and Well-Being, Freddie Mac

Justin Sun, Global Compensation Program Manager, Expedia Group

Bill Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Total Rewards, Nordstrom Inc.

Marina Vassilev, Director, NA HR Compensation, Executive HR & Mobility, BASF

Day One | Wednesday, February 12, 2019

8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Day 1

Lisa Hunter, Program Director, The Conference Board

9:00 – 10:00 am

Communication for Greater Impact: Selling the Ultimate Employee Experience

It’s no secret — competition for top talent has reached a fever pitch. Companies are scrambling to offer “the next big thing” in an all-out effort to attract (and retain) the best and the brightest. Communication is central to this quest and must do more than ever before. It must grab attention and create a sense of pride and belonging. It must inspire, not just inform. In short, it must market your culture and weave pay and benefits into a story that captures the heart and imagination of your workforce.

Our speaker will help us reimagine ourselves as advertisers rather than HR communicators. This will be a dynamic, interactive experience loaded with samples and examples. She will inspire you to tell your brand story in bold, out-of-the-box ways that create the ultimate employee experience.

Laurie Korinek, Partner & Creative Director, PartnerComm

10:00 – 10:45 am

Using Personalization to Change Behavior and Improve Consumer Engagement

Session will address how The Hartford is using greater understanding of trends and the power of AI to improve employee “consumer” behavior and outcomes.

Judy Gordon, Director of Wellbeing, The Hartford

Erin Ridge, SVP Total Rewards & HR Operations, The Hartford

10:45 – 11:15 am
Networking Break
11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Developing the Road Map to Change: Coordinated and Cohesive Communications Campaigns

Effectively communicating about benefits/rewards means leaving yesterday behind and embracing the change happening in approaches to address workforce expectations. In this session our speaker will share AECOM’s approach to developing well thought-out communications that capture attention and deliver meaningful messages to improve results.

Bernie Knobbe, Head of Global Benefits Corporate VP, Total Rewards, AECOM

12 – 1 pm
Lunch – Discussion Tables
1:00 1:45 pm

The Chemistry of Compensation Communication: BASF’s “Secret Ingredients”

Managers play an important role in communicating total rewards and increasing employee engagement. Our speakers will introduce the BASF employee engagement model and the brand alignment of their Chemistry of Compensation training for managers, including the principles behind it.

Ivory Harris, Vice President, Talent, Culture & Corporate HR Services, BASF

Marina Vassilev, Director, NA HR Compensation, Executive HR & Mobility, BASF

1:45 – 2:30 pm

Pay Equity, Pay Parity, Pay Transparency…

These can be complicated and emotional topics, easily misunderstood. Our speakers will address how Nordstrom’s tackles these important topics as part of their culture. They will share how they built a common understanding of pay equity and pay parity, how they delivered the results of their analyses and the tools they used to communicate

Jodi Newton, Sr. Compensation Director, Nordstrom

Bill Tompkins, SVP Total Rewards, Nordstrom

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Networking Break
3:00 – 3:30 pm

Interactive Session: Hits, Misses and Lessons to Share

Attendees will break into small groups to discuss challenges and share their insights and experience in communicating TR (print, video, app - whatever!) Each Table will Tackle One of the Following Topics:

  • Beyond the Basics: New approaches in communication
  • Communicating with Limited Resources
  • Breathing New Life into Old Contents
  • Quick Hits (and Misses)
3:30 – 4:15 pm

Varied Voices: Customizing Your Programs and Employee Experience

Customization can create a competitive advantage, improve engagement and provide employees access to a range of solutions that help address their unique challenges.

This panel will demonstrate the power of working with diverse input to customize programs and communications. This session will feature a discussion of how insight from employee resource groups and employee feedback helped these organizations identify needs within their employee populations and the creative approaches they have taken.

Panelists include:

Ernest Adams, Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Danaher

Lori Glawe, Vice President, Total Rewards, Eastman Chemical

4:15 – 5:00 pm

Managing the Message: Communicating Across “Audiences”

In this session panelists will highlight different approaches to communicating about compensation and benefits. Panelists will share the importance of applying fundamental techniques with finesse. They will discuss a range of situations and techniques that worked for them in:

  • Introducing new programs and plan changes in stable (Vulcan Materials) and early stage (Dosist) organizations
  • Addressing employees in divestitures (Campbell Soup)

Panelists include:

Robert Centonze, Vice President, Total Rewards, Campbell Soup Company

Janet Hunt, Vice President, Total Rewards, Vulcan

Sandy Digilio, Vice President, Total Rewards, Dosist

5:00 pm
Day 1 Wrap-up
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Networking Reception

Day Two | Thursday, February 13, 2019

8:00 – 8:45 am
Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:45 – 9:00 am
Day 2 – Kick-off

Lisa Hunter, Program Director, The Conference Board

9:00 – 10:00 am

Why Playing it Safe in Communication Isn’t Safe at All

Communication isn’t often thought of as a risk-taking career choice — certainly not in the same league as spy, acrobat or storm chaser. Sure, there’s no imminent danger (other than those surprisingly painful paper cuts). But good communicators are often faced with difficult choices. Do I step outside the “safe” comfort zone and rock the status quo for a new idea that sounds great in theory but may fall flat? Should I push for different/better when good enough is working pretty well? Is the benefit really worth the risk?

Our presenters will discuss why each took a leap of faith and the resulting big wins for their organizations. They will look closely at how to assess and recognize great ideas and when to make the right move for the right reason. The session will highlight samples of the “big wins” and the groundbreaking projects these communication mavericks have in the works for 2020. For them, there’s nothing riskier than playing it too safe.

Laurie Korinek, Partner & Creative Director, PartnerComm

Karen Lisi, Vice President, Benefits, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

10:00 – 10:30 am

Retirement Readiness: Messaging from Early Career through Retirement

Research demonstrates employees at every point in their career make choices that impact their ultimate readiness for retirement. Our speakers will share the importance of understanding what else employees (and their families) are thinking about. They will share how they are using different communication techniques to improve understanding, participation and experience at key points in the employee life cycle.

Dan Scheinkman, Vice President, Compensation, Benefits, and Well-Being, Freddie Mac

Scott Rynearson, AVP, Compensation and Benefits, BNSF Railway

10:30 – 10:45 am
Networking
Break
10:45 – 11:15 am

Leveraging Communication to Improve Employee Well-being Across the Organization

Using communication to support holistic culture of wellness across positions, generations and needs of front-line workers.

Panelists:

Dr. Nicole Hare-Everline, Benefits Director, City of Houston

Kim Kearbey,Vice President, US Total Rewards, Walmart Stores

11:15 – 11:45 am

Conversations that Matter – Coaching Your Team Deliver Complex Messages

Panelists include:

Robert Centonze, Vice President, Total Rewards, Campbell Soup Company

Melissa Kaplan, Director, Compensation, Discover Financial Services

Justin Sun,Global Compensation Program Manager, Expedia Group

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Special Topics Require Special Communication

Panelists will highlight communication such as:

  • Financial Wellness – targeted communication to improve results
  • Recognition – Communication as Recognition / Refreshing Recognition with new Communication
  • Communicating Benefits Associated with Sensitive Issues Such as Mental Health
  • Executive Compensation – Internal and External Messages New ways to deliver messages to executives, shareholders and other “interested parties”

Panelists:

Liz Carley, Head of Compensation Services, Johnson & Johnson

Judy Gordon, Director of Wellness, The Hartford

Bill Tompkins, SVP Total Rewards, Nordstrom

12:45 pm

Day 2 Wrap-up

Lisa Hunter, Program Director, The Conference Board

Lead Sponsor
PartnerComm, Inc.
Sponsored By
Limeade - Communicating Employee Benefits & Comp 2020 - Exhibition Sponsorship