According to a national survey, over 60% of companies will implement a Consumer Driven Health Insurance Plan in the next 2 to 3 years using high deductible medical plans and health reimbursement accounts as a part of their solution to manage and maintain an essential employee benefit. Furthermore, more companies are utilizing corporate wellness programs and resources to assist in managing these costs.
Please join the CommNexus HR SIG and a distinguished panel of subject experts as they share their successful ideas, strategies and best practices on corporate wellness and consumer driven healthcare. What are the roadblocks? Benchmarks? Communication Strategies? Learn how to implement an effective program that allows choice, shows meaningful value and will engage employees. This seminar is designed to give you practical steps to integrate a long term approach to healthcare cost containment for today and the future. We hope you can join us.
PANELISTS: Rachel Jobin Benefits Manager and HR Partner,ViaSat Inc.
Rachel Jobin oversees the benefits program for ViaSat, Inc. A graduate of UCLA, Rachel has been with ViaSat for five years. As ViaSat strives to maintain a competitive benefit package in the unique high tech industry, wellness has become a key focus and ViaSat is examining new opportunities around consumerism. In the past few years Rachel has been a part of a major wellness program overhaul that has added structure and enthusiasm to ViaSat’s existing program. Gym partnerships, company-wide contests, new resources and generous incentives have given ViaSat employees the tools they need to improve their health as well as that of their families. In leading the communication effort, Rachel’s strategies are aimed at educating employees and their dependents on the value of their benefits and how to be wise consumers of healthcare. Rachel also serves as a Business Partner and works with business groups in an employee relations role, coaching managers and employees, and she holds a certification in HR Management.
Miki Kobane Health Promotions Director,Barney & Barney
Miki Kobane has spent 29 years in the health insurance industry, Human Resources and Corporate Health Management. Her experience provides her with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between chronic illness, escalating costs and the need for lifestyle education and behavior change. Providing services throughout her career as a broker, Regional Sales Manager and HR professional, having to explain and sell double-digit increases was difficult but not uncommon. One fact remained consistent in her career, increases would continue until action was taken to encourage lifestyle changes and require individual accountability. Ms. Kobane transitioned from the health insurance industry to Benefits Director for Children’s Hospital of San Diego in 1998 and in 2003 accepted the position of Benefits and Health & Wellness Manager at Viejas Enterprises. In 2007, the Viejas Wellness Program was recognized by and received The California State Senate Award for their efforts and achievement in workplace wellness. Miki joined Barney & Barney as Health Promotions Director in 2008. Meeting that challenge, Miki has focused her career on and is dedicated to the implementation of employer sponsored health management programs. She assists employers, helping them assess their needs, determine the depth and design of a suitable program, establish realistic long-term goals and implement credible evaluation metrics. She partners with all employers, regardless of their size, who may be considering augmenting their health insurance, workers compensation plans, leave policies and any other areas in which costs and productivity are a concern.
Suzanne Zoumaras VP, Global HR,Entropic Communications
Suzanne Zoumaras is the Vice President, Global Human Resources for Entropic Communications, Inc., a public, San Diego-based, fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets system solutions to enable connected home networking and entertainment. As an "executive" generalist, Suzanne is responsible for development and realization of Entropic’s global human capital strategies and programs. Prior to joining Entropic, Suzanne was Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources for Biosite Incorporated, a medical device company sold to Inverness Medical Innovations and held management positions at Ensemble Communications, Conexant Systems and Cadence Design Systems. Suzanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at San Diego State University, is an instructor in the HR Certification programs at SDSU and UCSD and is a regular speaker on strategic human resources, talent acquisition and employee engagement.
MODERATOR: Jean Center CEO & Principal Consultant,Center Group
The Center Group, founded in 1998, is a trusted leader in human capital management and Jean works with organizations to ensure maximum return on their human capital investment. She is a recognized expert and speaker on a wide range of topics, from retention strategies to recruiting a global workforce to performance-based recognition and reward systems. The Center Group’s clients represent diverse industries that include emerging technology start-ups to established Fortune 500 companies. She also worked at Brooktree Corporation where she developed and implemented unique talent management programs, resulting in an exceptionally energized and engaged employee culture that differentiated Brooktree from its competitors. Prior to her career in technology, she held key management positions at Mellon Bank Corporation, earned a BS in Business from Robert Morris University, attended Carnegie-Mellon University’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration, and completed the Harvard/MIT/Tufts program on Increasing Human Resources Effectiveness. Jean has been quoted in articles for the Electronic Engineering Times, Details Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune, Diversity/Careers in Engineering, San Diego Business Journal, San Jose Mercury News, and Smart Business Magazine. She is an author of Protecting Your Company From Illegal Hiring and Termination Suits and is a seminar faculty member for National Institute of Business. Jean was President of the Compensation & Benefits Association of San Diego, Executive Director of the San Diego Tech Force, and an Advisory Board participant for the Human Resources Certificate Program at the University of California San Diego. She also served as an Adjunct Instructor at UCSD and currently teaches at San Diego State University where she was honored as an Outstanding Instructor of the Year. Jean is a co-chair for the CommNexus HR SIG and the Center Group is a founding sponsor for EvoNexus.
Madonna Bentz, VP, Human Resources,Solekai Systems
Jean Center, CEO & Principal Consultant, Center Group, Fmr HR Director, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems & Fmr HR Director, Brooktree Corporation
D. Loc Epsten, Director, Corporate Education, UCSD
Stephen Estes, VP Human Resources, ViaSat Inc.
Reid Marquand, Account Executive, Barney & Barney
Brandon Willenberg, Associate, Mintz Levin
Suzanne Zoumaras, Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Entropic Communications
September 16th, 2010
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends