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Introducing Your Session Speakers (SBS 2 & 3)

With only three weeks left to register for our 28th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference we wanted to introduce you to our remaining talented experts who will discuss the industry’s most thought-provoking and emerging ideas!

Skill Building Session 2 Speakers

Justin Kruger

Justin grew up in a town of 900 people in Northwest Iowa. After living with his own mental wellness challenges for most of his adolescence and adult life, he was fortunate to stumble upon volunteerism as an outlet and tool to build his own mental health. This experience led him to be the Founder and CEO of Project Helping, the first organization to connect the mental wellness benefits of volunteerism with community improvement. 
In a few words, what is most exciting to you about being a speaker at the WCWI's 28th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference? 
"I love any opportunity to share Kyndfulness, but being in a room of wellness professionals who are there specifically to explore innovative ways to improve employee wellness is ideal! I’m excited to inspire attendees to connect their wellness strategy and their community impact."
In a few words, why should our attendees be interested in learning about the topic you’re speaking about.
"Mental wellness is a challenging concept to build into your strategy. Kyndfulness allows a radically upstream approach to support the mental wellness of your employees, while also creating greater community impact."
Project Helping was his first entrepreneurial venture and is focused on improving mental wellness through volunteerism and practicing Kyndfulness. Justin and Project Helping also created and pioneered the concept of Kyndfulness and the gamification of Kyndfulness with the launch of KyndHub as a social enterprise to make practicing Kyndfulness more social. In doing so they also created an actionable way for companies to improve the mental wellness and culture within their company.

Charles Stevens

Charlie Stevens has represented employers and benefit plans for over thirty years, analyzing and fixing problems that arise with employment and benefit programs and providing a strategic approach to compliance and risk management planning.   He represents employers in court and before state and federal agencies with respect to numerous benefits and employment issues and provides litigation avoidance advice regarding employee benefit programs, including wellness programs and on-site clinics for employees. 
Attendees will:
• Learn the sources and current status of the applicable laws pertaining to wellness programs in the form of legislation, regulations and court decisions
• Understand pragmatic approaches to wellness programs that permit an effective program while ensuring compliance with the various rules
• Gain insight as to the respective “hot button” legal issues from the perspectives of the respective governmental agencies overseeing wellness programs
Charlie is an active member of the Employee Benefits Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and works with Chamber staff in providing comments to federal agencies on proposed employee benefits regulations. Charlie’s work is regularly honored by regional and national ranking organizations, such as Chambers USA, which named him a “Leader in the Field,” and The Best Lawyers in America.

Jessica Raddemann, CHES

Jessica Raddemann joined Willis Towers Watson in 2017 as the Health & Wellness Director with the Health Management team. She provides wellbeing and health management consulting and expertise to Willis Towers Watson clients. Jessica provides client consultation to develop, implement and evaluate health management solutions focusing on optimum benefit integration, data analysis, strategic planning, program design, lifestyle management, and vendor choice. She believes in a total wellbeing approach to population health management integrating all aspects of work and life including: physical, emotional, social, financial and health care consumerism. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Jessica served as the Executive Director of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin for over a decade and worked as a benefit account advisor and a health education consultant for a major insurer. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education, a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation, WELCOA Faculty, and a Wisconsin Resident Life and Accident & Health Insurance License.

Beth Stewart, MS, RD

Beth Stewart joined Willis Towers Watson in 2010 as a Health Management Consultant for the Health and Benefits Practice. She supports clients by providing wellbeing consulting and expertise to Willis Towers Watson clients. Beth provides consulting to internal staff and clients regarding the design, implementation and evaluation of worksite wellbeing programs. She provides guidance regarding incentive program design, strategy and implementation as it pertains to employee benefits and benefit plan design. She assists clients with data analysis, business planning, vendor selection and helps with internal professional development in areas related to worksite wellbeing. She has spent significant time as a presenter on a variety of wellbeing topics. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Beth worked as a wellbeing consultant for an insurance company and health care provider. She has also worked as a clinical dietitian administering medical nutrition therapy to hospital patients. Beth received her M.S. from Silver Lake College and her B.S. from Mount Mary University and is a registered dietitian. 
Session Objectives: 
  • Review the current state of employees’ financial wellbeing
  • Understand how financial wellbeing impacts employee performance and effectiveness 
  • Learn methods to assess your employees’ financial wellbeing 
  • Determine opportunities to support their employees in the work place

Skill Building Session 3 Speakers

Colleen Reilly, MBA/MSM

A passionate advocate for positive lifestyle change for 20 years, Colleen Reilly has become a sought-after expert, speaker, and consultant to forward-thinking leaders, companies, government agencies, and higher education institutions.  She is Vice President of Well-Being Services at ThrivePass, whose focus is three-fold: pre-tax benefits, wellbeing, and experiential rewards and recognition. 

What’s one key take-away that our attendees can expect to learn from your session?
“The one key-take away is that well-being is not a truly make transformational change it must be part of the fabric of your culture, the norm.  This can't be done by one person or in one year, this is on-going and an enterprise wide effort.” 
What’s one thing that you’d like our attendees to know about you?
“I knew this was my calling, my purpose and my passion since I was 16 years old.  My father was a neurosurgeon.  His job was extremely stressful and he dealt with life or death every day. He didn't make time to exercise, eat right or manage his stress and died when I was in my 20's.  I knew that the workplace was the right place to positively influence people and help them gain the skills, resources & tools to manage their well-being so they could thrive.  I have been doing this for 20 years and witnessed miracles when organizations truly care about their people.”  
In a few words, why should our attendees be interested in learning about the topic you’re speaking about?
“The landscape is changing.  The well-being industry is no longer just focused on healthcare costs, but really the full employee experience.  Our time has come, we now have an important seat at the table to help guide our companies and clients on how to create a culture of well-being that aids in recruiting and retaining top talent, inspires people to bring their hearts and minds to work and effectively supports individuals personal journey in letting go of unhealthy physical, financial, personal and professional habits.”
Colleen founded Total Well-Being, the nation’s leading provider of corporate wellbeing consulting and engagement software solution where her clients included State of Arizona, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Molson Coors and Keurig Green Mountain.  Previously, while working at the renowned Mayo Clinic, she consulted with more than 60 Fortune 500 clients. Colleen also spent time leading the Health & Productivity department with Coors Brewing Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Biology/Physics from Santa Clara University, and both a MBA and MSM with an emphasis in sports and wellness management from the University of Denver. The Colorado native leads an active lifestyle as a marathoner, cyclist, and yoga guide (to name a few) and resides in Denver with her family.

Lori Klos, PhD, RD

“Don’t step on makes you cry.” This quote is from a cartoon where two little girls are glancing warily at a scale. The weeping that might ensue is not due to stepping on a python or a rusty nail, but simply on a device that measures weight - the force generated by the gravitational attraction of the Earth on a human body. Yet in the United States and many Westernized societies, a person’s weight has grown to encompass many different meanings for different people: an indicator of health, a source of anxiety and stress, something to be “managed,” and more. In a society deemed “obesogenic” where larger-bodied individuals are the majority, anti-fat bias and weight-based discrimination remain prevalent, with serious, often unexpected consequences. These different interpretations of weight are what Lori Klos, Associate Professor and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, finds irresistibly intriguing.
  • Describe the prevalence of weight stigma within the workplace.
  • Identify the consequences of weight-related discriminatory experiences on adults’ weight status, health-related behaviors, and psychological wellbeing.
  • Differentiate the Health At Every Size paradigm from a traditional dieting and weight loss paradigm. 
  • Summarize the relationship between body satisfaction and weight status, health-related behaviors, and psychological wellbeing. 
  • Identify specific steps that can be taken to cultivate a weight-inclusive workplace that facilitates health and wellbeing for all employees.
To better understand the complex relationships between weight and health, she obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, and completed advanced training in adult weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As co-director of the Body Weight and Shape Research Lab, she conducts and publishes research exploring topics such as weight stigma, body image, and weight management. She particularly enjoys guiding future nutrition and fitness health professionals in the exploration of their own weight-related misperceptions and biases, and helping them navigate the scientific literature to identify ways to facilitate health and well-being among individuals of all body sizes. 

Dan Kalkman, M.Arch, WELL AP

Dan Kalkman is a firm believer, and a living example, of the phrase: “in life, there are no straight lines.” He started his professional path, with the intention to become a physician after attaining a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baker University and working with pain management, sports medicine and orthopedic providers for a few years. But he couldn’t ignore his draw (pun intended) to the creative world of architecture and design. This passion for the creative led him to return to school to achieve a Master of Architecture from the University of Kansas. His intrigue for biology, both human-focused and natural systems, are now a mainstay in his design philosophy. He focuses his approach for building and space design with the ultimate goal of positively impacting an experience of wellbeing for the people that use them. Dan feels strongly that our built environment can, and should, help us be healthier, happier and more productive. 
In a few words, what is most exciting to you about being a speaker at the WCWI’s 28th Annual Worksite Wellness Conference? 
"I’m looking forward to sharing research and ideas to inspire expanded thinking about how the environment in which we do our work each day – where ever that may be – has an impact on our health and wellbeing."
What’s one key take-away that our attendees can expect to learn from your session? 
"Attendees will leave this session with insight into how the workPLACE plays an important role in supporting employees to feel and be happy, healthy and productive. And that there are many opportunities to take action and ensure that our place of work is supporting us."
In a few words, why should our attendees be interested in learning about the topic you’re speaking about?
"A 2014 Gallup poll found that on average, full-time American workers spend 47 hours working each week. And 39% work more than 50 hours. With so much of our time being spent working, we have such an opportunity and responsibility to design a workPLACE that allows, and encourages, us all to be happy, healthy and  more productive."
Dan is a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) through the International WELL Building Institute and is trained as a Fitwel Ambassador, a healthy building certification developed by the Center for Active Design with their research and evaluation partner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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