The Kennedy Forum Annual Meeting 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center and Harris Theater
Working Well: Innovative Strategies in Workplace Well-Being
Addressing employee mental health and well-being is increasingly a top priority for business leaders, especially amid rising rates of overdoses and suicides nationwide. Taking a proactive approach to caring for the body and the mind benefits everyone. Stress, burnout, addiction, and depression ultimately cost employers billions in productivity and healthcare-related expenses. As today’s top talent demands better access to mental health care and innovative strategies to address well-being, executives must be prepared to redefine workplace culture and showcase tangible solutions. Given their collective purchasing power, business leaders are in a unique position to drive systemic change. This year, The Kennedy Forum convenes advocates, employers, HR professionals, labor leaders, and others to shine a spotlight on workplace well-being, and, in turn, create a better health care system for all.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Workplace Wellness at Chicago Cultural Center
8:00 am Grand Ballroom Opens and Breakfast
8:30 am Welcome and Invocation
9:00 am Plenary Session: Addressing Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders in the Workplace
Top researchers and policy experts will share their work on how mental health and substance use disorders impact company culture, health care costs, productivity, the bottom line, and more. Speakers will address best practices in supporting those with mental health and substance use disorders in the workplace, as well as fiscal and moral implications.
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Morning Breakout Sessions:
FIGHTING STIGMA THROUGH SUPPORTIVE WORK ENVIRONMENTS
A healthy workforce yields happier, more engaged employees and boosts productivity. As we begin to understand the human and fiscal costs of neglecting mental health in the workplace, forward-thinking leaders across industries are looking at promoting mental well-being as a key strategy in hiring and retaining top talent. This session will examine ways to supplement traditional benefits packages, human resource policies, and wellness initiatives.
HEALTH INSURANCE & EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS (EAPs): PRIORITIZING MENTAL HEALTH WITH HR TOOLS
As the health insurance industry continues to move to high-deductible health plans, out-of-pocket requirements often shift the expensive costs of mental health and substance use treatment to patients and their families. As employers, large purchasers, and economic drivers, business leaders can leverage their collective power to impact change in health care policy and in the larger health care system. They can also be proactive in implementing programs to ensure parity accreditation and finding economical ways to supplement traditional health insurance plans with robust EAPs. Learn about innovative solutions to increase mental wellness, add value for employees, and increase productivity and retention.
SUPPORTING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
Due to the nature of their work or work environments, some industries are more prone to exposure to traumatic episodes. First responders, military personnel, and those facing high-stress, high-stakes situations should be afforded robust support prior to and following exposure to these traumatic events. Explore innovative approaches to supporting these individuals and promoting “Post Traumatic Resilience.”
SUPPORTING OUR EDUCATORS
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 50 percent of all mental illness begins by age 14, and we are learning that childhood trauma, to which a significant portion of urban students have been exposed, can lead to mental health conditions later in life. Addressing mental health proactively with school-aged children – and providing culturally and age-appropriate support – is critical. All too often, responsibility for the emotional support of our children falls on school teachers. This session will explore innovative programs for addressing the social and emotional needs of educators and other initiatives to promote healthy learning environments for all.
11:45 am Buffet Lunch and Networking
1:15 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
SHOULD I TELL MY BOSS?
Managing a mental health or substance use disorder can be challenging. Managing a mental health or substance use disorder at work – where one is frequently measured on success and productivity – can be overwhelming. Employers and managers can do better in supporting employees who come forward about mental health or substance use disorders. Hear from mental health experts with lived experience as they share best practices for supporting employees.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: 24/7 TECH TOOLS TO SUPPORT EMPLOYEE MENTAL HEALTH
As technology evolves, resources and access are better than ever – you just have to know how to take advantage of them. Telemedicine and Employee Assistance Program (EAPs) apps make it easier to connect employees with care and support around the clock. What’s happening in this exciting space? How can tech offerings impact workplace well-being now and in the future?
THE ROLE OF ACCREDITATION STANDARDS IN PROMOTING WORKPLACE WELLNESS
Accreditation offers the opportunity to standardize measurements of success and to make improvements in systems and procedures. As we strive to achieve health equity for those with mental health and substance use disorders, accreditation can provide the critical roadmap employers need to succeed. This breakout session will explore two specific accreditation programs offered by ClearHealth Quality Institute that focus on the emerging pressure points and business strategies to promote parity compliance.
2:45 pm Afternoon Plenary Session
There is No Workplace Health Without Mental Health
Business Leaders Driving Systemic Change
In business, monumental change most often happens from the top down. CEOs from some of today’s most innovative and influential workplaces are leading the way when it comes to providing comprehensive benefits that address the whole person. Join them for a powerful discussion on what it really means to disrupt workplace culture and prioritize both the physical and emotional needs of their workforce.
One Employee Can Make the Difference
In the midst of an addiction crisis that claimed over 70,000 lives in 2017, Leidos, a Virginia-based S&P 500 company providing defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research, is leveraging its resources to walk the walk for those impacted by substance use disorder. CEO Roger Krone and Leidos employee John Hindman share a powerful story about how an employer can impact the lives of those struggling with substance use disorder.
Working Well: Where Do We Go From Here
4:00 pm Conclude
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois
4:30pm VIP reception/meet-and-greets
5:00pm – 6:15pm General reception
6:30pm – 8:00pm Spotlight Series program
The evening Spotlight Series will focus on those who are living with mental health and substance use disorders and fighting stigma and discrimination head on. Join us in honoring outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to social change.
Don’t miss out on this honest discussion about living your best life while managing mental health and substance use disorders.
The evening features:
ELLE KING, AMERICAN SINGER & SONGWRITER
Elle King’s 2015 gold-certified debut album, Love Stuff, featuring the breakthrough single “Ex’s & Oh’s,” earned her two Grammy nominations and a rising star lifestyle that shook her to the core. She attributes the making of her second album, Shake The Spirit, to saving her life. “This music is truly me…I’m ready to bare my spirit and soul and heart and hardships to the world and say, ‘You know what? I got through it. And this is how I did it.’”
HEATHER ARMSTRONG, BLOGGER, AUTHOR & SPEAKER
Heather B. Armstrong is widely acknowledged as the most popular “mommy blogger” in the world. Her website, dooce®, has twice been listed as one of the 25 best blogs in the world by Time Magazine. Forbes listed dooce® as a top 100 website for women and named Heather one of the 30 most influential women in media. She is a New York Times Best Selling Author with 1.5 million Twitter followers. Heather is also a writer, speaker, consultant, and mental health advocate.
COMMUNITY FORUM SPEAKERS
ERIN BARBOSSA, LMSW, FOUNDER, INTUISSA // Erin Barbossa, LMSW is clinical social worker, with a psychotherapy practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After attending Syracuse University Erin had a unique start to her career, working in television for NBC News and The Oprah Show. After attending Loyola University’s School of Social Work, she began her clinical work as an Intake Counselor at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She then became a Clinical Therapist at The Relationship Center of Michigan where she specialized in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. In 2017 Erin founded Intuissa: Mental Health at Work, to help bring preventative mental health services to the workplace.
JAMES BOLAND, PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF BRICKLAYERS // As International Union President, James Boland’s responsibilities include formulating and supervising the IU’s programs and activities consistent with the policies established by the IU Convention and in accordance with the Union’s Constitution. James Boland has been a member of the Executive Board since 1995, became President in 2010, was elected to a five-year term in September 2010 and was re-elected in September 2015. He is a Vice President of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, Chair of the Council’s Immigration Committee and a member of its International Affairs, and Legislation/Policy, and Political Committees and the newly established Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice.
MARC BRACKETT, PH.D., FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE YALE CENTER FOR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE; PROFESSOR, THE CHILD STUDY CENTER, YALE UNIVERSITY // Marc Brackett, Ph.D., founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His research focuses on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based, systemic approach to SEL that has been adopted by over 2,000 schools worldwide. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards. He is on the board of directors for CASEL. He is the author of Permission to Feel, which will be released in September of 2019.
DR. JESSICA CLEMONS, PSYCHIATRIST // Dr. Jessica Clemons, a NYC-based Psychiatrist, has recently been recognized by Forbes as a leader in making mental health and wellness apart of the current zeitgeist. Dr. Clemons received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and is currently completing her residency training at an NYC based program. While her work is primarily in providing direct clinical care, her mission is to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, particularly in the Black community. Her efforts consists of using social media and community discussions to educate her following which led her to be selected to provide the first live televised therapy session on VH1, “In Session Live: With Dr. Jess”.
GARY COHEN, LCSW, CEAP, PRESIDENT/CEO, EMPLOYEE RESOURCE SYSTEMS // Mr. Cohen co-founded Employee Resource Systems, Inc. (ERS) with William R. Heffernan. For 42 years, he has worked as a corporate consultant specializing in Employee Assistance and Work-Life Programs, managed mental health care, and chemical dependency treatment. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).
DANIEL DEGRYSE, CEAP, CADC, CAI, DIRECTOR, ROSECRANCE FLORIAN PROGRAM; BATTALION CHIEF, CHICAGO FIRE DEPARTMENT // Dan is a Battalion Chief with 30 years in the Chicago Fire Department. Throughout his career, Dan has been an advocate of awareness, education, and proper treatment for mental health issues. Dan initiates trainings for fire and police departments and is a Master Instructor for the IAFF Peer Support Program. Dan has 25 years of clinical experience providing individual, group, and family therapy. In 2014, Dan worked with Rosecrance to design the Florian program, a specific approach to treat first responders and military personnel.
DR. NATHAAN DEMERS, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST; VP & DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, GRIT DIGITAL HEALTH // Dr. Nathaan Demers is a clinical psychologist with experience in a range of clinical settings. In addition, he has worked at the administrative level implementing behavioral health programs at the state/regional/national levels. Currently, Nathaan is the VP & Director of Clinical Programs with Grit Digital Health, a purpose-driven organization living at the intersection of behavioral health and technology developing platforms that reduce stigma, provide psychoeducation, and personalize resources to facilitate connection to appropriate behavioral health supports to support well-being and prevent suicide.
JENNIFER FISHER, NATIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR WELL-BEING, DELOITTE // As the National Managing Director for Well-being, Jen drives Deloitte’s strategy and innovation around work-life, health, and wellness. She empowers Deloitte’s people to prioritize their well-being so they can be at their best in both their professional and personal lives. Jen also leads Deloitte’s Inclusion Center of Excellence. Jen frequently speaks with clients and media about building a culture of well-being at work and is a regular contributor to Thrive Global. She has coauthored several Deloitte Insights research reports on workplace well-being and hosts WorkWell, a podcast series on the latest work-life trends.
DR. MARK FRIEDLANDER, MD, MBA, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, AETNA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH // Dr. Mark Friedlander joined Aetna in 2002 as a Medical Director for Aetna Behavioral Health. Since 2010 he has been Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health with responsibility for oversight of patient management processes, accreditation and quality management, clinical policy, and design, development and implementation of behavioral health products and programs. Dr. Friedlander completed his training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and is board-certified in both Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.
DARCY GRUTTADARO, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH // Darcy Gruttadaro is the director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health where she develops and implements the Center’s strategic direction in providing employers high impact tools and programs to support the mental health of employees and their families. Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in senior level positions with NAMI. Ms. Gruttadaro has expertise in expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, designing insurance coverage for mental health services and building an array of effective services and supports. Ms. Gruttadaro practiced law with Harris Beach, concentrating on health care law. She served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of NY. She earned a BS degree from Clarkson University and a JD from Western New England University School of Law.
JOHN W. HINDMAN, SENIOR INTERNATIONAL & PUBLIC AFFAIRS ADVISOR, LEIDOS // Mr. Hindman has 46 years of experience in public and international affairs, specializing in the areas of international protocol, policy, marketing, training, education and career development programs, and communications in academic, private sector, international and federal sectors. His experience spans consulting, academic, and corporate settings involving program/project management; human resources management; technology transfer operations management; public relations; conference management; technical editing/writing; intercultural communications; major procurement/proposal support; and development and implementation of international training, education, and career development programs. Mr. Hindman holds B.S. degrees in both Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.
LINEA JOHNSON, AUTHOR // Linea Johnson is the bestselling author of Perfect Chaos: A Daughter’s Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother’s Struggle to Save Her, and an international activist, public speaker, and educator. Linea received her Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership from Brown University and currently works for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network. Linea is passionate about creating an empathetic and nuanced understanding of disability, specifically invisible disabilities. Her career has focused on mental health and wellness in the workplace and post-secondary institutions as a means to support young women and men to reach their full potentials.
SONJA KELLEN, DIRECTOR, GLOBAL HEALTH & WELLNESS BENEFITS, MICROSOFT CORPORATION // Sonja Kellen is the Director of Global Health and Wellness Benefits for Microsoft Corporation. She provides leadership in the design, governance and execution of Microsoft’s health and wellness plans and programs around the world. Sonja has over 20 years of experience in the global benefits space, previously serving as Director of Global Retirement. Prior to Microsoft, Sonja worked as a retirement plans record-keeper and consultant. Sonja holds the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist and the Qualified 401(k) Administrator designations. Sonja attended the University of Washington where she earned a BA with Honors in Speech Communication and a Business degree.
CAROL KIVLER, OWNER, KIVLER COMMUNICATIONS // Carol A. Kivler is a nationally recognized professional speaker (CSP), author, international executive coach/corporate trainer (CMT), and owner of Kivler Communications with an MS in Human Resource Education. She is also a passionate mental health speaker, advocate and educator. Carol has successfully overcome 4 major bouts of clinical depression and has been in sustained recovery for 18 years. Carol works tirelessly to overcome the pervasive stigmas and misrepresentations that surround those challenged by mental illnesses. She shares her lived experience and shares strategies for maintaining mental wellness. Carol has served on Boards and has received numerous awards and honors for her philanthropy and advocacy.
ROGER A. KRONE, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, LEIDOS // Roger A. Krone is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Leidos. He has held leadership roles at prominent organizations in aerospace for 40 years. Krone previously served as president of Network and Space Systems for The Boeing Company. In 1992, he joined McDonnell Douglas as director of financial planning, VP and treasurer after 14 years at General Dynamics, where he held positions in program management, engineering, and finance. Krone earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an MBA from Harvard.
RWENSHAUN MILLER, MA, LPCA, FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EUSTRESS INC. // With a life and career dedicated to assisting others with mental health challenges, Rwenshaun serves the community—and the world—as a Counselor, Author and Mental Health Change Agent. He uses his personal experience living with a mental health challenge to educate others and break the stigma associated with mental illness.
KELLY NANTEL, VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATION & ADVOCACY. NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL // Kelly Nantel is a globally recognized strategist and communications thought leader with more than 30 years of experience in executive communications, policymaking and crisis planning and response. She has raised the organization’s profile through development of award-winning public education campaigns that address the opioid epidemic, automotive safety technology and the self-driving vehicle revolution. Under her leadership, National Safety Council has benchmarked employer data on opioids in the workplace, published a State of Safety report, grading the states on how well they are keeping their citizens safe and tackled cutting edge issues like death and injury related to fatigue.
KATE SNOW, ANCHOR OF “NBC NIGHTLY NEWS” SUNDAY // Kate Snow is the anchor of “NBC Nightly News” Sunday and an award-winning Senior National Correspondent for NBC News. Her reporting appears across all platforms of NBC News and MSNBC. She currently contributes regularly to ““Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY,” and “Dateline NBC”. From 2015-2017, Snow also anchored a weekday news program on MSNBC, which featured newsmakers and fast-paced political coverage. Prior to joining NBC News in 2010, Snow was the anchor of the weekend edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America” for six years. Previously, she was a White House correspondent for ABC News and a Congressional Correspondent for CNN.
LONNIE R. STEPHENSON, INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS // In 2010, Lonnie was appointed by IBEW President Edwin Hill as International Vice President of the Sixth District – which covered Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – and was elected to a full term at the 38th International Convention in 2011. In 2015, Lonnie Stephenson was appointed International President of the IBEW and was elected by delegates to the 39th International Convention a year later. He began his apprenticeship as an inside wireman in 1975 and was initiated into Rock Island Local 145 in 1976.
JOHN STROUP, PRESIDENT, CEO & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, BELDEN INC. // John Stroup is president, chief executive officer and a chairman of the Board at Belden Inc. His corporate direction and strategic oversight of Belden’s operations helped grow the Company’s revenue from $1.2 billion in 2005 to $2.36 billion in 2015. Under his leadership, Belden has transformed from a provider of high quality cable products to a leading manufacturer of end-to-end networking and connectivity solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business.
GOVERNOR CHRISTOPHER T. SUNUNU, 82ND GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE // Governor Christopher T. Sununu is the 82nd Governor of the State of New Hampshire and is currently serving his 2nd term. Governor Sununu’s leadership has garnered a number of awards including the New Futures’ 2017 President’s Award for championing policies that improve the health and wellness of all Granite Staters. He is one of only five Governors honored by AARP with their Capitol Caregiver 2017 award and received CASA’s 2018 John McDermott Champion of Children Award. In 2018, Governor Sununu announced the nationwide launch of his Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative to engage employers and empower workplaces to provide support for people recovering from substance use disorder.
CHRISTOPHER SWIFT, CHAIRMAN & CEO, THE HARTFORD // Christopher J. Swift is chairman and chief executive officer of The Hartford, a 207-year-old national leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. Swift is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth, its capital allocation and the company’s performance, culture and leadership. Swift is on the board of directors of The American Property Casualty Insurance Association. He is also a member of the Business Council, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Council on Foreign Relations, Geneva Association, CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance and the Insurance Development Forum Steering Committee.
MICHAEL THOMPSON, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF HEALTHCARE PURCHASER COALITIONS // Michael Thompson is the President and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, an association of approximately 50 regional coalitions collectively supporting over 12,000 healthcare purchasers providing health coverage to more than 45 million Americans. The National Alliance helps to lead improvements in health, wellbeing and value for our companies and communities across the country. Thompson is a nationally recognized thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform. He has worked with major employers and other stakeholders on sustainable cost reduction, integrated health, wellness and consumerism, retiree health, private health exchanges and health reform.
RICHARD L. TRUMKA, PRESIDENT, AFL-CIO // Richard Trumka is president of the 12.5-million-member American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest organization of labor unions in the country. An outspoken advocate for social and economic justice, Trumka is the nation’s clearest voice on the critical need to raise workers’ wages and to hold government and employers accountable to working families. Trumka began his career as a coal miner, and continued to work in the mines as he attended Penn State University and Villanova University Law School.
TERRENCE B. WELSH, MD, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, OHIO BUREAU OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION // Terrence B. Welsh, M.D. is chief medical officer of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Dr. Welsh is a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Pain Medicine, and independent medical examinations. He has extensive experience in physician leadership, serving as Chief of Staff, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), and Chief of Medical Affairs (CMA) at three Ohio hospitals. In addition, Dr. Welsh served as Chief Medical Advisor to the Ohio Industrial Commission, and was in private practice in southern Ohio for over 20 years.
KATE WOLIN, CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER, INTERACTIVE HEALTH // Dr. Kate Wolin is Chief Science Officer of Interactive Health leading the company’s efforts to bring evidence-based solutions to the employer health market. She is also an adjunct associate professor at Northwestern University. Dr. Wolin previously was CEO and co-founder of ScaleDown, a clinically-proven digital weight management program that was acquired by Anthem. Dr. Wolin trained as a behavioral epidemiologist at Harvard and Northwestern. She spent her career researching the intersection of lifestyle behaviors and chronic-disease outcomes. She has built an international reputation, generating more than $5 million in research funding and authoring over 75 peer-reviewed publications and numerous books.
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Just as President Kennedy rallied the nation to dream big and set audacious goals 50 years ago, The Kennedy Forum seeks to set a new standard for the future of health care in the United States.
Our mission is big, and the stakes are clear. We seek to unite the health care system, and rally the mental health community around a common set of principles: Fully implement the 2008 parity law, bring business leaders and government agencies together to eliminate issues of stigma, work with providers to guarantee equal access to care, ensure that policymakers have the tools they need to craft better policy, and give consumers a way to understand their rights.