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Midwest Business Group on Health Hosts 41st Annual Employer Benefits Conference

By MBGH Information posted 04-23-2021 08:14 AM

A Brave New World: Employer-Driven Innovation & Social Responsibility is focus for May 5-6 virtual event

CHICAGO – April 23, 2021 – Employers have faced substantial health and economic constraints due to the pandemic. To overcome these challenges the Midwest Business Group on Health annual conference will offer strategies and practical solutions to help employers achieve high-quality care while making progress towards equity, transparency and better health for their employees and families. The event will be held virtually May 5-6.

“The last year was like no other presenting significant hardship for both our physical and financial health, offering important learnings for all stakeholders on health care and benefits,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “The information shared and discussions at our conference are critical to helping HR and benefit leaders leverage their role as an “employer activist” to take control of health care spending and reduce waste and inappropriate care.”

In addition to the opening keynote Ford Koles, Vice President, Advisory Board Company, speakers include:
  • Jason Parrott, Senior Manager Global Healthcare & Well Being Strategy, The Boeing Company, and MBGH Board Chair
  • Jean Galovich, Manager, Employee Benefits, Cook County
  • Pam Hannon, Retirement & Healthcare Leader, GE Healthcare; MBGH Vice Chair
  • Darin Hinderman, Global Health Strategy Manager, Total Rewards – Human Resources, Caterpillar
  • Amy Katzoff, Senior Director, Benefits, HRIS and Mobility at Huron
  • Andrea Lee, Senior Director of Benefits, Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.
  • Sue Letang, Senior Health & Welfare Manager, U.S. Foods
  • Wendy McLaurin, Deputy Director Of Human Resources at City of Gary Indiana
  • Elizabeth Mitchell, President & CEO, Purchaser Business Group on Health
  • Carol Partington, Corporate Senior Manager, Total Benefits, Elkay Manufacturing Company
  • Alyona Richey Director of Benefits, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Sherri Samuels-Fuerst, Vice President, Total Rewards, Sargento Foods
  • Linda Wyatt, Vice President, Human Resources, Ed. C. Levy Co
Additional details and registration information can be found here.
The program has been approved for 8.25 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). MBGH would like to thank its elite level sponsors for making this event possible: Day Two, Fruit Street, Grand Rounds Health, Spring Health and Vida Health.

About the Midwest Business Group on Health
MBGH is one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions of over 135 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private employers, representing over 4 million lives and annually spending over $12 billion on health care. Members consist of leading health benefit professionals, with activities focused on education, research, benchmarking and community-based initiatives that increase the value of health benefits and health care services. MBGH is a founding member of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. For additional details visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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