Industry Leading Speakers
We've pulled together some of the leading experts and thought leaders in our industry to share their insights.
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Katie is a Director at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and focuses on designing meaningful employee health and welfare plans. Prior to working at The Hartford she managed domestic and international benefit and well-being programs at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, International SOS, and Goldman Sachs. She started her career supporting large employers with their health and welfare benefits administration prior to transitioning to the employer side. Katie is a graduate of Susquehanna University and lives in Cheshire, CT with her husband and two children.
Joel Axler, MD
Behavioral Health Leader, SBA
Brown & Brown
With more than 30 years of experience in health care, Dr. Axler has held leadership positions directing the psychiatric care of children, adolescents and adults in academic, private practice and insurance settings. Prior to joining SBA, Dr. Axler served as the Behavioral Health Managing Medical Director for Anthem Inc. for the Government Business sectors, including Medicaid and Medicare. At Anthem he was responsible for the administration of mental health and substance use disorder services for the health plans, overseeing the impact on health care quality, cost, and outcomes including managing the psychiatric health needs of members in the Georgia Medicaid program and the Georgia Foster Care program. Prior he served as the Medical Director at Peachford Behavioral Hospital in Atlanta, one of the largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the Southeast. Previously he was a Regional Medical Director for the commercial business for United Behavioral Health (UBH) for 15 years.
Dr. Axler received his undergraduate degree from New York University (NYU), medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, completed his pediatrics internship at Hartford Hospital and his adult psychiatric residency training at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Conn. He completed a postdoctoral residency fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institution in NYC where he served as the Chief Fellow.
Founder and CEO
Kevin Dedner serves as Founder and CEO of Hurdle (formerly Henry Health) Hurdle is mental healthcare for invisible barriers. As the leading culturally intentional mental health provider, Hurdle provides a comprehensive suite of mental health services and self-mastery tools to employers and payers to meet their employee’s and members’ needs. Hurdle’s therapists are trained in an evidence-based technique that improves cultural humility and responsiveness.
An award-winning public speaker, Kevin brings over 15 years of experience in public health, having worked on various issues, including childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco control. He has led strategic planning processes and facilitated convenings on behalf of several clients, including the nation’s largest public health foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A recovering politico, Kevin has worked on political campaigns and successfully led health policy wins. However, these days, Kevin is focused on transforming the mental health experience for diverse populations.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. He also holds a Master’s of Public Health from Benedictine University. He is a frequent speaker at health and health technology conferences.
Executive Director, Workforce Well-being, National Human Resources
Maria Dee is currently the executive director for workforce well-being in the national Human Resources department at Kaiser Permanente. Maria is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and expertise in developing and implementing an enterprise-wide well-being program in support of Kaiser Permanente's aim to have the most resilient, thriving workforce in healthcare.
She is accountable for the national workforce wellness (Healthy Workforce) program; mental health and wellness strategy and programs including the Employee Assistance Program; and guiding the strategy for all the other components of Kaiser Permanente's wellbeing model for employees: career, financial, healthy relationships, and community involvement.
Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente adopted industry leading actions such as policies on healthy catered food and healthy activities during the workday. She has led efforts to drive enterprise-wide culture change to help employees thrive in the workplace. Maria has also helped Kaiser Permanente receive national recognition as a leader in workforce health and well-being.
Gregory Harris, MD
Senior Medical Director, Behavioral Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Dr. Harris is a board-certified adult Psychiatrist with a Master’s in Public Health and over 20 years of practice as an outpatient psychiatrist in primary care, home care and office—based settings. Dr. Harris started his career in integrated primary care and home care practices at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and was an early adopter of technology in clinical practice. He has been active in organized medicine since residency and has served on many committees, advocating for mental health parity for coverage of mental health and substance use treatments under commercial health insurance. Dr. Harris currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Interspecialty of the Massachusetts Medical Society and is a Past President of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. He is also a Representative to the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee and serves as Chair of the American Psychiatric Association's Committee on RBRVS, Coding and Reimbursement. He teaches a public health course on health policy to fourth year Harvard Beth Israel Deaconess Psychiatry residents. In 2016, Dr. Harris transitioned from full-time clinical practice to full-time employment as a Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Dr. Harris continues to see psychiatry patients in a part-time clinical practice and is currently the Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health at BCBSMA.
Nzinga Harrison, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder
A well-respected physician and educator, Dr. Harrison is the Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health, an innovative company built on equity and justice that develops mental health medical homes for individuals affected by opioid and other substance use disorders. As host of the In Recovery weekly podcast by Lemonada Media, she engages a large audience on topics related to addiction. As Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the Board of Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform, Inc., she leads advocacy at the intersection of health and criminal justice.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology with Spanish and Chemistry minors at Howard University, completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed General Psychiatry Residency at Emory University. She is Board-Certified in both Adult General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has spent her career treating individuals with Serious Persistent Mental Illness and Addictive Diseases and advocating for stigma reduction, justice and equity in healthcare.
Currently, she holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and is Campaign Psychiatrist for Let’s Get Mentally Fit, a public education and stigma-reduction campaign.
Business Group on Health
LuAnn Heinen leads Well-being and Workforce Strategy for Business Group on Health. Business Group on Health is the leading non-profit organization representing large employers’ perspectives on health policy issues and optimizing workforce strategy through innovative health, benefits and well-being solutions. Members include 74 Fortune 100 companies, and collectively provide health coverage for more than 60 million workers, retirees and their families in more than 200 countries.
LuAnn’s team is responsible for the Business Group’s Well-being & Workforce Strategy Institute, a group of 60 leading employers and industry partners addressing the current and future state of well-being and work; Leave Optimization Forum, a community of 70 large employers and industry partners focused on time away, flexibility and work-life integration; and the Best Employers: Excellence in Health and Well-being awards. As part of the leadership team, LuAnn has accountability for well-being content development and related partnerships. She’s a frequent media commentator and co-hosts the Business Group on Health podcast.
LuAnn graduated from Stanford University (AB, Human Biology with distinction) and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (MPP).
Senior Director, H&B DEI North American Leader
Willis Towers Watson
Rachael is a Senior Director and North American Health & Benefits Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) practice leader. She also leads the workplace support intellectual capital pillar for the practice. She is affiliated with the Willis Towers Watson (WTW) Philadelphia office and has over 20 years of experience. Her work in recent years has been primarily focused on supporting employers I&D, talent and sustainability strategies and commitments and the role that benefits can play. This includes wellbeing, equity, the influence of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), caregiving needs and how future ways of working will play a role in how employers manage total rewards that enable their employees and business to thrive.
Rachael received a B.A. in Psychology from Stonehill College.
Business Group on Health
Dylan Landers-Nelson is a Director at Business Group on Health. In his role, he leads the Business Group’s Executive Committee on Value Purchasing, Health Innovations Forum and Industry Council. He also directs a strategic cross-organization initiative to elevate the industry’s focus on mental health care issues.
His areas of expertise include health care cost containment, health care delivery system engagement, and mental health. His work creates value for employer-members by delivering actionable information on multiple topics, including health care payment and delivery reforms, site of care strategies, benefit plan design and health care purchasing strategies, and specialty pharmaceuticals management.
Prior to his role at the Business Group, Landers-Nelson worked on the Aligning Forces for Quality project at George Washington University, focusing on grant management, payment reform, population health, and ambulatory quality improvement issues.
Landers-Nelson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in government and public policy from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University.
Well-being, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leader
Bronwyn has a wealth of experience designing and leading innovative and integrated people and culture strategies and solutions.
Starting her career in Public Health, she has a strong understanding of the connection between workplace culture and employee health and wellbeing.
Since transitioning to Human Resources, she has worked for municipal government, one of Canada’s largest FI’s and now one of the world’s largest CPG companies.
In her current role at Unilever, she is embedding wellbeing, equity diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the organization - creating a culture of belonging where people can be their best, authentic self.
Vice President, Global Benefits, People Team
As the Vice President of Global Benefits for Nielsen, Victoria Pavlov leads US and global benefits and retirement programs for 15,000 employees. Prior to Nielsen, she served as the Director of Health and Wellbeing for American Express.
Victoria spent over 15 years as a consultant advising large US multinationals on their benefits strategy and design.
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa (Canada).
Jennifer Posa, PhD
Global Head, Employee Mental Well-being & Workplace Effectiveness
Johnson & Johnson
Jennifer is the Global Head for Employee Mental Well-being & Workplace Effectiveness within Global Health Services at Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she is responsible for the development of the mental wellbeing strategy and workplace effectiveness programs for Johnson & Johnson employees worldwide. Jennifer’s focus is on developing an innovative strategy that aligns with J&J’s Health for Humanity mission to become the healthiest workforce and builds upon J&J’s long-standing commitment to the health & wellbeing of their employees, families and communities.
Jennifer is a seasoned health care executive, author, and speaker, with extensive experience in mental health & well-being, population health, and the development of value-based measures and standards. Throughout her tenure at J&J, Jennifer has led the development and execution of Janssen’s healthcare quality strategy for Neuroscience and Infectious Disease and provided strategic market leadership within key US markets. Prior to joining J&J, Jennifer spent 17 years at Mayo Clinic in multiple business development and strategy development roles, representing Mayo Clinic on multiple industry boards. She has also led numerous successful industry research initiatives and is a well-known subject matter expert and thought leader in the areas of organizational support, psychological wellbeing at the workplace, and building cultures of health within organizations.
Jennifer holds a BA in Psychology from Denison University, an MS in Health Fitness Management from American University, and a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University.
CNO Financial Group
Kami Reuter, Well-being Manager at CNO Financial Group, has been in the wellness industry for nearly two decades, and serves as a trusted advisor on population health strategies at CNO Financial Group and within the community.
Kami is responsible for all well-being programing at CNO’s four main locations and 200 field office sites. She is passionate about mental and emotional well-being and works to provide innovative programs that help support the needs of CNO associates and their families.
Her innovative efforts have resulted in holding costs at or below national benchmarks, higher than benchmark preventative care adherence and high employee engagement rates. Examples of programs or resources include mindfulness/meditation; EAP and dedicated mental health providers, finding purpose; sleep; on-site clinics, fitness facilities and holistic services; workplace ergonomics; financial wellness programs; and a focus on lifestyle medicine. More recently, she has taken on managing CNO’s Caregiver resources and linking well-being to enterprise environmental initiatives.
Kami was awarded the 2018 Well-being 100 Award, presented annually to the top 100 wellness professionals in the United States, by the Corporate Health & Wellness Association in conjunction with Corporate Wellness Magazine.
Her programming has also contributed to CNO being recognized for its well-being program both on a local and national level. Honors include multi-year platinum award winner for National Business Group’s Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles; multiple-year winners for the Healthiest Employers Indiana, Philadelphia, Illinois; multiple-year top 20 recipient for the Healthiest 100 National Awards (including No. 1 rank in 2019 and No. 2 in 2020); gold recognition from the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index; and five-star designation by Wellness Council of Indiana.
Business Group on Health
Pamela Rich is a Director at Business Group on Health. In her role, she is responsible for translating research into practical, employer-based strategies to improve program and benefit design. Her areas of focus include workforce well-being, employee engagement, financial incentives, healthy dining and physical activity and obesity. She is credited with establishing the organization’s perspective on employee well-being and leads the effort in identifying the options and opportunities available to employers to drive well-being within their organizations.
Rich has been with Business Group on Health for 13 years and has worked on a broad spectrum of topics, including pharmaceuticals, preventive care, maternal and child health, consumer-directed health plans, and benefit communications. She has managed a variety of key partnerships and committees, including the Business Group’s partnership with Consumer Reports and the National Committee on Evidence-Based Benefit Design.
Rich received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University.
Amit Sood, MD
Global Center for Resiliency and Well-being
Dr. Amit Sood is married to his lovely wife of 25 years, Dr. Richa Sood. They have two daughters, Gauri (age 14) and Sia (age 8).
Dr. Sood is the Executive Director of the Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. He is internationally known for his work on stress management, resilience, wellbeing, mindfulness, and burnout. He is a former Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, director of the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative, and enterprise chair of student life and wellness. He is also the creator of the Mayo Clinic Resilient Mind program.
Dr. Sood completed his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, an integrative medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona and earned a master’s degree in clinical research from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has received several National Institutes of Health grants and foundation awards to test and implement integrative and mind-body approaches within medicine.
Dr. Sood’s work has resulted in many resilience and wellbeing programs including Transform and Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART©). The programs have been adopted by several hospitals, health systems, and corporate as their resiliency and wellbeing platform.
SMART has been tested in over twenty clinical trials and reaches approximately 50,000 participants each year. It is beneficial for a broad demographic including caregivers, corporate executives, health care professionals, parents, and students. At Mayo Clinic, the program is now available digitally and in-person on an enterprise-wide basis to staff, and it is integrated within the leadership and burnout curriculum and is part of onboarding for physicians, nurses, and medical students.
Executive Vice President
In 2021, Daryl joined leading mental health and brain research nonprofit One Mind as Executive Vice President, overseeing the One Mind at Work programs and contributing to One Mind’s vision and objectives. Tol brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership, as well as personal, lived experience of mental health struggles.
During his 20-year tenure at AdventHealth, Tol held executive leadership roles across the health system’s regional divisions. Most recently, he served for six years as the President/CEO of its $6 billion, 16 hospital Central Florida Division. In this position, Tol built a transformational strategy focused on consumer-centered connected care. Tol also led the development of the national company’s consumer technology and analytics products, grew the Central Florida Division through the acquisition of two hospital facilities, ownership in a neighboring four-hospital health system, and the opening of dozens of additional care sites.
Tol holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (Accounting/Finance) from Walla Walla University and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Loma Linda University.
Ian Tong, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Ian Tong, MD is Chief Medical Officer at Included Health. He is also currently Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University Medical School. Ian has spent his career working to improve access to high quality care and brings this dedication to his work.
Prior to joining Included Health, Ian held several medical leadership roles. He served as Stanford Internal Medicine Chief Resident; Co-Medical Director of the Arbor Free Clinic; and Founder and Medical Director of The Health Resource Initiative for Veterans Everywhere (THRIVE) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which was honored in 2008 by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service to Homeless Veterans. Before becoming Chief Medical Officer, Ian served as Medical Director at Doctor On Demand.
Ian is a National Collegiate Champion in Rugby at the University of California at Berkeley and was named to the All American Team in 1994. He graduated with a BA in English. He earned a medical degree from The University of Chicago - Pritzker and completed residency and Chief residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Ian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children. He is most proud of the relationships he has built working alongside his family, friends, teammates, students and colleagues to positively impact the lives of others.