66th ANNUAL CEB CONFERENCE

APRIL 15 – 18, 2012

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, FL 32034
904.277.1100
904.261.9064, FAX

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Speakers and Dinners · Workshop Topics · Hotel Information · Transportation · Golf
Miscellaneous · Registration · Who's Attending · Agenda · Welcome to Amelia Island

Once again, it's time to start planning for the Council on Employee Benefits Annual Conference! We're excited to return to Florida and hope you enjoy the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island hotel.

CEB's Annual Conference activities are designed to promote networking. Dinners and luncheons will allow many opportunities for you to mix with CEB's group of senior benefits professionals.

The lineup of workshops and speakers promises another outstanding Conference. The Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work since early summer. Here's a quick look at the fabulous workshops and speakers we have planned:

Speakers and Dinners

Sunday, April 15, 2012
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     Opening Reception for all Conference attendees, guests and program participants
Light dinner on the Ocean Front Lawn
Casual attire

8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.     Dessert with Dr. John Medina for all Conference attendees, guests and program participants
Ocean Front Lawn
Casual attire

Monday, April 16, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   John Medina, Ph.D.
New York Times bestselling author of Brain Rules
PhD in Molecular Biology
Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington School of Medicine
Back by popular demand, Dr. Medina will share new insights on brain function and its relationship to behavior

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   "Offsite" event will be held "onsite" at the beach, just steps from our hotel
Casual attire; beach-attire shoes

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.   Mr. Robert Eckert
Chairman, Mattel, Inc.

Mr. Eckert will discuss the interaction between Mattel's business strategy and the critical role of employee benefits, both in the U.S. and globally.

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.   Closing Dinner
Courtyard
Casual Attire

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Kelly Traver, MD
CEO/Founder, Healthiest You
Author, researcher, and former Medical Director at Google, Dr. Traver will focus on practical take-aways for large plan sponsors looking to improve employee engagement in benefits programs.

Workshop Topics

    1. GETTING THE PRICE RIGHT: MANAGING THE COMPLEXITY OF EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS.
    Employee contribution structures are getting increasingly complex, with salary banding, smoker surcharges, spousal surcharges, differentials for each additional person, wellness credits/premium reductions, etc. What are the most effective price-setting strategies to achieve different objectives, and what are best practices in administering them?
         Facilitator: Marc Bilodeau, Willis Focus: Administration

    Frank Janecek
    Discover Financial Services
    Beth Martindale
    Principal Financial
    Jennifer Neihoff
    Willis
    Lynn Zehnder
    US Foods

     

    2. PERSONALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY: INNOVATIONS DRIVING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT.
    Anywhere, anytime solutions are exploding for hand-held devices, with mobile phone apps enabling the user to have true 24/7 access to information and even transactions. In today's world, benefits communications can be much more tailored to employees' unique needs. This session will explore ways that decision support tools are increasing employees' empowerment in modeling, selecting, and managing benefits.
         Facilitator: Rhonda Newman, Mercer Focus: Communications

    Julie Blume
    Foot Locker
    Deb Fosselman
    Pioneer Hi-Bred
    Katherine Miller
    Costco Wholesale
     
    3. SINK OR SWIM?
    Are your employees making the best of your benefit plans to stay afloat both physically and financially? Learn how some organizations are marrying communications that support personal health and wealth to promote total wellbeing and why this is important to their strategic objectives.
         Facilitator: Wendy Roy, Ernst & Young Focus: Communications

    Pam Engle
    Emeritus Senior Living
    Joy Geer
    Highmark
    Mary Stringfield
    Ernst & Young
    Renee Wiggins
    Thomson Reuters
     
    4. PROVIDING A (TRULY) GLOBAL WELLNESS PROGRAM.
    Significant changes in the global benefits marketplace have caused large US firms to reconsider: What's the right strategy? Right package? How to deliver efficiently and effectively? How is wellness being introduced globally and how are employers engaging their ex-US employees in behavior change? Hear how global firms are addressing these challenges and competing in the global marketplace.
         Facilitator: Francis Coleman, Towers Watson Focus: Global

    Joanne Armenio
    Kraft Foods
    Don Broecker
    Goodrich
    Doug Grossman-McKee
    Eaton
     
    5. CAN WE REALLY CHANGE EMPLOYEE BEHAVIOR THROUGH WELLNESS AND HEALTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS?
    Hear what's really working to get employees to engage in these programs, change behaviors, and make a difference. Learn if the secret is in the incentives, the program design or the vendor partner, and how ROI is measured.
         Facilitator: Susan Connolly, Mercer Focus: Health & Wellness

    Diane Duval Avellar
    Raytheon
    Kathy McAlpine
    Kraft Foods
    Jeff Shapiro
    Walt Disney
    Kathy Way
    Nordstrom
     
    6. EMPLOYERS AND PRIVATE EXCHANGES: A DEFINED CONTRIBUTION APPROACH.
    Health care exchanges create a competitive marketplace for employees to shop for health care coverage that best meets their family health insurance needs while allowing employers to define the contribution they choose to make for health care. What are private exchanges, how will they operate, and what is the potential value proposition for employers?
         Facilitator: Ken Sperling, Aon Hewitt Focus: Health & Wellness

    Petra Slater
    Aon Corporation
    Jewel Taylor
    Darden Restaurants
    Connie Trogdon
    West Corporation
     
    7. REALITY CHECK.
    Employees are often ill-prepared for living expenses in retirement, let alone the ominous costs of medical care. With declining employer sponsorship of retiree medical plans and rising retiree longevity, how can employers better prepare employees for the convergence of both retirement and health care costs? How are employers merging existing tools to prepare employees for retirement, such as pensions, 401(k), HRA and HSA designs?
         Facilitator: Tom Hricik, Buck Focus: Retirement

    Tanya Barberic
    Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
    Paula Pagliaroni
    Hess Corporation
    Larry Schimka
    Robert Bosch
    Julie Schuppan
    ConAgra Foods
     
    8. RETIREMENT READINESS: RE-DESIGN AND SUPPORT STRATEGIES.
    Are alternative retirement plans, financial planning support or changes in investment or distribution options viable means to address the growing concern over the financial-readiness of the baby boomers to make the transition to retirement? Would such changes have a lasting impact of benefit to the rest of your workforce? Discuss the challenges and opportunities that have arisen with the aging of the workforce and the advent of the prolonged recession.
         Lead Facilitator: Kent Allison, PricewaterhouseCoopers Focus: Retirement

    Jannine Beyer
    SC Johnson & Son
    Joe Kummer
    Nike
    Renee Mehmed
    FedEx Corporation
     
    9. CAPTAIN OR CREW.
    We are continuously challenged to align benefit strategy with business objectives and to do so within constraints imposed by finance. In light of these conditions, how do we effectively deliver on the Employee Value Proposition and drive meaningful engagement?
         Facilitator: Chris Calvert, Sibson Focus: Strategy

    Rick King
    Danaher Corporation
    Patty Marinello
    BMW
    Linda Nilsen
    Princeton University
     
    10. HEALTH CARE'S IMPACT ON BROADER BENEFITS STRATEGY.
    With health care consuming a growing portion of the total rewards pie, decisions on health care strategy undoubtedly have repercussions for other benefits initiatives. What are the implications and how are companies responding?
         Facilitator: Mike Hayes, Towers Watson Focus: Strategy


    Pauline Campos
    Fluor
    Bob Restivo
    General Dynamics
     
    11. HOT TOPICS: RETIREMENT
    Issues of the day
         Facilitator: Board Member Focus: Retirement
     
    12. HOT TOPICS: GLOBAL
    Issues of the day
         Facilitator: Board Member Focus: Global
     
    13. HOT TOPICS: HEALTH & WELLNESS
    Issues of the day
         Facilitator: Board Member Focus: Health & Wellness


Hotel Accommodations and Information

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, FL 32034
904.277.1100
904.261.9064, FAX
Reservation Deadline
Reservation rate guaranteed through March 28, 2012, 6:00 p.m., ET

Room Rates
$244
CEB rate will be offered three days prior to (April 12-14) and three days after (April 18 - 20) the Conference, depending on availability.

Reservations
The deadline for CEB online rate room reservations is close of business, ET, on March 28, 2012. RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH CEB. Please contact Shane Canfield or Caren Cannon, 703.549.6025.

Cancellation
**To avoid room and tax charges, hotel reservations must be cancelled 7 days prior to your arrival date.

Additional Hotel Information

  • Check-in: 4:00 p.m.; check-out time: 12:00 noon
  • Complimentary in-room internet service in all guest rooms
  • Complimentary use of the Fitness center: Open daily 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Located on the main level of the hotel.
  • Ritz-Carlton Spa. The spa is open daily:
      Sunday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
      Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      To schedule an appointment, please call the Spa directly at 904.277.1087.


Transportation

Jacksonville International Airport
2400 Yankee Clipper Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218
**Located approximately 26 miles from the hotel.

For driving directions from the airport to the hotel, please click here.

Please note that valet parking at the Ritz-Carlton is $17.00 per night; there is no self parking.

There are several ground transportation options available for you; some are listed below:

On-Airport Car Rental Ground Transportation Options

Alamo, 800.462.5266

Avis, 800.331.1212

Budget, 800.527.0700

Dollar, 800.800.4000

Enterprise, 800.736.8222

Hertz, 800.654.3131

National, 800.227.7368

Thrifty, 800.847.4389
Front Runner Transportation
904.714.1277
Town cars: $65 plus gratuity
SUVs: $85 plus gratuity

Gator City Taxi is onsite
Reservations not necessary but can be made by calling 904.741.0008 or 904.355.8294
$60.00 for a one-way trip, 1 - 4 passengers

All ground transportation services, including rental car agencies, taxis and limousines, are located on the lower level of the terminal building adjacent to baggage claim.

Transportation from the hotel to the airport at the conclusion of the Conference on Wednesday is available. The cost for the one-way trip is $23.00. If interested in this service, please sign up on the Conference registration form.


Golf

The Golf Club of Amelia Island is located at the hotel. Frank Janecek of Discover Financial Services has again graciously volunteered to arrange groups. If interested, please contact Frank: phone (224-405-8712), email (frankjanecek@discover.com).


Miscellaneous

Attire for all CEB workshops and events is informal. The temperature in April is usually in the high 70's but the evenings can be cool. And, as you know, the temperature in the conference rooms can be cool, also.

The Annual Conference is limited to CEB member companies and program participants. Our goal is to keep the sessions at a size that allow for in-depth discussions on an informal basis and provide the networking opportunities that make the CEB Annual Conference so important to the benefits professional.

Prize Drawing
Turn in your post-Conference survey to be eligible for the drawing held at the conclusion of the conference. The winner does not have to be present in order to receive the prize!


Registration

Fee:$1,700
Includes all meals and entertainment costs
Guest Fee:$850
Includes all meals and entertainment costs
Registration begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2012 and is open until 9:00 p.m. You will need to register for the Conference with CEB by 6:00 p.m., ET on March 14, 2012, or we will be unable to hold a hotel room in the CEB room block.

Fee / Cancellation Policy
CEB will refund your registration fee if you cancel on or before March 14, 2012. No refunds after that date. If you must cancel post March 14, please arrange for a substitute.

Everyone involved with planning the Conference looks forward to seeing you in April!

2012 Annual Conference Planning Team
Conference Co-Chairs: Karen Welch, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Mary Amundson, Nordstrom
Conference Subcommittee Chairs: Page Imperial, Towers Watson (General Sessions)
Wendy Roy, Ernst & Young (Communications, Workshops)
Angie Watson, Mercer (General Sessions)
Conference Committee: Nate Anderson, Kellogg Company
Tanya Barberic, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Forrest Bjerkaas, Shell Oil
Cinda Boyd, Ernst & Young
Danette Boyd-Perez, Textron
Laurie Brednich, Pinnacle Foods Group
Michelle Donaghey, Bausch & Lomb
Sue Flaherty, Saputo Cheese
Pam Grove, Land O' Lakes
Gail Herlinger, Bechtel Corporation
Tom Hricik, Buck Consultants
Rick King, Danaher Corporation
Bernie Knobbe, Yahoo!
Joe Kummer, Nike
Stu Lawrence, Sibson Consulting
Mark Low, Omnicom
Katherine Miller, Costco Wholesale
Paula Pagliaroni, Hess Corporation
Antoinette Palanca, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Christopher Powers, Principal Financial Group
Theresa Rich, Pearson
Nathan Scavello, Reed Elsevier
Dorothy Schweska, Barnes & Noble
Jeff Shapiro, Walt Disney
Program Consultant: Marti Pechnyo
Executive Director: Shane Canfield, CEB
Project Manager: Caren Cannon, CEB

If you have any questions, please contact Shane Canfield or Caren Cannon at:
Council on Employee Benefits
1311 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-549-6025
Fax: 703-549-6027
www.ceb.org
scanfield@ceb.org
ccannon@ceb.org