July Virtual: Innovative Benefits That Support Healthy Families and Caregivers

Wednesday, July 17, 2024


Innovative Benefits That Support Healthy Families and Caregivers

As the pandemic’s caregiving crisis showed, employers found significant gaps in their support for the parents and other caregivers in their workforces. The resulting scramble to help has produced a wealth of new HR policies, benefit offerings, and management practices. Where is the greatest demand for support, as well as the most innovative new methods? What have been the most cost-effective ways to help caregivers of all kinds, including parents as well as “sandwich generation” workers caring for elderly and disabled relatives? 

From Day One is a Recertification Provider for SHRM and HRCI. This session is eligible for 3 credits from both organizations. The Activity IDs will be sent to attendees after the conclusion of the session.


All times shown below are U.S. Eastern Time

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 12:25 PM
Opening Remarks: Steve Koepp, Editor in Chief and Co-Founder, From Day One
12:25 PM - 12:50 PM
How to Wrap Your Team Members in as Much Care as Possible (Fireside Chat)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise takes an innovative approach to supporting its 62,000 employees worldwide. HPE’s benefits leader will provide an inside look at its cutting-edge programs, from help for parents of autistic children to fertility healthcare to myriad backup-care solutions, all of which makes the company highly ranked as a family-friendly workplace.


Dani Fischer, VP of Global Benefits, Rewards & Wellness, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


Nicole Smith, Editorial Audience Director, Harvard Business Review

12:55 PM - 01:15 PM
The Power of Effective Caregiving Benefits: Creating a Culture of Compassion and Engagement While Protecting the Bottom Line (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Whether you’re just beginning to implement caregiving benefits or looking to enhance your current strategy, this presentation will offer you a fresh, actionable perspective. Learn exactly what the 73% of your employees who are caregivers need to feel supported at work and discover how you can help them save their time and money. Caregiving benefits are also good for your company’s bottom line. Find out how integrating these benefits can dramatically improve sought-after outcomes like overall job satisfaction, productivity, and turnover.

Carolyn Romano, Parenting & Caregiving Solution, LifeSpeak Inc.

01:20 PM - 02:00 PM
Supporting Women’s Well-Being Through All of Their Life Stages (Panel)

Employers have an opportunity to promote the good health and well-being of their female workers by establishing a support system that recognizes the changing needs at every stage of life, which includes such issues as fertility, child-rearing, emotional well-being, menopause, and more, such as the heavy burden of sending children off to school. How can programs be more personalized to fit individual needs? What are the best combinations of overall well-being plans and point solutions?


Mindy Fitzgerald, Head of HR, OpEx, PMO & HR Partner, Air Products 

Dionne Adams, Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Lesli Stasiek, Senior Director, HR, Cencora

Corrinne Hobbs, General Manager and VP, Employer Market, Ovia Health

Dr. Martin Payne, Chief Commercial Officer, Empowerly


Lydia Dishman, Senior Editor, Growth and Engagement, Fast Company

02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
Caring for the Caregivers: Innovative Benefit Strategies to Support a Healthy Workforce and Families (Thought Leadership Spotlight)

Crisis-level staffing shortages in health care, child care, and elder care are thrusting employees into new roles as caregivers and causing an increased reliance on family members to provide and manage care. Research increasingly shows that flexible work policies or leave may not be enough to meet their needs; so what is? In this session, we’ll explore the changing responsibilities of caregivers, what they want and need to thrive both at work and at home, and how employers can craft holistic benefit strategies that boost productivity, reduce costs associated with absenteeism and turnover, and improve employee well-being and satisfaction.


Julia Cohen Sebastien, CEO and Co-Founder, Grayce


02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Families Win, Business Booms: The Ripple Effect of Comprehensive Childcare Solutions (Workshop)

Think childcare benefits only impact working parents? Think again! Join us for this fireside chat, where we'll explore how comprehensive childcare solutions are beneficial for everyone, generating a ripple effect of positive change not just for families but for your company’s overall workforce and bottom line. Businesses lose $23 billion annually due to childcare- related issues, with employee absenteeism the major driver of lost productivity when childcare arrangements fall through. Yet it doesn’t have to be this way. Businesses that invest in comprehensive childcare solutions benefit from a more engaged, productive, and loyal workforce, while reduced employee stress and turnover translate into significant cost savings and a competitive edge in the talent market. Join this session to discover how comprehensive childcare benefits create a win-win situation for families, employees, and your business.


Rachel Peterson, VP, Marketing, at Upwards


Jenny Sucov, Health and Well-Being Journalist

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
Innovative Strategies to Close Major Gaps in Women’s Healthcare (Workshop)

Women’s healthcare has long been plagued by fragmented care, inefficient costs, midlife care gaps, and care inequities. These challenges not only impact the well-being of employees but also present significant hurdles for HR leaders striving to provide comprehensive and cost-effective benefits. In this fireside-chat workshop, Liz Pittinger, VP of global customer success at Stork Club, and journalist Emily McCrary-Ruiz Esparza will discuss ways to address major gaps in women’s healthcare. You’ll leave with tips to enhance employee health, attract and retain top talent, and achieve measurable cost savings. Learn how Stork Club customers have successfully integrated comprehensive reproductive health benefits into their organizations and the success they are seeing.


Liz Pittinger, VP, Customer Success, Stork Club


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist, From Day One Contributing Editor

02:30 PM - 03:15 PM
What Employers Need to Know About the New Medicare Program Transforming Dementia Care (Workshop)

Join us to learn how a new Medicare GUIDE program is revolutionizing dementia care, providing vital support to employee caregivers. Dementia is the No. 1 condition affecting employee caregivers, and the numbers are rising. This no-cost program can help alleviate employee burnout, reduce healthcare costs, and offer unparalleled support through our CMS-approved ianacare platform. With more than 11 million Americans providing unpaid care for loved ones with dementia, this session is essential for HR leaders and employers seeking innovative solutions to support their workforce.


Dhruv Vasishtha, Clinical Advisor, ianacare

Bahamia Ulysse, Director of Caregiver Navigator Program, ianacare

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM
Delivering the Family-Friendly Benefits That Working Parents Actually Want (Panel)

Investments in family-friendly benefits creates more satisfied workers and a positive workplace culture. But what are the benefits that working caregivers really want? It’s time to broaden benefits beyond parental leave, encompassing additional areas for a more achievable work-life balance and whole-person approach. This includes provisions like lactation support, health and wellness programs for the entire family, miscarriage leave, and beyond.


Brian Copeland, VP, Total Rewards, Fannie Mae

Rachel Marling, VP, Total Rewards, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Isha Vij, VP, Employer Growth, Maven

Carmi Medoff, Founder & CEO, Onsite Kids


Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Journalist, Contributing Editor, From Day One

04:05 PM - 04:30 PM
Navigating the Unexpected: Providing Support Through Pregnancy and Its Complications (Fireside Chat)

A fact that’s not often talked about is that 50% of pregnancies include complications, an important reality for employers to understand in providing support for their working parents. Emily Oster, America’s top parenting expert, will share the lessons of her new book, “The Unexpected: Navigating Pregnancy During and After Complications.” A limited number of complimentary copies will be given to audience members who sign up during the session.


Emily Oster, Bestselling Author, Founder and CEO of ParentData, and Professor of Economics at Brown University


Jessi Hempel, Senior Editor-at-Large, LinkedIn

04:30 PM - 04:35 PM
Closing Remarks