Industry Leading Speakers
We've pulled together some of the leading experts and thought leaders in our industry to share their insights.
Global Consulting Leader
Alan Buckley is a Partner in Mercer’s Multinational Client Group based in New York. Alan has over 20 years experience advising multinational corporations on a broad range of international actuarial and benefits issues including design and funding of local and global benefit programs, global governance, and compliance with US accounting standards. He also works with clients on various types of M&A situations, providing support in due diligence, due by close and integration activities.
Alan began his career with Mercer in the Cork (Ireland) office in 1995 and has also worked for Mercer in Canada and the Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK).
Alejandro Cané, MD PhD
North America Vaccines Medical and Scientific Affairs Lead, Pfizer Vaccines
Pfizer Biopharma Group
Dr. Alejandro D. Cané is specialist in Pediatrics and Pediatric infectious diseases graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, he has completed a Masters in Clinical and Pharmacological Research in Universidad Austral, Argentina and he also completed the Advance Course of Vaccinology of Merieux Foundation (France) and the University of Geneva (Switzerland).
In the academic area, he serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious diseases, and Pharmacology, chairs in the pre and post degree from Universidad Austral in Argentina and he has completed Pediatrics and Pediatrics Infectious Diseases residency in Children´s Hospital “Ricardo Gutiérrez” of Buenos Aires, among other positions head. His health care experience in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectology area was developed in different hospitals such as the Children´s Hospital of Buenos Aires and Hospital Austral.
It has made over 100 publications in the field of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines and collaborated on several book publishing by addressing the same areas.
Dr. Cané is a member of the National Committee of Pediatric Infectious Diseases of the Argentine Society of Pediatrics and the Latin America Committee of Vaccines and Immunizations.
He joined Wyeth in 2006 as Medical Manager for Vaccines and during the last 15 years he expanded responsibilities to Latin America and Canada and Emerging Markets, leading the vaccines medical team at the regional level. Moreover, since June 2019 he is Vaccines Scientific and Medical Affairs Lead in North America as part of Pfizer Biopharmaceutical Group
Director, Benefits and Wellness Design
As the Director of Benefits and Wellness, Yvonne Frame focuses on the design and strategy of worldwide benefits and well-being programs, along with operational oversight of Cerner's fitness centers. She makes an impact on Cerner by bringing forward progressive programming that empowers our associates and their families to realize positive outcomes and promote productivity and well-being in work and life.
Yvonne joined Cerner in 2014, after spending 16 years in benefits consulting. Yvonne is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and has earned the Group Benefits Associate (GBA) and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designations.
Director, Time Away Strategy
Amazon Global Benefits
I'm honored to lead Amazon's global time away strategy, encompassing leave, disability and time off.
Prior to this role, I led the benefit services, leave of absence, disability and accommodation case management teams. We insourced and integrated our leave/disability and accommodation in 2020, on a single tech platform - which allowed us to pivot to deliver special COVID programs. It's an exciting time to be at Amazon, and we're looking forward to taking our approach global with the continued growth of the company.
I'm leveraging almost 30 years of experience in the absence management field, with a commitment to developing a team and model that's compliant, scalable, sustainable, disciplined and, of course, customer-centric.
Before joining Amazon, I was the National Lead for Buck Consultant's Absence & Productivity Solutions group. I was fortunate to work with some of America's largest and most respected companies, as well as disability and leave of absence administrators. The scope of projects prepared me well for my current role -- claim audits, vendor performance assessment and remediation, plan design impact modeling and program structure development. Prior to Buck, I was at Mercer HR Consulting in a similar role.
Richard Heron, MD
Vice President Health and Chief Medical Officer
Richard is the Vice-President Health and Chief Medical Officer at BP with responsibility for strategic development of the BP Group Health agenda including Employee Wellbeing, Occupational Health and Hygiene requirements for over 70,000 employees and Community and Public Health matters in the countries where BP operate.
He is also a member of the NHS staff health and wellbeing Board.
Richard is co-chair of the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaboration (IOMSC), an association of 47 National Occupational Medicine Societies, and currently serves on the UK NHS staff health and wellbeing Board. He is past-President of both the UK Faculty and Society of Occupational Medicine, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London, Edinburgh), and a fellow American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
He trained in internal medicine in UK and Auckland, New Zealand, before specializing in Occupational Medicine. Before joining BP, Richard was Head of Global Safety, Health and Risk Management at AstraZeneca pharmaceuticals.
Richard is honorary professorial fellow of International Business and Health, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham School of Medicine.
His specialist interests include the relationship between good health, good work productivity and work-related mental health. He has worked with a variety of expert advisory groups with UK Government departments of Health, and Work and Pensions, and Public Health England.
Eileen K. Meehan
Vice President, Global EAP, Well-being, and Worklife Services
Eileen Meehan leads Optum’s Global EAP and Well-being business, serving over 20 million members and delivering care in more than 150 countries. In this role, Eileen is responsible for ensuring all members receive high-quality, compassionate care that improves quality of life and delivers measurable results. Eileen is leading the transformation of the EAP business into a vital emotional wellbeing service that navigates the entire emotional health continuum and improves outcomes for members. Eileen brings with her extensive experience in the health and well-being space over the last twenty years. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, and her B.S. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Eileen resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with her husband and three children.
Vice President, Health & Group Benefits
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Fiona is Vice President, Health & Group Benefits at Stanley Black & Decker, a global tools, storage and security organization Headquartered in New Britain with more than 60,000 employees worldwide. She is also the global steering committee co-chair for the Pride & Allies Employee Resource Group focused on the LGBTQ+ community.
Fiona currently sits on the board of Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) in Hartford. Prior volunteer and committee work includes the Secretary for the CT Business Group on Health and a town delegate for the West Hartford, CT Human Rights Commission.
Fiona has a BA in Latin American Studies/Mexican Politics from York College of PA and a Masters in Public Health from UCONN. She also holds the Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) designation. She lives in Connecticut with her wife, 4 teenagers, 2 dogs, 1 cat and her mother. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time in Provincetown, MA.
Vice President, Global Benefits, Well-being & Mobility
Jessica Muhlenberg is the Vice President of Global Benefits, Well-being & Mobility for VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish most through a family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland® and Dickies®.
Jessica has over 25 years of experience in Total Rewards and has worked in a variety of industries, including hospitality, biotech, and professional services. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and holds the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.
Brent Pawlecki, MD
Chief Health Officer
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Dr. Brent Pawlecki is the Chief Health Officer at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., a position he has held since 2011. His responsibilities in this role include global health strategy, providing leadership for Goodyear’s medical clinics, fitness facilities, health benefits, health improvement and wellness programs, Employee Assistance Programs, and health related emergencies, particularly the Covid-19 pandemic. During his tenure, Goodyear received the Platinum level of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award from the National Business Group on Health.
Prior to his current role, he was the Corporate Medical Director at Pitney Bowes, overseeing all health-related issues for the organization, including the Pitney Bowes' award winning corporate clinics, wellness programs and absence management department, and served as the Chief HIPAA Privacy Officer.
During his career, he worked in a private medical practice as well as the Emergency Department. He attended college and medical school at St. Louis University and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics from Bridgeport Hospital and Yale University. He also completed the Master of Medical Management Business Degree from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Pawlecki received the 2015 Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award, recognizing his career focused on developing and promoting workplace health programs. He is involved with numerous organizations, including the Business Group on Health, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Leadership Akron, and serves as a Scientific Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control. His current focus works toward improvements in health quality, global health, emotional health and end of life care.
Partner, Financing & Carrier Relations Leader, MMB Multinational
Barry is a Partner at Mercer and is the Financing & Carrier Relations Leader for MMB Multinational, based in London. MMB Multinational helps global organizations to optimize and manage their employee benefit programs. In his role, Barry is responsible for creating financing solutions for global clients and improving the way that MMB interacts with insurance carriers.
Barry joined Mercer in 2017 from Allianz Global Benefits where he was Head of Account Management based in Germany before moving to London as Regional Director for the UK and Ireland. Barry is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in London.
Senior Vice President, Health Transformation Team Leader
Stephanie Pronk is a senior vice president and leads Aon’s U.S. National Health Transformation Team. Stephanie combines more than 30 years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating global health improvement and benefit strategies while using the power of data analytics to provide evidence-based health solutions for clients that improve health, wellbeing and performance. She serves on Aon’s Global Wellbeing Steering Committee.
Prior to Aon Hewitt, Stephanie served as vice president, employer and health management consulting at Ingenix (UnitedHealth Group). Her experience at Ingenix included developing deep knowledge of data and technology product development processes, domestic and global health care consulting, data warehouse and measurement and evaluation of health strategies and programs. Stephanie served as the chief health officer for RedBrick Health were she was responsible for developing and executing on the health and consumer engagement strategies of the company. She provided health leadership to the various initiatives including product and service development, partnerships and alliances and day to day operations. Stephanie developed and led national health management consulting operations for various human capital consulting organizations, including Watson Wyatt and William M. Mercer. In this role, she helped clients find new approaches to improving, maintaining and managing health focusing on the complete spectrum of health conditions—from prevention to risk reduction to disease management both in the US and globally. Stephanie also brings actual hands on experience of developing, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where she was nationally and internationally recognized for her innovative program design and results. Beginning her career in the University academic setting, she taught health-related courses and conducted research in the areas of obesity and physical activity.
Stephanie serves on Business Group on Health’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Board and she serves as a member of the Harvard Total Worker Health® Dissemination Advisory Board.
Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Hastings College and a master’s degree in health education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (formally Kearney State College). Stephanie has published in various professional health journals and is a featured speaker at national and global conferences as well as quoted in the popular press regularly.
Senior Vice President
Emerson is a senior Global Benefits consultant and the Global Benefits Americas Market Leader. He oversees global engagements with US-based international organizations, including pensions, benefits, mergers & acquisitions, insured benefits risk management, and global brokerage.
Emerson has over 25 years of experience in HR consulting and has lived and worked in the US, Brazil and Mexico. Before joining the global benefits team in 2011 Emerson had several leadership positions in Latin America while helping clients with his broad HR experience as a consultant.
Emerson is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Some of the clients Emerson has recently served include: HPE, AECOM, Parker Hannifin, Salesforce, Cisco, GE, Arrow Electronics, Amgen, Deckers, Mattel, Ingram Micro, Ball Corp., Amazon and Starbucks.
Director, Public Health, Health Systems and Health Informatics
Delya Sommerville is a senior manager, public health & epidemiology at bp. In her role, she leads on bp’s global health and wellbeing objectives related to workforce and communities contributing to the broader sustainability framework. She helps businesses with public health risks’ screening and assessment, digital health solutions and data driven response and decision making. Her previous health roles at BP included managing health programs in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and the UK. Trained as a pharmacist, she completed a Masters degree in public health at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is passionate about health impact assessment processes within the industry. She lives in Washington DC with her family, and is focusing on completing part time doctorate at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Business Group on Health
Julie Sonner is a Manager at Business Group on Health. In her role, she is responsible for creating and highlighting actionable, employer-based global health and benefit programs and strategies for multinational Fortune 500 employers.
Sonner has been with Business Group on Health since 2018 and has worked on a broad spectrum of well-being topics including leave, financial well-being and mental health with particular focus on in-country nuances and cultural sensitivities. She has managed the Global Summit since inception and key stakeholder relationships with embassies and consultants, world health organizations, and additional NCD organizational partnerships.
Prior to the Business Group she worked at Deloitte and Wells Fargo creating holistic population health programs. Sonner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Miami University, Oxford and a Master of Public Health degree in Policy and Management from University of South Carolina.
VP, Global Benefits
Tracey Stephens is VP of Global Benefits for Dell, one of the largest global technology employers. Tracey has served in this role since 2017. Major accomplishments under her tenure as global benefits leader have included the redesign of over 300 benefits plans around the world supporting benefits harmonization of EMC, expansion and evolution of the global benefits HR delivery model, automation & digital transformation of benefits programs & administration, and enhanced marketing & personalization of benefits driving significant improvements in perception of benefits. As a next frontier, she will continue to advance digital strategies further in the areas of mental health, condition management, data analytics and predictive modeling, and wellness programing.
Tracey joined Dell in 2013 to lead the company’s U.S. Healthcare strategy. Over time she assumed responsibilities for the full U.S. Health & Welfare Benefits team, the position she held prior to taking over the VP of Global Benefits role.
During Tracey’s tenure at Dell, the company has been recognized multiple times as a great place to work, and the company’s benefits and wellness programs are often cited as an integral component of this recognition.
Tracey has a bachelor’s degree in accounting (University of Texas) and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (Texas A&M University), and is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.
Global Benefits Governance Manager
Cyndi Tefft has over 20 years of extensive hands-on experience managing employee benefit programs for medium and large sized companies, primarily in the tech industry. Her passion for benefits and deep interpersonal skills brings cohesiveness, clarity, and a mutual sense of purpose to complex projects with multidisciplinary teams. She is known for bringing fresh energy and a sense of humor to the workplace and is a strong employee advocate. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Human Resources from Eastern Washington University where she was the Recruiting Lead for the school’s chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She holds a certificate in Global Benefits Management from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certificate from the HR Certification Institute.
Business Group on Health
Corrie is a Vice President at Business Group on Health where she leads the Global Institute team focused on identifying best practices and solutions to employers’ global challenges. Business Group on Health is the only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to representing large employers' perspectives on critical health, well-being and workforce strategy issues. The Business Group keeps its membership on the leading edge of innovation, thinking and action to address the delivery, financing, affordability and experience with the health care system. Leveraging its network of members and industry thought leaders, the Business Group drives change by sharing best practices, shaping health care policy and crafting innovative solutions to improve employee health and well-being and optimize business performance.
Prior to joining the Business Group, Corrie spent over 20 years at Intel during which time she has held a number of positions all related to employee benefits. She was responsible for establishing the health, risk and wellness philosophy for more than 50 countries and collaborating with partners across all Intel regions to set strategic direction regarding health, risk and wellness across the globe.
She has a Master of Science Degree from Loyola University’s Institute of Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Fordham University.