2017 6th Annual WWCMA Annual Conference Speakers
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2017 WWCMA Annual Conference Speakers
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The WWCMA is excited to highlight some amazing speakers for the 6th Annual WWCMA Conference. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

Keynote Speakers

Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker was inaugurated as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on January 8th, 2015, after several decades of service in both state government and the private sector.

Since taking office, Governor Baker has been making Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family – while delivering a customer-service oriented state government that is as hard working as the people of the Commonwealth. Governor Baker believes people are policy and has appointed a bipartisan Cabinet and developed strong relationships with the legislature to work across the aisle and deliver results for our state.

Raised in Needham, Governor Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master's of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he met his wife Lauren.  The Baker’s reside in Swampscott, have been heavily involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors, and are the proud parents of their three children, Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.

*If Governor Baker is unable to attend the event due to unforseen circumstances, a representative from his office will take his place.

Tad Mitchell, President & CEO, Wellright

Tad Mitchell is the President and CEO of WellRight, a leading provider of employee wellness solutions. Mr. Mitchell is the co-author of 21 Habits: A Wellness Survival Guide , and the author of 101 Challenges: Become the Best You . Mr. Mitchell regularly speaks on wellness related topics.

Prior to joining WellRight, Mr. Mitchell was the President and CEO of Compliance11, a software company sold to Charles Schwab in 2011. Mr. Mitchell also authored the children’s book Where Is the Sears Tower?



Breakout Speakers

Josh Bernoff, Author and CEO, WellnessCampaign.org

Josh Bernoff is the author of Writing Without Bullshit: Boost Your Career by Saying What You Mean (HarperBusiness, 2016). The Globe and Mail called it “a Strunk and White for the modern knowledge worker.” Josh is also the CEO of WellnessCampaign.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the pursuit of wellness through changing habits.

Josh is he coauthor of three other books including the BusinessWeek bestseller Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies (Harvard Business Press, 2008) and The Mobile Mind Shift: Engineer Your Business to Win in the Mobile Moment (Groundswell Press, 2014).

He blogs every weekday at withoutbullshit.com, publishing commentary on writing, nutrition, politics, technology, and business strategy. His blog attracted nearly two million views in its first two years.

Josh’s nonprofit Wellness Campaign has helped hundreds of people to become healthier and lose weight. In contrast to similar programs, Wellness Campaign’s clinical evidence shows that two-thirds of its participants maintain the majority of their weight loss in the years that follow. Josh has personally lost over 30 pounds in the program.

Josh was previously senior vice president, idea development at Forrester Research, the elite technology research company, and a senior executive in startup companies in the Boston area.

Gil Blander, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Segterra (InsideTracker)

Dr. Gil Blander is internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting and preventing age-related conditions. He leads a team of biology, nutrition & exercise physiology experts, and computer scientists at InsideTracker, and has been featured in CNN Money, The New York Times, Forbes, Financial times, The Boston Globe to name a few.

Dr. Gil Blander received a Ph.D. in biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed his Post Doctoral fellowship at MIT, before going on to found InsideTracker. The InsideTracker platform analyzes key biochemical and physiological markers and applies algorithms and large scientific databases to determine optimal zones for each marker. The system then provides nutrition, exercise, supplements and lifestyle interventions that empower people to optimize their markers, increasing vitality, improving overall health, as well as athletic performance and extending life.

Laura Bosse, Vice President of Human Resources, Geiger

Laura is Vice President of Human Resources at Geiger.  Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, Geiger is the nation’s largest privately held promotional products distributor.  Laura’s career at Geiger spans more than 40 years.  She started in 1969 as a Billing Clerk and was promoted into progressively responsible positions within the organization. Returning to school in her 50’s, Laura received a business degree from Central Maine Community College.  In this company of 350 employees, Laura’s responsibilities include payroll and benefit administration, recruiting, employee relations, office services, continuous improvement, and safety and wellness.  She manages the activities of the on-site nurse and the Health and Wellness Team, which she started as a grassroots campaign years before the issue of wellbeing was recognized as a corporate concern. Today, this effort has evolved into a very robust wellness program, with Champions at every level of the company.

Martha Gagnon, Employee Benefits and Wellness Specialist, AIM Mutual (2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner)

Martha currently serves as the Employee Benefits and Wellness Specialist for A.I.M. Mutual Insurance Companies. She joined A.I.M. Mutual in May 2013, as the Wellness Coordinator for the Injury Prevention and Worksite Wellness (IPWW) department. Martha was then responsible for the facilitation of creating and implementing an evidence based model that would assist small and mid-sized employers in creating  a culture of wellness with measurable results through the A.I.M. Works program.  Martha’s current role is to continue managing this program along with assisting employers in obtaining additional benefits for all employees through the Associated Industries of Massachusetts. 

Prior to joining A.I.M. Mutual, Martha was the Director of Worksite Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society. There she led large New England employers in developing wellness programs based on specific health risk factors linked to chronic disease.  She was also responsible for ongoing tracking and metrics to measure behavior change over an extended period of time. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Lesley University, is a Certified Wellness Practitioner from the National Wellness Institute and a Certified Wellness Program Director (CWPD) through the Chapman Institute of Wellness.

Susan Glover, Benefits and Wellness Manager, CDM Smith

Susan Glover, CWPC is the Benefits and Wellness Manager for CDM Smith, an engineering and consulting firm serving public and private clients around the globe, with headquarters in Boston, MA.  Susan came to this role with over 25 years of experience in  HR and wellness, focusing on benefits and compensation management in the higher education and healthcare industries.  In addition, she served as Director of Corporate Wellness for a benefits broker firm, helping clients in various industries develop and expand their wellness initiatives.  Susan is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Boston University where she earned a BS in Mass Communication, and is a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator through the Chapman Institute.  She also produces and co-hosts a cable television show called “The Healthy Hanover Show” in her town of Hanover, MA.  She is an accomplished runner, raising funds for causes including The Martin Richard Foundation and ALS ONE. 

Glenn Haskell, Benefits Manager, New Balance

Glenn Haskell is the Benefits Manager for New Balance Athletic Shoe.  He has over 30 years experience in managing employee benefits.  Prior to New Balance, Glenn managed benefits at Gillette and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He is a member on the Board of Directors of the New England Employee Benefit Council.  He holds a degree in economics from Holy Cross.



Jennifer Kelley, Wellness Coordinator, Signature Healthcare (2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner)

Jennifer Kelley CWPM, is the wellness Coordinator at Signature HealthCare a non-profit community hospital 22 miles south of Boston, MA. While navigating her career in human resources Jennifer gravitated towards employee benefits and following her own health and wellness journey she found her passion for wellness and applied it to her corporate surroundings. Starting a wellness program at MEDITECH she developed and implemented programming for the company while growing the wellness culture. After completing the Chapman Institute’s Wellness Program Coordinator and Wellness Program Manager Certification, she began her career at Signature Healthcare where she currently develops and implements their entire internal wellness program for employees. 

Chris Mar, Director Compensation, Benefits and Systems, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Chris Mar is Director of Compensation, Benefits and Systems at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  He has a 30 year history working in healthcare, high tech, telecom, and biotech.  His current focus is on the employee experience (with 4 generations in the workforce), wellbeing, and the improvement of employee health.  He is constantly looking for innovative solutions with data to support their effectiveness.   


Dariush Mozaffarian
Cardiologist, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, and Dean of Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

The only graduate school of nutrition in North America, the Friedman School’s mission is to produce trusted science and real-world impact.  Dr. Mozaffarian is an authority on the science of lifestyle and CHD from a global perspective; and on systems interventions and policies to most effectively reduce these burdens.   He has authored more than 300 scientific publications and served in numerous advisory roles including for the US and Canadian governments, American Heart Association, Global Burden of Diseases study, World Health Organization, and United Nations.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and many other outlets.  In 2016, Thomson Reuters named him as one of the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds.

Dr. Mozaffarian received his BS in biological sciences from Stanford (Phi Beta Kappa), MD from Columbia (Alpha Omega Alpha), and clinical training in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine from Stanford and U. Washington.  He also holds an MPH from U. Washington and Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard.  Before being appointed as Dean at Tufts in 2014, Dr. Mozaffarian was at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health for a decade and clinically active in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He is married, has three children, and actively trains as a Black Belt (second degree) in Taekwondo.

The Friedman School pursues cutting-edge research and education from cell to society, including in molecular nutrition, human metabolism, population studies, clinical trials, nutrition interventions and behavior change, communication, food systems and sustainability, global food insecurity, humanitarian crises, and food economics and policy.  Friedman School graduates are active in academics, policy, advocacy, government, industry, public health, community service, and entrepreneurship.  The School’s unique breadth and scope make it a leading institution for nutrition education, research, and public impact.

Kathleen Nelson, Director of Population Health, Signature Healthcare (2016 Silver WorkWell MA Award Winner)

Kathleen Nelson PT, MPH-PHP is the Director of Population Health at Signature Healthcare, a non-profit community hospital 22 miles south of Boston, MA.  Kathleen has 30 years of experience in occupational health and ergonomics focusing on total worker health and wellness. She worked for many years providing ergonomic training and consulting to manufacturing companies and hospitals systems throughout the U.S. and has lectured nationally on safe patient handling and injury prevention. In her role at Signature Healthcare Kathleen oversees the internal wellness program for the employees and spouses across 12 different locations. She works closely with community employers to provide health assessments, wellness programming and onsite clinical services to optimize the health of the employees and reduce the risk factors associated with chronic disease. Kathleen utilizes Lean and 6 Sigma process improvement methodologies to assure there is a continuous cycle of improvement.  

Kathleen is the recipient of the Louis H. Millender, M.D. Golden Rose Award from New England Baptist Hospital, Boston MA for outstanding service exemplifying the compassion commitment and leadership of Dr. Millender a pioneer in the field of Occupational Health.

Cheryl Sweetman, Director of Human Resources, Palmer Foundry

Cheryl Sweetman, Director of Human Resources at Palmer Foundry, is a HR Professional with over 15 years experience.  Cheryl is responsible for implementing human resource management stratergies that enable Palmer Foundry to recruit, train and retain a motivated workforce.  Cheryl specializes in employee benefits and learning & development.





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