Over the past four decades, I have developed over 1,000 employee worksite wellness and health cost management projects in both private and public employer settings. My work inspired me to create WellCert 13 years ago. WellCert is the premier professional certification for wellness program managers and consultants with 4 progressively more advanced levels of certification. Since its inception, over 5,000 professionals have received one or more levels of WellCert certification. We partner with virtually all the major commercial health insurers to conduct training for their clients.
After more than 20 years in the HR profession, Meliessa Ogrodowski found her true purpose and passion in culture transformation. Since 2015, Meliessa has served as Director of Learning & Development focused on leading the shift in Craft Brew Alliance (CBA)’s culture. As a result, CBA is enjoying significant benefits including better-than-benchmark retention rates, multiple workplace awards, off-the-charts employee engagement and two consecutive years of the strongest financial performance CBA has ever reported.
Panel Moderator: Stephen Erdmann
Stephen Erdmann is the current GM/VP of Cambia Health’s Human Performance & Wellbeing (HPW) Division. In 2011 Mr.Erdmann was selected by Cambia to join one of the first innovation teams focused on health and healthcare in the United States. The team specializes in using open innovation methods and the principles of business design to create and incubate entirely new products, services, and organizations. During his time with the Cambia Health Innovation Team, he has played a key role in the creation of unique businesses, which include HealthsparqTM, HubbubTM, Basefit® , and SpendwellTM. Stephen’s experience over the last 20 years in start-up environments, the creation of new business models, open innovation methodologies in healthcare, and deep understanding of design and technology have given him a unique perspective on successful organizations, products and services.
Panelist: Taylor Welsh
Taylor Welsh is the CEO and Co-Founder of Walker Tracker. She has over 10 years of experience in corporate and community wellness. She believes that employee wellbeing is mission critical for any organization and is passionate about health equity and creating an inclusive experience around health and fitness. Utilizing her degree in Community Health, Taylor has worked with Fortune 500 Companies, non-profits, community organizations, and Health Plans across the globe to design successful wellness initiatives. Taylor currently serves on the board of The Street Trust, a non-profit working to promote and improve public transit, walking and bicycling conditions in Oregon.
Panelist: Newton Chang
Newton Cheng is Google’s Global Health & Performance Lead. He’s spent his 11 year career at Google developing, launching, and scaling global programs aimed at helping Googlers to thrive. Today he oversees Google’s global fitness and massage/recovery programs. He spends much of his time exploring how his team can evolve their spaces & services to better drive the health & performance of Googlers, and how to more seamlessly integrate programs across the many facets of health & well-being.
Panelist: Dave Drinkward
Dave Drinkward is President & CEO of Hoffman Construction Company. He leads the company with a passion for bringing together talented builders to complete some of the world’s most challenging projects. Dave believes that by focusing on employees’ health and wellness our people are more productive and more likely to find meaning in their work. He is heavily involved in the community, serving on numerous non-profit and college boards. Born and raised in Portland, Dave earned a BA in Psychology from Linfield College and a JD from Willamette University College of Law. He enjoys traveling, outdoor activities of all kinds and photography in his spare time.
I have been in the Health and Wellness industry for over 10 years. My passion for the wellness industry started with my own health journey and 70lb weight loss. Starting down the path of individual health as a personal trainer, I ultimately found worksite wellness and was drawn to achieving a larger impact and potential to change lives. The purpose of my work is to help others find the excitement and fun in life that I found through employee wellness and care management.
I am co founder of Kadalyst Health Partners, an employee health improvement company and co-founder of the Worksite Wellness Network (WWN), helping over 200 organizations improve their own internal wellness programs through bi-monthly events where employers can connect, learn and share new ideas around worksite wellness.
Benjamin Prinzing, CEO and founder of Kadalyst, a "Workforce Care Management" firm, that improves employee health outcomes and decreases employers' healthcare spend. Kadalyst provides on-location and virtual preventative care services for companies, by leveraging predictive analytics and Clinical Health Coaches, that proactively outreach to get employees healthier and using their medical benefits less.
Claire has been the CEO of the PNW for just over 2 years and has been with UnitedHealthcare a total of approx. 20 years. She formally held roles in Business Development and Sales Communications, where she served six years as the National VP. Claire previously lived in Minnesota but has moved back to Seattle, and is a native Oregonian. Her family enjoys an abundance of outdoor activities and discovering new places around the globe.
Emcee: Chase Sterling
Chase Sterling is the Founder of HHP Cultures, whose mission is to help organizations create a happy, healthy, productive culture in the workplace and beyond. As the lead culture and engagement consultant, Chase works with companies to focus on both individual and organizational well-being. With over 19 years of experience Chase has developed and implemented award-winning strategies for over 100 companies across the US. Chase brings a unique perspective to any wellness conversation, having previously worked for a health insurance carrier, multiple wellness vendors, and non-profit community organizations.