Nov 6-7 Conference: Speaker Spotlight – Mindi Cox

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By: Michigan Wellness Council

 

 

speaker spotlight

Nov 6-7 Conference
Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture

 

Mindi Cox
Senior Vice President, People & Great Work
O.C. Tanner

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Mindi Cox is the closing speaker of the MWC’s upcoming conference on Nov 6-7. The presentation is entitled “A New Way of Thinking: Wellbeing as the foundation of Employee Experience”.

Mindi Cox works to connect people with purpose. She believes an organization’s business potential is intimately tied to its sense of humanity. Her goal is to help cultivate workplace cultures where people feel connected to the greater purpose and impact of their work. Mindi believes it’s this connection, this soul spark, that inspires people to seek personal and professional progress that results in the most powerful business breakthroughs.

Mindi is currently honored to serve as O.C. Tanner’s Senior Vice President of People & Great Work. She has nearly 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and as a Human Resource Executive focused on practices that contribute to strengthening company culture. A champion of wellbeing as strategy in the workplace, she led efforts to begin O.C. Tanner’s first formal wellness (My Wellness) and employee crisis assistance (Tanner Cares) programs in 2010. Named one of Utah’s 40 under 40, Mindi is SPHR and SHRM – SCP certified. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah. She is the proud mom to three busy sons, one of whom lives with special needs. She is grateful for the perspective her tribe gives her on work, life, wellbeing and whole-life awareness in the workplace.

 

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Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers

 

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By: Plunkett Cooney 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 17, 2018

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

Plunkett Cooney attorneys
among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI — October 17, 2018 — Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 22 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2018 list of “Super Lawyers.”

Super Lawyers features a patented selection process involving three steps: (1) creation of a candidate pool; (2) evaluation of candidates by the research department; and (3) peer evaluation by practice area. Those named to the annual list represent only five percent of the state’s licensed practitioners.

For the twelfth consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney appellate attorney Mary Massaron has received special recognition by the magazine – inclusion among the state’s top 50 women lawyers. D. Jennifer Andreou, the firm’s Medical Litigation Practice Group Co-leader, was included on the list of the top 50 women lawyers as well.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney’s partners who have received the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyer designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office members:

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office members:

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office members:

 Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office members:

Plunkett Cooney’s Petoskey office members:

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the “Best Law Firms” in 2018 as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

 For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Plunkett Cooney attorneys among legal publication’s ‘Rising Stars’

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By: Plunkett Cooney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 17, 2018

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Plunkett Cooney attorneys among legal publication’s ‘Rising Stars’

 

Bloomfield Hills, MI — October 17, 2018 — In its annual review of the state’s top young attorneys, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has awarded 13 lawyers from Plunkett Cooney, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, its “Rising Star” honor.

Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars compiles its annual list based upon a patented selection process that involves the creation of a candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by an in-house research department; and a peer evaluation process.

To be considered a Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or licensed to practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive the “Rising Star” designation.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation:

Bloomfield Hills office members:

Detroit office members:

East Lansing office member:

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information regarding Plunkett Cooney’s 2018 Michigan “Rising Stars,” contact the firm’s Practice Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

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Premier Sponsor Spotlight: Cigna

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By: Michigan Wellness Council 

 

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About Cigna
Cigna Corporation is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. We offer an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Unique in our industry, we offer “live” customer service, 24×7, every day of the year.

What’s new?
Maximizing dental value is easier than ever with Cigna Dental. We deliver value through:

  1. Access and Savings Cigna offers flexible plans and best-in-class DPPO network access with competitive discounts, including our newly expanded DHMO Access Plus network available in 42 states nationally.
  1. Engaging Experience All options offer a simple, innovative customer experience and is supported by the clinical expertise of our team of dental professionals. Cigna customers are able to make empowered benefit decisions with access to online tools on myCigna.com and mobile app, powered by Brighter Score technology- a method to help customers compare dentists professional history, affordability, patient experience reviews and real-time appointment scheduling online.
  1. Proactive Clinical Engagement Enhanced benefits program for high-risk customers, such as Oral health Integration Program and Dental Outreach Program enables care that can help reduce the chance of medical complications and deliver lower medical expenses for those with specific chronic health conditions.

Why does it matter?
The differentiator Cigna Dental offers is the combination of flexible product options, supported by robust network access, and an innovative user experience that’s been shown to impact utilization and claims costs – with a 35% increase in customers choosing network providers and additional trend savings of 2-3%.

Contact Information
Name: Patrick Mattefs
Email: patrick.mattefs@cigna.com
Website: www.cigna.com

 

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REGISTER 11/6: Workplace Wellness that Works – Sneak Peek: From “Getting People to Change” to “Letting People Change”

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By: Michigan Wellness Council 

 

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TRAINING – November 6, 2018:
Workplace Wellness That Works

(Day 1 Of Two-Day Conference)

Training Sponsored by  MARSHmclennan

 

Parts 7 and 8 of a 10-Part Series
(This is Steps 7 and 8, out of 10 Steps, derived from Laura’s book, Workplace Wellness That Works. She will be outlining 10 steps to improve upon how we’re designing and delivering workplace wellness.)

For a deeper dive, join Laura Putnam on November 6th in Troy, MI
for a day-long Workplace Wellness That Works training session
In the meantime, share your thoughts on promoting health and well-being in the workplace!

PART 7 & 8: From “Getting People to Change” to “Letting People Change”

I often hear leaders and wellness professionals ask for products and services that will “get people to change” or will “get people motivated.” Here’s the thing: Nothing will ever “get people to change” or “get people motivated.” Rather, people change themselves. The best you can do is to create the conditions in which people are more likely to motivate themselves.

So, what can we do? We can follow the lead of Yvonne Chounard, founder of Patagonia, who aptly titled his book “Let My People Go Surfing” – as opposed to “Get My People to Go Surfing.”

Here are two ways you can do exactly that, drawn from my book Workplace Wellness that Works, Steps 7 & 8.

1. Create Meaning:

To transition from “get” to “let” – we must move away from our overreliance on incentives and penalties. Currently, the average employee incentive has reached a whopping $742, up from $651 in 2016. It’s gotten so high, in fact, that employees are leaving money on the table, according to a recent study.

What the research overwhelmingly and repeatedly shows is that at best incentives will get people in the door, but they will never keep people there. Moreover, there’s evidence to suggest that incentives may perversely undermine the intrinsic motivation and willingness to sustain a behavior over time.

If the goal is to move beyond incentivizing people to engage in one-time or short-time activities (like filling out an HRA or participating in a challenge) to embarking on a lifelong path of well-being, then we must move beyond incentives. There simply is no short cut when it comes to inspiring behavior change.  Rather, our task is to do the hard work of tapping into intrinsic motivators, developing thoughtful programs that actually create meaning. Because, the truth is, our brains are much more than information processors; they are creators of meaning.

Intrinsic motivation is when the motivation comes from within. These are the things we do because we want to. Here are the keys to unleashing intrinsic motivation:

  • Competency: We all have a deep need to achieve and be recognized for it. You’ll hear it on  any playground: “Look at me, Mom!” Same is true for adults. (OK, maybe they’re not saying quite the same phrase, but the desire is still there.)
  • Autonomy: What’s one of the biggest drivers of stress and one of the biggest diminishers of authentic engagement? Lack of autonomy. The antidote is to give people choices and provide more opportunities for people to have control over their daily work activities. Let them take charge in what they change and how they change. Again, the idea here is to let people – as opposed to get people to….
  • Relatedness: We are hardwired as social beings. If you want engagement to last, give people lots of opportunities to connect with others.
  • Purpose: What’s the deeper meaning behind the program? And, more importantly, what’s “the why” for each individual employee? If you want to create meaning, follow the lead of  Simon Sinek and Start with Why.
  • Play: Finally, every safety announcement has transitioned from serious to playful – even United Airlines! The truth is, if it’s not fun, people won’t engage. So, your task is to help people to engage in their well-being in a way that is playful as opposed to heavy handed. A great resource to tap into is Playworks, an organization that is dedicated to helping kids to play more. They also offer resources for adults. Check out their Playbook – a free resource chalk full of ideas you can use to boost play in the workplace.
  1. Design Nudges and Cues

    The other way to move from “get” to “let” is to focus less on the fish, if you will, and more on the water that surrounds them. Recall the story I shared in our earlier discussion “Step 3: Uncover the Hidden Factors” about the two young fish who asked: “What the hell is water?”

    We are, arguably, we are more Creatures of Culture than we are Creatures of Habit. Meanwhile, I repeatedly see workplace wellness messaging that goes something like this: “Better health begins with taking personal responsibility.” It’s worth asking: Is this really the case? Might the message be better framed as “Better health begins with addressing the larger culture and environment, which in turn enables individuals to make healthier choices.”

    Too many well-intended programs focus too much on individual habit formation – and not enough on the larger environment and culture. As researcher Michael Marmot best put it in an Institute of Medicine report:  “It is unreasonable to expect people to change their behavior when the social, cultural and physical environments around them fully conspire against them.”

    We can do better – and one way that we can do so is by designing nudges and cues.

  • Nudges: Nudges are environmental prompts, make health and well-being easier. These includes things like signage, accessible stairs, subsidized healthy options in the cafeteria, and dedicated spaces for rest and recuperation.

Cues: Cues are cultural prompts, make health and well-being “normal.” These include policies, rituals and regular practices that promote well-being at work.

ABOUT: Laura Putnam is the award-winning author of the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management book, Workplace Wellness That Works, and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading provider of well-being and human performance speaking and training services. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. Learn more about Laura at her website and follow her on LinkedIn.

 

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Nov 6-7 Conference: Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

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By: Michigan Wellness Council 

 

sponsorship opportunities

Nov 6-7 Conference
Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture

For our upcoming conference on Nov 6-7, we have the following sponsorship opportunities available…please contact Rita Patel, if you are interested the below or other opportunities.

Conference Presenting Sponsor:
Investment = $3,500

  • Signage as Presenting Sponsor – mention on all promotional material
  • Exhibit table at sponsored conference
  • Mention at conference
  • 2 tickets to sponsored conference (both days)
  • Attendee email list

Conference Breakfast Partner Sponsor:
Investment = $1,500

  • Opportunity to place promotional piece near / at breakfast or provision of exhibit table at sponsored conference
  • Mention at conference
  • 2 tickets to sponsored conference (both days)
  • Attendee email list

Conference Lunch Partner Sponsor:
Investment = $2,000

  • Opportunity to place promotional piece near / at lunch table or provision of exhibit table at sponsored conference
  • Mention at conference
  • 2 tickets to sponsored conference (both days)
  • Attendee email list

Conference Supporting Sponsor:
Investment = $500

  • Mention at conference
  • 1 tickets to sponsored conference (Nov 7th only)
  • Attendee email list

Learn more and check out the full agenda.

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Nov 6-7 Conference: Speaker Spotlight – David Pauer

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By: Michigan Wellness Council 

 

speaker spotlight

Nov 6-7 Conference
Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture

 

David Pauer
Director of Wellness for the Employee Health Plan
The Cleveland Clinic

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David Pauer, is the fourth speaker of the MWC’s upcoming conference on Nov 6-7. The presentation is entitled “What can small business learn from one of the largest employee wellness programs in the world?”.

David is Director of Wellness for the Employee Health Plan (EHP) of Cleveland Clinic. EHP covers healthcare and wellness expenses for more than 100,000 Cleveland Clinic employee Caregivers and their family members. He has been with Cleveland Clinic for 12 years, first as a manager with the Employee Wellness department, and since 2010 with the EHP.

David has dedicated his career to nonprofit health organizations. He previously was the executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, the executive director of the Herb Society of America, and executive vice president of the American Diabetes Association, Ohio Affiliate.

Pauer earned a Master of Nonprofit Organizations degree, specializing in healthcare organizations, from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from The Ohio State University. David spent a year studying Spanish language, culture, and public health in Madrid, Spain in a program through Bowling Green State University.

 

 

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11/6 Training: Workplace Wellness that Works – Conversation Laura Putnam

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By: Michigan Wellness Council

 

WellBites Interview: Laura Putnam

Get to know Laura and more about her upcoming 11/6 training Workplace Wellness that Works can impact the success of your wellness programs.

 

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November 6, 2018:
Workplace Wellness That Works

(Day 1 Of Two-Day Conference)

Training Sponsored by   MARSHmclennan

Laura Putnam is the award-winning author of the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management book, Workplace Wellness That Works, and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading provider of well-being and human performance speaking and training services. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. Learn more about Laura at her website and follow her on LinkedIn.

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Nov 6-7 Conference: Speaker Spotlight – Shawn Premer

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By: Michigan Wellness Council

speaker spotlight

Nov 6-7 Conference
Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture

 

Shawn Premer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Consumers Credit Union

shawn.jpgShawn Premer, is the third speaker for our upcoming conference on Nov 6-7. The presentation is entitled “Creating a world-class wellness program as an employee engagement strategy”.

Shawn Premer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Consumers Credit Union – Consumers Credit Union has 300 employees, over $900 million in assets and is headquartered in Kalamazoo MI. Shawn is responsible for providing leadership in establishing and implementing human resource strategies. Shawn’s primary focus is on employee and member engagement. Consumers is proud of its 98% member satisfaction rate, it’s over 11 years of recognition as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies and 4 years of being recognized Nationally as a 101 Best & Brightest Company!  In addition, Consumers has been honored as a 101 Best & Brightest in Wellness Employer in Michigan and a Healthiest 100 Employer Nationally.

Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in business Management from Northwood University and an MBA with a focus in Global Business Studies from Cornerstone University.  Shawn also holds SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist (CCWS) certifications.

A wife of 24 years and a mother of three, Shawn is also an avid runner and yogi.  In 2016 she was honored as Michigan’s Top HR Professional by the Michigan Chapter of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).  She also serves on the executive council for Michigan Chapter of SHRM, the board of Southwest Michigan First, the advisory board for Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Groves Facility, and the board of Senior Services of Southwest Michigan where she chairs the Human Resource Executive Committee.  In addition to the organizations listed above Shawn also founded and chairs the Kalamazoo Area Wellness Networking group, which includes 20 area organizations who come together to share wellness best practices.

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American Society of Employers (ASE) announces the Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2018

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By: American Society of Employers

 

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces the Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2018

Honorees will be celebrated on Nov. 8 at ASE’s Annual Summit

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —October 8, 2018 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce the honorees for its annual Michigan HR Executive of the Year for 2018.  Through a nomination process overseen by ASE, candidates are selected in four categories and recognized for their admirable work that distinguishes them in the field of Human Resource Management.  The category winners are:

  • Diane M. Antishin, Vice President, HR Operations, DTE Energy (For-profit Organization – Large Employer)
  • Denise Dorigo Jones, Director, Human Resources, Nemak (For-profit Organization – Small Employer)
  • Elizabeth Wilcox, Associate VP, Human Resources, Kettering University (Non-profit Organization – Large Employer)
  • Michelle Hansel, Vice President, Human Resources, Detroit Regional Chamber (Non-profit Organization – Small Employer)

 

“The caliber of honorees this year is impressive, as always.  They’ve each dedicated themselves to the HR profession and have proven their dedication through their achievements,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.

The Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2018 will receive their awards at ASE’s 15th Annual Summit, which celebrates not only the honorees but the pivotal role of the HR profession in Michigan’s business and non-profit communities. ASE will also celebrate and recognize its members that have been with ASE for 50+ years.

The ASE Annual Summit will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company.

ASE’s 2018 Annual Summit is open to both ASE members and non-members. Tickets are $99 per person, $539 for groups of six, and $639 for groups of eight. The evening includes networking, cocktails, small plates, and dessert. To purchase tickets or for registration information, please call 248-223-8006 or visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for HR information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.