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2023 Spring Symposium: Commitment to a Healthy Workforce

May 17, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 5:30 pm

2023 Spring Symposium


With rising inflation, high healthcare costs, and a tight labor market, businesses are looking for solutions to keep their employees engaged and increase productivity. In this session, employers will learn how to think differently to create a transformative culture that builds trust, fosters productivity, and retains talent. When organizations create a culture of accountability, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of their employees, they position themselves to manage change, implement critical initiatives, and create high-performing organizations.

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11:30am – 12:00pm CT Registration & Networking Mixer
12:00pm – 1:00pm CT Networking Lunch
1:15pm – 1:30pm CT Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Cheryl DeMars, President and CEO – The Alliance
1:30pm – 2:45pm CT Keynote
  • Sam Silverstein, Founder of the Accountability Institute and Author – Sam Silverstein, Inc.
2:45pm – 3:05pm CT Break
3:05pm – 4:05pm CT Panel Discussion
  • Led by Melina Kambitsi, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Marketing – The Alliance
  • John Stephens, Chief Strategy Officer – WPS Health Solutions
  • Jennifer Pagels, Vice President of Human Resources – AprilAire
  • Michelle Golden, Executive Director of Human Resources & Public Relations – Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District


4:05pm – 4:20pm CT Employer Engagement in Health Policy
4:20pm – 4:30pm CT Wrap Up & Closing Remarks
4:30pm – 5:30pm CT Networking Cocktail Reception


This event has been approved for HCRI, SHRM and OCI CE Credits.



The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s®(HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.




The Alliance is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.




This event is approved by the WI Office of the Commissioner of Insurance for Wisconsin Insurance licensees under the course topic Principles of Accident and Health insurance.



Keynote Speaker:

Sam Silverstein

Author and Founder of the Accountability Institute Sam Silverstein, Inc.

Sam’s mission is to empower people to live accountable lives, transform the way they do business, and to thrive at extraordinary levels. By challenging leaders to shift priorities, cultivate an organizational culture, and inspire both individuals and teams to take ownership, he is helping companies significantly increase productivity, profitability, and growth.

Sam has been inducted into the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame and Global Gurus has named him as one of the World’s Top Organizational Culture Professionals. Sam is the founder of The Accountability Institute™, an organization that certifies advisors to work with executives, managers, and organizations to build greater accountability and develop stronger leaders. He is the author of twelve books including The Accountability Advantage.

As a former executive and owner, Sam successfully sold one of his businesses to a Fortune 500 company. Today, Sam writes, speaks, and consults with organizations around the globe to think differently, work with renewed purpose, and achieve record-breaking results. He works with entrepreneurs, multi-national companies, corporations, and government agencies to drive increased accountability, engagement, and productivity.


John Stephens

Chief Strategy Officer, WPS Health Solutions

John Stephens is the Chief Strategy Officer at WPS, responsible for the strategy and people teams (which include HR, Benefits, Communications and DEI), and he also now leads WPS’ health insurance business, comprised of ASO/Self-Funded business, group risk, individual, Family Care (a Wisconsin Medicaid adjacent program), and Medicare Supplement.

John joined WPS in 2013, bringing expertise in strategic planning, business growth, and health care business model innovation. He is a community board member for the Wisconsin Chapter of JDRF, board member of WPS subsidiaries Epic and WPS Health plan, and was a past board member of Aspirus Arise Health Plan.

He earned a degree in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jennifer Pagels

Vice President of Human Resources, AprilAire

Jennifer Pagels is Vice President of Human Resources for AprilAire, where she provides executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization’s HR operations. She has 20+ years of experience in consumer products and manufacturing organizations, implementing programs to help drive engagement, attract and retain talent, and deliver on the company’s key business initiatives. Jennifer is also a former Board Member for The Alliance.

Michelle Golden

Executive Director of Human Resources and Public Relations, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District

Michelle Golden is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Public Relations for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District. She and her team opened an onsite DPC, using ReforMedicine, in July 2017. Since then, the district has saved over $18 million dollars in health insurance costs. The cost savings has gone into staff compensation.


May 17, 2023
11:30 am - 5:30 pm