BizTimes invites employers to Wellness Summit

Employers and human resource managers interested in starting or improving an employee wellness program are invited to attend the first-ever BizTimes Media Wellness Summit on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The program will feature a strong lineup of employee wellness experts, as well as employers who will share their insights about how they have implemented wellness programs.

The Wellness Summit is designed for company owners, human resource managers and other executives interested in forming workplace wellness programs.
The program will be divided into three consecutive sessions, each to be led by a wellness expert:

Session #1: How to start an employee wellness program.

Expert: Nick Neitzel, community wellness director, Wisconsin Athletic Club.
  • Linda Hogan, vice president and account group leader at Bader-Rutter in Brookfield.
  • Jesse Spraggins, corporate manager of compensation, benefits and wellness, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.

Session #2: How to build a robust, effective employee wellness program.

Expert: Jo Steinberg, president of Midland Health, Butler.
  • Janis Slowey, manager of the Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC).
  • Lisa Mrozinski, benefits manager, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., Milwaukee.
  • Julie Herschleb, director of health and wellness, Johnsonville Sausage LLC., Sheboygan Falls.

Session #3: How to document the ROI (return on investment) of an employee wellness program.

Expert: Connie Roethel, R.N., wellness expert and president of Core Health Group, Mequon.
  • Monica Baker, senior vice president of marketing and human resources, PyraMax Bank, Greenfield.
  • Paul Casper, general manager of Helwig Carbon Products, Milwaukee.
  • Dr. Van Gilder, QuadMed Inc.

The program will be moderated by BizTimes Milwaukee executive editor Steve Jagler.

“In one morning, this program will help employers go from zero to 60 in getting an employee wellness program off the ground,” said BizTimes Milwaukee publisher Dan Meyer. “This program will be a great resource and a catalyst for employers of all sizes who have wanted to start a wellness program, but didn’t know how to begin, or employers who want to take their wellness program to the next level by learning from the best. This program will shine a light on all of the best practices for wellness. It also will help employers learn how to document the ROI for employee wellness.”

The BizTimes Wellness Summit will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 11 a.m., at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., in downtown Milwaukee.

BizTimes Media is partnering with the Wellness Council of Wisconsin to present the program.

The cost to attend is $45 per person. Corporate tables of 10 are available for $450.

To register or obtain more information about the event, visit

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