• A two-day, LIVE virtual experience offering an exchange of ideas and solutions to some of your most pressing issues:

  • Health Equity

  • Healthcare Costs

  • Telehealth

  • Behavioral Health

  • Financial Wellness

  • Caregiving Solutions

  • New Federal Regulations and Legislation

  • Live talks from Internationally, nationally and locally renowned speakers who will share how organizations and leaders are Rising to the Challenge

    • On-demand playback of the live sessions will be available for one month afterwards
    • Bonus: Access to on-demand recordings of some of our most popular recent programs

  • Live and interactive Exhibitor Hall showcasing innovative product and service providers via live video chat

  • This conference isn't just about content...it's also about the people you'll meet and the experiences you'll have:
    • Discovering, connecting and live video chatting (including one-on-one private sessions) with those you know and those you'd like to know

    • Taking a virtual coffee or lunch break with friends and colleagues

    • Exploring a virtual tradeshow of the latest benefits-related products and services

    • Receiving surprises and maybe even some prizes throughout

  • Plus, you can wear comfy clothes and "attend" from your home or office!

2020 has compelled us to rethink and reimagine the content and delivery of our annual conference — not just in a comparable manner but an even better one! 

In doing so, we are bringing you speakers we may not have been able to deliver in person; attendees from the region and beyond; and content and stories that are even more meaningful, inspiring and thought provoking.

This conference isn't just about content...it's also about the people and the experiences


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Sneak Peek at the Conference
Day 1 Sessions and Speakers

Read Dr. Betancourt's Bio
Hear Message from Dr. Betancourt

Lessons from 2020: COVID-19, Racism and Structural Equity

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH
Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
Massachusetts General Hospital

This year has been difficult, and transformational, as it relates to health equity. The dual pandemics of COVID-19, and the resurgence of racist events, have led to a major reckoning about how health care, and society, can be more just and equitable. This presentation will share key lessons from these experiences.

Dr. Larry Garber, MD
Reliant Medical Group

Marianna Gil
Director of Health Benefits
City of Boston

Dr. Kristi Henderson

SVP, Innovation & Telehealth

Moderated by
John Jesser

President of Clinical Solutions

The Emerging Value of Telehealth – A Panel Discussion with a Telehealth Provider, an Employer and a Physician

The pandemic and resulting health crisis have forced employers and employees alike to seek alternative ways to access healthcare services. Telehealth has experienced explosive growth and provides a convenient and cost-effective way to receive services without leaving home or place of employment.

This session will discuss various models of Telehealth services, what place these services have in the overall scope of healthcare and where we believe this industry will move in the future. Hear perspectives from all sides of this issue — from Telehealth Provider to Physician to Employer — and learn what best practices you can employ moving forward.


Ashley Whillans 
Behavioral Scientist,
Assistant Professor at
Harvard Business School

Time Smart: Scientific Strategies for Reclaiming Your Time & Living a Happier Life

Four out of five working adults report feeling like they have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Time-poor people experience less joy each day. They laugh less. They are less healthy, less productive, and are more likely to divorce. In one survey of 2.5 million Americans, time poverty produced a stronger negative effect on happiness than being unemployed. How can we escape time traps that keep us from being the employee, leader, partner, and human being that we strive to be?

In this session, learn scientifically based strategies for improving “time affluence.” These strategies can free up seconds, minutes, and hours that, over the long term, become weeks and months that you can reinvest in positive and productive activities.

Hear about the factors that the speaker has observed — based on research with leaders, consultants, and 30,000 global employees — that are making all of us “time poor” during the COVID19 pandemic; and strategies for building healthy habits, rituals, breaks, and boundaries to make this “forced experiment” in working from home more sustainable.

 Shawna Oliver
NA Benefits Strategy Lead
Manulife – John Hancock

A Behavioral Health Care Initiative – An Employer Case Study

Long before COVID-19, John Hancock planned to launch a new Employee Behavioral Health Initiative for 2020. Like many, never could they have imagined that just a few months later, behavioral health would be at the forefront of their overall employee well-being program.

This case study will explore: why they identified their behavioral health initiative as significant (prior to COVID-19); guidance provided to employees and family members for navigating/accessing/coordinating care through their medical plan/EAP/other onsite/near site partners; eliminating the stigma of behavioral needs within their multiple employee communities; and eliminating copayments and coinsurance for behavioral health care.  These topics and more will be shared by Shawna.   

Signed by Julian Edelman

Exhibit Hall 

Ample time will be allotted throughout this 2-day conference (before, during and after) to visit and explore the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest benefits-related products and services, live video chat with exhibitors and qualify to enter a drawing to win a New England Patriots football signed by Julian Edelman!



Day 2 Sessions & Speakers

Read Joyce Russell's Bio
Hear Message from Joyce Russell

Go Above and Beyond: Always Put a Cherry on Top!

Joyce Russell 
President of the Adecco Group US Foundation
Author of Put a Cherry On Top: Generosity in Life and Leadership

In the spirit of finding a silver lining in 2020, one thing we can all agree on is the importance of relationships, and how those relationships can help carry us through all things in life.  Joyce Russell, President at Adecco Group US Foundation, and author of Put a Cherry on Top: Generosity in Life and Leadership will share personal stories and proven leadership lessons, as well as what it looks like to “put a cherry on top” in this new environment.

Sondra McVeigh

Head of Product Deployment
Empower Retirement

Seth Serxner
Chief Health Officer
SVP Population Health

Financial Wellness for Challenging Times

Employees continued to experience unprecedented levels of stress. One of the chief drivers of stress, even prior to the pandemic, is financial stress – stress over current finances, savings goals and retirement readiness – which impacts overall well-being.  According to a recent industry report, "Employees who feel supported by their employer report feeling more successful, valued, engaged, productive and respected. Unsupported, those feelings drop significantly." This session will help identify financial wellness resources, approaches and solutions you can implement that will support more stability and better business outcomes.

Tracey Crowell
Director, Benefits

VF Corporation

Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.
Child Care Aware® of America

Mary Jane Williams
Vice President, Total Rewards
HarborOne Bank

Moderated by 
Jennifer Sabatini Fraone 
Director of Corporate Partnerships Boston College 
Center for Work & Family 

Caregiving During COVID-19 —
Employer Strategies and Community Resources to Help Employees Navigate “Back to School” and “Return to Office”

Back to school and return to office are impacting employees and their families in unprecedented ways. Resources are strained, and employers are considering a variety of caregiving solutions to creatively support employees who have child(ren) or caregiving responsibilities for a child(ren) of any age, pet owners and those with caregiving responsibilities for elderly parents and/or sick family members.

A work and family expert from the Boston College Center for Work & Family will moderate a panel of experts representing marketplace issues trends, employer considerations and solutions. The discussion will be framed within the context of the latest research. This session will address creative strategies and solutions, emerging trends and available resources and solutions to support employees and their families.



Kenneth Ralff
Senior Vice President
Employee Benefits Office Leader 

Mike Smith
AVP, Producer
Northeast Benefits

Creativity in Crisis – Workforce Well-being Trends & Solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our societies, communities, families and ourselves.  Employee benefits are no exception.  In this session, Lockton experts will discuss how health and welfare benefits strategies and priorities have changed through the lens of our 2020 national benefits survey and multiple pulse surveys conducted throughout the crisis. The focus will be on concrete steps that employers can take to promote and improve employee well-being with an emphasis on emotional and mental health.  In addition, the pandemic has caused the largest leap in the digitization of business in history.  Have benefits programs kept pace with this massive leap forward in tech?  We will conclude discussing a roadmap that employers can implement in 2021 to control these shifting priorities and meet strategic objectives.

Prerecorded On-demand Sessions* 

Why Employer Healthcare Cost Increases Could Accelerate
(October 2020)
David Seltz
Executive Director for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Solutions That Address Cost Drivers (October 2020)
Jeff Levin-Scherz, MD, MBA, FACP
Managing Director and Co-leader of the North American Health Management Practice at Willis Towers Watson

Federal Health Legislation and Regulation (October 2020)
James Gelfand
Senior Vice President, Health Policy, The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC)

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 Why you should attend

Learn solutions, tools and best practices for Rising to the Challenge

Gain some "2020 insight" into how benefits have evolved this year and what this means for the future.

Explore the virtual exhibitor hall and live video chat with exhibitors to learn the latest in employee benefits. 
See who's exhibiting so far!

Connect with friends, colleagues, advisors and other professionals and experts in the industry via live video chat.

And, while we are All Together, we’ll take a few moments to celebrate 40 years of NEEBC strong!



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$275 Members | $350 Non-members 

Unable to attend? Register anyways, and we’ll send you an on-demand recording of the conference.


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*On-demand video recordings from some of our most popular, recent programs will be available from December 10, 2020 through January 15, 2021.  These recordings are usually only available to the participants of these programs.