Self-Funding Employee Health Plans Brady Bizarro Consulting Attorney The Phia Group, LLC "Self-funding an employee health plan remains one of the most effective cost-containment strategies for employers with a relatively healthy workforce and a willingness to customize a plan." Bizarro is able to discuss the House and Senate healthcare bills, the ongoing efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, healthcare policy, ethics and fiduciary duties, and the benefits of self-funding. He is the author of several articles, including "Self-Funding Remains Strong Even As 'Repeal and Replace' Falters," in California Broker Magazine; "State-mandated Continuation of Coverage and ERISA Preemption: What Self-funded Employers Need to Know," in The Self-Insurer; and "As Employer-Sponsored Plans Multiply, Self-Funding Remains an Attractive Option," in America's Benefit Specialist. ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/bradybizarro Website: https://www.phiagroup.com Contact: Matthew Painten, [email protected]
Applying Technology to Make Life Better Eleanor Loiacono Professor of Business/Data Science/Management Information Systems Worcester Polytechnic Institute "In a world of fast-paced change, we cannot afford to ignore those with differing abilities, such as those who are neurodiverse (with atypical neurological wiring), struggling with mental health issues, or physically challenged. Applying technology to make life better for a greater swath of the population can strengthen our workforce, increase our productivity, and enhance social justice. A mindfulness-based stress reduction app is a potentially highly impactful project that can help college students better cope with anxiety, depression, and stress, thus increasing their persistence in college. These skills will later translate into the workforce where the app can help with continued practice and reinforcement. Similarly, the development of best practices for engaging neurodiverse workers in the IT field will help companies around the globe expand their talent pool and in-turn bottom line." Loiacono is available to discuss neurodiversity, human/technology relationships (texting on task performance, mindfulness apps), effective computing, accessibility for people with disabilities, and website creation/quality. She is the author of "DSL Provisioning: Redefining Customer Service" and "Instructor's Manual with Test Item and Transparency Masters: Decision Support Systems and Intelligent Systems." Contact: Jessica Messier, [email protected]
The Impact of Games on Learning Lee Sheldon Professor of Practice, Interactive Media & Game Design Worcester Polytechnic Institute "The impact of games has always been profound, from how we mammals learn survival skills as children to games that educate (mentioned as early as 360 BC by Plato); games that heal (physical, psychological and cognitive games); narrative games that tell vivid stories that move us emotionally; and even games with no other thought on their minds than entertaining us, to free us (as all great entertainment media can) from the cares of the world, if even for a short while." Sheldon is available to discuss game writing, interactive learning, classes as games (teaching style) and TV writing. He is the author of "The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game" and "Character Development and Storytelling for Games" (Second Edition). He has also written multiple video games, including "The Lost Manuscript 2: The Summer Palace Cipher," a virtual reality game teaching Mandarin and Chinese culture; "These Far Hills," a video game teaching engineering and science for an NSF proposal; "Crimson Dilemma," a business ethics video game for Indiana University that debuted in fall 2014; and wrote and designed "Secrets: A Cyberculture Mystery Game," an online class designed as a game teaching culture and identity on the Internet for Excelsior College. Most recently, he wrote "The Lion's Song," a four-episode game following the lives and adventures of four artists, which was released in the summer of 2017. Before his career in games, Sheldon was a television writer-producer with over 200 produced shows ranging from "Charlie's Angels" to "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Contact: Jessica Messier, [email protected]
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