Leading Minds in Business, Benefits, Human Resources, and Health Care Policy
Come Together at Sun Life Wake Up Summit 2013
Speakers to engage in interactive discussion around the Affordable Care Act
and associated changes
Event to be held on historic day as public health exchanges prepare for
October 1 opening
Panels feature health care policy architect, HR futurist, business leaders and
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- September 23, 2013
The U.S. business group of Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF, TSX: SLF) today
confirmed a group of six expert panelists for its first Sun Life Wake Up
Summit on health care reform. Each brings a specific area of expertise and
point of view to the health care conversation, guaranteeing a broad
perspective on a complex issue affecting brokers, employers and employees.
The panel for this in-depth program, scheduled for October 1, features the
foremost benefits and health care policy experts, who will lead
thought-provoking discussions about the changing U.S. workplace and provide
insurance brokers and employers with practical advice on how to prepare for
the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The issue is taking on added urgency, as public
health insurance exchanges are scheduled to open for business on October 1.
Esteemed panelists include:
Michael W. Ferguson, COO of the non-profit Self Insurance Institute of
America: promotes self-insurance as an alternative risk transfer strategy for
employers looking to finance their group care and worker’s compensation.
Carol Harnett, Health and disability consultant and employee benefits expert:
creates strategies to decrease or maintain benefits costs, improve employee
performance and improve corporate profitability.
Barbara Gniewek, Principal in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Human Resource
Practice and consultant to providers and purchasers: consults with mid-size
and large employers on all aspects of health plan strategy.
Dr. Jeff Bauer, Health futurist and medical economist: focuses on the future
of health care and practical approaches to improving health care delivery.
Anat Baron, Former Head of Mike's Hard Lemonade and change strategist: expert
in reacting to and exploiting change in business.
Coleman H. Peterson, CEO of HR consultancy Hollis Enterprises and former Chief
Human Resource Officer at Wal-Mart: expert in recruitment, development and
retention of very large workforces, stressing leadership development and
“We are honored to feature such a varied group of experts for our first Sun
Life Wake Up Summit,” said Wes Thompson, president of Sun Life Financial U.S.
“When it comes to health care reform, we know that having one piece of the
puzzle is insufficient. Brokers, employers and HR professionals need the whole
puzzle to make decisions that are right for them. We’re confident that the
diversity of these panels will provide attendees with a 360-degree view of the
The first panel, “Health Care Reform: A Practical Guide for Your Company,”
featuring Ferguson, Harnett, Gniewek, Dr. Bauer and Coleman, will focus on
what brokers, employers and HR professionals need to consider in the short
term regarding the ACA, including common misconceptions about reform, the best
and worst aspects of the law, dealing with its complexities, impact and
opportunity for brokers and how to tame unintended consequences.
The second panel, “Health Care 2020: What Will Tomorrow’s Health Care Look
Like?” will bring together Dr. Bauer, Coleman and Baron for a discussion on
the future of health care and workplace benefits, including how practices
being implemented today will change the American workplace of 2020.
“Sun Life wants to change the way people think and talk about employee
benefits,” Thompson said. “The Sun Life Wake Up Summit is one part of this
strategy—bringing together some of the smartest minds in the fields of
insurance and health care reform to have thoughtful discussions about one of
the most defining issues of our time,”
Juan Williams, Emmy Award-winning journalist and Fox News Contributor, will
moderate the panels, which will be preceded by a keynote address, “Health Care
Reform Now: Facts, Rumors, True Stories,” by Dr. Jonathan Gruber. Dr. Gruber
is an M.I.T. professor of economics, renowned health care expert and key
advisor on both Massachusetts’ health care reform legislation and the ACA. His
keynote will address the economic principles behind reform, its goals and how
it works in practice.
The Sun Life Wake Up Summit will take place on Tuesday, October 1 from
1:00-4:00pm ET. it will be broadcast in front of a live studio audience from
WCVB TV-5 studios in Needham, Mass. and streamed live from Sun Life’s U.S.
website. Brokers, HR professionals, third-party administrators and business
owners interested in attending the Sun Life Wake Up Summit can register for
the entire program or individual segments at http://www.sunlife.com/wakeup and
can follow on twitter using #SLFSummit.
Follow Sun Life Financial in the U.S. at www.twitter.com/sunlifeus,
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization
providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and
services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its
partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the
United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan,
Indonesia, India, China, and Bermuda. In the United States and elsewhere,
insurance products are offered by members of the Sun Life Financial group that
are insurance companies. Sun Life Financial Inc., the holding company for the
Sun Life Financial group of companies, is a public company. It is not an
insurance company and does not offer insurance products for sale in the United
States or elsewhere, and does not guarantee the obligations of its insurance
company subsidiaries. In the United States, Sun Life Financial provides a
range of products and services to employers and their employees, including
Group and Voluntary Life, Disability, Dental, Critical Illness, Accident, and
Stop-Loss insurance products. Product offerings may not be available in all
states and may vary depending on state laws and regulations. Sun Life
Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE), and Philippine
(PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF. For more information,
please visit www.sunlife.com/us.
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