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March Monthly Meeting

March 21, 2018
11:15 AM CDT to 1:15 PM CDT
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Federal Reserve Bank
1801 Allen Parkway
Houston, TX 77019

Delivering Low Cost, High Value Benefits

Join us for this month's program and invite your CFO to attend for no extra charge.

Whenever employers are focused on the bottom line, it is easy to fall into the "penny wise, pound foolish" trap to managing employee benefits cost. In order to be proactive as head of Benefits, we need to shift the thinking from "what is the lowest cost" to "what is the highest value" by your employees.  This session will tell you how two Fortune 500 companies have been innovative to reduce benefits spend yet also be strategic in expanding benefits offerings.  As a takeaway, this transformation has led to improved overall satisfaction scores from employees and HR professional becoming a true business partners with their Finance departments. Come join us on March 21st to hear more about it!





Caroline Nakamura, Director of Benefits, Crown Castle International

Caroline Nakamura oversees the strategy, design and delivery of the Crown Castle benefit plans leading a team of employees in the Houston and Pittsburgh offices.  Caroline’s primary focus at Crown Castle is to attract, retain and engage talent by providing high-value, cost-effective benefits that are easy to understand and use, for employees at every stage of life.

With experience in a wide range of health and welfare benefits and qualified and non-qualified plans, Caroline began her benefits career consulting for clients in the energy, technology, and healthcare industries.  After moving from consulting to corporate benefits, Caroline has lead, restructured and repositioned several teams to be value-adding business partners, while playing an influential role corporate M&A activities.

Brent Schwartz, Director, Human Resources, Hess Corporation

Brent Schwartz is responsible for all aspects of human resources service delivery including human resource systems, global mobility, policy development, payroll, internal employee service center and compliance. He is also a member of the Hess HR Leadership Team and has extensive global compensation and benefits experience.



Catherine O'Neill, Senior Director, Health & Benefits, Willis Towers Watson

Catherine is a Senior Director in the Health & Benefits practice for Willis Towers Watson in Houston.  She joined the firm in 2010 from Cigna Healthcare, where she was an account executive, with prior tenure from another national consulting firm.

Catherine has over 15 years of experience in health and welfare strategy and design.  Her expertise includes building multi-year strategies, vendor management and negotiation as well as the design of wellness and health improvement programs.  She also has extensive M&A experience, including health and welfare integration and program implementation.  Catherine works primarily with oil and gas and related companies, chemical organizations as well as hospital system clients.

Thank you to our event sponsor

Free parking is available in Taft Lot (See parking map).

Registration closes on Monday, March 19th at noon.

Note: Due to the visitor processing protocol at Federal Reserve Bank, all attendees will need to be on the registration list and provide a government-issued ID (driver license or passport) at the event check-in area past the security screening. Anyone who has not registered will not be admitted to the event.


$30.00 Member Ticket

$45.00 Guest Ticket

$0.00 Bring your CFO for Free Ticket *One free ticket per company