CONNECT Global Benefits Summit


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The Newest Event for Global Employee Benefits Professionals

Expert-led sessions, comprehensive case studies and a focus on networking make CONNECT Global Benefits Summit a must-attend event for global benefits professionals.

Explore the latest industry trends and the best practices of a dynamic global benefits strategy while gaining the unique perspective of elite global professionals.

The inaugural CONNECT Global Benefits Summit will be held May 11-13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference will kick-off Monday evening and run through midday Wednesday afternoon—allowing for easy weekday travel to and from the event.

​Conference Sessions

CONNECT will feature expert-led sessions and innovative case studies drawing from emerging trends and challenges in the global benefits industry. Session topics include:

  • Developing a Centralized Global Benefits Strategy
  • Managing Global Benefits for an Expanding and Diverse Workforce
  • Global Family-Friendly Benefits—A Holistic Approach
  • Multinational Pooling Governance
  • Global Benefits Challenges in Mergers and Acquisitions: From Start to
  • Challenges and Solutions to Meet Impossible Acquisition Terms From Seller
  • Global Benefits Governance and Harmonization During Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Global Medical Trends
  • Global Mobility—Insuring the Mobile Employee Attendees
  • Sneak Attack: The Top Global Mobility Employment Issues Organizations Face . . . Or Ignore at Their Peril
  • What All Employee Benefits Professionals Should Know About the Changing Landscape of Data Privacy Working Effectively with Finance and Accounting Teams 

Additional sessions to be annouced!

Roundtable Discussions

These engaging small-group discussions provide the niche information you need for your specific role.

  • Roundtable Discussion: Asia Pacific
  • Roundtable Discussion: Europe
  • Roundtable Discussion: Latin America
  • Roundtable Discussion: Global Mobility 

​Benefits of Attending

  • LEARN from industry experts about the latest issues in global benefits management.
  • NETWORK with an elite group of global benefits professionals—building connections while you learn.
  • GAIN an insider view of how other organizations have found success through comprehensive case studies and lively roundtable discussions.

Who Should Attend

CONNECT Global Benefits Summit provides advanced-level education for professionals in the global benefits industry. Those who should attend include:

  • Human resource, employee benefits and compensation professionals who work for multinational corporations

  • Professionals working for global benefit consulting firms

  • Individuals who have completed the International Foundation Certificate in Global Benefits Management and are looking for the next step in global benefits education.


  • Nicholas C. Dobelbower, Ph.D., CEBS, DipIEB, GPHR Practice Leader, Global Benefits Lockton Companies
  • Jordan L. Fischer, Esq. Co-Founder and Managing Partner XPAN Law Group, LLC
  • Edward B. Gow, GBA, GBA Assistant Vice President, Global Employee Benefits Senior Account Executive ABD Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.
  • Belinda S. Harris, CEBS, GPHR Global Total Rewards Senior Manager Accenture
  • Brian D. Makuck, FSA, EA, FCA Global Practice Leader, International Consulting Buck Global, LLC
  • Lisa Mohr Area Vice President Arthur J. Gallagher
  • Stephen Nied Operating Partner Francisco Partners Consulting
  • Albert Phelps, Jr., CEBS, CEBS Compliant Area Vice President Arthur J Gallagher & Co
  • Rebecca Rakoski, Esq. Co-Founder and Managing Partner XPAN Law Group, LLC
  • Melissa L. Ruchhoeft, J.D. Assistant Vice President and Senior Technical Consulting Lead, Global Benefits Practice Lockton Companies
  • Trent M. Sutton Attorney at Law Littler Mendelson P.C.
  • Lavanga V. Wijekoon Associate Littler
  • Phillip W. Wismar, CEBS Director, Total Rewards HelloFresh

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Continuing Education

​Programs sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are consistently accepted for credit by agencies governing continuing education for license renewal and professional recertification.

For additional information, visit our continuing education (CE)​ web page. 

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS Compliance credit. Visit for additional information.

Registration Information

Please register for Service Provider Pricing if you support external clients, providing a product or service to other employers. Register for Employer Pricing if you work in an internal function that supports your employer’s own employees.

Registration Information
Service Provider PricingMemberNonmember
Through 3/30/2020US $1,195.00US $1,415.00
After 3/30/2020US $1,495.00US $1,715.00
Employer PricingMemberNonmember
Through 3/30/2020US $795.00US $1,015.00
After 3/30/2020US $1,095.00US $1,315.00

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