64th Annual Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, October 14 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
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Trustees and Administrators Education and Networking

Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP®) - Part I

Two-day workshop—Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Employee Health registration code: 1811H 
Employee Pensions registration code: 1811P​

Regarded as the educational benchmark of excellence in the public sector, the CAPPP​ program addresses core concepts and current trends in the legal, legislative, plan design and fiduciary aspects of public sector benefit plans. Faculty are practitioners in the public sector and provide rich and current examples from actual situations. Class size is limited to foster group discussion and a solid comprehension of the issues being addressed.

New Trustees Institute—Level I: Core Concepts

Two and a half-day workshop—Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 13-15
Registration code: 18N8

Designed for Taft-Hartley trustees who have served for less than two years or who have not previously attended an International Foundation educational program. The New Trustees Institute is ideal for collective bargaining and other personnel who work with trustees and who would like a better understanding of their role and responsibilities. The institute’s highly rated faculty will return to lead the program. 

​New Trustees Institute—​Level II: Concepts in Practice - Filled - contact us at edreg@ifebp.org to be waitlisted.

Two-day workshop—Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Registration code: 18N9

This program explores how the concepts introduced in Level I apply to trust fund management, digging deeper into each area so trustees gain more confidence in their knowledge. Those completing Level II will have a greater understanding of their fiduciary responsibilities and will have a firmer overall grasp of trust fund management. Attendance of New Trustees Institute—​Level I: Core Concepts​ in strongly encouraged.  

Administrators Masters Program (AMP®)

Two-day workshop—Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Registration code: 18E2

The Administrators Masters Program (AMP) is designed for administrators and administrative staff who have five or more years of professional administrative experience. The objective of the preconference is to help attendees develop enhanced skills in leadership and management, communications and customer service, project management, and strategic dialogue that will make them even more effective in their current roles. Those who complete the program may attend the special sessions held exclusively for AMP graduates on Tuesday during the Annual Conference.

Trustees Masters Program (TMP)  

Two-day workshop—Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Registration code: 18D2

The Trustees Masters Program (TMP) is the pinnacle event for advanced-level trustee networking and education. Designed by trustees and practitioners in the field for trustees who have five or more years of experience, TMP is for serious-minded trustees who want to think and act more boldly, systematically and proactively. The curriculum builds on trustees’ existing knowledge base and experience through peer exchange and group exercises over an intense two days. If you have already completed the program, consider the TMP Advanced Leadership Summit on Sunday, November 13.

TMP Advanced Leadership Summit - Filled - contact us at edreg@ifebp.org to be waitlisted.

One-day workshop—Sunday ONLY, October 14
Registration code: 18D3

The TMP Advanced Leadership Summit is an exclusive program for trustees who have earned the TMP Certificate of Attendance and commemorative pin. The Summit offers an opportunity to further examine relevant topics critical to a fund’s overall strategy. What will trustee leadership look like in the future? What are the challenges and prospective solutions for forward-thinking organizations? The topic focus of the TMP Advanced Leadership Summit changes each year to reflect the most essential issues facing trustees today. Attendees of the Summit will earn two tickets toward the main conference certificate of attendance.​

Financial Pla​​​nning Workshops

Lifetime Retirement Planning—For Attendees Over 50     

Two-Day programSaturday and Sunday, October 13-14
Registration code: PC53/PC54

Planning for your future begins today. If you are aged 50 or older, the Lifetime Retirement Planning workshop is a tremendously good use of your time. The year 2017 will bring more changes to the way you think about and plan for retirement. Your multiemployer pension benefits could be reduced. 

Congress and the president want to reform Social Security and Medicare—How do you prepare for that? What market strategies make sense? Will you be dealing with an aging parent or an adult child as you approach retirement? With its timely, practical content and comprehensive scope, the Lifetime Retirement Planning workshop is one of the most popular preconference programs. It provides the tools to help you navigate a stronger and more secure future.

​​​Spouses/Guests may also attend the Lifetime Retirement Planning Workshops at a reduced price!
Use registration code: PC55/56


Lifetime Financial Planning—For Attendees Under 50  

One-Day programSunday ONLY, October 14
Registration code: PC30

Before and during retirement you must make many financial and nonfinancial decisions that will affect your economic and retirement well-being. This midcareer financial planning program has been designed for attendees between the ages of 35 and 50, providing the head start essential to the planning process.

The Lifetime Financial Planning Workshop will not only help you manage your personal financial plan and investments, but it will also teach you how to implement a program for your fund. This educational workshop offers useful timetables and checklists that will assist trustees and other multiemployer representatives in developing a financial planning program for fund participants with more than ten years until retirement.

​Spouses/Guests may also attend the Lifetime Financial Planning Workshops at a reduced price!
Use registration code: PC36         

One-Day Enrichment Workshops—Attend One or Both days!

Enrichment Workshops are $445 per day through September 4, 2018 and $595 per day after September 4.

Saturday October 13, 2018 ▪ 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.​

1% Human: Unravelling the Gut-Brain-Microbiota Connection
Registration code: PC01

You have more bacteria in your gut than there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Too small for the human eye to see, your gut bacteria - or microbiota - have an enormous impact on your health. While muc​h of our attention is focused on obesity and diabetes, mental health and digestive disease - which often go hand-in-hand - are greatly impacting American lives. From triggering food cravings and influencing our weight...to impacting mental wellbeing and chronic inflammation, the science of humans and their bacteria is transforming how we think about human health.

In this interactive session, we will introduce the gut as the intersection of digestive, immune and nervous system health. We will discuss the lifestyle factors that lead to alterations in gut and microbiota health and do a thorough review of therapeutic approaches to digestive disease. We will explore how this subject is being handled in the media and the marketplace and look at pre-and probiotics and how microbiota fits into the future of personalized medicine. 

Participants will learn:

  1. How the digestive track is linked to immune and nervous system health.
  2. About the science and psychology of the microbiota - and how it impacts common health conditions.
  3. The imact of digestive disease on employee health and cost of delivering care.
  4. Participants will gain tools tohelp them simplify their own eating habits to improve personal wellness and add disease-free years to their lives.
Desiree Nielsen
Registered Dietitian, Author

The 7 Communication Habits of Highly Effective Leaders 
Registration code: PC03

Successful leaders in today's world possess strong interpersonal skills. They're able to connect with their employees, understand their needs, build trusting relationships, and collaborate effectively with them to produce results.

This presentation will provide an overview of best practices in interpersonal communications. Also, it will help participants enhance their skills by increasing the effectiveness of their interactions with employees and teams. This session will focus on skill-building in areas of relationship development, coaching, conflict resolution, and performance management to improve employee retention, motivation, and productivity. 

Greg Brannan

Curbing Addictions and Addictive Behaviors Using the Science of Mindfulness

Registration code: PC05

Mindfulness, the practice of non-judgmental attention to experience in the present moment, has been shown in scientific studies to provide relief from many physical and mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, overeating, addictive behaviors, high blood pressure and poor memory. The science of mindfulness provides ample tools to help us understand, and potentially change our unconscious responses to stress.

Stress and anxiety can often trigger substance use. By creating a capacity to observe and be aware of stressful and difficult situations, there is less need ti immediately react. With mindfulness, you are better able to notice your emotions and make room for them, which decreases the pressure that you put on yourself.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn tools and practices to help you:

  • Use less: Understand the science of mindfulness
  • Understand the addictive mind
  • Identify and manage strong emotions which lead to substance use
  • Work with chronic pain in scientifically based non-drug approaches
  • Identify and reduce habitual muscle tension
  • Practice mindfulness based solutions
  • Share these approaches with others 

Lisa R. Schmidt, MS, CN, CEBS, CYT, CBC, SEP
Instructor, Arizona State University
Cinical Dietitian, Midfulness Care & Certified Yoga Teacher


Sunday October 14, 2018 ▪ 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Fighting Diabesity with Your Fork
Registration code: PC02

The way we have been treating diabetes and chronic disease is not working. According to the American Diabetes Association, as of 2012 more than 29 million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million Americans have prediabetes. The impact on quality of life, cost of delivering care and the productivity of the workforce is staggering. And yet, we can do something about this: Getting well starts with what we put on our plates. It is time we stop believing that obesity and type 2 diabetes are irreversible maladies. 

In this interactive session, we will begin with a presentation on diabesity; what it is, how it occurs and the role of prevention and treatment. We will discuss the fundamental flaw in our current approach to treating diabesity and the role of insulin in chronic disease. In addition, you will learn more about new research on effective therapeutic nutrition for type 2 diabetes. We will follow with discussion on how to address the issue of diabesity at the personal, wellness and organizational level. This session will conclude with an investigation of and tutorial on using tools at each of these levels. 

Desiree Nielsen
Registered Dietitian, Author

Communicating Effectively in a Diverse World
Registration code: PC04

The average 21st century workplace is an increasingly diverse environment. Employees come from many different cultureal backgrounds and generations. They have various personalities, and sometimes opposing ways of approaching interactions with their co-workers. To succeed in this environment, today's professional must be sensitive tothese differences, and possess strong communication skills. 

This important session will provide attendees with a greater understanding of the cultural, generational and personality differences most prevalent in today's workforce. Also, the session will discuss several key communication skills that will enhance attendees' ability to interact effectively with diverse individuals to strengthen relationships, improve teamwork and resolve conflicts. These skills will include collaborative questioning, active listening and creative compromising. 

Greg Brannan

Mindfulness and Stress Management: Optimal Performance Using Mindful Tools 
Registration code: PC06

Living with stress and anxiety is much more prevalent than you might imagine. Millions of people are burdened by life's challenges every single day - from difficult life events and balancing professional and personal responsibilities - to acute pain, illness and chronic health conditions. For most of us, stress is caused by a combination of all or some of these factors. It can be difficult, if not impossible, for us to talk about our stress and anxiety or face its causes. In our culture of minimization, avoidance and denial of our fears and feelings, we dig ourselves deeper into day-to-day pain and suffering. In this workshop, you will learn how the Science of Mindfulness helps us stress less by increasing our awareness to promote relaxation. 

Learning objectives include

  • The science of mindfulness
  • Understanding the biology of the body and the stress response
  • How to enhance our responses to stress
  • Developing an attitude of gratitude to cultivate positive states of mind
  • How to identify the signs of compassion fatigue to solve burnout
  • Five practices to promote less stress and improve mental focus and performance
  • Two practices to promote better sleep and improve health outcomes 

Lisa R. Schmidt, MS, CN, CEBS, CYT, CBC, SEP

Instructor, Arizona State University
Clinical Dietitian, Mindfulness Care & Certified Yoga Teacher