ANNA

CHOI

KEYNOTE

SPEAKER

5 Keys to Reclaim Your Energy to Prevent Burnout

Anna Sun Choi, CEO and Founder of Conscious Business Coaching, TEDx Speaker, and Forbes Author, is committed to elevating humanity's consciousness by empowering high achieving, six-figure conscious entrepreneurs and business leaders to prevent burnout while scaling their company.​

As a broke art major with zero experience or connections, she started and sold her first financial planning business grossing six figures by age 25.

Over the next decade, Anna served on faculty as 1 of 182 leadership program leaders for a $95 million global enterprise in the personal growth & development industry, while running her own marketing consulting firm for clients in the tech, finance, real estate, wellness, and coaching industry.

She brings over 10,000 hours of mastery in leadership development, high performance, and stress management coaching for hundreds of conscious entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses.

Burned out from the hustle and grind, she pursued energy mastery since 2014 as a taekwondo martial artist, body and brain yoga instructor and educator, and flow consultant now helping her high achieving clients grow in flow through energy mastery.

If you're interested in growing in flow, learn more at www.annasunchoi.com.

ANGELA

HAYES

Extension of Leave Provisions Under the FFCRA

Angela is Senior Legal Counsel at Associated Industries in Spokane, WA. Prior to joining the association in 2009, she was a principal and managing partner at Randall|Danskin, P.S. where her practice emphasized medical negligence defense; employment, business, and trust litigation; and guardianship work. She received her law degree, summa cum laude, from Gonzaga University in 1998.  Angela graduated from the University of Washington in 1991 with degrees in English and Communication, and from Washington State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She is admitted to practice law in Washington and Idaho.

Bob Poznanovich is the Vice President of Business Development, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Bob is responsible for managing relations with professional referents, managed care and insurance organizations, and other strategic national accounts. Bob joined Hazelden Betty Ford in 2010. Prior to joining the organization, Bob co-founded and was the CEO of AIR, Inc. a behavioral health organization that provided solutions to organizations, families and individuals that were struggling with addiction in their homes or workplaces. Before that, Bob spent over 20 years as a senior sales/business development executive in the technology industry. Bob is co-author of "It Is Not Okay to be a Cannibal….How to Stop Addiction From Eating Your Family Alive," a Hazelden Publishing title. He is also widely recognized as an expert speaker and commentator on understanding the cost of addiction in the workplace, and has appeared in numerous media stories on a variety of addiction-related topics.

The Cost of Addiction in the Workplace

BOB

POZNANOVICH

JAMES SLOTNICK

The Biden Administration's Impact on Employee Benefits

James Slotnick is Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, for Sun Life Financial U.S. James represents Sun Life’s interests to elected officials and regulators, focusing on issues that impact the Group Life, Disability, Dental, Vision, Voluntary, and Stop-Loss industries.
Over the last 15 years James has held various roles within Sun Life’s Client and Technology Services, Distribution, and Legal departments. Prior to his current role, James served as a member of the Integration Management Team for the acquisition of Assurant Employee Benefits, in 2016.
James regularly speaks to audiences across the country about the changing dynamics in Washington and impacts to the employee benefits industry.
James holds a BA from Saint Anselm College, an MBA from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management, and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. In 2017 he was named one of LIMRA’s “Rising Stars of Distribution Under 40”.

BRADY

CASS

Spotlight on Social Determinants of Health

Brady Cass is a strategic healthcare executive with over twenty-five years of experience in creating and executing effective business development and marketing strategies. He is effectively able to challenge the status quo of complex business organizations to utilize available assets and leverage community relationships to deliver results highly in competitive environments.

 

Serving in concurrent executive leadership roles, the President of Asuris Northwest Health serves as the senior leader for Asuris and is accountable for all market facing activities including sales, account management, marketing strategy, distribution channel management, community relations, as well as supporting provider negotiations and regulatory compliance issues.

 

As the Vice President of Business Development and Account Management for Regence Blue Shield, Brady develops and executes strategies to drive enrollment, retention and revenue targets for the Small Group, Association Heath Plan, and Affinity Program portfolios for both Regence and Asuris.

 

Brady is a frequent public speaker at community and industry events with a passion in leadership, generational diversity, and health care literacy and was a featured speaker at TedX Spokane and has also presented at DisruptHR.   

 

A graduate of Eastern Washington University, he has taken additional leadership development courses at Gonzaga University and holds a Registered Health Underwriter designation from the American College.

 

A lifetime native of Washington State, Brady is an active member of the community having served on the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House of the Inland Northwest, Camp STIX Diabetes Programs, American Red Cross, JDRF, and the Holy Family Hospital Foundation.  In addition, he has served on the boards of PrimeSource Credit Union, Downtown Spokane Partnership, and Greater Spokane, Incorporated. 

NATHAN

EDMONDSON

MEL

SORENSEN

Association Health Plans

Nathan Edmondson is Vice President, Sales Manager at Advanced Professionals Insurance & Benefit Solutions, which oversees 32 Association Health Plans (AHPs) in Washington state. With nearly 20 years of experience working with AHPs in the employee benefits industry, Nathan is a recognized leader and subject matter expert who has garnered a reputation for developing unique strategies and solutions. Nathan earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and is an active contributor to several nonprofits and volunteer organizations throughout the state.

Legislative Update

Mel Sorensen joined the firm in July 2000 with more than thirty years of experience representing insurers, health care interests and other regulated industries before the Washington State legislature and various state agencies. Mr. Sorensen’s government relations practice emphasizes legislative and regulatory representation, including matters before the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

 

After graduating from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1983, Mr. Sorensen served as a staff counsel with the Washington State Senate where he provided non-partisan legal advice to members of the Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Joint Administrative Rules Review Committee. After leaving the Senate, he served as Counsel for Government Affairs with Washington Physicians Service until 1989. He has also spent ten years operating his own law practice with an emphasis on government relations and the representation of regulated industries.

EMMA

FOX

Empowering Leadership

Emma is the Chief Operating Officer at E-Powered Benefits; a benefits consulting firm designed to deliver high performance health plans while staying committed to industry-wide transparency.

 

Emma has been an outspoken advocate for cost and healthcare quality transparency using direct contracting, referenced based pricing, and a consultative approach with clients and colleagues alike but most of all, she is dedicated giving a voice to healthcare consumers and dispelling the myths associated with non-traditional health care solutions.

 

She is the founder of Empowered Leadership; an organization dedicated to growing the confidence of young leaders and serves as the Chapter Leadership Development Vice Chair for the National Association of Health Underwriters.

 

While residing in Portland, Oregon, she stays busy with her two children, enjoys cooking, writing, and traveling.

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