2022 Conference & Expo Speakers

Using a thorough, member-driven selection process, The 2022 IN-VALUE-ABLE Conference & Expo has chosen presenters from across the country specializing in leadership, employee benefits, health, and wellbeing to ensure all participants receive the tools and innovative ideas they need to transform their benefits program now and in the future.

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford
Keynote January 27 | 11 AM EST
How to Rebound, Reset, and Reach Higher: Turn Change Into Opportunity

If you knew of someone who became a Hall of Fame athlete despite four impaired limbs, would you like to hear what that person had to say about finding opportunity in adversity?

Roger Crawford has helped organizations elevate expectations, accelerate performance, and transform results. On the center court, Sports Illustrated has recognized Roger as “One of the most accomplished, physically challenged athletes in history!” He’s also the recipient of the ITA Achievement Award, presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Now on center stage, Roger is one of the most sought-after speakers globally and has been inducted into the International Speaker Hall of Fame. Roger brings instant credibility and has the unique ability to connect with your audience. His message is authentic because he lives a “no excuses” mindset every day.

Roger’s presentations go beyond his inspirational story, focusing on helping your team breakthrough self-imposed limitations and reach next-level success.

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy
Keynote February 10 | 11 AM EST
My Journey: Making Mental Health Essential Health

During his 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, Patrick J. Kennedy fought to end discrimination against those with mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. He is best known as the lead sponsor of the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Federal Parity Law), which was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008. The Federal Parity Law provides millions of Americans, previously denied care, with access to mental health and addiction treatment by requiring insurance companies to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer.

In addition to the Federal Parity Law, Kennedy authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills during his time in Congress to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the Positive Aging Act; Foundations for Learning Act; National Neurotechnology Initiative Act; Genomics, and Personalized Medicine Act; COMBAT PTSD Act; Nurse-Family Partnership Act; Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act; and Ready, Willing, and Able Act, which called on the Department of Homeland Security to deploy a civilian response system to blunt the psychological impact of terrorism. He served on various committees and subcommittees, including the House Appropriations Committee; the Subcommittee on Health, Education, and Welfare; the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs.

Patrick J. Kennedy is also the founder of DontDenyMe.org, an educational campaign that empowers consumers and providers to understand parity rights and connects them to essential appeals guidance and resources; co-founder of One Mind, an organization that pushes for greater global investment in brain research; co-founder of Psych Hub, the most comprehensive online learning platform on mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention topics in the world; co-chair of Mental Health for US, a nonpartisan initiative designed to elevate mental health and addiction in policy conversations during the 2020 election cycle; and co-chair of the Action Alliance’s National Response to COVID-19, which brings together public and private sectors to lead a coordinated mental health and suicide prevention response.

Brian Alexander

Sara Fraska
Keynote Cleveland
Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas Into Powerful Results

Global innovation expert. Proven senior leader. Award-winning entrepreneur.

With the curiosity of Galileo and the tenacity of a street fighter, Sara Frasca is an innovation expert. Honing her skills at senior leadership roles in both corporate America and the world of startups, Sara now serves as Vice President of Innovation for Platypus Labs, global innovation enablement, invention, and consulting firm. She helps leading organizations cultivate human imagination, build a culture of innovation, and solve complex problems in creative ways. Sara is the go-to resource for leaders seeking a competitive advantage and sustainable success by harnessing innovation.

Prior to Platypus Labs, Sara spent 13 years at General Mills in multiple leadership roles. She was also an account director at the interactive agency ePrize, leading the forefront of digital transformation for Fortune 500 brands. Sara is the founder and proud owner of Trasca & Co. Eatery and was named the 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sara Fraska

Sara Fraska
Keynote Cleveland
Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas Into Powerful Results

Global innovation expert. Proven senior leader. Award-winning entrepreneur.

With the curiosity of Galileo and the tenacity of a street fighter, Sara Frasca is an innovation expert. Honing her skills at senior leadership roles in both corporate America and the world of startups, Sara now serves as Vice President of Innovation for Platypus Labs, global innovation enablement, invention, and consulting firm. She helps leading organizations cultivate human imagination, build a culture of innovation, and solve complex problems in creative ways. Sara is the go-to resource for leaders seeking a competitive advantage and sustainable success by harnessing innovation.

Prior to Platypus Labs, Sara spent 13 years at General Mills in multiple leadership roles. She was also an account director at the interactive agency ePrize, leading the forefront of digital transformation for Fortune 500 brands. Sara is the founder and proud owner of Trasca & Co. Eatery and was named the 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jim Klein

Jim Klein
Featured Cleveland
Healthcare Policy Update

Jim is president of the American Benefits Council and serves on the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plan’s Government Liaison Committee and on the Association Council of the American Council for Capital Formation. He is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a member of the editorial advisory board of Benefits Quarterly, and a private sector advisor to the Insurance and Pension Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

 

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