Member Newsletter
Summer 2021
Message from the President

Happy Summer! It is our hope that you and yours are enjoying the weather and more family time for a few more weeks while making lemonade out of lemons during these trying times.

41st Annual Conference – May 2021
Despite our hopes for this year to be an in-person event, our virtual annual conference was a great success! Thank you to all who joined us for both days and to the excellent speakers who provided very insightful presentations. I love this quote from one of the attendees:

Nothing dull about what MBGH puts together for its members – edgy, informative, a multitude of perspectives, and very current and topical. A great investment in time and just very well done! This may be your best one yet!!!! Also, your website is a massive upgrade and kudos to whomever re-engineered this.
Click here for the presentation summaries, PowerPoint slides and recordings of the speaker presentations.  

Save the Date! 42nd Annual Conference – May 4-5, 2022
I’m very excited to share, for the first time, MBGH’s 42nd Annual Conference theme and logo! Add to your calendar today!

MBGH Staff is Remote
We are now fully virtual! As of last week, our downtown Chicago offices have officially closed and we are working remotely from our homes. The pandemic served as a good pilot for us. Please make a note of our new mailing address – 211 S. Clark, #2749, Chicago, IL 60604 (this is a P.O. Box).

We will continue to conduct our educational meetings downtown when we are able to once again meet in person – and we can’t wait! Our phone numbers have changed too! Please make a note.
  • Cheryl Larson, President & CEO – 312-372-9375
  • Denise Giambalvo, Vice President – 312-372-9091
  • Judy Hearn, Director, Membership Initiatives – 872-762-3284
  • Dawn Weddle, Director, Member Engagement – 312-372-9379
  • Lori Hurtt, Director, Finance & Operations – 312-372-9376
  • Mindy McBee, Sr. Mgr, Marketing & Programs – 312-372-9378
  • Cristina Evans, Lead, Ops & Communications – 312-372-9090

Educational Programs 2022 – Will We Ever Be In Person Again?
We have a great line-up of programs scheduled for Q1 2022. Will we ever be in person again? The answer is YES, and even though we have more questions than answers these days, we greatly look forward to being together again as soon as it is safe. Until then, make some lemonade and think of us!
In the meantime, we are always available to help – answer questions, connect you with other members, help you conduct an employer benchmarking survey – we’re just a quick email or phone call away.
Cheryl Larson
President & CEO
At our 41st Annual Conference in May, a new executive committee was elected to the board. A big shout out to Pam, Amy, Carol and Darin, as well as the entire Board of Directors, who dedicate their time and expertise to serve the mission of MBGH!
Pam Hannon
Retirement & Healthcare Leader
GE Healthcare

MBGH Board Chair
“I am excited to continue my involvement with MBGH as the 2021 Board Chair. Over the years MBGH has provided stellar educational programs, networking and fact driven information to our members and partners. As we look toward the future, we will continue to struggle with new challenges in the healthcare environment. As always, MBGH will focus on these issues and continue it’s 40 year history of identifying key trends and issues and providing cutting edge information, education and toolkits for employers of every size and industry."
Amy Katzoff
Sr. Director, Benefits, HRIS and Mobility
Huron Consulting Group

MBGH Vice Chair

“Being a member of MBGH over the last 20+ years has had a powerful impact both in my career and the companies that I served, from jumbo to mid-sized. The best-in-class educational content, information on current policies and trends, and most importantly the networking opportunities and connections made make it well worth the investment for any-size company that is focusing on delivering market competitive programs that consistently improve the health and well-being of their employee population.”

Carol Partington
Corporate Senior Manager, Total Benefits
Elkay Manufacturing

MBGH Board Treasurer
"My decision to become a member of MBGH 25 years ago is perhaps one of the most influential aspects of my career. And subsequently being invited to serve on the Board and now the Executive Board, has been an invaluable experience. I have learned so much about current health benefits trends and innovative programs/vendors through attending MBGH educational events and annual conferences and through the networking opportunities they offer. What a wonderful organization to be part of!"
Darin Hinderman
Global Health Strategy Manager
Total Rewards – Human Resources
Caterpillar Inc.

MBGH Board Secretary
"I am truly honored to serve as a representative for MBGH. This organization continues to demonstrate value and bring innovative tools and resources to help employers navigate these complex times delivering employee benefits. Helping employers make life-impacting decisions for their people is what excites me to participate with this world-class organization."
Jane Lutz is the most recently elected member of our Board of Directors. Welcome aboard, Jane!

"Being in the industry for more than two decades, I've enjoyed watching the growth and success of MBGH. I'm beyond excited to have the opportunity to join MBGH's Board of Directors and interact with a fabulous group of thought leaders across many different places in the healthcare spectrum."
Jane Lutz
Senior Employer
Account Executive
MBGH’s success is driven by our members and we all benefit from our diverse membership base; sharing best practices and learning from one another is what makes MBGH so valuable. That’s the Power of MBGH!
"I enjoyed hearing about the patient perspective as well as the employer case studies."
"This is a very important topic and it was great to learn how employer groups are addressing specialty drugs in different ways."
"High quality speakers and I learned a lot! Access to the recording allowed me to make sure I grasped all of the information."
Executive Briefing The National DPP: Managing the Risk of Prediabetes
July 14, 2021
"I found the meeting very helpful and will definitely reach out to you as we put our plans together for launching a diabetes program next year." 
Recording Passcode: We6M*k0n
September 14, 2021 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CT)
While benefit professionals work hard to create health care benefits that will bring high-performing, cost-effective programs to their members, they continue to be challenged on ways to keep costs down. It takes a coordinated effort with outside resources to tackle all of the obstacles.
The Role of Employers (and Employees) in the Health Spending Conversation