James Slotnick, JD

AVP, Government Relations Sun Life Financial

James Slotnick, JD has helped employee benefit brokers, financial advisors and consumers understand the ever-changing insurance industry for over a decade. Most recently, he has been providing education about the impact that health care reform will have on the employee benefits industry. James also frequently speaks about the legislative climate in Washington, Social Security Disability planning and disability plan design.

James Klein

President of the American Benefits Council

James A. Klein is President of the American Benefits Council, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. representing primarily Fortune 500 companies that either sponsor or administer health and retirement benefits covering more than 100 million Americans. Jim is frequently quoted in both the national and benefits media on pension and health care topics. He has appeared on all the major television networks, discussing a wide range of employee benefits policy matters.

Jim is a founding board member of Americans for Generational Equity and serves on the Government Liaison Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Jim is also a private sector advisor to the U.S. government’s delegation to the Pension and Insurance Committee of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He was a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies™ Global Aging Initiative. He travels extensively internationally advising public officials and private sector representatives on the development of retirement and health care systems.


David Daskal

Communication Expert, Jellyvision

David Daskal is a communication expert for Jellyvision, creators of ALEX. A former monologist and lover of all things benefits, Daskal has worked with clients across the country to breathe new life into employee communications. He has also spoken to a number of audiences on the topic of benefits education, sharing tips and tricks to eliminate jargon, engage employees and win the beaming admiration of your boss.


“…people with disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States, and as new disability categories such as neurodiversity, psychiatric disabilities, disabilities of aging and learning disabilities emerge and grow, so does that percentage.”

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, “Being Disabled,” New York Times (August 19, 2016)

Jacki Bassani

North American, Talent & Rewards business leader at Willis Towers Watson

Jacki Bassani serves as the North America, Talent & Rewards business leader at Willis Towers Watson. In this role she is responsible for managing and growing the company’s business and colleague experience across North America. Jacki has also held other notable leadership roles over the years including North America Leader for Data, Survey and Technology as well as East Leader for Employee Insights.

In addition to these leadership roles, she also has been providing consulting services to large global organizations and has extensive experience specializing in organizational diagnostics and employee research. During her tenure she has worked with organizations in helping them to better understand and improve their organizational cultures. Jacki uses tailored organizational measurement techniques to uncover linkages between corporate culture, engagement, and business performance.

She has worked with HR leadership and executive teams in leading global organizations across industries including financial services, retail, logistics, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Jacki earned her M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology as well as graduating magna cum laude from Pace University with a B.A in Psychology. She is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and routinely presents at many external conferences.


Jason Averbook

Co-Founder and Chief-Executive Officer of LeapGen

As Co-Founder and Chief-Executive Officer of LeapGen, Jason is a leading analyst, thought leader, consultant and keynote speaker in the area of human resources, the future of work and the impact technology has on that future. He has co-founded LeapGen to help organizations around the world realize that the Future of Work is NOW and the time to leap our HR and workforce technologies to new heights is upon us.

Jason is the author of the book “HR From Now To Next”, which is used in over 20 educational institutions around the world to each HR and workforce technologies. He is considered one of the top five thought leaders worldwide in the field.

Jason has more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industry. He has worked with industry leading companies around the world to help them transform their HR organizations into strategic partners.


Jeff Yaniga

Chief Revenue Officer at Maestro Health

Currently serving as Chief Revenue Officer, Jeff Yaniga architects Maestro’s business development, innovation and company growth. With his invaluable private exchange implementation “know-how,” he is an invaluable asset to the team. Over the past few years, Jeff has become a well-known thought leader in the private exchange space—speaking at over 30 conferences. As a trusted source in the industry, Jeff’s knowledge and experience is leading the next generation of private exchange implementation.

His impressive resume includes the development and implementation of shopping and enrollment solutions for key industry brands, such as Aon, Aetna, Cigna, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

Maestro welcomed Jeff to the team in January of 2015 as Executive Vice President of Exchange Solutions before assuming his current role as Chief Revenue Officer. Jeff has also been named one of Maestro Health’s “Exchange Gurus.”


Jeff Goldberg

Senior Vice President of Research and Consulting at Novarica

Jeff Goldberg is a Senior Vice President of Research and Consulting at Novarica with expertise that includes data analytics and big data, digital strategy, policy, administration, reinsurance management, document automation, SaaS and cloud computing, data governance, and software engineering best practices such as Agile and continuous delivery.

Prior to Novarica, Jeff served as a senior analyst within Celent’s insurance practice, was the Vice President of Internet Technology for Marsh Inc., Director of Web Technology for Harleysville Insurance, worked for many years as a software consultant with many leading property/casualty and life/health insurers in a variety of technology areas, and worked at Microsoft contributing to research on XML standards and defining the .Net framework. Most recently Jeff founded and sold a SaaS data analysis company in the health & wellness space.

Mr. Goldberg has a BSE in computer science from Princeton University and an MFA from the New School in New York.


Scott Millson

Managing Principal of MillsonJames, LLC


Scott is the Managing Principal of MillsonJames, LLC, which he founded in 2010. Scott consults in the areas of HR technology, HR administration, and benefits management. Prior to founding MillsonJames, Scott was a Partner/Owner with Hewitt Associates (now AonHewitt), where he served in various leadership capacities over his 17 year career with the organization. Following his time with Hewitt, he served as President of a mid-market HR Outsourcing and Benefits Administration company in the Southeast.

Scott’s expertise is centered on all things HR technology—payroll, HRIS, benefits administration, private exchanges, applicant tracking, performance management, time/attendance, and related HR areas. Over his 25+ year career, he has worked with clients of all sizes and across all industries—including Citigroup, Verizon Wireless, The Hartford, Mervyns Department Stores, Gannett, and Alcoa. Scott has also consulted with many HR service organizations, helping them maximize their effectiveness and market penetration. Scott is a frequent speaker on HR Technology and has been published in the Florida Society of Human Resource Management magazine.