James Slotnick, JD

AVP, Broker Education, 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.

Kathryn (Katy) Spangler

Senior Vice President, Health Policy, American Benefits Council

Kathryn (Katy) Spangler is Senior Vice President, Health Policy, for the American Benefits Council, a Washington, D.C. trade association representing companies that either sponsor or administer health and retirement benefits. Katy directs the development and advocacy of The Council’s health policy priorities, and served as Deputy Health Policy Director of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during the health care reform debate. Katy was also the primary drafter of the first health information technology bill to pass the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Jennifer Christian, MD

President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility

Dr. Jennifer Christian is co-founder, president, and chief medical officer of Webility Corporation as well as the founder and chair of the non-profit 60 Summits Project. She also founded and moderates the Work Fitness and Disability Roundtable, a free, web-based, multidisciplinary e-group devoted to work disability prevention and management with more than 1,000 members. Dr. Christian has a strong clinical track record in case management and return-to-work programs developed during her years practicing occupational medicine in private practice and in corporate settings.

“…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)

Christopher R. Brigham, MD

Author of Living Abled and Healthy

Christopher R. Brigham is regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on impairment and disability management. He is the author of Living Abled & Healthy: A Guide to Injury & Illness Recovery; Senior Contributing Editor of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition; the Editor of the AMA Guides Newsletter; and author of several books and over two hundred publications.

Stacy Barrow

Partner at Marathas Barrow Weatherhead Lent LLP

Stacy Barrow is one of the nation’s leading experts on the Affordable Care Act. He uses a practical, business-focused approach to counsel his clients on all matters related to employee benefit plans, including wellness plans and how employers can help get disabled employees back to work. Stacy has extensive technical knowledge and experience designing and implementing health and welfare plans that meet the numerous and intricate requirements of applicable federal and state law.

Alexandra Dumont

Assistant Vice President of Product and Strategy, Sun Life Financial

Alex Dumont oversees the management and enhancements of Sun Life’s employee benefits product suite. Dumont leads development of new and existing Life and Disability product features, as well as value added services, and drives the strategic planning process to ensure products meet emerging industry trends and evolving customer needs. In addition to her extensive background in product management and marketing, Dumont has experience in underwriting and distribution from Unum, CNA, and The Hartford. Dumont received her Bachelor’s in Economics from Bates College.

Marjory Robertson

Assistant Vice President and Sr. Counsel, Sun Life Financial

Marjory Robertson advises Sun Life on employment law issues, including legal issues related to absence and disability management for its employees. She also counsels Sun Life’s Group & Voluntary business on absence and disability management legal issues related to Absence & Disability Management Solutions products offered by Sun Life to employers. She presents frequently on legal and compliance absence management issues at conferences, including the 2016 Integrated Benefits Institute Annual Meeting, the 2016 Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting, and the 2016 ACC Corporate Counsel University. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, cum laude, and Boston College Law School, magna cum laude.