General Sessions

G1: Work, Laugh, Repeat: How Technology Contributes to a Funnier World
In a hilarious, multimedia-intensive presentation, renowned business humorist and award-winning Chicago Tribune humor columnist Greg Schwem will make audiences of all ages howl with laughter as he explores the complex relationship between technology and the changing role of humor in the workplace. In short? The smart phone, the virtual meeting and other tech marvels have made for a funnier work environment. Complete with true, hilarious, tech-addled stories gleaned from over 20 years speaking for some of the world’s most recognizable companies and business associations, Greg’s keynote also tackles serious issues including generational differences and the rising fear of being able to laugh in the workplace. For a preview of this session please click here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 8:30 am - 10:00 am


Greg Schwem
Business Humorist, Corporate Emcee,
and Syndicated Humor Columnist

G2: Re-Thinking the Food Pyramid – Implications for Self-Insured Employers
For several decades the American public has been encouraged to follow dietary guidelines established by the federal government in the form of a “Food Pyramid” with a variation of this structure published more recently. But what if the government has gotten it wrong and the health of the American public has been put at undue risk? An increasing number of medical professionals and nutritional experts now argue just that.

Given that poor eating habits directly contribute to numerous health conditions (covered under self-insured health plans) and exasperate other conditions, which may be connected to workers’ compensation claims, it makes sense for self-insured employers to pay close attention to this evolving dietary debate. One the country’s leading fitness and nutrition experts and creator of a new documentary questioning mainstream dietary guidance shares his unique perspective and takes questions from the audience.

Click here to view the official trailer of the just released FAT: a documentary, created by our speaker Vinnie Tortorich, who for decades has been Hollywood’s go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. The documentary is available now on iTunes, Amazon and other video-streaming services.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 8:30 am - 10:00 am


Vinnie Tortorich
Author, Fitness Confidential
Host, Fitness Confidential Podcast