In this session, participants will:
1. Expand their knowledge of health care reform provision and learn how Cigna's innovative resources are helping employers navigate through the changing health care landscape.
2. Build their knowledge of how employers are balancing compliance with business objectives through cost levers and affordable benefit plan solutions.
3. Enhance their knowledge of the public and private exchange spectrum and learn how Cigna has responded with competitive, cutting-edge products.
4. Discover how Cigna has been at the forefront of employer benefit trends and strategies to meet employers’ financial needs and the needs of their unique employee populations.
Paula Kennedy, CPLP CHRS MHP ACB
Paula Kennedy is a Talent and Organizational Development Professional at Cigna. For the past 30 years, she has executed highly complex sales and talent management programs in the health care sector. Currently, she is the program manager and lead facilitator for Cigna's Sales Academy Program for early career professionals and for the Physician Leadership Development Program aimed to help a select group of doctors evolve into leaders. Additionally, she supports Cigna's health care reform education, private exchange training and various career development programs.
Paula’s health care career began in 1986 as a sales executive for Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, NH. After eight years in sales, her career transitioned to sales learning where she found her passion for helping professionals reach their career potential. In 2013, she supported the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange where she trained 2,000 health insurance brokers. Her work experience also includes talent management roles at Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Healthsource, Inc.
Her education includes a M.A. in Training and Development from The University of Maryland and a B.S. in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. She holds the Certified Health Care Reform Specialist designation through Employer Health Benefit Congress and is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance through the Association for Talent Development. Paula holds an active South Carolina Insurance Producer license. She lives in Charleston, SC and is a native of Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA.