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Women to Watch: Shelly Wolff


Shelly Wolff

North America Leader of Health and Productivity

Watson Wyatt Worldwide

Stamford, Conn.

Age: 49

Shelly Wolff has more than 20 years experience in employee benefits, risk management and insurance programs. Prior to joining Watson Wyatt, she was responsible for workplace absence and disability programs at General Electric Co. for nine years. Among her many accomplishments are leading a companywide cross-functional project to reevaluate GE's paid time off benefits, creating a new program that has become a model in the industry for benefit design and delivery. She joined Watson Wyatt in 2003. Ms. Wolff is a board member of the Council for Employee Health and Productivity at the National Business Group on Health. She has also received the Quality Leadership Award from the Commission for the Certification of Disability Management.

Greatest influence: "My college freshman adviser. He re-directed me to a program that required a masters degree, which extended my college training beyond what was planned. However, it put me on a completely different path, which allowed me to move into business, disability and health care, which was not in my career plans."