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NEW JOB TITLE: Senior vp for Aon Consulting's National Health & Productivity Practice in Atlanta.
START DATE: Feb. 1.
PREVIOUS POSITION: Directly prior to working for Aon, I was self-employed as a health and productivity management consultant.
REASON FOR THE SWITCH: I came to Aon to become part of a team of experts responsible for addressing the health and productivity for multisite employers in the United States and abroad.
VITAL STATISTICS: I obtained my master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Alabama. I have been working in this industry for over 17 years now. I was most recently an independent health and productivity management consultant. I have also worked for Sedgwick CMS, where I was the national disability practice leader, and for CIGNA Group Insurance as the director of account management. I also spent time with GENEX as a clinical catastrophic case manager.
GOALS FOR NEW POSITION: With my experience in workers compensation, health care, short- and long-term disability and absence management, I plan to help employer clients to better integrate their employee benefit programs in order to increase employee productivity and reduce time away from work. It is also my goal to work with clients to craft customized solutions with current vendors and/or lead competitive bidding for multisite employers. I will work to introduce high-performing health (wellness and disease) management programs, and help implement absence and disability management to address absenteeism and presenteeism. Additionally, I will be working with my colleagues to review workers compensation managed care strategies in order to capitalize on better performing medical networks, prescription drug and claims/medical management services.
FIRST TIME IN THE JOB MARKET: My first job ever was working at a summer camp for kids with autism. It was working there that I learned the power of understanding what people with disabilities could do instead of what they could not do. Being productive is a large part of a person's self-esteem, even if they have physical or mental limitations.
TOP ADVICE: The best advice I have ever received is the following quote from a former manager: "A broken leg is a broken leg--we should treat the person and condition in the same way in terms of opportunities. We must strive to achieve the best possible recovery and return to work; regardless of plan, statutory or lifestyle restrictions." This quote seems simple, but I like to remind myself of the basics on tough days.
OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY, A DREAM JOB: My dream job would be to work with kids with disabilities all around the world. My son is adopted from Russia and had limited access to medical care and treatment. He received the care he needed for his medical conditions upon coming to the United States. Seeing firsthand the power proper medical care and treatment can bring is truly amazing.