City by city, we’re changing how enterprise healthcare happens

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This past week has been a busy one!  On Tuesday we kicked off our 2nd annual Enterprise Healthcare Summit in Chicago, bringing together HR executives and industry thought leaders who share our belief that great healthcare builds great business, and on Wednesday we did the same in Palo Alto.

Our CEO and co-founder, Gio Colella, set the tone with a powerful personal story on the prevalence of mental illness, his background in psychiatry, and the importance of reaching out to those who are struggling at the right time.  To rousing applause, he announced Castlight Elevate, our latest platform extension that enables employees to get access to the behavioral healthcare services they need and make educated treatment choices.

We also heard from benefits leaders at companies like Adobe, ConAgra Foods and Rockwell Collins, who shared their experiences using the Castlight platform.  All of them emphasized that the pending Cadillac tax is driving the need to transform how they manage enterprise healthcare in their own organizations – and how important having a platform with stellar UX design is in helping to turn employees into informed and engaged healthcare consumers.  In the words of Bart Karlson, Senior Director of Global Benefit Strategy for ConAgra Foods, “there’s no more expensive healthcare tool than the one nobody uses.”

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[Photographed Above: Gordon Food Service, ConAgra Foods, and Rockwell Collins share how they’re transforming their employees’ healthcare experience]

Attendees then broke out into small-group workshops.  One CIO mentioned how excited his company was about the implications of the big data approach that Castlight is taking after attending the “Emerging Digital & Tech Trends” workshop, and a benefits consultant suggested that “behavioral health was the elephant in the healthcare room” at the “Tackling Behavioral Health Issues” workshop.

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[Pictured Above: HR leaders hard at work cracking the code of how to capture employee attention during the “Turning Employees into Engaged Healthcare Consumers” workshop]

And last but not least, we heard from truly inspiring keynote speakers.  Arianna Huffington (who joined us in Chicago via Skype due to contracting pneumonia after giving a commencement speech in the rain) recounted her personal life experience after her daughter got caught up in substance abuse.  She reminded the audience of the importance of caring for both the body and mind with a quote from Bill Clinton: “Every important mistake I made, I made when I was tired,” drawing a laugh from the audience.

In Palo Alto, Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s message was an aspirational one, calling the United States “the greatest mobilizer of human potential” and saying that America’s unique proclivity towards innovation allows us to “make the impossible inevitable.”  The main takeaway – together, we can change the status quo for the better.

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[Above: Keynote speaker Dr. Condoleezza Rice addresses the crowd in Palo Alto]

But wait – we’re not done yet!  Next week, we’ll be heading to the east coast on June 10th to bring Enterprise Healthcare Summit 2015 to The Big Apple.  If you’re in the NYC area, join us for a morning of information sharing, exchanging of ideas and practical insights and solutions for tackling enterprise healthcare issues in your own companies.  Oh – and trust us on this one – you won’t want to miss out on a special conversation with our keynote Meredith Vieira!  Together we can take control of enterprise healthcare.

P.S. For a teaser of what to expect in NYC, check out the video below from #EHM15.