National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference

presented by Risk & Insurance

National Comp Virtual Conference 
and Ongoing Digital Series 2020

Attend the Virtual One-Day Conference on October 21st, and attend the Ongoing Digital Series throughout the year.


The 2020 National Comp Virtual Conference

For 2020, the National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference — National Comp — has restructured its signature curated content to be delivered in three unique ways: A special one-day virtual event happening on Oct. 21st, ongoing digital sessions presented throughout the coming year, and CompTalks, our new short-form presentations packed with thought-provoking ideas and information. National Comp virtual will present the tangible tools you need, no travel required, in a way that better meets the needs of busy workers' comp professionals.

Oct. 21 One-Day Virtual Event Agenda

KEYNOTE: The 5 Most Critical Challenges Facing Workers' Comp in the COVID Era

11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

Join us for a dynamic leadership panel that will take the short and long view of our changed – and still changing – world, and the challenges that lie in front of us. Workers' comp industry executives will share their views on how we flip the script written by the events of 2020. Where we need to focus our energies in order to create a path of recovery, innovation, and resilience for the future. How do we forge ahead through uncertainty while still fulfilling the core mission of workers’ compensation? Learn more about the five most critical issues facing the industry right now, and how we can transform them into opportunities and growth.

Keynote Panelists:

  • Joseph Berardo Jr., CEO, Carisk Partners
  • Mike Hessling, CEO, North America, Gallagher Bassett
  • David Young, president and CEO, Optum Workers’ Compensation and Auto No-fault


  • Denise Zoe Algire, Director of Risk Initiatives, National Medical Director, Albertsons Companies

The Link Between Behavioral Health and Physical Health Is Stronger Than You Think

12:30  - 1:30 p.m. ET

Mental health can have a significant impact on physical health. Expert panelists will explain what you need to do, watch for, and ask when navigating workers’ comp claims that include components such as mood disorders, trauma and stress-related disorders and substance use disorders. These issues impact a growing body of claims, especially now that several states are considering adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a covered condition.


  • Tron Emptage, Chief Clinical Officer, Optum
  • David Vittoria, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, Carisk

The Teddy Awards Present: Excellence in Action 2020

12:30  - 1:30 p.m. ET

The National Workers' Compensation and Disability Management Awards — the Teddy Awards — present a special panel featuring leaders from top organizations, sharing the strategies and innovative thinking that continue to fuel them to workers' comp and injury prevention success in the face of a complex global crisis. Leaders across sectors, including health care, the grocery industry, and a major U.S. city, will come together to share their compelling stories, in a panel moderated by
Risk & Insurance and PMA Management Corp.'s Mike MacAulay.


  • Peggy Crook, AVP, Loss Control, HRA
  • Joseph Molloy, VP, Workforce Safety, Northwell Health
  • Alexis Pheiffer, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Sprouts
  • Tamika Puckett, Chief Risk Officer, City of Chicago


  • Mike MacAulay, SVP of Sales, PMA Management Corp.
  • Michelle Kerr, Workers’ Compensation Editor, Risk & Insurance

Workers' Comp Regulatory and Legislative Trends that Belong on Your Radar for 2021

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

This session will provide a high-level overview of the top regulatory and legislative trends seen in the workers’ compensation arena, with a focus on the key states that have undertaken significant changes during 2019 and 2020. Topics to be explored during the session will include PBM/pharmacy, biopsychosocial model adoption, presumption laws, employee classification, and the latest legal and regulatory trends surrounding telemedicine.


  • Lisa Anne Bickford, Director of Government Relations, Coventry
  • Mark Pew, Senior Vice President, Product Development & Marketing, Preferred Medical
  • Don Lipsy, AVP, Managed Care Government Relations, Sedgwick

Going for the Gold:
From Injured Workers to Star Performers

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

How did Olympian Mary Lou Retton win a gold medal a few months after experiencing a serious knee injury? And more importantly for the workers’ compensation industry, how can we apply these “best practices” to help injured workers to heal and return to star performer status in the workplace?


  • Michelle Despres, Vice President, National Product Leader, One Call
  • Marcos Iglesias, Chief Medical Director, Vice President, Travelers

Passing the Torch Without a Stumble: The Coming Decade of Transition from Old to Young

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET

As the workforce ages, the burning question is how we address the departure of industry leaders who have massive amounts of experience and deep/broad institutional knowledge. How do we as an industry as well as individual companies strategically manage this transition of leadership and institutional knowledge while leveraging a unique opportunity to shift the status quo?


  • Mark Pew, SVP, Product Development & Marketing, Preferred Medical


  • Barry D. Bloom, Managing Principal, The bdb Group
  • Marques Torbert, CEO, Ametros
  • Claire C. Muselman, Director of Workers’ Compensation, Continental Western Group
  • Andrew Cortese, Sr. Manager – Claims Analytics, Data Security, Financial Controls, United Airlines

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors for their ongoing support.




Conference Charity Partner

Kids’ Chance of America represents 48 state-level nonprofit organizations that provide scholarships to children of workers who have been seriously or fatally injured on the job. Cumulatively, since their inception in 1988, Kids’ Chance organizations have awarded over 8,000 scholarships totaling over $27 million dollars.