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Denise Kurtz, MHA SPHR

Benefits Director

Hog Slat, Inc.

Denise J. Kurtz, MHA SPHR CCWP is the Benefits and Wellness Director for Hog Slat, Inc. She joined Hog Slat in 2008 after ten years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. During her tenure, Ms. Kurtz launched the self-funded Hog Slat health plan, coupling it with a comprehensive Wellness Program. Her program has won awards for its innovation and success for managing healthcare costs and improving the health of the Hog Slat employee population. As part of the health and wellness program, Ms. Kurtz implemented free onsite employee health clinics, annual onsite biometric screenings and vaccinations, onsite employee gyms and national gym membership discounts, tobacco cessation program, and various quarterly health education and participation activities. Ms. Kurtz’ passion is working with blue collar employee populations to make health insurance and healthcare more understandable, accessible, and equitable.  

Denise J. Kurtz, MHA CCWS SPHR is a health insurance, training, and certified employee wellness expert with over 15 years of experience creating effective, data driven corporate wellness programs. She is the President of Inside Employee Wellness and Consulting, LLC, a corporate wellness consulting firm specializing in wellness programs for medium to large manufacturing firms. Some of her current and former clients include the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Hog Slat, Inc., Goldsboro Milling, and The Noel Group. She was the recipient of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's National Best of Blue Award for Quality in Health Innovation, the Wellness Leadership Award from the Corporate Health and Wellness Association and has had her health interventions published in the International Journal of Men's Health.  She is on the faculty of the Corporate Health and Wellness Association, helping with the development of the Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist (CCWS) certification and helping train and mentor the next generation of Corporate Wellness professionals.

Speaker Questionnaire
What is the biggest thing you learned in 2020?

What do you feel are the two most important benefits or areas that need to be a top priority in 2021?

Can you share a story on an area of your healthcare program or employee benefits where you were able to create significant savings or stop costs from rising?

If you could automatically receive a 10-20% reduction in costs in three areas/programs, what would your dream list be?

What is the most innovative program you will focus on in 2021 and/or 2022?

How are you re-imagining corporate culture & well-being?

What virtual care solutions did you roll out during the pandemic? How valuable were they and why?

If you look at our 3 Moonshots - Costs, Culture, and Care; In one sentence, tell us what would be something positive for us to take from 2020 and bring into this new year?

What are your top priorities for employee health and well-being in 2022?

What are the most innovative programs that you will focus on in 2022 and 2023?

Looking at our three moonshots surrounding costs, culture, and care, which do you align with the most? What are you doing in this area?

If you could automatically receive a 25% reduction in costs in three areas/programs, what would your dream list be?

Is there an area where you were able to either create savings or stop costs from rising?

Are you doing anything to reimagine corporate culture and wellbeing?

If there were two physical solutions that could be turned into virtual or remote care instead, what would those be?

If you look at our 3 Moonshots - Costs, Culture, and Care; In one sentence, tell us what would be something positive for us to take from 2020 and bring into this new year?

Sessions Speaking

Inclusive Healthcare & Well-Being

April 26, 2022
10:00 am
10:50 am

This session will examine how the leading, progressive organizations are transforming what healthcare and well-being benefits they provide to be more inclusive. How can benefits play an essential role in making employees feel safe, included and feel tremendously loyal and loving towards their employee.

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1 Conference. 3 Moonshots.

Remember the mission to reach the moon? In 1962, President JFK set forth a vision. He initiated a movement that outlived him! Even in his death, the mission was accomplished seven years after his famous speech. Now we’re on a five-year mission, and it's not about us. This is a mission for you – the individual, the stakeholder, the employer healthcare and benefits professional. Join the mission to reduce costs, reimagine culture, and reinvent care.


Moonshot #1​

Reduce employer healthcare and benefits costs by 25% by 2025.​



Moonshot #2​

Reimagine engagement and well-being.



Moonshot #3

Provide 40% of healthcare services virtually and through technology by 2025.​


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