Director, Global Benefits & Mobility
Ellen is a people leader with over twenty years of experience in both global employee benefits and people operations. She currently heads the Benefits & Mobility functions for DocuSign but has served in a similar role for such companies as Twitter, Stripe, Electronic Arts, and Ripple Labs, to name a few. Ellen currently holds multiple advisor positions for companies in the people technology start-up space through her affiliation with PeopleTech Partners. She is a Bay Area native and currently lives in Oakland, California with her husband and four young children.
Caregiver support and financial well-being.
The largest cost savings I was able to create this last year with DocuSign was around our Stop Loss insurance for the self-funded medical program in the US. The savings were over half a million dollars which funded our mental health program in 2020.
Medical costs, specifically around MSK, pregnancy, and cancer.
Not the most exciting benefits, but I want to revolutionize the dental and vision space for US employees. It has not changed in many, many years and we have all become accepting of the terrible insurance process as it exists today. I'd like to make going to an eye care professional and dentist a little less painful.
Focusing on building a culture of caring starting from the ground up. Updating the language we use to identify different groups in our organization, like caregivers. Working with ERGs to make a real difference for those who need it. Offering benefits that impact not just the employee, but their whole family.
Mental health, caregiver support, financial well-being, well-being reimbursements, and more. The biggest win here was mental health - in the U.S. we were able to make virtual behavioral health completely free for employees and dependents through 2020 and 2021.
The most direct path forward through the pandemic is kindness. Companies must focus on creating a culture rooted in kindness and caring.