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WINDSOR, Conn., March 29, 2024 — Leaders attending the LIMRA 2024 Workplace Benefits Conference — May 6 – 8 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — will examine the dynamic factors driving the expansion of digitization and innovation in the market.

“It is imperative for the workplace benefits industry to invest in the capabilities and infrastructure that will allow the industry to adapt and deliver the benefits that today’s diverse workforce expects,” Sean O’Donnell, senior vice president of member relations and head of workplace benefits, LIMRA and LOMA. “This year’s conference brings together industry leaders and experts to help inform and inspire attendees from across the industry as they explore the new world of work and the opportunities it presents.”

Discussing the need to build a culture of innovation is Duncan Wardle, former head of innovation and creativity, Walt Disney Company. In his keynote session, he will offer real-life examples of how to embed a sustainable culture of innovation and creativity throughout your organization by challenging the rules of your industry and provide tools on how to encourage every employee to think creatively.

An executive panel of workplace benefits executives will open the first full day of the conference. Moderated by Phil Trzcinski, director, distribution and strategy execution, Transamerica, three executives — Heather Deichler, senior vice president, group protection, Lincoln Financial Group; David Payne, vice president, employee benefits, The Standard; and Erich Sternberg, senior vice president and head of workforce benefits, Pacific Life Insurance Company — will discuss the emerging trends influencing the workplace benefits market and share their thoughts on how the industry will evolve in the coming years.

The final day features a presentation by Patrick Leary, corporate vice president, director, workplace benefits research, LIMRA and LOMA. In his remarks, Leary will share the latest LIMRA research findings to highlight key trends impacting insurance, retirement, and related workplace benefits to demonstrate how transformative changes are converging to create new innovative models of success.

Attendees can join concurrent sessions covering the 2024 BEAT Study: Benefits and Employee Attitude Tracker, evolving talent management strategies, the need to improve the customer experience through digital solutions, and how technology and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing all aspects of the workplace benefits landscape.

The event typically attracts more than 250 executives and professionals responsible for developing, marketing and distributing group and workplace/voluntary benefits, including life, disability, critical illness, and other plans.

For more information on LIMRA’s 2024 Workplace Benefits Conference, including registration and agenda, visit

Members of the press are welcome to register for the event at no cost. Please email the media contacts below for more details.



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