Panel: Generating High Productivity Through Training and Total Workforce Engagement

  • What does investing in your people look like on a day-to-day ongoing basis?
  • How does the workforce contribute to steady cumulative improvements as the engine of long-term culture change and improved productivity?
  • Discussing motivational tools that solicit grassroots contributions: Competition, recognition, entertainment, and a sense of accomplishment
  • Offering examples where training, mentorship, job shadowing, and cycling through different job functions improves retention, job satisfaction, and contributes to improved performance
  • How far can a culture of continuous improvement and total workforce engagement permeate an organization?


Marybeth Gray
SVP Health & Welfare Consulting
Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency

Marybeth has spent more than 25 years in the employee benefits field as an advocate working to help employers put healthcare within reach of every employee and has continually reduced costs for employers and their employees. Marybeth currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Health and Welfare Consulting with Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency firm supervising the overall account management for her clients. Her strategic approach to every case coupled with her vast knowledge of the industry contribute to the remarkable success she has had saving money for her clients while enhancing the quality of healthcare for their employees. Marybeth’s clients know she is available to them anytime and has a team of experts standing by to manage their healthcare program. Together with her team, Marybeth has saved clients millions of dollars with an approach that not only breaks down current actions, but helps employers understand what’s coming next. She is an expert at analyzing companies’ health care costs and benefit plans, and skilled at identifying financial opportunities and assisting with strategic planning, particularly with large, self-insured clients.

Formerly a Vice President with AON Consulting, Marybeth specialized in utilization and data management to understand key cost drivers. She is an expert in developing and redesigning pharmacy programs and understanding the cost drivers within these programs as well.

As a National Account Manager with Aetna Inc., Marybeth was responsible for overall account management from a financial and operations perspective for clients with more than 10,000 employees operating in multiple locations. She detailed plan design opportunities for clients and monitored the ongoing financial implications to those plans. She also served on the Aetna Presidents Roundtable Committee, fostering communications between clients and the president’s office regarding suggested changes that would improve Aetna’s operational procedures.

Marybeth is a member of the Chief’s Women’s network. It is a prestigious organization designed specifically for women leaders who are seated at the table from VPs to CEOs. They work together across industries to effect change from the top down and influence lasting progressive results across commerce. Membership from women’s leadership includes Microsoft, CITI, Sony, Nike, Universal and GE. This acclaimed group includes distinguished notables such as Madeline Albright and Venus Williams as investors in this esteemed fellowship.

Recently she was named EBN’s 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising: 30 leaders whose unique client management strategies, innovative data manipulation and other industry-leading skills are transforming the field. In addition, Marybeth is featured on the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement site:

Marquis identifies and endeavors to profile the leaders of American Society; those men and women who are influencing their nation’s development and influencing the people of today in their industry. We are proud to provide their biographical information for public record for posterity. When not reading up on the latest healthcare or pharma breakthrough, Marybeth enjoys spending her time on the water. Sailing is a passion of hers that she loves for the mind-body connection.


Bachelor of Science, Health Policy and Administration; Pennsylvania State University
Licensed in Accident, Health, Life, and Fixed Annuities in 32 states

Member of the National Business Group on Health in Washington, DC
Board Member of UPMC Hamot Medical Center
Pennsylvania State University Alumni speaker for Health Policy and Administration Majors
Current speaker with University Conference Services, Academic sponsor; University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Founding member of “GROW a Women in Business” initiative at Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC
Member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Trion, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC


Janette Batten
VP, Global Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning
3M Company

Janette Batten received her B.E.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Canada in 1992 and, after gaining valuable experience at General Motors Light Armored Vehicle Division designing fuel tanks, she joined 3M’s London plant site in 1994. Janette has led and driven many initiatives within manufacturing such as maintenance supervision, safety, quality, and productivity improvements. She later returned to Engineering as a Senior Engineer in 2000. From 2004 until 2007 Janette became the Human Resource Manager for the London Manufacturing Plant where she negotiated several successful union collective agreements. She then transitioned into the Laboratory as a Product Engineering and Quality manager. In January 2011, Janette moved back to Human Resources to become the 3M Canada Director of Human Resources.

In 2015, Janette relocated to the U.S. where she’s worked in various roles such as Organizational Design, Change Management, and led Global Learning & Development. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and is currently the Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning.

Tania Perez Sastre
Sr. Director HR
Grupo Bimbo

Tania has been at Grupo Bimbo for 18 years. She earned her Masters in Human Development, Human Studies  and Bachelor in Industrial Engineering  at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico city.


Aaron Holsinger
VP, Human Resources, Payroll, HRIS and Analytics
Ingersoll Rand

Aaron leads human resources in the Power Tools & Lifting business unit consisting of team members or manufacturing sites in over 42 countries, while also leading strategy of payroll, HRIS and analytics to support 16,000 employees globally in total Ingersoll Rand.

He joined Ingersoll Rand in 2015 as director of workforce analytics, and then led a global HR team supporting the company’s Compression Technologies and Services business unit where he contributed to large-scale implementations of HR technology, leadership development, and compensation programs.  Prior to his current role, Aaron most recently served as the global Human Resources Leader for Ingersoll Rand’s Power Tools and Lifting business unit where his team contributed to significant improvements in revenue, EBITDA, employee turnover, and employee engagement over a three-year period.

Aaron came to Ingersoll Rand with nearly 20 years of operations and human resources leadership experience from his time with CVS Health and Family Dollar Inc. He received his degree in business administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Aaron is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and certified Prosci Change Management Professional.

Danell O’Neill
EVP, Brand, Marketing, HR, Corp. Comms & Facilities
Topco Associates, LLC

A multi-versed leader, Danell O’Neill operates as Topco’s Executive Vice President of Brand, Marketing, Human Resources and Corporate Communications.

Joining Topco in 2013, Danell oversees the HR department and has established the organization’s core values to ensure continuous improvement, collaboration, communication, customer intimacy and a culture of integrity, respect and social responsibility. Additionally, she orchestrated the buildout of Topco’s people strategy that includes a performance management plan and overarching talent philosophy tenets while also overseeing the work surrounding Topco’s annual corporate priorities.

In addition to Human Resources, she has established a collaborative melding of Topco’s Corporate Communications department to operate in-step with HR. Danell has instilled a One Topco communicative approach to ensure all necessary parties—from Topco associates to member-owner leaders—are aligned on ongoing efforts and initiatives. Her leadership oversees a process to ensure a consistent organizational voice and appropriately tone messages.

In 2021, Danell also began overseeing the Brand and Marketing teams, providing member-owners with brands, assets, and strategies that complement the shopper journey in-home, in-store, and in-aisle. Danell and her team take a strategic, shopper-centric approach to brand and marketing by creating content to meet the shopper wherever they are in their purchasing journey. Through the development of brands and how they come to life, Topco provides members a competitive advantage in the communities they serve.

Steven Beggs
Director, Talent Acquisition, Learning and Change Management
Wolseley Canada Inc

A seasoned talent and organizational capability practitioner, Steven is passionate about equipping colleagues and associates with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources that they need to fully unleash their personal performance potential. Leveraging lessons learned across multiple industry verticals: wholesale, retail, fintech, financial services, and aerospace & defense, Steven’s expertise and thought leadership have consistently delivered results that contribute to organizational and operational success.

In his current role at Wolseley Canada, Steven is responsible for implementing Wolseley’s talent roadmap, including: talent acquisition, learning & development, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, change management, and the company’s HRIS platform. A former Officer in the Canadian Army, Steven holds a Bachelor and a Masters degree from Royal Military College of Canada.