"There’s never been more of a need for effective, inspiring communication about health care and financial security. Employers have such a unique opportunity to make a big impact. This is why we love our work and why we love sharing it with you."
Jennifer Benz is CEO and Founder of Benz Communications. She has been on the leading edge of employee benefits communication for 18 years—starting with early adopter consumer driven health plans and now with innovative wellness and social media strategies. Her work has been recognized by Business Insurance, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Profit Sharing Council of America, Employee Benefit News and others.
Jen recently testified before the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council regarding retirement education, and was named one of Workforce Magazine’s “Game Changers.” A well-known expert, Jen has published articles and is widely quoted in many trade publications, including Employee Benefit News, Human Resources Executive, The Conference Board Review and Workforce. She speaks frequently on topics such as health care reform, social media and improving results through effective communication. She is the program chair for HR Executive’s new Health and Benefits Leadership Conference, which debuted in April 2013. As program chair, Jen handpicks the conference’s program, working with speakers to create innovative sessions for senior-level HR and benefits pros.
At Benz Communications, Jen leads the team, sets strategy and ensures client success. Since starting the firm in 2006, her team has grown to 25 people and has ranked on the SF Business Times' "100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area" and "Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area" lists, as well as the Inc. 5000.
Prior to starting Benz Communications, Jen spent seven years at Hewitt Associates, where she helped shape the firm’s approach to health care communication and had tremendous success with health care, recruiting and other strategic HR projects.
Jen holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A long-time San Francisco resident, she also devotes as much time as she can to pro bono work with nonprofit business incubators in her community and Guatemala.