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On September 18th, Forrer will host “The Economics of Wellbeing” – a learning seminar that focuses on wellbeing as a bottom-line issue with significant impact on the economics of business today.

Keynote speaker Ken Tameling of Steelcase will also explore the idea that wellbeing involves more than just the “physical” (fitness, diet, etc.), but also the cognitive, emotional and social aspects of work.

The keynote will be followed up by a panel discussion lead by local experts, designed to facilitate a peer-based discussion on best practices, ideas and learnings. Our panelists come from a variety of backgrounds and will be able to share a range of experiences based on their unique perspectives.

No cost to attend. Lunch will be provided.



  • Mary Starr, Executive Vice President of The Starr Group
  • Joe Weyker, Manager of Employee Health & Wellness at Children’s Hospital and Health System
  • Dave Megna, Director of Systems Operations at We Energies
  • Jane Dedering, Associate Vice President of HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Ken Tameling, General Manager, Global Seating and Surface Materials, Advanced Marketing and Applications for Steelcase, Inc


  • 11 am – Noon – Lunch and Keynote: Ken Tameling
  • 12 – 12:45 pm – Q+A with panel of experts
  • 12:45 – 1:00 pm – Conclusion, final questions, networking, etc.


Pre-registration required. To register now, click here.



Mary Picture 308_ smallMary Starr

Mary has directed The Starr Group since 1985. Mary has been at the helm of creating The Starr Group’s current award winning wellness program, Fit4Life. Under Mary’s guidance, the Starr Group has received numerous awards including: 12th place in the “National Healthiest 100 Workplaces” awards in 2014, the American Heart Association Fit Friendly Company Platinum Award winner in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, and the Healthiest Employers in Milwaukee award in 2013 and 2012.

Mary currently serves on several boards, including the The Wellness Council of Wisconsin’s Executive Board of Directors, where she is active on the Advancement and Programming Committee, and the Well City Milwaukee Advisory Board of Directors, working to promote corporate wellness in the Greater Milwaukee area.


Joe Weyker

As Manager of Employee Health & Wellness, Joe has over 18 years experience in the healthcare field as well as well as over 20 years of management and program development experience.

Besides the occupational health aspect of Joe’s job, he is also responsible for the creation of new and effective strategies that expand the wellness program for the hospital health system. Under his guidance, Children’s Hospital and Health System was designated as a Gold WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) award recipient in 2007, 2011, 2013.


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Dave Megna

Dave Megna is Director – System Operations for We Energies. In this role, he is responsible for customer operations training and for the electric and gas distribution systems throughout the company’s service area in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Dave recently oversaw the company’s Pewaukee workspace renovation, with a focus on increasing employee wellbeing. Virtually every employee has access to a fully height-adjustable worksurface, comfortable “break away” spaces, ergonomic seating and plenty of natural light.



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Jane Dedering

Jane Dedering, IIDA, LEED AP, is an interior designer and planner specializing in the design of corporate workplaces and public libraries for HGA Architects and Engineers in Milwaukee. Her expertise includes corporate master planning, space planning, workplace efficiencies and sustainable strategies for leading clients nationally and internationally, including R&D, food, government, industrial, and technology companies.

Jane brings innovative thinking to evolving workplace strategies, focusing on flexible spaces and new ways to support workplace wellness, teaming and cross-disciplinary collaboration for diverse, multi-generational workforces.



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Ken Tameling

As General Manager, Global Seating and Surface Materials, Advanced Marketing and Applications for Steelcase Inc., Ken is responsible for helping develop, market and launch insightful applications tied to key global trends and market needs. He leads research endeavors to better understand ergonomics and workplace wellness in order to develop products that help people become (and stay) healthier and happier at work. Ken is passionate about researching and working across cultures, and using that knowledge to improve the work environment for today’s culturally and generationally diverse workforce.




September 18, 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Forrer Business Interiors
555 W Estabrook Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI 53212 United States
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