Higher Education Presentations

Sibson Consulting experts frequently participate at higher education association conferences and events as speakers, exhibitors, and attendees. Our National Higher Education Practice consists of seasoned consultants and Human Resource practitioners with extensive experience in speaking with both private and public institutions, as well as independent research institutes. We have the strategic expertise and understanding to facilitate dialogue on many of the issues facing your institution.

Please take a look at a sampling of the informative and engaging presentations that the Sibson team has provided, and contact us if you'd like to partner with us for your next meeting or event.

Kelly Jones

Engaging Employees Across Generations

Kelly Jones, Senior Vice President, Higher Education Practice Leader

It's time to re-examine how your institution communicates with multiple generations and what you offer your diverse populations. The aging population's and younger worker's expectations for "employment" are dramatically reshaping the workforce. What should your institution do now to attract, retain and motivate the talent needed for the future? We share insights into the composition of the future workforce, characteristics and expectations of each generation and specific actions you can take today to prepare for the changing landscape.


Barbara Butterfield

Strategies for Human Resource Leadership During an Economic Downturn

Barbara Butterfield, Senior Consultant, Sibson Consulting, a Division of Segal

Participants in this interactive session will build a repertoire of programs, approaches, tactics, policies and practices that have been successful and resulted in sustained employee commitment, engagement, performance and reward/recognition. Current practices such as talent management and investment in building internal leadership succession planning will be discussed so we can discover the contribution these practices can make during times of limited resources. When determining the strategies to which HR can contribute, it must select those with a positive outcome and must be willing to measure and be accountable for the results. Participants will practice this investment/measurement capability.


Norman Jacobson

Reviewing/Redesigning Your Retiree Medical Program

Norman Jacobson, Senior Vice President, Sibson Consulting, a Division of Segal

The session will provide participants with a process to consider when undertaking a review/redesign of their institution's retiree medical program. Take a look at the areas that are most often under consideration as well as trends Sibson has seen from studies conducted over the past few years. Learn about a recently completed review/redesign for the University of Oklahoma. This interactive session will also present a brief explanation of what the GASB/FAS Obligation really means to you.


David Insler

Carol Mercer

The New Reality: Incentives in Academia

Co-presented by David Insler, Senior Vice President, Sibson Consulting, a Division of Segal and Carol Mercer, Vice President and Senior Consultant, Sibson Consulting, a Division of Segal

Rewarding for performance, engaging highly talented staff and administrators and competing with general industry. These are realities that most institutions are facing, but traditional reward programs don't always fit the bill. Incentives are becoming increasingly more common in higher education, as institutions seek creative ways to reward for performance excellence and attract and engage highly qualified talent. Join us for an interactive discussion on how incentives have been successfully implemented in some institutions, and what you can do to introduce the concept to your organization.



Norman Jacobson

Andrew Kaplan

Who Says Money Doesn't Grow on Trees? How a Dependent Eligibility Audit Can Save Money Now

Co-presented by Norman Jacobson, Senior Vice President, Sibson Consulting, a Division of Segal and Andrew Kaplan, Vice President, Senior Consultant, Communications Practice, Sibson Consulting, a Division of Segal

We are in an environment where healthcare costs continue to rise and there are also constant changes to an institution's demographics and family definition. We live in an era where there is a great need to save money and reduce and manage healthcare costs. If you haven't recently performed a Dependent Eligibility Audit you are missing out on significant financial savings to your institution. The average audit reduces the number of dependents on your roles by 8-12% for simply finding folks that are ineligible. A typical institution of 500 employees could expect to save several hundred thousand dollars by having the audit done. In this session, you will learn how this works and what it entails.


Randolph Carter

Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water? Communicating During Difficult Times. Lessons Learned from the Recent Economic Downturn

Randolph Carter, Senior Vice President, Sibson Consulting, a Division of Segal

Developing and delivering well-executed communications is more critical than ever when times are tough. When people's nerves are exposed, and their emotions are raw and close to the surface, they are hyper-sensitive and prone to misinterpret even those most innocuous and neutral messages. So extra care must be taken, regardless of what the message is, who is delivering it, and the communication channel that is used. This presentation will help participants understand best practice principles for developing good communications and give them some basic tools to maximize the effectiveness of their communications efforts. They will learn from the experts, examples of both good and bad (and ugly) communications, and from the experiences of their peers. Regardless of their title, role or experience level, they should all emerge from this session as more effective communicators.


Jim Kochanski
Jim Kochanski

Increasing Reward Satisfaction

Jim Kochanski, Senior Vice President

Compensation and benefits are most employers’ largest cost. In some organizations, employees are very dissatisfied with rewards, while in others, employees are generally satisfied. What makes the difference in satisfaction with rewards? Topics in this presentation include: definition of total rewards, more effective pay, roles in managing rewards, and transparency in rewards communication. Sibson will share perspectives on these topics, including research and best practice employers, and encourage participants to share their challenges and successes.


Carol Mercer

Optimizing Your Workforce: The Do's & Don'ts of Conducting a Staffing Study

Carol Mercer, Vice President and Senior Consultant

Learn the key success factors, benefits and outcomes from several effective staffing studies conducted by Sibson Consulting. Topics covered include:

  • The type of situations in which an institution would want to undertake a staffing study
  • The key factors that should be examined during an effective staffing study
  • The do's and don'ts of benchmarking during a staffing study
  • Awareness of the benefits and outcomes of an effective staffing study on optimizing the workforce


Frank Picarelli

How Would You Grade Your 403(b) Plan?

Frank Picarelli, Vice President and Senior Consultant, Segal Rogerscasey

  • Compliance with final 403(b) regulations – what's new
  • A win/win process for vendor consolidation
  • A process of due diligence for plan management
  • An approach to effective and focused communications geared to enhance employee engagement