Introducing the Word on Benefits

By: Ann Gods​ell, CEBS ​

I’m proud to say that I celebrated 20 years as an International Foundation employee early this year. When asked why I’ve I stayed with the same organizations for so many years, my reasons connect back to two things—our people and our mission. These are the same two reasons I am excited to announce the Foundation’s new blog, the Word on Benefits.

Introducing the Word on Benefits
People are the heart of an association. And for this association, the people our members serve are the heart of our mission. The potential for impacting these lives is what fuels our staff to offer the best possible education and information to our members. 

Simply put, we love the work we do here at the Foundation. Our team of blog writers is inspired by the opportunity to share that passion with you through the Word on Benefits.

[Meet the Word on Benefits w​riters]

From highlights of the latest benefits regulations, inspiring member stories, research insights and tips to help you through challenges, the Word on Benefits will deliver a steady stream of fresh content. We hope you’ll come to rely on the blog to keep you up to date and connected.

The Word on Benefits is more than another source of one-way communication—the greatest treasure will be the conversations that develop around it. We look forward to hearing your comments and seeing discussions evolve. 


Director, Social Media and Content Marketing at the International Foundation

Favorite Foundation service/product:
Face to face conferences.

Benefit topics that grab her: Benefit communication, preventive health, health care cost management, workflex

Favorite Foundation conference moments: Meeting Dr. Andrew Weil at the Annual Employee Benefits Conference was a cherished opportunity. She also loves the times when she and a member recognize each other at a conference because of interacting on Twitter!

Personal Insight: Known around the office as “appropriately paranoid,” Ann is usually prepared for a variety of potential outcomes in most every situation.

Recommended Posts

New Mental Health Parity Guidance: More Clarity, But More Compliance Obligations

Anne Newhouse

According to speaker John Barlament, Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, S.C., in his webcast “New Mental Health Parity Guidance: More Clarity, But More Compliance Obligations,” held on August 30, 2023, new guidance has been “desperately needed” on the topic of mental health […]

Legal & Legislative Reporter: Medical Provider May Not Bring Claim on Behalf of Participants and Beneficiaries

Guest Contributor

Every month, the International Foundation releases the Legal and Legislative Reporter, a compilation of new employee benefits–related case summaries. Below is a summary we thought you’d be interested in. Content provided by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. The U.S. District Court for the […]

Five Steps to Nurture Belonging in the Workplace

Guest Contributor

Benefits Magazine Extras articles provide you with bonus content on a mix of benefits topics as well as deep dives and analyses on the latest benefit trends and compliance issues. Visit to see the latest Benefits Magazine Extras as well as the bimonthly print […]

Navigating Uncertainty

Christine Vazquez, CEBS

In today’s business environment, change is constant. Earning a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist® (CEBS®) designation can help benefits professionals improve their ability to manage organizational change. The self-study CEBS courses provide critical knowledge and skills to scan the environment and strategically tailor benefit […]