Lauren Winans is the Owner and Principal Consultant of Next Level Benefits, LLC. With over 15 years of human resources and employee benefits experience at global, multi-generational, geographically dispersed organizations, Lauren possesses a deep expertise of employee benefits best practices and what resonates with employees. Lauren has responsibly managed all aspects of health, welfare, absence management, and retirement at General Nutrition Centers, American Eagle Outfitters, and CONSOL Energy. While working for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lauren acquired an extensive knowledge of the health insurance industry. Throughout her career, Lauren has enhanced existing plans, streamlined plan design to decrease expense, and created new benefits programs, both domestically and abroad. She is available for consulting, contracting, and freelancing.