Summary

Carol A. Harnett, M.S., GBDS Benefits Columnist, Human Resource Executive Co-Founder, Friends at Play Chair, Health and Performance Innovation Institute Carol Harnett is a private-label consultant as well as a speaker, writer and trendspotter in the fields of health and productivity management, health and performance innovation, and value-based health. She strategizes with a confidential list of employers, insurance companies, consultants, and health and disability industry organizations on customized methods to address employee-related health and disability. Carol’s approach focuses on decreased or maintained benefits costs, improved employee performance, corporate profitability, and innovation-within-reach projects. Carol is also a clinical physiologist with broad experience in sports medicine, physical medicine and industrial rehabilitation. Carol writes the Benefits column for HR Executive and now includes social media navigation in her consulting practice. You may follow Carol on Twitter via @carolharnett. Carol held key positions in the insurance industry as the Vice President and National Disability and Life Practice Leader for The Hartford and The Prudential's Director of Resources and Rehabilitation Services. She currently chairs the Health and Performance Innovation Institute Board and sits on the Boards of Directors of the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation and Disabled Sports / USA as well as numerous industry boards and think tanks. Carol received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Chemistry from St. Peter’s College and a Master of Science degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Rutgers University. Common name misspellings: Hartnett Hartnet Harnet

Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Benefits Columnist

Human Resource Executive Online
May 2009 - Present

Board Member

Disabled Sports / USA
Apr 2009 - Present

Co-Founder

Friends at Play
Oct 2008 - Present

Board Chair

Health and Performance Innovation Institute
Jan 2008 - May 2009

Board Member and Research Advisory Committee

Integrated Benefits Institute
Jan 2004 - May 2009

Executive Advisory Board Member

Disability Management Employer Coalition
Sep 1996 - May 2009

Vice President, National Disability & Life Practice Leader

The Hartford
➢ Board Member: Integrated Benefits Institute, Disability Management Employers’ Coalition, Institute for Health and Productivity Management. ➢ Speaker: Created and delivered over 100 presentations every year, including keynote presentations for the Disability Management Employer Coalition Annual International and Behavioral Risk Conferences, National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference, National Business Group on Health Conference on Health, Productivity, & Human Capital, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Conference, Worldwide Employee Benefits Conference. ➢ Co-Chair: Disability Think Tank: Disability Management Employer Coalition. Workplace Warriors: The Corporate Response to Deployment and Reintegration, November 2007. ➢ Co-Chair: Disability Think Tank: Disability Management Employer Coalition. Extreme Productivity: Are Your Employees Hitting the Wall? November 2008. ➢ Co-Author / Editor: White Paper: Workplace Warriors: The Corporate Response to Deployment and Reintegration, November 2007. ➢ Co-Author / Editor: White Paper: Extreme Productivity: Are Your Employees Hitting the Wall? November 2008. ➢ Researcher: Led four-year prospective study on the potential impact of employee assistance programs (EAP) on disability claim experience. Results published and presented, July 2007. ➢ Creator: The Hartford’s analytic consulting unit. Results improved The Hartford’s book retention of premium by two points. ➢ Creator: The Hartford’s proprietary disability duration guidelines (32,000 guidelines) and triage-based short-term disability claims model. ➢ Creator: The Hartford’s external medical director service. ➢ Creator: The Hartford’s claim discussion model and claim SOAP note process. ➢ Consultant: Social Security Administration disability claims process. ➢ Consultant: Fortune 500 companies on employee benefits and health / disability strategies.
Jan 1997 - Apr 2009

Advisory Board Member

Institute for Health and Productivity Mangement
Feb 1994 - Jan 1996

Director, Resource & Rehabilitation Services

Prudential Financial
1992 - 1994

Director, Industrial Rehabilitation Services

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitiation

Education

Education

B.S.

St. Peter's College

M.S.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick