Barbara Wachsman

Senior Advisor

Barbara retired from The Walt Disney Company in early 2018, where she was the Director of Strategy and Engagement for Enterprise Benefits. In this position, she led the strategic initiatives, and her team designed benefits programs that identified and addressed Disney’s long-term healthcare and retirement goals and objectives.

Prior to joining Disney, Barbara spent close to 30 years in senior management positions with two international benefit consulting firms, and served as a Principal with Arthur Andersen, where she ran the West Regional Human Capital practice.

Barbara is a national speaker on topics such as hospital/physician/employer relations, effective managed care models and provider reimbursement models, wellness, and incentives and has published articles in Pension&Investments, Business Insurance, and specialty health care journals about the value of managed care. Much of her work has involved helping employers and providers create more effective, direct partnerships. Upon retiring, she served as the Chair of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), one of the largest and most established employer coalitions of ‘jumbo’ employers in the country, and remains an active member of the Employer Healthcare Innovation Roundtable, a group of select employers that evaluate various venture capital portfolios. Barbara created a ‘strategy lab’ at Disney, which sponsored start-ups in the healthcare space, three of which are pilots providing services to Disney cast members. She is also a board member of the American Board of Medical Specialties.


University of California, Berkeley (Master of Public Health & City and Regional Planning/Architecture)
Scripps College (BA)

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