NetWorkWise Presents: Who’s Who in HR

Mandi Susman: Self-Insured vs Fully Insured

August 24, 2020

Mandi is the Executive Director for Compensation and Benefits at the Wildlife Conservation Society. In this role she oversees the strategy and development of benefits plans and compensation structure and administration. In her role she oversaw the transition of the organizations’ health plans from a fully-insured to self-insured status and will be working to develop a global Total Rewards philosophy once the COVID-19 crisis has died down enough to allow other work to continue.


Prior to joining WCS, Mandi had a longstanding career that combined compensation consulting and in house compensation administration. Immediately prior to WCS, she was the Director for Employee Compensation for McGraw Hill Education covering roughly 4,000 employees in 30 countries. Her time there focused on leading the global salary increase cycle and implementing a new web-based market pricing tool.


She spent about two years leading a Total Rewards Philosophy review for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This project encompassed all aspects of compensation and rewards including salary structures, career mapping, promotional opportunities and the overall organization pay philosophy. Prior to joining NRDC, she was a senior consultant with JL Board Advisors where she supported clients in the Insurance and REIT industries focusing on executive compensation plan development and administration.


She spent 4 years in compensation and recruitment at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after spending several years in compensation at IBM. Her key achievements at IBM include her role as an award-winning project manager for the initial IBM proxy filing under the proxy rules mandated by the S.E.C. in 2007.


Mandi began her career in compensation as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she supported and led a diverse group of client projects involving the financial services, technology and non-profit sectors.


Mandi serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Van Cortlandt Track Club and the founder and Coach of the VCTC Kids’ Running Club. She holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a Music minor from the State University of New York College at Purchase.

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