Events & Webcasts

PLANSPONSOR National Conference

Renaissance Hotel, Washington D.C.
Jun 07 - 09, 2017
  1. DC Plan Boot Camp
  2. DB Plan Workshop
  3. DAY 1
  4. DAY 2
  5. Day 3
Wednesday June 7, 2017
  1. 9:00 - 9:30
    Registration and Breakfast
    Event Sponsored by Morningstar, Inc.
  2. 9:30 - 10:15
    Understanding ERISA and Fiduciary Fundamentals
    Presenter: David N. Levine, Principal, Groom Law Group, Chartered
  3. 10:15 - 11:00
    Managing Your Investment and Retirement Plan Committees
    Presenter: Emily Costin, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
  4. 11:00 - 11:15
    Coffee Break
  5. 11:15 - 12:00
    Selecting and Monitoring Your QDIA or Target-Date Funds

    Join Shannon Zimmerman, Director of Manager Selection at Morningstar Investment Management LLCas he outlines best practices for the initial vetting and ongoing monitoring of target-date funds and other QDIA investment solutions.
    The session covers:
        •Criteria for selecting an appropriate glide path for a workplace
        •The relevancy of underperformance – when it matters and when it doesn’t
        •Industry trends and participants’ investments results

    Presenter: Shannon Zimmerman, Director of Manager Selection, Morningstar Investment Management LLC

    Sponsored by Morningstar, Inc.
  6. 12:00 - 12:45
    Monitoring Your Service Providers
    Presenter: Jana Steele, Vice President Defined Contribution, Callan Associates, Inc.
  7. 12:45 - 1:00
    Q & A and Closing Remarks
Wednesday June 7, 2017
  1. 9:45 - 10:15
    Registration and Breakfast
  2. 10:15 - 11:00
    Regulatory and Administrative Update
    Presenter: Russell A. Gaudreau Jr., Partner, The Wagner Law Group
  3. 11:00 - 11:45
    Trends in Investing Strategies for Active DB Plans
    Presenters:

    Jania Stout, Practice Leader, Co-Founder, Fiduciary Plan Advisors
    Al Pierce, Managing Director, Advice Team, SEI Institutional
  4. 11:45 - 12:00
    Coffee Break
  5. 12:00 - 12:45
    Pension Risk Transfer
    Presenters:

    Justin Adamitis, Distribution Director, Prudential
    Geoff Dietrich, of Dietrich & Associates
  6. 12:45 - 1:00
    Q & A and Closing Remarks
Wednesday June 7, 2017
  1. 1:00 - 2:50
    Registration with Buffet Lunch
  2. 2:50 - 3:00
    Opening Remarks
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  3. 3:00 - 4:00
    The Effect of Choice on Regret Aversion and Trust in Sponsor's DC Plan
    Increasingly, a significant number of adult Americans do not trust the government and the financial industry to help secure their retirement. The absence of trust puts more onus on the individual and plan sponsor to manage retirement funds. Current enrollment nudges such as opt-out and opt-in are insufficient to prompt trust in plan sponsors. "Enhanced Active Choice" (EAC) is an effective communication tool that can be used to increase trust in the plan sponsor, increase DC enrollment and participation rates says consumer behavior expert and architect of EAC: Dartmouth's Punam Keller. Keller shares new findings on the effectiveness of EAC, and its implications for use within DC plans.

    Featured Guest Speaker: Dr. Punam A. Keller, Charles Henry Jones Third Century Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
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  4. 4:00 - 4:30

    Session
    Plan Design Elements of the Future:

    How PLANSPONSOR’s Plan Sponsors of the Year are taking innovative approaches to plan design to effectively improve participant outcomes.

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    Moderator
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Global Editor-in-Chief,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    Etta Strong, Director, NA Compensation and Benefits,  O-I
    Nate Nevas, Director, Global Financial Benefits and Administration,  Pitney Bowes

  5. 4:30 - 4:45
    Coffee Break  Sponsored by BlackRock, Inc.
  6. 4:45 - 5:30

    Session
    Top Trends:

    Two industry leaders take a 30,000-foot view of employer-sponsored benefit programs, participant trends and what will likely stay—or change—in the short and long term.

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    Moderator
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Global Editor-in-Chief,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    Drew Carrington, Head of Institutional Defined Contribution-U.S.,  Franklin Templeton Institutional, LLC
    Daniel Bruns, Head of Large DC Plan Strategy and Solutions,  Morningstar, Inc.

  7. 5:30 - 6:20

    Session
    Washington Update:

    Leading experts explain retirement-related developments in Washington, D.C., and state capitals across the U.S. We’ll dive deep into the latest legislation and regulations impacting retirement plan sponsors and participants.

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    Moderator
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Global Editor-in-Chief,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    Bradford P. Campbell, Partner,  Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    Michael P. Kreps, Principal,  Groom Law Group, Chartered

  8. 6:20 - 8:00
    Ciao Italia! An Evening in Italy
    Opening Night Exhibit Hall Kick-Off Party

    Cap off day one in the Exhibit Hall where you will take a quick trip to Italy! Stroll the exhibits, mingle with your peers, meet our vendors and dine on delicious Italian-inspired dinner creations! Fresh cuts of antipasti and meats, live action gnocchi and risotto stations, a gelato cart and more await your indulgence. Swing by our authentic Italian wine bar and sample wines from different regions of Italy. Everyone who attends will receive a complimentary raffle ticket for a chance to win a some amazing prizes, including: gourmet wines, an Italian leather travel bag and varying amounts of AmEx gift cards – yours for the taking! 
    Sponsored by: MassMutual Retirement Services
    For a preview of participating exhibitors, click here.
Thursday June 8, 2017
  1. 8:00 - 9:10
    Breakfast Sponsored by Milliman (Exhibit Hall - Grand Ballroom)
  2. 9:10 - 9:15
    Opening Remarks
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Global Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR
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  3. 9:15 - 10:00
    Case Study: MGM Resorts International and Prudential Retirement's Creative Partnership Drives Employees To Take Action
    You won’t want to miss this engaging discussion with Melissa Friedman-McCulloch, Senior Partner, HR Portal & Content Innovation with MGM Resorts International, Amy McCarthy, Managing Director, Key Accounts, Prudential Retirement and Sean McLaughlin, Senior Vice President at Prudential Retirement! The session will showcase the partnership between MGM Resorts and Prudential Retirement. Get insight on how innovative and creative education programs have engaged MGM Resorts employees to take action and prepare for their financial future.
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  4. 10:00 - 10:45
    Retirement Security—An Inflection Point
    We are at a unique inflection point in history with a number of forces converging simultaneously that are forever changing how we approach retirement. Aging populations and workforces are placing an increased strain on the federal, public, and private retirement systems. Global events are wreaking havoc on the capital markets which result in significant market volatility and investor anxiety. The move from defined benefit to defined contribution plans has seen the responsibility and risk of funding and investing for retirement shift from the employer to individuals. Low individual savings rates, combined with vastly different generational financial challenges, regulatory and policy change, as well as evolving technologies are resulting in a rapidly changing retirement landscape. These significant forces are all colliding simultaneously and require all stakeholders in the industry to rethink the approach to helping Americans achieve a secure retirement. Looking ahead, Joe Ready, EVP & Director, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust sees a key inflection point for millions of Americans that will require a real shift to focus on levers that drive a retirement outcome from first day on the job through retirement.
    PRESENTER: Joe Ready, EVP & Director, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
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  5. 10:45 - 11:00
    Coffee Break  Sponsored by BlackRock, Inc.
  6. 11:00 - 11:30

    Session 1
    DOL and IRS Audits

    What should plan sponsors do if they receive a compliance check questionnaire? What are the IRS and DOL focusing on in 2017? How can plan sponsors make sure they are prepared if a DOL audit is initiated? The areas where the DOL and IRS find the most mistakes and how plan sponsors can avoid them.

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    Moderator
    John Manganaro, Deputy Editor,  PLANADVISER.com

    Panelists
    Brandy Cross, Principal,  Milliman
    David N. Levine, Principal,  Groom Law Group, Chartered

    Session 2
    The Role of Health Savings Accounts:

    How HSAs can be used as a savings and retirement vehicle and why high-deductible plans paired with these accounts are a good option for employers.

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    Moderator
    Judy Faust Hartnett, Managing Editor,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    Steven C. Mindy, Senior Associate,  Alston & Bird, LLP
    Jania Stout, Practice Leader, Co-Founder,  Fiduciary Plan Advisors

    Session 3
    Supplementary Savings Plans—Executive Benefit and NQDC

    The role of executive benefit and nonqualified deferred compensation plans in helping participants save enough for retirement. Why offering these plans is so important to the retirement success of highly compensated employees.

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    Moderator
    Robert Massa, Director, Retirement,  Ascende Wealth Advisers, Inc.

    Panelists
    Jason Burlie, Sales & Strategic Relationships | Nonqualified Practice Leader ,  Prudential
    Jeff Roberts, Regional Channel Manager,  ADP

  7. 11:35 - 12:35

    Session 1
    Asset-Allocation Vehicles—Target-date Funds and Managed Accounts

    What are the trends in offering target-date funds and managed accounts? How are retirement plans ensuring that participants use the options appropriately?

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    Moderator
    Josh Ulmer, Senior Institutional Consultant,  Morgan Stanley

    Panelists
    Dan Peluse, Director of Retirement Plan Services,  Wintrust Wealth Management
    Jeff Kletti, Head of Investments,  Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
    Gene Huxhold, Senior Managing Director for Investment Only Retirement Plans,  John Hancock Investments
    James Smith, Head of Workplace Strategy & Business Development,  Morningstar, Inc.

    Session 2
    Re-enrollment—Improving a Plan by Revisiting Participant Decisions

    How frequently this should be done and how it should be handled.

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    Moderator
    Judy Faust Hartnett, Managing Editor,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    Bruce Ashton, Partner,  Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    Kathleen A. Kelly, Managing Partner,  Compass Financial Partners, LLC
    Terry Daugherty, Vice President, Relationship Management Consultant,  American Century

    Session 3
    Financial Wellness—Holistic Education Programs

    Financial wellness is more than just a buzz phrase—it’s an evolving best practice for participants. Learn what the term specifically means and how plan sponsors are offering holistic education and wellness programs to participants. Learn about the most popular and effective elements you can offer.

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    Moderator
    Rebecca Moore, Managing Editor,  PLANSPONSOR.com

    Panelists
    Nathan Voris, Managing Director, Strategy,  Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc.
    Michael Kane, Managing Director,  Plan Sponsor Consultants
    Melissa Trimani, Assistant Vice President Product Management,  MassMutual Retirement Services
    Bryan Burton, Director of Human Resources, North America,  Norican Group

  8. 12:35 - 1:30
    Lunch
  9. 1:30 - 2:15
    Workshop 1 - Sponsored by Retirement Loan Eraser (Renaissance Ballroom)

    Ready to Improve Retirement Outcomes in Your Plan? Start Preventing Loan Defaults!
    Financial wellness is a broad term that is routinely described as a top priority in our industry. Often overlooked in the equation is the hidden risk of 401(k) loan defaults on employee financial well being. Loan defaults keep employees from achieving true retirement readiness since the large majority of participants who default on their loans fully cash out their accounts, forfeiting decades of retirement savings growth. It’s time to close this unnecessary gap. Attendees at this session will hear about a simple and compliant solution that prevents loan defaults and helps improve financial wellness. Complimentary, loan default gap analysis will be available for plan sponsors.
    PRESENTERS:
    Tod Ruble, Chief Executive Officer, Custodia Financial
    Terri Johnson, Senior Executive-Strategic Accounts, Custodia Financial
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    Workshop 2 - Sponsored by MetLife (Congressional Hall)

    Retirement Income Adequacy Only Matters If the Income Lasts
    While saving consistently for retirement, including starting early, can have a significant and positive impact on retirement outcomes, so do the critical distribution decisions that defined contribution (DC) plan participants make at the point of retirement. Join MetLife and the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) for this breakout session that will focus on the retirement income adequacy of DC plan participants, and how behavioral biases can cloud decision-making and lead to premature savings depletion.
    PRESENTERS:
    Dr. Jack VanDerhei, Research Director, Employee Benefit Research Institute
    Roberta Rafaloff, Vice President, Institutional Income Annuities, MetLife
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  10. 2:20 - 3:10

    Session 1
    Educating Investment Committees

    The basics of what they should know, also the resources available to plan sponsors to provide that education.

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    Moderator
    Judy Faust Hartnett, Managing Editor,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    Michael A. Rosenberg, SVP, Head of Retirement Investment Solutions,  First Eagle Investment Management
    Molly Knapp, Retirement Plan Consultant,  Sequoia Consulting Group
    Shale Latter, Retirement Plan Consultant,  CapTrust Advisors LLC

    Session 2
    Trends in Fund Lineup Construction

    Collective investment trusts, white labeling, smaller fund menus and “tiered” menus. What new products, features and strategies will help ensure your participants retire with more money? We’ll cover the latest in investment menu management.

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    Moderator
    Earle Allen, Partner,  Cammack Retirement Group

    Panelists
    Holly Donovan, Marketing Manager, Defined Contribution,  Invesco
    Sean Lewis, Vice President, Investment Strategist ,  BlackRock, Inc.
    Michael Swann, Director, Defined Contribution Strategist,  SEI Institutional Group

    Session 3
    Retirement Income Products and Solutions

    As more and more Baby Boomers retire, why these solutions are so important to your participants.

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    Moderator
    Barbara Delaney, Principal,  StoneStreet Advisor Group

    Panelists
    Marty Menin, Director – Retirement Solutions Division,  Pacific Life Insurance Company
    John Doyle, Senior Vice President, Defined Contribution Strategist,  American Funds from Capital Group
    Bruce Lanser, Senior Retirement Plan Consultant,  UBS Retirement Plan Consulting Group

  11. 3:10 - 3:40

    Session 1
    Getting to Those Not at a Desk—Communicating Through Digital

    Reaching participants through a strong digital/mobile retirement-saving experience. For employees without access to a computer, their phone is their digital hub. How can plan providers and sponsors ensure they use that phone to make educated decisions?

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    Moderator
    John Manganaro, Deputy Editor,  PLANADVISER.com

    Panelists
    Tanya Barrett, Executive Director, Human Resources,  Hoag Hospital
    Matthew McOsker, Vice President, Senior Product Development Manager Digital,  T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc.

    Session 2
    Fee Monitoring—What and How to Assess

    All of the various types of fees sponsors should be assessing and how frequently they need to do this.

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    Moderator
    Phyllis Klein, Senior Director Consulting Research Group,  CAPTRUST Advisors

    Panelists
    Mike Volo, Partner,  Cammack Retirement Group
    David Merkt, Senior Manager, Retirement Plans,  The Hershey Company

    Session 3
    Working With Departed and Retired Participants

    Constructing a plan for withdrawals.

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    Moderator
    Rebecca Moore, Managing Editor,  PLANSPONSOR.com

    Panelists
    William Beardsley, Senior Vice President,  LPL Financial
    Jean Roma, Director US Retirement and International Benefits,  Citi

  12. 3:40 - 4:10
    Coffee Break  Sponsored by BlackRock, Inc.
  13. 4:10 - 4:40

    Session 1
    Fixing Your Mistakes—Correcting the Most Common Plan Errors

    Learn about the most common plan errors and how plan sponsors can correct them under the IRS Self-Correction Program. Better yet, learn best practices for preventing them.

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    Moderator
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Global Editor-in-Chief,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    Tami Guimelli, AVP, ERISA Attorney, Benefits Consulting Group,  John Hancock Retirement Plan Services

    Session 2
    Offering Participant Advice—Advisers, Third-Party Solutions

    How sponsors can avoid fiduciary liabilities when making advice available to their participants.

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    Moderator
    Joe Connell, Partner,  Sikich Retirement Plan Services

    Panelists
    Garin Danner, Human Resources Director,  The SSI Group, LLC
    Jenny Kiffmeyer, Director of Educational Content,  Retirement Learning Center

    Session 3
    Improving Your Plan Through The RFP Process

    The process of evaluating a current or new recordkeeper can be an opportune time to revisit services, fees and investment options.

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    Moderator
    John Manganaro, Deputy Editor,  PLANADVISER.com

    Panelists
    Michelle Rappa, Head of DCIO Marketing,  Neuberger Berman
    Andrew W. Russell, Assistant Vice President,  UMSO Human Resources

  14. 4:45 - 5:30
    An Inside View of the DOL
    Timothy D. Hauser, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, speaks about the Department of Labor’s decision and plans related to the fiduciary rule and other initiatives and priorities.
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  15. 5:30 - 7:00
    Aloha…Let’s Luau!
    Night Two Exhibit Hall Party

    Break out your Hawaiian shirts, don your grass skirts and join our mini-tropical getaway in the Exhibit Hall! Our Night Two Hawaiian Party will be an event not to miss with a dinner menu reminiscent of that vacation that you’ve always wanted to take to Maui. Pineapples, pork and coconut flavors will be woven throughout your dinner choices in an ambiance of such festive Hawaiian décor, you will wish you had brought your ukulele! Amazing prizes will be raffled again! We are looking forward to seeing you there – aloha!

    Sponsored by: Nationwide and LPL
     Financial
    For a preview of participating exhibitors, click here.
Friday June 9, 2017
  1. 7:30 - 8:30
    Breakfast  Sponsored by First Eagle Investment Management  (Exhibit Hall - Grand Ballroom)
  2. 8:35 - 8:40
    Opening Remarks
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Global Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR
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  3. 8:40 - 9:30

    Session
    Learning From Litigation

    Recent retirement plan lawsuits focused on questionable investments options, high fees, plan administration challenges and conflicts of interest have led plan sponsors and their advisers to re-examine their processes to ensure they are running a compliant plan. Panelists discuss the ramifications of the accusations and decisions in these cases and what steps you can take to ensure the next suit isn’t yours.

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    Moderator
    Rebecca Moore, Managing Editor,  PLANSPONSOR.com

    Panelists
    Jamie Fleckner, Partner,  Goodwin Procter LLP
    Emily Costin, Partner,  Alston & Bird LLP
    R. Bradford Huss, Director,  Trucker Huss APC

  4. 9:35 - 10:25

    Session
    A Shift in Educating Participants—What Is Financial Wellness?

    For years, communication with participants centered around investing topics. Times have changed. Today, at many plans, the participant education has shifted from explaining small-cap vs. large-cap to focused discussions around saving and debt-- the true drivers of retirement savings. As financial wellness has become a hot topic, the field is getting increasingly crowded and the phrasing cloudy. The challenge for the industry is to make sense of what financial wellness is… is it education, is it a full-blown program, how frequently is it delivered, how is it benchmarked—and who delivers it? Leading providers in this participant education landscape will discuss the industry, its evolution, and what financial wellness means to them.

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    Moderator
    Alison Cooke Mintzer, Global Editor-in-Chief,  PLANSPONSOR

    Panelists
    George Lambert, Senior Manager of Business Development,  LearnVest, Inc.
    Adam Hills, Senior Vice President and Head of Institutional Business Solutions,  Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company
    David Snyder, CEO,  Perspective Partners LLC

  5. 10:25 - 10:55
    Coffee Break  Sponsored by BlackRock, Inc.
  6. 10:55 - 11:25
    What’s Next? How Current Trends Will Drive the Future of the Retirement Marketplace

    The only constant is change—this is very true for the retirement plan industry. But where does the industry stand now and where is it going? Allegra Heyligers of Strategic Insight will present data including the size and scope of the retirement plan market alongside plan design trends to give plan sponsors a sense of where they fit in the broader ecosystem and considerations for the change that is ahead.
    Presenter: Allegra Heyligers, Managing Director, Strategic Insight
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  7. 11:30 - 12:00
    Innovation at Work
    Alison Cooke MintzerGlobal Editor-in-Chief, PLANSPONSOR interviews Kevin HanneySenior Director, Pension Investments, United Technologies Corporation about the company’s approach to retirement plans and why income matters.
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  8. 12:00
    Conference Closing Remarks -  To-Go lunch
  9. 12:00 - 12:30
    Plan Sponsor Confidential(Plan Sponsors Only)
    Discussions over lunch will be led by PLANSPONSOR editorial staff. An opportunity for
    plan sponsors to network with peers and discuss what’s on their minds, and how they will
    take what they heard over the conference back to their desks.

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