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Call for Speakers

Call for speakers closed Friday, April 9.

NAGDCA’s call for speakers is open! We are looking for the best and brightest in the public sector defined contribution industry who can inspire, educate and deliver helpful, practical information to our conference attendees. Prior to completing a speaker submission form, we ask that all interested parties review the roles and expectations listed below to ensure that those selected as presenters have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.

The 2021 conference is currently being planned as a hybrid event, with both in-person and virtual attendance options. Speakers may be able to participate virtually depending on the session. Please select your attendance preference on the submission form.

The NAGDCA Annual Conference is a curated experience; therefore, submitting a speaker form does not guarantee a speaking spot. The conference committee will review each submission and select individuals who best meet our programming needs. We look forward to your submission!

Session Format

The majority of conference sessions are an hour long and are formatted as discussion panels featuring one moderator and three panelists. Sessions typically follow the below outline:

  • 5 minute introduction of the topic and panelists by the moderator.
  • 8-10 minutes for each panelist to share their perspective on the topic.
  • 10 minutes of curated questions from the moderator.
  • 10 minutes of Q&A with the audience ending with a summary and thanks.

Speaker Submission Process

  1. Review moderator and panelist roles and expectations.
  2. Review session descriptions.
  3. Complete a submission form for your desired session(s); indicating your preferred role and potential presentation content.

Questions? Please contact Carly Miller at cmiller@amrms.com.

Moderator Role and Expectations

A moderator is the glue that keeps it together. The moderator’s job is to help ensure the audience’s needs are met and the learning outcomes are achieved. The moderator sets the tone, establishes pace, and ensures all content remains relevant to the stated session description and takeaways. It is the moderator’s responsibility to make sure the session is lively, engaging, and worthwhile.

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Panelist Role and Expectations

Panelists are responsible for presenting their perspective on the provided session topic through conversation, engagement, and debate with fellow panelists. Panelists are expected to establish their own remarks and talking points to submit for review by the full panel and Annual Conference Committee in accordance with established deadlines.

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2021 Conference Sessions

DB Pensions and DC Plans – Working in tandem to achieve financial security 

This session will explore how US retirement income sources have changed for both private and public sector workers and provide tactics for educating public sector employees about the importance of utilizing multiple sources of income to ensure financial security in retirement.

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Evolution of the DC Plan Menu

This session will explore various investment options – active vs passive, ESG, managed accounts, stable value/fixed income solutions, in-plan guaranteed investment options, TDFs – and the pros and cons of each.

Full Description & Submission Form

Improving Plan and Participant Outcomes through DEI Initiatives

This session will highlight best practices to leverage concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and accessibility to help plans take their first step or build upon the programs they have.

Full Description & Submission Form

Make it Personal – Developing data driven communications

This session will focus on marketing trends like personalization and digital nudging and how plans can employ those techniques to engage with participants and drive results, especially with younger and mid-career savers. The panel will also explore the impact the pandemic has had on delivering information to older participants.

Full Description & Submission Form

Protecting Participant Data in a Virtual World

This session will explore cybersecurity trends, common vulnerabilities, and provide tips for identifying threats and developing a response plan to minimize the impact of a breach.

Full Description & Submission Form

Public and Private – Exploring lessons learned from both sectors

This session will discuss the differences between the private and public sectors and how those differences can work to the advantage of public sector plans.

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The Long View – Decumulation solutions

This session will discuss the increased need for choice in retirement income, portability of those solutions, and the need for services and tools offered by recordkeepers.

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The Next Generation of Financial Wellness

This session will explore program components and communication approaches to help improve the financial well-being of employees and discuss the importance of data-sharing with recordkeepers to develop personalized programs.

Full Description & Submission Form

The Value of an Effective Participant Education Program

This session will provide an overview of the various ways in which education can be delivered in a COVID/post-COVID world, including any pros and cons.

Full Description & Submission Form

Understanding Plan Fees and Value Propositions

This session will explain how to evaluate and understand the true costs of retirement plans, explore the relationship of services and cost, and discuss the importance of performance-based contracting.

Full Description & Submission Form

Highlights from 2019

Government and Industry members from around the country gathered in New Orleans to review best practices, industry innovation, and network with peers in the government defined contribution plan arena. Over four days, attendees were able to participate in over 10 presentations covering topics from storytelling techniques to fiduciary best practices.

2019 Conference Highlights

Conference Sponsors

Our conference is made possible, in part, by generous donations from leaders in the financial and investment industry. To learn more about becoming a sponsor for our annual conference, visit our Conference Sponsorships page.

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