2021 Leadership Award Nominations

Nominations due Friday, April 30

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NAGDCA Awards nominations are now open! We need your help identifying NAGDCA members who have done incredible work over the past year to create secure retirement futures for their public sector employees. NAGDCA’s Leadership Awards are given in four main categories plus a special add-on category, and winners are selected by the Awards Committee who review and score each nomination.

Plans of all sizes are encouraged to submit nominations and asset size and plan resources will be taken into consideration during the scoring process. Industry partners may nominate clients or plans may self-nominate. The winners are announced in July and will be recognized at NAGDCA’s Annual Conference. Please note, the nomination requirements have been updated for 2021. Please review the new guidelines closely before preparing a nomination. 


2021 Art Caple President’s Award


Leadership Award nominees and their industry partners who receive the highest score in each of the four main categories are eligible to receive the prestigious NAGDCA – Art Caple President’s Award. A task force of NAGDCA Past Presidents reviews the top scoring nominations and recommends a winner to the Executive Board who makes the final selection. The winner receives complimentary registration and travel expenses for one person to the NAGDCA Annual Conference where they will be recognized and presented with the award.

NEW – COVID-19 RESPONSE ADD-ON CATEGORY

The Awards Committee has developed the COVID-19 Response award to recognize exceptional efforts made over the past year to continue supporting participants during the pandemic.

Nominations will be accepted for this award from any of the four main categories and all submitted nominations are eligible to receive an award in this category whether or not they win in their original submitted category. If you wish for your award to also be considered for a COVID-19 Response award, please check the box on the nomination form of the primary category.

Learn more about the new add-on category below.

Leadership Award Categories

Participant Education & Communication

For Plans that: improved participant results with targeted messaging. This is typically the most popular category for awards submission. Common award metrics include improved participation, increased contributions, appropriate asset allocation, successful plan asset retention, financial wellness, survey results and more.

Plans of all sizes are encouraged to submit a nomination.

Communication materials and supporting media used to engage and inform should be included with the submission if possible.

Plan Design & Administration

For Plans that: augmented plan design to positively impact participant results. This popular category includes investment lineup enhancements, automatic enrollment, Roth, customer service, adoption of ancillary Plans (401a, HRA, HSA), Plan document governance and more.

Plans of all sizes are encouraged to submit a nomination.

Communication materials and supporting media used to engage and inform should be included with the submission if possible.

Technology & Interactive Multimedia

For Plans that: innovated utilizing modern outreach technology methods such as social media platforms, videos, podcasts, blogging, etcetera to drive results. How did the use of technology improve your Plan outcomes? This is the category to demonstrate those achievements.

Plans of all sizes are encouraged to submit a nomination.

Communication materials and supporting media used to engage and inform should be included with the submission if possible.

National Retirement Security Month

For Plans that: utilized this key NAGDCA platform to promote creative ideas and drive participant and Plan results.  NRSM is a dedicated time to focus on improving employee retirement outcomes. Plans may have utilized a National campaign or their own custom campaign to promote NRSM.

Plans of all sizes are encouraged to submit a nomination.

Communication materials and supporting media used to engage and inform should be included with the submission if possible.

New for 2021 – Add-on Category

COVID-19 Response

For Plans that: are making exceptional efforts to continue supporting participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of these unique and extreme efforts, NAGDCA has created a special category to recognize the most innovative and successful ways our members have responded to the challenges created by the pandemic.

Nominations will be accepted for this award from any of the original four award categories listed above. All submitted nominations are eligible to receive an award in this category whether or not they win in their original submitted category (Participant Education & Communication, Plan Design & Administration, Technology & Interactive Multimedia, NSRM).

You can submit a nomination for the COVID-19 Response Award by clicking the checkbox on the nomination form of the main category you are submitting under. Please note, nominations must be submitted under one of the four main categories to also be considered for a COVID-19 Response award; you cannot submit a nomination in this category alone.

Nomination Information

Details & Eligibility

  •  Nominations are accepted from government members only and governmental staff must have played a significant role in developing the program, project, or activity.
  • NAGDCA welcomes nominations from all public sector defined contribution plan types.
  • Nominations will be judged on originality and measurable results that led to a sound improvement in the plan.
  • Submitting the same nomination in multiple categories is discouraged. If submitting in multiple categories, please ensure that each nomination is unique.
  • Prior nominations will not be considered for an award.
  • Plan asset size/plan resources will be taken into consideration during the scoring process.
  • Awards will be limited to up to five winners in each category to ensure that awards are a testament to offering the best retirement savings plans.
  • New Add-on Category – If you wish for your award to also be considered for a COVID-19 Response award, please check the box on the nomination form of the primary category. All submitted nominations are eligible to receive an award in this category whether or not they win in their original submitted category

Timeline

  • April 30 – Award nominations due.
  • July – Award recipients notified.
  • September – Awards presented to government members and their industry partners at NAGDCA’s Annual Conference.