Call for Speakers
NAGDCA’s call for annual conference speakers is now 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 NAGDCA Annual Conference is a curated experience. The conference committee will review each submission; however, we are only able to accommodate those that best meet our programming needs. We look forward to your submission!
Speaker Submission Process
- Review speaker and moderator roles and expectations
- Review full descriptions and ideal speakers for each session
- Complete a submission form for your desired session(s); indicating your preferred role and specific areas of expertise
Please contact Carly Miller, NAGDCA Program Manager, (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
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.
Moderator Role and Expectations
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 modertaor’s responsibility to make sure the session is lively, engaging and worthwhile.
2019 Conference Sessions
Asset Allocation Techniques during the Accumulation Phase
Asset allocation decisions can have nearly as much effect on the success of a plan as saving money in the first place. This session will discuss the importance of adopting a core investment line-up, evaluating fees versus performance, and more.
Board/Committee Membership, Governance & Best Practices
The most common form of plan governance involves the creation of a specialized board (or committee), usually appointed under the governing authority of the plan sponsor. This session is dedicated to assisting those that serve on or support a board or committee with their fiduciary and/or governance duties.
Equity Investment Options
Equities can play a pivotal role in the long-term success of a retirement plan. This session will discuss what asset classes to include in a core lineup along with a review of available structures including mutual funds, collective investment trusts (CITs), and separate accounts.
Fees and the RFP Process
The formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process can be a cumbersome and lengthy process that many plan sponsors dread, but it is an essential best practice for plan fiduciaries to follow on a regular basis. This session will explore considerations in developing and executing a successful RFP and the resources that can be leveraged to assist in this process.
For many, money is the biggest stress in their lives and impacts every part of their health – mind, body and spirit. This session will focus on plan level monitoring of plan health, incorporating financial wellness into an overall wellness program, and more.
How DB Plan Pressures Impact DC Plans
Many governmental plans are facing significant headwinds to sustain their defined benefit plan, such as market volatility, inconsistent employer contributions, inappropriate benefit policies, etc. This session will review the current state of defined benefit plans and the role defined contribution plans may play in the future.
Where will the defined contribution industry be in 2025? The closing session of the conference will provide a platform for leaders in the industry to share forecasts of the industry and discuss innovative technologies, communication strategies, products, investments and more. *Speaking spots reserved for industry members only.
Leveraging Technology and
New technology continues to alter everything in our lives, including how participants track and manage their portfolios. This session will explore technological trends, data analytics, the role of cybersecurity, the importance of enhanced tools, and more.
Retaining Retirees and Those
As a plan sponsor, retiree assets may represent a significant portion of plan assets and retaining those assets generally helps the plan as well as the participant. This session will provide guidance on helping participants navigate this phase of their lives.
Role of Fixed Income Investments
in a Portfolio
Fixed income investments can play several key roles in a portfolio from minimizing market volatility to creating income in retirement. This session will discuss various fixed investment types along with the associated potential benefits, restrictions, and more.
Successful Communication Campaigns
High competition for a participant’s attention and the many methods of outreach and engagement can make developing successful communications campaigns difficult. This session will focus on successful strategies, data usage, targeted messaging, and more.
Unbundled Versus Bundled
Administrative cost, control, oversite, and evaluation are all key indicators that may drive the decision to bundle or unbundle services. As a plan fiduciary with many responsibilities and limited time, is this a question that should be on your radar, and what is the optimal solution for your plan?