NAGDCA Connect is an online learning series consisting of webinars and interactive discussion sessions. These virtual engagement events are designed to provide opportunities for members to connect in an online setting, and to deliver insight from industry professionals about the issues directly impacting public sector DC plans right now — and how to manage them moving forward. Check out our upcoming events below or access the webinar archive to find past presentations.

Upcoming Events

PRRL Live Q&A Sessions

Government Members Only

Save the date for a live Q&A session on the Public Retirement Research Lab (PRRL). Join NAGDCA Executive Director Matt Petersen to learn about the PRRL and have your questions answered.

The open Q&A session is being offered at two timeslots to accommodate schedules – Thursday, September 30 at 2 pm ET and Wednesday, October 6 at 1 pm ET. Before the live event, should you wish to learn more about the project, we invite you view the info page on our website here.

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NAGDCA-PRRL Live Q&A Session
Thursday, September 30 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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NAGDCA-PRRL Live Q&A Session
Wednesday, October 6 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

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P2P Exchanges

Government Members Only

Join fellow government members for virtual small group discussions that provide an opportunity for plan sponsors to connect in an informal setting to discuss challenges, ideas, and lessons learned. Beginning in April, NAGDCA will host a P2P Exchange session every other month for the remainder of 2021 and we encourage you to participate in as many sessions as you’d like.

Have something in mind that you’d like to discuss with your peers? Submit a topic or question on the registration form.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect virtually with your peers – click on your preferred dates below to register!

NAGDCA Connect | P2P Exchange
Wednesday, October 27 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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NAGDCA Connect | P2P Exchange
Wednesday, December 15 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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Recent Events

Trends and Considerations for ESG Investing in
Governmental Defined Contribution Plans

Tuesday, June 29 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Join us on Tuesday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a discussion on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment trends and considerations for public DC plans. The panel will discuss research, data, demographic trends, and implementation options for public DC plan sponsors. Learn about real world examples of ways plan sponsors have incorporated ESG into their programs, and the shared common challenges.

The panel will also share information about new resources developed by the 2021 NAGDCA Publications Task Force that plan sponsors can use to evaluate the ESG and sustainability practices, policies, and initiatives of their DC plans’ investment management firms.



Mikaylee O’Connor
Vice President, Senior Defined Contribution Strategist

Christina Elliott
Executive Director
Ohio Deferred Compensation

James Gorrell
Assistant Vice President, Institutional Sales

Emily Wrightson
Principal | Financial Advisor

Mikaylee O’Connor, Vice President, Senior Defined Contribution Strategist, PGIM

Bio coming soon!

Christina Elliott, Executive Director, Ohio Deferred Compensation

Bio coming soon!

James Gorrell, Assistant Vice President, Public & Taft-Hartley Client Group, Nuveen

James is an Assistant Vice President for Nuveen’s Institutional Advisory Services team, focused on delivering Nuveen’s investment capabilities to public pension and employee retirement plans as well as Taft-Hartley pension plans.

James joined Nuveen in 2009 and has held roles in sales & client service, business strategy, and operations.

James graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University and a M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of The National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS), The National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA), and The International Foundation for Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).

Nuveen manages more than $1.2 trillion on behalf of clients across equities, fixed income, and alternative investments.

Emily Wrightson, Principal | Financial Advisor, CAPTRUST

Emily has over 13 years of experience in providing retirement plan consulting and advisory services to retirement plans across the country including states, state systems, cities, counties and special districts. Emily partners with clients in all aspects of the due diligence process, including investment analysis, plan design, compliance, regulatory, and process changes. She joined CAPTRUST in early 2021 from Cammack Retirement Group – a leading national, independent retirement plan consulting and investment advisory firm where she served as a vice president leading the firm’s public market practice. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond and holds a Series 6, 63 and 65 securities licenses.