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PSCA's 70th Annual National Conference Scheduled for May


CHICAGO, IL, January 25, 2017 -- With the understanding that benefits professionals don't function in a bubble and are most likely also administering other retirement plans and other benefits, PSCA is taking a holistic view and addressing "The World of Retirement" at this year's annual national conference, May 2-3 in its hometown of Chicago, IL.

"This conference celebrates PSCA's 70th anniversary as the flagship in the defined contribution space and will include presentations by the thought leaders shaping policy and advancing the interests of America's retirement savers," said Steve McCaffrey, Board Chairman for the Plan Sponsor Council of America. "With a new administration and Congress, this year's conference promises to address potential changes that could affect retirement security. We urge every plan sponsor to attend."

This year's conference will feature a 3-session HSA track and sessions on NQDC plans, as for many plan sponsors, these plans are also part of their retirement world. This year's theme is also a nod to the increasingly global nature of retirement benefits and the Keynote address by Dr. Robert Merton will address the global challenge of funding retirement.

In addition, Groom Law Group's Washington Update will address what promises to be a year of major changes as President Trump and Congressional leadership tackle tax reform, the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, and health care. Tax reform holds the potential to negatively impact the rules and limits that apply to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Revisions to the conflict of interest rule may significantly affect plan sponsors who have already been working to comply with the Obama Administration era version of the rule. Health care reform legislation could expand the availability of health savings accounts while dramatically impacting the structure and rules established in the Affordable Care Act.

Featured sessions include:

General Sessions

  • Harry Nathan Gottlieb (creator of You Don't Know Jack and Founder of Jellyvision)
  • Retirement Income Panel
  • Cyber Security Panel

Breakout Sessions

  • Results of the Society of Actuaries' research on post-retirement risk
  • Target date fund benchmarking
  • Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Survey results
  • ESG investing
  • You've Been Served! A Review of Recent Plan Sponsor ERISA Litigation
  • Financial wellness and the employer's role
  • Cadillac Benefits in an Uber World: Best practices to drive your distracted workforce to action toward retirement readiness
  • Behavioral finance
  • Close the Revolving Door: 5 Innovative Benefits That Retain Top Talent
  • Retireholi(k)s: "changing retirement one beer at a time." A slightly inebriated insider's look into the retirement plan industry.

For a full list of breakout workshops, visit https://www.psca.org/events.

PSCA will host their annual awards ceremony the evening of May 1st to kick off the conference. The PSCA Signature Awards recognizes excellence in retirement plan communications to both plan sponsors and plan participants. The Signature Awards competition has twelve categories ranging from increasing participation to digital innovations to financial wellness. The entry cost is $150 for a member company and $250 for a non-member company. PSCA is accepting nominations now through February 10, 2017. See PSCA's website for more information.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring individuals for their contributions to the growth of the defined contribution industry, is also presented by PSCA at the national conference awards ceremony. PSCA is currently accepting nominations from its members. Past recipients include Karen Barnes, McDonald's Corporation, Nancy Webman, Pensions & Investments, Inc., and David Booth, Dimensional Fund Advisors.

Information on registration is available on PSCA's website. A discounted early registration rate of $550 for members and $750 for non-members is available to plan sponsors who register by March 3.

About the Plan Sponsor Council of America

The Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA) is a diverse, collaborative community of employee benefit plan sponsors, working together on behalf of more than six million employees to solve real problems, create positive change, and expand on the success of the employer-sponsored retirement system. With more than 1,000 members representing employers of all sizes, we offer a forum for comprehensive dialogue. By sharing our collective knowledge and experience as plan sponsors, PSCA also serves as a resource to policymakers, the media and other stakeholders as part of our commitment to improving retirement security for millions of Americans. For more information, visit www.psca.org.


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