The Spark Institute

Who We Are

The SPARK Institute is a member-driven, non-profit organization that is the leading voice in Washington for the retirement plan industry. We help shape national retirement policy by developing and advancing positions on critical issues that affect plan sponsors, participants, service providers, and investment providers. Our members include recordkeepers, mutual fund companies, brokerage firms, insurance companies, banks, consultants, trade clearing firms and investment managers. Collectively, our members serve approximately 85 million participants in 401(k) and other defined contribution plans. 


Join us for our 2-day fiduciary workshop, designed to offer attendees a chance to interact with their peers to get a common interpretation of the final regulations, identify broad considerations for compliance and organizational readiness and develop goals on how the industry implement these new regulations.

The workshop will start with a general session highlighting the major features of the final regulations. Then attendees will break into five separate discussion groups, covering: 1) Direct and Advisor Distributions; 2) Ongoing Service; 3) Servicing Retirement Participants; 4) Legal and Compliance and 5) Technology. On the second day, each discussion group will provide a summary of their individual sessions for the benefit of all attendees.

Dates & Locations:

May 9-10 in Charlotte, NC hosted by Wells Fargo.   Register now

May 12-13 in Greenwood Village, CO hosted by Empower.  Register now


Member Benefits

  • Help shape the direction of the Institute through our Board of Directors, Government Relations Committee and task forces.
  • Meet and network with senior business leaders and key decision makers at SPARK Institute Board meetings.
  • Receive regular updates on critical industry issues.
  • Other benefits include complimentary conference registrations, SPARK Institute publications, member surveys and more.
Click the link below to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of The SPARK Institute

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