Weekly Agenda

Summer Public Policy Series

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

10:30 am Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – 11:10 am Opening Remarks

John Geli, SS&C Technologies
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-MD

11:10 am – 12:00 pm Insights from the Regulators on Recent Guidance

Melissa Kahn, State Street Global Advisors (moderator)
Joe Canary, DOL
Jeff Turner, DOL
Pam Kinard, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS
Ron Rutherford-Triche, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS
Stephen Tackney, Office of Chief Counsel, IRS

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Break

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm Update from the Hill

Chris Gaston, Davis & Harman LLP
Charlie Bolton, Sen. R. Portman (R-OH)
Kara Getz, Rep. R. Neal (D-MA)
Lori Prater, Rep. M. Kelly (R-PA)
Ron Storhaug, Sen. B. Cardin (D-MD)

Updates from Hill staffers.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Break

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

10:30 amExhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – 11:10 amOpening Remarks

Mary Beth Glotzbach, Franklin Templeton

11:10 am – 12:00 pmPEPs/MEPs: What’s Next

Michael Davis, T. Rowe Price (moderator)
Randy Long, SageView Advisory Group
Chantel Sheaks, US Chamber of Commerce
Joseph Smolen, Empower Retirement

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Break

12:30 pm – 1:20 pmUniversal Workplace Savings Plans

Kevin Cox, Ascensus (moderator)
Alex Mazer, Common Wealth
Kirby Rappell, SuperRatings
Darren Philp, Smart Pension
Katie Selenski, CalSavers Retirement Savings Program

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

SESSION A – Using Alternatives in DC Plans

Bill Ryan, Aon (moderator)
Jonathan Epstein, DCALTA
Charlie Nelson, Voya
Sara Shean, PGIM Real Estate and Co-President DCREC
Kevin Walsh, Groom Law Group

SESSION B – Deep Dive on SECURE – Open Questions on Key Operational Aspects

Chris Robino, SS&C
Michael Hadley, Davis & Harman LLP
Rachel Kugelmass, Conduent
Rod Stortenbecker, Lincoln Financial Group

The SECURE Act is a welcome piece of legislation for our industry and has many features that will enhance retirement savings for many working Americans. However, open questions remain on how to key aspects of this legislation will be implemented. This session is deep dive operational review of the SECURE Act to address potential issues and open questions.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

10:30 amExhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – 11:10 amOpening Remarks

Rich Linton, Empower Retirement

11:10 am – 12:00 pmPublic Pensions and the Aftermath of the Coronavirus Crisis

Charles Millard, Amundi Pioneer (moderator)
Pablo Antolin, OECD
Keith Brainard, NASRA
David Draine, The Pew Charitable Trusts

What will be the expected results of our current crisis once the dust begins to settle? This session will examine the current market turmoil and how many public pensions will perform. What will be the longer term ramifications?

12:00 pm – 12:30 pmBreak

12:30 pm – 1:20 pmHow the World Saves

Steve Utkus, Vanguard (moderator)
Rich Magner, Infosys McCamish Systems
Gustavo Demarco, The World Bank

In this session we will have a panel of experts discuss how past public policies have shaped retirement savings and accumulations. Our experts will use data from the US/UK/AU/CA. What policies can, or should play a role across the globe to help shape better outcomes.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Break

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

10:30 amExhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – 11:10 amOpening Remarks

Melissa Kahn, State Street Global Advisors

11:10 am – 12:00 pmFinancial Wellness: Priorities and Challenges

Jessica Sclafani, MFS Investment Management (moderator)
Karen Andres, The Aspen Institute
Cindy Hounsell, WISER
Elizabeth Mulholland, Prosper Canada
Marlon Sullivan, Abbott

12:00 pm – 12:30 pmBreak

12:30 pm – 1:20 pmEngaging Participants Post Crisis

Allie Shafer, SS&C Retirement Solutions (moderator)
Eric Brickman, Newport Group
Alicia Hartjen, SS&C Retirement Solutions

If a participant ran a retirement analysis as recent as February, those results may no longer be valid, as they may have not only lost income, but had to dip into savings. We would discuss our best practices for participant re-engagement using our communications solutions as well as highlight how our Financial Wellness tools can help them get their retirement savings back on track.

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

SESSION A – Privacy

Cindy Volker, Broadridge Financial (moderator)
Kendra Isaacson, Sen. P. Murray (D-WA)
David Levine, Groom Law Group

SESSION B – Industry Roundtable Discussion on Lifetime Income Disclosures

Tim Scott, Enterprise Iron Financial Industry Solutions (facilitator)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10:30 amExhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – 11:10 amOpening Remarks

Tim Rouse, SPARK Institute

11:10 am – 12:00 pmRecent Plan Litigation: Key Takeaways for Fiduciaries

Mike Raso, PineBridge Investments
Demario Carswell, Goodwin
Tom Clark, The Wagner Law Group
Jamie Fleckner, Goodwin
Diane Gallagher, American Century Investments

12:00 pm – 12:30 pmBreak

12:30 pm – 1:20 pmTrust: The Most Important Factor

Neil Lloyd, Mercer (moderator)
Catherine Collinson, Transamerica Institute
David Ireland, State Street Global Advisors
Josef Pilger, EY

12:30 pm – 1:20 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

SESSION A – Exploring Portability of Lifetime Income

Steve Manthie, Deloitte

SESSION B – Adoption of ESG Globally

Lisa Woll, US SIF (moderator)
Stacey Tovrov, Blackrock

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

10:30 amExhibit Hall Opens

11:00 am – 11:10 amOpening Remarks

Lew Minsky, DCIIA

11:10 am – 12:00 pmGlobal Aging and Lifetime Income: How Should Global DC Systems Cope?

Jody Strakosch, Strakosch Retirement Strategies, LLC (moderator)
Dr. Abigail Hurwitz, The Wharton School
Per Linneman, Linneman Actuarial Consulting
Tim Pitney, TIAA
Mark Rowlands, NEST Corporation

12:00 pm – 12:30 pmBreak

12:30 pm – 1:20 pmWill Europe Embrace DC Savings?

John Mitchem, JM3 Projects (moderator)
Simon Colboc, European Pensions Institute
Christian Lemaire, Amundi Pioneer
Ziga Vizintin, Slovenia

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

SESSION A – Role of the Employer in DC Plans

Aron Szapiro, Morningstar (moderator)
Lynn Dudley, American Benefits Council
Anne Lester

SESSION B – Fraud Prevention

Doug Peterson, Empower Retirement (moderator)
Dennis Lamm, Fidelity Investments
Les McCollum, ICMA-RC
Mark Strosahl, Principal
Jeanne Wilson, US Department of Labor

SPARK members developed working teams to enhance fraud prevention in the retirement industry. In this session, we will hear from these work groups on their progress and from DOL on their fraud prevention focus.