Re-Envisioning Retirement Security: Agenda

Re-Envisioning Retirement Security

October 21, 2009


9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Introductory remarks Karen Ferguson, Director, Pension Rights Center
9:50 – 10: 00 a.m. Margot Brandenburg, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
10:00 – 10:10 a.m. The Honorable Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor
10:10 – 10: 25 a.m. Anna Burger, Chair, Change to Win, and International Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union
10:25 – 10:35 a.m. Barbara Kennelly, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
10:35 – 10:50 a.m. Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
10:50 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Panel on “Principles for a New Retirement System” Moderator: Karen Friedman, Executive Vice President and Policy Director, Pension Rights Center  Panelists:
  • Universal: Ross Eisenbrey Vice President, Economic Policy Institute
  • Secure: Maria Freese Director of Government Relations and Policy, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Adequate: Stephen Abrecht Director of Benefits and Capital Stewardship, Service Employees International Union
  • Leticia Miranda Associate Director, Economic and Employment Policy Project, National Council of La Raza
  • Algernon Austin Director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy Program, Economic Policy Institute
  • Amy Matsui Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center
12:10 – 12:40 p.m. Lunch
12:40 – 1:20 p.m. Luncheon Speaker David Cay Johnston Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and former New York Times reporter, “A journalist’s perspective on retirement policy issues.”
1:20 – 1:30 p.m. Norman Stein Douglas Arant Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law and Chair, Retirement USA Proposal Review Committee: Overview of proposal selection process
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Proposal Panel #1 Moderator: Charles Jeszeck Acting Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security, Government Accountability Office Presenters:
  • Teresa Ghilarducci Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in Economic Policy Analysis, New School for Social Research and Director of the Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis
  • Mark Ugoretz President, ERISA Industry Committee
  • Glenn Beamer Director of Public Health Programs and Associate Professor, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • Michael Calabrese Vice President, New America Foundation
  • Richard Ferlauto Director of Corporate Governance and Public Pension Programs, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees
  • Shaun O’Brien Senior Vice President for Economic Security Strategy, Office of Social Impact, AARP
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Proposal Panel #2 Moderator: Emily Kessler Senior Fellow, Intellectual Capital, Society of Actuaries Presenters:
  • Nancy Altman Author, The Battle for Social Security:  From FDR’s Vision to Bush’s Gamble
  • Regina Jefferson Professor, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University
  • Gene Kalwarski Consultant, Cheiron/ United Food and Commercial Workers Union
  • Carol Gold Former Director, Employee Plans Division, Internal Revenue Service
  • David Madland Director of the American Worker Project, Center for American Progress
  • John Turner Director, Pension Policy Center
4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:30 p.m. Adjourn