Defined Contribution Institute - Chicago 2018

Apr 17th - Apr 18th 2018
Four Seasons Hotel

The DC Institute membership model is designed to put plan sponsors’ needs first and foremost, with an agenda unconstrained by anything other than the mandate to provide a forum for the dissemination of the forward-most thought leadership and discussion of the ideas. The membership’s mission is to help plan sponsors do their jobs so that they can better meet the needs of their participants.

2018 Advisory Board

Institute for Defined Contribution was created to serve DC plan sponsors, and we rely upon an Advisory Board of plan sponsors to help conceptualize and guide each event’s agenda. We sincerely thank this year’s Advisory Board as well as everyone who has provided — and will continue to provide — input to ensure that the topics we are addressing are current, practical, and pertinent.

Kevin Barry
Director, Retirement Plans
First American Financial

Paul Benjamin
Director of Investments
Alcoa Inc.

Suzanne Carroll
Directork Treasury
Amgen, Inc.

Chris Ceder
Vice President – Retirement Benefits
Goldman Sachs

Charles Claudio
Director, Retirement Programs
Liberty Mutual Group

Lynn Cordaro
Director, Benefits & Finance

Craig Daniels
Director, Traditional Investments
Trinity Health

Jaime Erickson
Vice President, Wealth Strategies
UnitedHealth Group

Vicky Erwin
Investment Director, Pension & Benefits
Eli Lilly & Company

Beth Ewing
Director-Retirement Outreach & Education
FedEx Corporation

Carl Gagnon
Assistant Vice President, Global Retirement Programs
Unum Group

Colin Orr
Associate Director of Retirement Benefits
Genentech, Inc.

Polly Scott
Communications and Deferred Compensation Plan Manager

Ingrid Stafford
VP Financial Operations & Treasurer

Carol Sung
Senior Manager, Retirement Plan Investments
Comcast-NBC Universal

Robert Wright
Defined Contribution Plan Manager
United Parcel Services of America, Inc.

  • Rethinking Retirement Income Options for Post-Retirement Participants: A Retirement Tier Made Easy
  • 4 Misperceptions about Retiree Spending
  • Reconsidering Your Bond Offerings for Retiring Employees
  • Implementing a Retirement Income Solution
  • Rethinking the Value of the Enrollment Process
  • Plan Services: What Can (and Should) Be Out-Sourced
  • Defining and Meeting Your Plan’s Responsibilities to Retiring Employees: Investments, Education, and Advice
  • Modernizing the Investment Line-Up: Do’s and Don’t’s
  • Creating a Communications Strategy to Spur Growth in Your Managed Account 
  • Thinking Outside the Box: Outsourcing to a Third Party Vendor 
  • Is There an Investment Case to Be Made for SRI/ESG/Impact as a DC Option?
  • Don’t Rule Out Matching with Company Stock: Divergences Between What Older and Younger Workers Need 
  • Bridging Two Worlds: Linking HR and Finance for the Benefit of DC Participants 
  • Redefining the Role and the Responsibilities of the Plan Sponsor as Fiduciary for Better Outcomes
  • How Much Influence Should You, the Plan Sponsor, Influence Participants’ Investment Choices? 
  • Programming a Financial Wellness System that Works for Your Participants 
  • Achieving Better Outcomes for Your Participants: Lessons Learned on Effective Plan Management Tactics
  • The Ideal TDF Would Look Like This…
  • Implementing an Effective Due Diligence Program on Your Plan’s Service Providers and Vendors
  • Cracking Open the Mind of the Millennial: Retooling the Way We Communicate With Employees
  • Creating a Retirement Income Solution Which Works for Different Participant Demographics
  • Cybersecurity: Action Points for Protecting Your Plan in an Increasingly High Tech World
  • Rethinking the Brokerage Window: Is It More than an Escape Route?
  • Datashock: Artificial Intelligence, Connectedness, and Readying Your Plan and Participants for the Big Data Future

Please view the review the latest agenda for a complete list of topics and speakers.

View the latest Agenda

About DC Institute
DC Institute

The Institutional Investor Institute for Defined Contribution is a private membership organization for the nation’s DC plan sponsors as well as supporting members from the industry’s leading asset management firms, providers, and consultants. Members and supporting members come together for meetings which foster idea exchange and the achievement of common goals. The environment at these events is collegial, collaborative and confidential in accordance with Chatham House Rules.

Built by plan sponsors for plan sponsors, the agenda for each DC Institute meeting draws heavily on an incomparable well of industry insight contributed by our plan sponsor and expert attendees. Each program addresses the issues most relevant to the nation’s plans.


Only qualified defined contribution plan sponsors may register to attend this meeting, but there is no registration fee to attend for those who are qualified. If you are interested in learning more about our membership, please contact Madeline Pescatore.


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Four Seasons Hotel

120 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
1 (312) 280-8800

Located steps from the Magnificent Mile and North Michigan Avenue's best shopping — and just minutes from Chicago's business and financial centres. The Chicago Hotel's unrivalled guest-room views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline will leave you breathless.



For more information, please contact:

Madeline (Pescatore) Heckman

+1 212 224 3640

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