Defined Contribution Institute - Chicago 2019

Apr 17th - Apr 18th 2019
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.

2019 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.

Rob Roy
Chief Investment Officer

Bernie Knobbe
Global Head of Benefits

Cathleen deOrnelas
Senior Financial Benefits Manager 

Lavina Mehta
Retirement Plans Manager
Bechtel Corporation

Debra Dennin
Senior Manager, Wealth Benefits
Best Buy Co., Inc

Sarah Krause
Director, Retirement Strategy & Executive Compensation

Carrie Pierce
Program Advisor 
California Savings Plus Program

Patricia Campbell
Executive Director, Core HR, Benefits, Wellness & Recognition 
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Scott Knowles
Senior Manager, Global Benefits, Financial Wellness

Katherine Miller
Benefit Department Manager

Vicky Erwin
Investments Director, Pension and Benefits
Eli Lilly and Company

Carol Chan
Deputy Chief Investment Officer 
Ernst & Young LLP

Anthony Tomich
Head of Pension Investments
Farmers Insurance Group

Charles DeSantis
Chief Benefits Officer
Georgetown University

Mahooya Dinda
Treasury Director
Intel Corporation

Jeremy Ellermeyer
Managing Director
MetLife Investment Management

David Courchaine
Director, Total Rewards
MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Anne Fish
Executive Director, Benefits and Work/Life Resources
Northwestern University

Brett Powell
Manager, Benefits – Pension & Thrift

Sharon Hazy
V.P. Manager of Retirement Plans
The PNC Financial Group

Caryn Bortnick
Deputy Executive Director
San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System

Elaine Parham
Senior Manager
Southwest Airlines

Lan Chen
Investment Specialist
State of Michigan

Craig Daniels
Director, Traditional Investments
Trinity Health

Susan Long
Retirement Benefits Manager

Gay Lynn Bath
University of Oregon

Mark Keck
Pension and Savings Plan Administrator
UT-Battelle, LLC

Hugh Penney
Senior Director Compensation & Benefits
Yale University

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 Heckman.


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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 Heckman

+1 212 224 3640

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