National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

The Voice for Public Pensions

ACE Call for Speakers










WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN A SESSION?
We are looking for sessions that provide a great learning experience (not a commercial for a product or service) and that are lively, entertaining, innovative, informative and interactive.  

TYPE OF SESSION
Our sessions are typically lecture-style or panel discussion presentations given in 30, 45, or 60 minutes time slots depending on the subject matter and number of presenters.

AUDIENCE
Most ACE attendees are trustees and staff of public pension plans. Other attendees include representatives of plan sponsors, unions and retiree groups. Also, in attendance are service providers such as asset managers, custodial banks, investment consultants, lawyers and actuaries. 

WHAT ARE THE TOPICS BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE CONFERENCE?
  • Challenges, Trends and Future Directions for Public Pension Funds
  • Investments/Financial Principles
  • Actuarial Principles
  • Legislative/Regulatory Developments
  • Legal Environment
  • Corporate Governance
  • Ethics/ Fiduciary Responsibilities
  • Healthcare and Retirement
  • Administrative Efficiency/Technology
  • Best Practices
  • Professional Development 

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?
  • Educational value of proposed session.
  • Innovative, informative and interactive sessions.
  • Content that is current, cutting edge, or practical.
  • Speakers representing diverse cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints.
  • Overall quality and clarity of submission. The session description must clearly and in plain English describe the session.
  • NCPERS membership level. CorPERS members are given preference.
  • Submissions that do not follow the Submission Instructions will be ineligible.
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SPEAKER EXPECTATIONS
If your proposal is accepted, NCPERS expects speakers to adhere to the following:
  • Commit to presenting in-person at the conference location.
  • Committ to meeting all speaker deadlines.
  • If co-presenting with another speaker, commit to working together to coordinate your presentations to ensure cohesiveness.
  • Commit to sharing your presence at the conference with your social networks (i.e. Twitter and Facebook).

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
 
1. Title
Your title should capture the topic/subject area that will be covered.

2. Brief Description
Your description should, in 300 words or less, build on your title and focus on what the audience will take-away (learning objectives). ACE attendees who will read the session description are unlikely to be experts in your field. So, to maximize your session selection, we encourage the description to be concise and understandable by a trustee of average experience.
NOTE: PowerPoints, white papers or articles are not acceptable submissions for your description.  

3. Contact Informaiton
Please include the name (s) and contact information (email addresses preferred) for your speaker(s) and anyone else who should be copied regarding your proposal. 

4. Skill Level
Please indicate the knowledge level of the audience this session is intended to address:
 
Basic – For individuals with limited or no prior knowledge or experience of the subject area. New to the pension industry or seeking to learn the fundamentals.
 
Intermediate – For individuals who have some knowledge or experience of the subject. Individuals seeking to build on, apply or enhance knowledge in subject area.
 
Advanced – For individuals with greatly developed knowledge and experience in the subject area seeking the most up- to-date knowledge. 
 
General – For subject areas applicable to all skill levels.

5. Submit
Submit your proposal to Cassandra Smoot at conferences@ncpers.org by Monday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST. All submission received AFTER this date/time will be placed on a waiting list.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Monday, January 24 by 5:00 PM EST

EMAIL SUBMISSION TO
conferences@ncpers.org