National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

The Voice for Public Pensions

FALL 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.  

AUDIENCE
Most FALL 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?

As you create your proposal, please consider the following topics, which are focus areas for the conference program. Proposals may address more than one area. The example topics noted below are intended to help you develop/plan, but we welcome and encourage additional ideas.
 
  • 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

KNOWLEDGE LEVELS
Please indicate the knowledge level of the audience this session is intended to address:

 
GENERAL: For subject areas applicable to all skill levels.

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.


LEARNING FORMATS
Learning formats support instructional methods that help match your educational content with the best way to deliver your content.
 
Standard Presentation (45 minutes)
Lecture-style presentation usually given by one or two speakers, highlighting one major topic or idea.

Panel Discussion (45 minutes)
A discussion lead by a moderator with up to three panelists presenting perspectives around a specific topic.


‚ÄčPROPOSAL PROCESS & SELECTION CRITERIA
Proposals will be reviewed by the NCPERS education committee.  Selections will be based on objective criteria, including:
  • Educational value
  • Originality
  • Content relevance 
  • Overall quality
  • Past review/evaluation (if applicable) and;
  • Active participation in NCPERS (CorPERS members receive preferred consideration).

SPEAKER EXPECTATIONS
If your proposal is accepted, NCPERS expects speakers to adhere to the following:
  • Commit to presenting in-person at the conference location.
  • Commit 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).

TIMELINE
To help you plan accordingly during the proposal process, please make note of the overall timeline below:
  • Call for Speakers Closes: Monday, August 7, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Selection Notifications: August 28-September 1

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS
 
2023 MEMBERSHIP
NCPERS is a member-only organization and membership is required to participate in our events.

TITLE OF PRESENTATION
Your title should capture the topic/subject area that will be covered.

DESCRIPTION OF PRESENTATION
Your description should build on your title, describe what the presentation will cover, explain what the audience will take-away and be as concise as possible. PowerPoints, white papers or articles will not be accepted. 

PROPOSED PRESENTER(S)
Your proposed session will be evaluated on the topic presented as well as the proposed speaker. Please provide contact information for your speaker. 

NCPERS values diverse and inclusive practices. NCPERS educational pledge is to practice inclusion, pull in diverse backgrounds and perspectives to enrich our programming and support equitable work environments and behaviors.

PRIMARY POINT OF CONTACT (POC)
The primary point of contact is the person submitting the proposal. NCPERS will communicate with the POC for all communications including notifications and deadlines, who must share information as needed with presenter/panelists. 

SUBMIT
Submit your proposal to conferences@ncpers.org by Monday, August 28. All submission received AFTER this date will be placed on a waiting list.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Monday, August 28 by 5:00 PM EST

EMAIL SUBMISSION TO
conferences@ncpers.org 

SAMPLE SUBMISSION