National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

The Voice for Public Pensions

FALL Education


As of 10/15/23
*To access the available presentation slides, please click on the session title.

7:00 am – 6:00 pm      REGISTRATION
(Paris Ballroom Foyer)
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm      OPENING GENERAL SESSION
(Vendome B Ballroom)
                                    Current Look at Public Pension Plans, Inflation, and Social Security
                                    Dan Siblik, Segal
                                    Paul Angelo, Segal     
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm      WELCOME RECEPTION & EXHIBITION 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
7:00 am – 1:00 pm      REGISTRATION 
(Paris Ballroom Foyer)
7:00 am – 8:00 am      BREAKFAST
(Vendome C Ballroom)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm      EXHIBITION 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
8:00 am – 1:15 pm      GENERAL SESSION 
(Vendome B Ballroom)
8:00 am – 8:15 am      Opening Remarks
                                    Hank Kim, NCPERS
8:15 am – 9:00 am      It’s Great, Until It’s Not: Managing a Soft Landing
                                    Leo Harmon Jr., Mesirow
9:00 am – 9:45 am      Enhancing Pension Sustainability: A Funding Policy Discussion
                                    Aaron Shapiro, Milliman
                                    Elizabeth Wiley, Cheiron
                                    Dan Doonan, National Institute on Retirement Security
9:45 am – 10:30 am     Securing Our Markets: The Essential Role of Public Funds
                                     Mary Beth Foley, Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (Moderator)
                                     Daniel Chiplock, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
                                     Laura Posner, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
                                     Adam Franklin, Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado
10:30 am – 11:00 am   EXHIBIT BREAK 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
11:00 am – 11:45 am    Fixed Income: Are We There Yet?
                                     Rosemary Guillette, Segal Marco Advisors
11:45 am – 12:30 pm  Experience Studies and the Role of the Trustee
                                    Kevin Spanier, Buck, A Gallagher Company
                                    Lisa Bjornson, Buck, A Gallagher Company
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm    Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Update
     Ashley Dunning, Nossaman LLP
                                    Rob Gauss, Ice Miller
    Tony Roda, Williams & Jensen PLLC
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm       NETWORKING RECEPTION 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
7:00 am – 1:00 pm      REGISTRATION 
(Paris Ballroom Foyer)
7:00 am – 8:00 am      BREAKFAST 
(Vendome C Ballroom)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm      EXHIBITION 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
8:00 am – 1:15 pm      GENERAL SESSION (
Vendome B Ballroom)
8:00 am – 8:45 am      Shaping Spaces: Mega-trends Influencing the Future of Real Estate
                                    Sabrina Unger, American Realty Advisors
8:45 am – 9:30 am      Turning the Roller Coaster into a Merry-Go-Round: Contribution Stabilization Strategies
                                    Peter Strong, Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company
                                    Israel Bichachi, Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company
9:30 am – 10:15 am    Securities Fraud Recovery from Foreign Litigation: Insights on the Landscape and
                                    Irwin Schwartz, DIVIDEX Management LLC
                                    Darren Check, Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP
10:15 am – 10:45 am  EXHIBIT BREAK 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
10:45 am – 11:30 am  Lessons Learned from the Recent Regional Banking Collapses: A Look Back and Forward
                                    Adam Savett, Wolf Popper
                                    Hannah Ross, Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossmann, LLP
                                    Mario Alba, Robbins Geller Rudman and Dowd
11:30 am – 12:15 pm  Private Credit:  How We Got Here, and What’s Next 
     Andy Kiehl, Monroe Capital (moderator)
                                    Zia Uddin, Monroe Capital
                                    Tyler Gately, Barings
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm    Staffing and Retention Challenges in Public Funds
                                    Ed Donnelly, Police & Firemen’s Retirement System of New Jersey
                                    Greg Petzold, Police & Firemen’s Retirement System of New Jersey
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm      NETWORKING RECEPTION
     The Loft at Cabo Wabo 
     3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South 
     (Located next door to Paris Las Vegas at the Miracle Mile Shops)
7:00 am – 12:00 pm    REGISTRATION
(Paris Ballroom Foyer)
7:00 am – 8:00 am      BREAKFAST 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
8:00 am – 12:00 pm    GENERAL SESSION 
(Vendome B Ballroom)
8:00 am – 8:45 am      What is the Investment Opportunity in International Equities Today?
                                    John Mullins, Lyrical Asset Management
8:45 am – 9:30 am      Understanding Anti-ESG Legislative Efforts and Implications for Public Funds
                                    Moderator: Michael Hairston, National Education Association
     Renaye Manley, Service Employees International Union
     Elizabeth Parisian, American Federation of Teachers
     Julie Blaha, Minnesota State Auditor
9:30 am – 10:15 am    Tickling the Dragon’s Tail” – The Systemic Impact of Increased Illiquid Asset Holdings in Times of
      Market Stress
                                    Andy Hunt, Allspring Global Investments
10:15 am – 10:30 am  REFRESHMENT BREAK 
(Vendome A Ballroom)
10:30 am – 11:15 am  Real Estate – Real Issues – Defensive Strategies
                                    Steve Hagenbuckle, TerraCap Management LLC
                                    Nick Vician, TerraCap Management LLC

11:15 am – 12:00 pm  Pension Plan Administration: Best Practices for Trustees and Administrators
                                    Todd Flessner, CBIZ
12:00 pm                     CLOSING REMARKS

By attending the FALL Conference, you can earn up to 13 continuing education hours towards your Accredited Fiduciary (AF) recertification and/or state mandated continuing education requirements.

This conference offers premium education delivered to you in tracks that focus on key topics affecting the pension industry: Finance, Actuarial Science, Legislative and Legal. These sessions will enhance your knowledge and provide you with the skills you need to better serve your fund or union and move forward in your professional development.
Exhibit Hall 
Check out our exhibitors and learn more about the service providers that support our industry and your pension plan.
Connect, share ideas and best practices with your colleagues and or clients at the conference.