National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

The Voice for Public Pensions

Forum Education

(As of March 25, 2024)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm REGISTRATION             
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm  How Do U.S. Demographic Challenges Matter for the Future of Pensions? 
Diana Elliott, Population Reference Bureau      
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm WELCOME RECEPTION                                                                                         

6:30 am – 4:30 pm REGISTRATION
7:00 am – 8:00 am BREAKFAST
8:00 am – 5:30 pm GENERAL SESSION I
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Hank Kim, NCPERS

8:15 am – 9:00 am  Understanding Artificial Intelligence
Pia Malaney, Institute for New Economic Thinking

9:00 am – 9:45 am Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Public Pensions
Frank Williams, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

9:45 am – 10: 45 am Strategies for Plans with Growing Negative Cash Flows
Dan Doonan, National Institute on Retirement Security
Russell Kamp, Ryan Alm

10:45 am – 11:00 am BREAK
11:00 am – 11:45 am Private Debt Perspectives: Balancing Risk and Opportunity
Jean Hsu, CalPERS

11:45 am – 12:30 pm  A Survey of Private Debt Funds
Young Soo Jang, University of Chicago

12:30 pm – 1:30pm LUNCH 
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm How did Connecticut’s Mature State Employees Retirement System Become a Success Story?
John Herrington, Division of Pensions, Office of the State Comptroller, State of Connecticut

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm States Have Shored Up Funding, What Else Can They Do?
David Draine, PEW

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm   BREAK
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Emerging State Restrictions on ESG Investing and Dollar Value of
Environmental Sustainability
Kendal Killian, NPPC (TBD)
Mariem Mhadhbi, Valuecometrics

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm How States Can Best Benefit from Federal Stimulus Bills?
Greg LeRoy, Good Jobs First

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm NETWORKING RECEPTION
7:00 am – 12:00 pm REGISTRATION                                                                                                                           
7:00 am – 8:00 am BREAKFAST
8:00 am – 11:30 am GENERAL SESSION II
8:00 am – 8:45 am   Fiscal Sustainability Valuation of Athens-Clark County Employees’ Retirement System
Jeff Hale, Human Resources Director, Athens-Clark County (TBD)
Eric Atwater, AON (TBD)

8:45 am – 9:30 am Funding Strategies for Mature Plan: An Actuarial Perspective
Gene Kalwarski, Cheiron

9:30 am – 10:00 am Funding Strategies for Mature Plan: An Investment Perspective
David Wilson, Nuveen

10:00 am – 10:15 am BREAK
10:15 am – 11:00 am Political and Economic Consequences of So-Called Pensions Reforms
Robert Kuttner, Brandies University

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Outlook for the U.S. Economy in 2024 and Beyond
David Altig, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Hank Kim and Michael Kahn, NCPERS
By attending the Forum, you will earn up to 10 continuing education hours towards your Accredited Fiduciary (AF) recertification and/or state mandated continuing education requirements.



The Forum showcases emerging funding solutions for pensions and delves into case studies that offer a practical perspective on which pension reform initiatives have and haven’t worked. Forum participants examine the short-term effects of tweaking public pension benefits and formulas, as well as the long-term, negative implications for communities and economic growth if advocates of dismantling public pensions get their way.

Connect, share ideas and best practices with your colleagues and or clients at the conference. 

NCPERS is recognized as a learning provider and is an accredited sponsor of continuing education in several states.