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Public Policy Institute

PPI Solutions Forum

Rethinking Retirement: Moving Ahead Without Leaving Anyone Behind

Sponsored by AARP and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

July 26, 2013

National Press Club – Washington, DC

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The AARP Public Policy Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce convened experts to discuss improving retirement security by finding and implementing more effective ways to encourage saving

If current trends continue, far too many Americans may not be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement— largely because they have inadequate savings.  The conference explored:

  • Unique challenges to retirement saving facing women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and non-traditional workers. 
  • Specific ways to expand coverage with innovative plan designs, new incentives, and broader use of automatic enrollment and automatic escalation.
  • Employer and consumer perspectives on improving access to retirement saving.

At the conference, the US Chamber and AARP issued a joint statement calling on policymakers to act on solutions that will help more Americans build a more secure retirement.

Speakers:

  • Randy Johnson, SVP, Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Bob Reynolds, President & Chief Executive Officer, Putnam Investments, Inc.
  • Debra Whitman, AARP EVP for Policy, Strategy and International Affairs

Panelists:

  • Patti Balthazor Björk, Director of Retirement Research, Aon Hewitt
  • Paula Calimafde, Chair, Small Business Council of America
  • Stacey Dion, VP, Corporate Public Policy, Boeing
  • Heather Hooper, VP, Retirement Strategies, Loring Ward
  • Cindy Hounsell, President, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement
  • Jamie Kalamarides, SVP, Institutional Investment Solutions, Prudential Retirement     
  • Michael Kiley, President, Plan Administrators, Inc. (PAi)
  • Beth McHugh, VP of Workplace Investing, Fidelity Investments
  • Leticia Miranda, Senior Economic Security Policy Advisor, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Shaun O’Brien, Assistant Policy Director for Health Care and Retirement, AFL-CIO

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