Date: March 2, 2022
Time: 1-3:30 PM CT
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Life-expectancy is at a historic high, yet only 50 percent of employees are enrolled in employer plans designed to supplement retirement income, and of those, only the top 10 percent have adequate account balances. In response to a flurry of legislative activity at the federal and state levels, and a looming Social Security deadline, we convened two panels of retirement security policy experts to weigh in on the state of U.S. retirement security. Join us to learn more about the key challenges facing both current employees and retirees, reform proposals, and innovative policy solutions.


SCHEDULE (in Central Time)

1:00-1:15 p.m. | Opening Remarks
Joseph Jones, Executive Director, The Harkin Institute
Senator Tom Harkin (retired)


1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | Panel: Balancing the three-legged retirement income stool: key issues and policy directions

  • Moderator: Rayna Stoycheva, Director of Retirement Security Policy, The Harkin Institute
  • Sita Slavov, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
  • Angela Antonelli, Research Professor and Executive Director, Center for Retirement Initiatives, Georgetown University
  • Aron Szapiro, Head of Retirement Studies and Public Policy, Morningstar
  • Tyler Bond, Research Manager, National Institute on Retirement Security


2:30-3:30 p.m. | Roundtable: Legislative and reform priorities

  • Moderator: David John, Deputy Director, Retirement Security Project, Brookings and Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP Public Policy Institute
  • Kendra Isaacson, Senior Pensions Counsel at Senate HELP Committee
  • Nancy Altman, President, Social Security Works
  • Lance Schoening, Director of Policy – Government Relations, Principal Financial Group
  • Eric Kool, Director, Polk County Community, Family and Youth Services


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