65th Annual Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
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Be part of the nation’s premier employee benefits conference in 2019 by attending the 65th Annual Employee Benefits Conference. Your source for objective, timely and relevant education, the Annual Conference provides proven solutions and thoughtful resources that address the critical issues and upcoming trends impacting your role today.

Engage with nearly 5,000 trustees, administrators and plan fiduciaries, receive insights from over 200 industry experts and engage in hands-on learning. With 120 sessions to choose from, you will leave the conference with numerous takeaways to implement immediately. Don't miss the largest event of its kind!

​Hot Topics

 A sampling of topics addressed in 2018 includes:

  • Trustee Ethics
  • Trustee Expenses—In Depth
  • Hidden Fiduciary Risks in Your Investment Program
  • Understanding Your Cyber-Risk
  • Bargaining in an Uncertain Health Care Environment
  • Mental Health Issues and Dealing With the Opioid Crisis
  • Detecting Fraud and Abuse in Benefit Claims and Delivery
  • Specialty Drug Management—Is It Possible?
  • Alternatives Now and in the Future
  • PBGC Solvency and Solutions
  • Alternative Plan Designs in the Multiemployer Community—The Risk Spectrum

​Benefits of Attending

  • ​​Real answers on the topics you need to know about today
  • Critical insights from 150 expert practitioners handpicked to guide you
  • Real-world, application-based learning opportunities
  • A strengthened network of over 5,000 colleagues to learn from and engage with
  • Proven solutions you can take back and apply
  • Access to numerous exhibitors with innovative products and services

Who Should Attend

Bringing together nearly 5,000 peers from across the country, the Annual Conference is the premier learning event for:

  • Taft-Hartley fund trustees, administrators, business managers and association leaders
  • Public sector plan trustees and staff
  • Fund administrators and managers
  • Third-party administrators (TPAs)
  • Benefit consultants
  • Attorneys, accountants and actuaries
  • Investment managers and consultants
  • Coalition leaders
  • Others who are involved in the overall management and administration of benefit trust funds.​

2019 Keynote Speakers

Announcing the 2019 Keynote Speakers!


Sunday, October 20

Jeff KreislerExpert, Behavioral Economics
Author Editor-in-Chief, PeopleScience.com

Dollars and Sense


Monday, October 21

Daniel Kraft, M.D.Physician-Scientist Chair of Medicine at Singularity UniveristyFounder & Chair, Exponential Medicine

The Future of Health and Medicine


Wednesday, October 23

David S. Sobel, M.D. M.P.H. Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Healthy Pleasures: Why Everything That Feels Good Is Not Bad

Young Professionals Scholarship Available

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) have teamed up to create a scholarship opportunity for young employee benefits professionals to encourage participation in the benefits industry. [Learn More]

Conference Schedule


Registration Open12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.


Registration Open7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Preconference Programs8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Registration Open7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Preconference Programs8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open*12:00 noon-4:30 p.m.

Opening Session*4:30-6:00 p.m

Welcome Reception*6:00-7:00 p.m.


Registration Open6:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Keynote Session7:30-8:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions9:15 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Lunch in Exhibit Hall11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.


Registration Open6:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Lunch in Exhibit Hall11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.


Registration Open6:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

Breakout Sessions7:30-10:15 a.m.

Finale Session*10:30-11:45 a.m.

*Guests are welcome to attend

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Continuing Education

Annual Conference Continuing Education

Educational sessions at this program can qualify for CEBS Compliance credit. Visit www.cebs.org/compliance for more information.

Registration Information

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Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

Through 9/8/2019 US $1,595.00
After 9/8/2019 US $1,895.00 Members Only