NIRS to Host Event Addressing the Economics of Retirement

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2012

NIRS to Host March 6 Event Addressing the Economics of Retirement

Live Streamed Broadcast Available Through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Washington, D.C.—The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) will host its third annual retirement policy conference discussing retirement income’s impact on economic growth from a national, state and local level. Solutions to broaden retirement security will also be explored by a wide range of expert panelists and keynoters.

The conference is themed, “Retirement Economics: The Impact of Retirement Plans for Americans and the Economy.” It will be live-streamed free on Tuesday, March 6 beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, online here:

Keynote speakers include Ellen Schultz of the Wall Street Journal and author of Retirement Heist (11:15-11:45 a.m.); Joshua Gotbaum, Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (1:00-1:45 p.m.); and Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller (1:45-2:15 p.m.).

Panel participants include:

The Economic Impact of Retirement Income (9:00-10:00 EST)

· Diane Oakley, Executive Director, NIRS

· Ilana Boivie, Economist and Director of Programs, NIRS

· Dr. Roberto Gallardo, Extension Professor, Southern Rural Development Center

· Dr. Patricia Pacey, President, Pacey & McNulty Economic Group

Pension Investments (10:15-11:15 EST)

· Keith Bozarth, Executive Director, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

· Joe Azelby, Head of J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Global Real Assets Group

· Keith Brainard, Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators

· Mike Heale, Partner, CEM Benchmarking

No registration is required to watch the live forum. To view the live presentation, go online here:

The event is being held at NIRS, 1730 Rhode Island Ave NW, Suite 207, Washington, D.C. News reporters wishing to attend the event should contact Kelly Kenneally at

NIRS is a not-for-profit organization established to contribute to informed policymaking by fostering a deep understanding of the value of retirement security to employees, employers, and the economy through national research and education programs. NIRS seeks to encourage the development of public policies that enhance retirement security in America.

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to being a leading objective and independent global source of employee benefits, compensation, and financial literacy education and information.