40th Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium

40th Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium

The Symposium is the must-attend event for thousands of corporate benefits professionals every year. Designed with a variety of U.S., Canadian and globally oriented sessions, the Symposium is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and alongside hundreds of industry colleagues, experts and leaders. Solution-oriented workshops, discussions, case studies and strategic sessions offering practical, timely takeaways are designed with your professional needs in mind.

Topics (2020)


  • The Future of Work and Learning Is Here: Are You Ready?

  • U.S. Legislative Update

  • Canadian Legal/Legislative Update

  • U.S. Legal Update

  • Mental Health as Corporate Imperative


Heath Care

  • ICHRA in Year One: Has the Health Plan 401(k) Arrived?
  • Hurry Up and Wait for Value-Based Care
  • Getting It Right: How Contracting Directly With Health Care Providers Impacts Your Employees' Well-Being
  • A Legal Perspective on PBM Contracting
  • Workplace Well-Being Update
  • Evaluating the Benefits of a Pharmacogenomics-Guided Medication Therapy Management Program
  • Nonpharmacological Approaches to Managing Chronic Pain
  • HSA 2.0
  • Indiana's Journey Back to Health: Fiscal and Physical
  • Reference-Based Pricing: Myths and Realities
  • Your Health Plan Says It Provides a Benefit, but Does It? Monitoing, Enforcing and Negotiating With Your Network Teams
  • Using Technology to Lower Health Benefit Cost and Drive Engagement in Effective Clinical Programs


  • 401(k) Litigation Is Moving to Smaller Plans
  • Statutory and Regulatory Outlook for Retirement Plans
  • The Mainstreaming of ESG Investing
  • Retirement Plans for Small Businesses
  • Proving Prudence and Participant Loyalty: A Plan Committee Defends Itself
  • Margers and Acquisitions in Retirement Plans
  • From Accumulation to Distribution
  • Retirement Life Planning: Beyound the Financials
  • Financial Wellness: Are Your Hispanic Employees Engaging?
  • Retirement Plan Fraud: War Stories and Lessons Learned
  • "New" Emergency Treaments for Financial Illnessess


  • Moneyball: Strategic Framework for Compensation and Benefits
  • Defensive Data Security and Risk Management in Today's Cyber World
  • Seize the Upside of Disruption
  • Health Care Ate My 401(k) Contributions
  • Integrating STD/Absence Programs With State PFML Requirements
  • The More You Buy, The More You Save: Using Behavioral Economics to Understand Why People Make Illogical Benefits Decisions
  • Breaking Into the Zoo: Transforming Benefits Communications
  • Generations, Inclusion and Engagement: Benefits for Modern Workforce
  • Legal Update Follow-Up
  • Are You Considering an Unlimited Vacation Benefit?
  • How to Use Robotic Process Automation to Improve Your Benefits Effectiveness
  • Student Loan Repayment Program


  • A Deeper Dive Into Mental Health Disability Claims
  • Defensive Data Security and Risk Management in Today's Cyber World
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing in Pension Plans
  • A New Vision for Retirement Ages and Annuities
  • Future of Pensions
  • Reducing the Risks of Legal Liabilty in Plan Communications
  • The More You Buy, The More You Save: Using Behavioral Economics to Understand Why People Make Illogical Benefits Decisions
  • Nonpharmacological Approaches to Managing Chronic Pain
  • Retirement Life Planning: Beyound the Financials
  • Let's Talk Canadian Benefits: Discussion
  • Navigating Plan Amendments: Balancing Employee Education and Business Readiness
  • Innovations in DC Decumulation Options

The diversity and breadth/depth of the attendees and the multiple industries represented were astounding. This is definitely a community! This conference supersedes that of any conference I have attended.

Sophia Moise, CEBS Project Director Federal Reserve Employee Benefits System Newark, New Jersey

Benefits of Attending

Each session delivers valuable and practical ideas and solutions that you can immediately take back to the office:

  • Customized education. Sessions are grouped into health, retirement, general strategic benefits, and Canadian benefit tracks.
  • Numerous opportunities to interact with an experienced and diverse group of industry practitioners.

Who Should Attend

The Symposium is one of the largest gatherings of credentialed benefits professionals in the country. Attendees represent corporations, consulting firms, health care organizations, hospitals, banks, insurance companies, investment and administration firms, jointly trusteed and public employee benefit plans, law firms and other organizations involved with employee benefits.


Speakers will be announced soon.

​2019 Keynote Speakers

Megan Greene

Chief Economist
Manulife Asset Management
Boston, Massachusetts

James A. Klein

American Benefits Council
Washington, DC

Lisa Chamzuk

Lawson Lundell LLP
Vancouver, British Columbia

Katherine Hesse, CEBS

Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane LLP
Quincy, Massachusetts

Michael Sullivan

Cubic Health
Toronto, Ontario

​Registration Includes:

  • Access to more than 50 sessions over 2½ days
  • All handouts provided electronically
  • Extensive networking opportunities with more than 500 attendees
  • Continental breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • CEBS Conferment Reception (open to all attendees, speakers and guests) on Sunday
  • Welcome Reception on Monday.

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Continuing Education

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


 Programs sponsored by the International Foundation and International Society are consistently accepted for credit by agencies governing continuing education for license renewal and professional recertification. Direct inquiries to continuinged@ifebp.org  or (262) 786-6710 option 2.

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]


Our registration policies have changed. Learn more.


Registration Information

Registration Information
Through 8/15/2021
US $1,250.00US $1,435.00
After 8/15/2021
US $1,350.00
US $1,535.00
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