65th Annual Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
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The 65th Annual Employee Benefits Conference is the largest gathering of multiemployer and public employee benefit plan representatives. This must-attend event offers you the opportunity to network with your peers, be surrounded by industry experts and learn the latest in the industry so you can make the most informed decisions on behalf of your funds.

With topics ranging from legal and legislative to health and welfare to retirement security, the Annual Employee Benefits Conference is the educational event to attend for most current information and perspectives from leading industry experts on all areas of employee benefits. With so many options to choose from, the Annual Conference is like attending several conferences all rolled into one! Don’t miss the event of the year!

Create a Personalized Schedule

Once you are registered for the conference, log in to our site to build your conference schedule. With so many sessions to choose from, pick the sessions that interest you.

​Hot Topics

Below is a sampling of topics that will be addressed at this year's conference. View the complete program agenda to see all the sessions that will be available in October.

  • FEATURED SESSION—An Economic Outlook
  • Fiduciary Dilemmas
  • Trustee Succession Planning
  • A 360° Look at Professional Trustees
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities in a Defined Contribution Plan
  • Legal and Legislative Update for Health Plans
  • Tensions in the Boardroom: Issues Confronting
  • Trustees Who Are in Disagreement
  • Current Trends in Opioid Identification, Prevention, Intervention and Treatment
  • A Case Study in PBM Selection and Contracting
  • Innovations in Managing Pharmacy Costs
  • Finding and Fighting Fraud and Abuse in Health Plans
  • Medical Cannabis Lessons From Canada: Workplace Safety and Coverage Considerations (One Year Later)
  • Modern Asset Allocation (1.0 and 2.0)
  • Investment Strategy Debates
  • How Investment Managers Construct Portfolios
  • Effective Communications Confronting Today’s Headlines About Your Pension Plans

​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.​


Speakers will be announced soon.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Announcing the 2019 Keynote Speakers!


Sunday, October 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Sangu DelleCo-Founder


Real Men Don't Get Depressed: Overcoming the Stigma in Mental Health


Monday, October 21, 7:30-8:45 a.m.

Daniel Kraft, M.D.Faculty Chair for Medicine, Singularity University - Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine

The Future of Health and Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?


Wednesday, October 23, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

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

Featured Speaker

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30-8:45 a.m.

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

Dollars and Sense: An Introduction to the Most Impactful Principles
of Behavioral Science and the Psychology of Money

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

Registration Information
  Member Nonmember

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