2015 Conference Speakers

Teresa Ghilarducci, Keynote

The Breakdown in Retirement Security

Nationally recognized retirement security expert, pension reform advocate and economics professor at The New School, Professor Teresa Ghilarducci holds the position of Chair of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. Her upcoming book, How to Retire with Enough Money, released in January 2016, attempts to "cut through the confusion, misinformation, and bad policy-making that keeps Americans spending or saving poorly".

John Martin

The Ten Transcendent Trends Reshaping Retirement Systems

A recognized leader in the area of marketing research, John Martin is the CEO of the Southeastern Institute of Research, a national research-based think tank tracking major demographics and societal trends and provides strategies on how to understand and effectively communicate with different generations. The Generational Project has conducted more than 14,000 research studies to help organizations identify their unique needs, formulate plans, explore new programs, services and products.

Audrey Tayse Haynes

Managing Change in a Political Environment

Appointed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in 2012, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Family Services Audrey Tayse Haynes previously held several state and national executive positions, including National Executive Director of Business and Professional Women/USA and the Business and Professional Women's Foundation. She served in the Clinton White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach.

Diane Oakley

Shaking Up Retirement: Rethinking Retirement Security for Americans

The National Institute on Retirement Security executive director since 2011, Diane Oakley is a prominent voice on the issue of retirement security in America. Working with the NIRS Board, she leads the organization’s strategic planning, research and education initiatives that focus on the role and value of defined benefit plans and contributing to informed retirement policymaking across the country.

Doug Robinson

Under the Digital Dome: Forces of Change and Perspectives from State CIOs

The executive director for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Doug Robinson represents the premier network and resource for state CIOs. A frequent speaker, panelist and author representing NASCIO as an advocate for information technology at all levels of government, Doug was named to Government Technology magazine’s 2006 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in public sector information technology.

Mary Beth Franklin

Strategies to Maximize Social Security Benefits

A nationally recognized expert in Social Security claiming strategies, Mary Beth Franklin is a contributing editor of Investment News and a frequent speaker on critical retirement topics. With a background as a Capitol Hill reporter, she can offer an insider's view of Washington regarding the prospects for reform of government entitlement programs and tax policy. Previously she served as the tax and retirement editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and editor of Kiplinger's annual Retirement Planning Guide. She is the author of Maximizing Your Clients' Social Security Benefits.


John Nelson presents InFRE Pre-conference session on Psychological Aspects of Transitioning to Retirement
Robert Klausner, Esq. provides the national Pension Case Law Update
Tom Lussier offers A Word from Washington
NPEA member systems share best practices and programs in breakout sessions