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2018 Retirement Industry Conference

Building Opportunities for the Future

April 11, 2018 – April 13, 2018
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL

  • Shlomo Benartzi, Ph.D.

    Professor and Co-Chair, Behavioral Decision-Making Group
    UCLA Anderson School of Management
    Shlomo Benartzi is a behavioral economist, interested in combining the insights of psychology and economics to solve big societal problems. Along with Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago, he pioneered the Save More Tomorrow™ program (SMarT), a behavioral prescription designed to help employees increase their savings rates gradually over time. The program has also been incorporated in the Pension Protection Act of 2006, and has helped approximately 15 million Americans boost their retirement savings. Professor Benartzi’s current focus is creating digital nudges that combine the scale of technology with tested behavioral insights to help people make smarter decisions in the online world. He currently serves as a senior academic advisor for the Voya Institute for Behavioral Finance Innovation.
  • Maria Ferrante-Schepis

    Maddock Douglas, Inc.
    After more than 20 years as an executive in the insurance and financial services industry, Maria Ferrante-Schepis joined Maddock Douglas in 2010 to focus on the opportunities for innovation in those industries. Her mission is to enable like-minded executives to proactively shape their own change, versus having it shaped for them. Ferrante-Schepis has helped clients in all the major lines of insurance, retirement and investments address challenges relative to category disruption. She co-authored the book, Flirting with the Uninterested; Innovating in a ‘Sold Not Bought’ Category, and, in 2015, was named one of the 20 most creative people in insurance by The National Underwriter magazine.
  • Tom Crawford

    Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications
    FTI Consulting
    As a senior member of the Public Affairs practice, Tom Crawford advises boards of directors, executive teams, and senior decision-makers on public-policy issues that pose opportunities and challenges to their organizations' enterprise values. He has worked on every budget reconciliation and tax-measure package considered by Congress in the past two decades.

    Prior to FTI Consulting, Crawford was a founding partner of government-affairs and lobbying firm, C2 Group. There he oversaw the firm’s growth and development into a “Top 20” independent lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. As a respected public-policy expert, Crawford is also a member of The Tax Council, and chairman of the board of directors at Harvard University’s Center on Media and Child Health.

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