Retirement Security in a Changing America

On Friday, October 23, 2015, Washington, D.C., the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, in partnership with the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University, hosted a thought leadership symposium on the critical issue of Retirement Security at Georgetown University. Distinguished presenters included Rep. Chris Smith, former Senator Tom Harkin and former Rep. Lynn Woolsey. CRI Founder Kathleen Kennedy Townsend spoke about state retirement initiatives. Click here for additional information. View videos from the conference below.

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State Retirement Initiatives: At the Forefront of Innovative Solutions


  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Founder, Georgetown Center for Retirement Initiatives
  • James R. Racheff, Chairman & CEO, DMS, Inc; and Chairman, Maryland Business
  • Steve Kreisberg, Director of Collective Bargaining, AFSCME

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Welcome and Introduction: Max Richtman, President & CEO, NCPSSM

Morning Plenary: Retirement Security: Keeping the Promise – Preparing for the Future
Moderated by: Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour

  • Dr. Karen Holden, Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Consumer Science – Faculty Affiliate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Demography and Health Aging, Institute on Aging
  • Larry D. Zimpleman, Chairman, Principal Financial Group
  • Dr. David Madland, Managing Director of the Economic Policy team and Director, American Worker Project, Center for American Progress
  • Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, Institute Fellow, Director, Integrated Financial Coaching Project, Urban Institute

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Introduction of Lunch Speaker: Dr. Catherine J. Dodd, Ph.D., RN, NCPSSM Board Chair
Welcome: Dean Edward Montgomery, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Keynote Speech: Tom Harkin, Former U.S. Senator, Iowa (introduction by Lynn Woolsey, Former Congresswoman, California) 

Afternoon Plenary: Health Care: The Wild Card in Retirement
Opening: Senator Susan Collins (ME) – (Video), Senate Sponsor of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

Representative Chris Smith (NJ), House Sponsor of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act
Moderated by: Dr. Tricia Neuman, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation; Director of the Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy and its Project on Medicare’s Future

  • Dr. Judith Feder, Professor of Public Policy & former Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • Rosemary Gibson, author, Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It
  • Hon. Valerie Arkoosh, MD, MPH Vice Chair, Montgomery County, PA Board of Commissioners; Senior Policy Advisor, National Physicians Alliance
  • Dr. Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Closing Session: Media Roundtable
Five leading journalists discuss the intersection of policy and politics in media coverage of social insurance issues.
Moderated by: Mark Miller, Reuters retirement columnist

  • Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review
  • Michael Fletcher, The Washington Post
  • Mary Agnes Carey, Partnerships Editor and Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News
  • Zach Carter, Huffington Post