Promises Made, Promises Kept Conference


with Generous Support from
Green Mountain Power Corp., National Life Group and People’s United Bank

Tuesday, October 10th  |  8:30am – 2:00pm  |  Champlain College
(on-campus parking will be available)

By Invitation Only, Non-Transferrable
Pre-registration Required

TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
Macro/National Trends, Implications, and Policy Options
Micro/Vermont’s Current Status and Future Projections
Micro/Vermont’s Policy Options to Reduce Liabilities

AGENDA:
8:30am     Registration and Networking (light breakfast available)
9:00am     Program Begins
12:30pm   Program Concludes / Networking Luncheon Begins
2:00pm     Event Concludes

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Greg Mennis, Pew Charitable Trust
Governor Phil Scott, State of Vermont

PANELISTS:
Bailey Childers, National Public Pension Coalition
David Coates, KPMG (Retired)
Mark Crow, Tenth Crow Creative
Beth Pearce, Treasurer, State of Vermont

BIOS:
GREG MENNIS, Pew Charitable Trust
Greg Mennis directs Pew’s work on public sector retirement systems. The project provides cutting-edge research on pension and retiree health promises and helps states and cities undertake evidence-based pension and retiree health care reforms.

Before joining Pew, he was assistant secretary for fiscal policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he was responsible for retirement benefits policy, long-term fiscal planning, and the state’s Pay for Success financing program.  In that role, Mennis led the development of Massachusetts’ successful pension reform legislation and created the state’s first long-term fiscal policy framework.  He also has 15 years of experience in corporate finance and strategy, having served in a variety of roles at Citigroup and JPMorgan and as the chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate development for a market-leading provider of retirement services technology.

Mennis is a chartered financial analyst. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and public communications from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

 

BAILEY CHILDERS, National Public Pension Coalition
Bailey Childers is the Executive Director of the National Public Pension Coalition, where she leads national and state efforts to protect the retirement security of public employees and advance retirement security for working Americans. Childers joined NPPC from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. At CBPP she managed efforts to prevent states from giving ill-advised tax breaks to the wealthy and profitable corporations instead of investing in schools and communities. Childers managed national and state campaigns for AFSCME for four years, including a victorious campaign to protect Ohio’s public workers from a Walker-style attack on collective bargaining rights. Through her roles at AFSCME and on various Democratic political campaigns, Childers hired and mentored dozens of new leaders, elevating the voices and work of women and people of color in the labor movement. Childers graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College. She is a native of Longview, Texas

 

ADVANCED READING / RESOURCES:
Champlain College Campus Map

Vermont State Employees’ Retirement System 2016 Actuarial Report (Vermont State Treasurer’s Office)
A report from April 2017 State Public Pension Funds Increase Use of Complex Investments (Pew Charitable Trust)
Hybrid Public Pension Plans Brief (Pew Charitable Trust)
State Retiree Health Care Liabilities: An Update (Pew Charitable Trust – 2014)
The State Pension Funding Gap (Pew Charitable Trust, 2015)
Puerto Rico Governor Signs Pension Reform Law (Pension & Investments, 8.25.17)

PARKING:
This event is being held during a school break, so limited on-campus parking will be available for speakers and those with mobility issues. Otherwise, parking will be readily available in Champlain College’s Lakeside Avenue lot, and regular shuttles to/from the campus will be provided. We will update this section as full details become available.

EVENT CONTACT:
Sherra Bourget – [email protected] or (802) 865-0410