October 6, 2015

News Release

Washington has spent years obsessed with the federal budget deficit, yet there’s been virtually no productive Congressional conversation about the more than $6.8 trillion national retirement savings deficit.

What will happen to the millions of American families who are ill-prepared for retirement?
How will we prevent this retirement crisis from impoverishing our families?
How will younger generations handle parents and grandparents who cannot support themselves?

The economic impact of this retirement deficit is far-reaching and could imperil generations of Americans.  That’s why 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, are hosting a thought leadership symposium on the critical issue of Retirement Security.


Retirement Security in a Changing America
Georgetown University Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road, NW Washington, DC
Friday, October 23, 2015


Retirement security is one of the most pressing issues facing any generation: Boomers, Gens X & Y, Millennials and beyond. This symposium will investigate how policy, public attitudes and the media are driving the public debate. Full details on the day-long event including agenda, panel topics, registration information and a speaker list can be found online at the Retirement Security Symposium website

Speakers and panelists include:

Lynn Woolsey, Former Congresswoman, California

Tom Harkin, Former U.S. Senator, Iowa

Senator Susan Collins (ME) – Senate Sponsor of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

Representative Chris Smith – New Jersey 4th District, House Sponsor of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act


Dr. Karen Holden, Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Consumer Science – Faculty Affiliate, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for the Demography and Health of Aging, Institute on Aging

Virginia P. Reno, Deputy Commissioner, Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lt. Governor, Maryland and Founder, Georgetown Center for Retirement Initiatives

Dr. Tricia Neuman, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation

Rosemary Gibson, author, Medicare Meltdown           

Dr. Cara James, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Mark Miller, Reuters retirement columnist

Trudy Lieberman, Columbia Journalism Review

Michael Fletcher, The Washington Post

Retirement Security in a Changing America Symposium Registration


The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.

Media Inquiries to:
Pamela Causey 202-216-8378/202-236-2123
Kim Wright 202-216-8414