On Monday, the Pension Rights Center, the New America Foundation, and AARP hosted a discussion, “Retirement Heist: Overlooked Causes of the Retirement Crisis.” The forum centered on investigative journalist Ellen Schultz’s new book, Retirement Heist, which we’ve mentioned before. Speakers included the author herself, Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis Borzi, David Certner of AARP, Don Fuerst of the American Academy of Actuaries, Michael Calabrese of the New America Foundation, and our own director, Karen Ferguson.
The discussion was a lively and illuminating one, with all of the speakers recognizing the important contributions that Ellen’s incisive reporting has made to protecting employees and retirees and reforming pension laws. Despite some disagreement over the causes and scope of current retirement insecurity, every speaker acknowledged that we still have a long way to go towards achieving a retirement system that works for everyone.
If you missed the live webcast of the event, you can watch it on the New America Foundation’s website or on YouTube. You can also read Karen Ferguson’s remarks here. To see pictures from the event, check out the album on our Facebook page. It’s also worth watching Ellen’s recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.