Join Us for Summer Series
Connections Networking Events

Please register below for our networking events, held on Thursday, August 13 in conjunction with the DCIIA/SPARK Summer Public Policy Series. Connect with colleagues, peers, and clients and hear from guest speakers in these interactive Zoom sessions. For questions, contact us at

Implications of Next Gen Capabilities in the DC Space: Navigating the Potential Opportunities and Pitfalls in a More Personalized World

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

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In an era of increased personalization and customization, record keepers and other defined contribution service providers must balance next-generation capabilities and customer service with data security. Join John van Moyland of S&P Dow Jones Indices for a discussion about how artificial intelligence (AI) may be applied to provide more digital capabilities, what data (the new 'oil') will be required to drive it, and how this can be accomplished while minimizing cyber risk.

Presenters include:

  • Parham Eftekhari, Executive Director, Cybersecurity Collaborative, LinkedIn
  • Jeff Snyder (Moderator), Lead Anchor, The Broadcast Retirement Network, LinkedIn
  • John van Moyland, Managing Director, Global Head of S&P Kensho Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices, LinkedIn

Defined Contribution Insights and Jeopardy Challenge

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Please join BlackRock for a bit of networking, learning and competing in a Jeopardy Style Format! This session will combine sharing thoughtful insights on DC plan design and retirement income with a head to head competition. Join your peers and test your knowledge to win prizes!

Presenters include:

  • Ashwini Apte, Director, Defined Contribution, BlackRock, LinkedIn
  • Robert Crothers, Director, Head of Product, Retirement Group, BlackRock, LinkedIn
  • Dagmar Nikles, Head of DC Plan Strategy and Tools, BlackRock, LinkedIn
  • Jamie Weiss, Associate, Retirement Group, LinkedIn, BlackRock, LinkedIn


Founded in 2010, the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) is a non-profit association dedicated to enhancing the retirement security of America’s workers. To do this, DCIIA fosters a dialogue among the leaders of the defined contribution community who are passionate about improving defined contribution outcomes. DCIIA’s diverse group of members include investment managers, consultants and advisors, law firms, record keepers, insurance companies, plan sponsors and other thought leaders who are collectively committed to the best interests of plan participants. For more information, visit:

About the SPARK Institute

The SPARK Institute represents the interests of a broad-based cross section of retirement plan service providers and investment managers, including members that are banks, mutual fund companies, insurance companies, third-party administrators, trade clearing firms, and benefits consultants. Through the combined expertise of its member companies, the Institute provides research, education, testimony, and comments on pending legislative and regulatory issues to members of Congress and relevant government agency officials. Collectively, its members serve approximately 100 million participants in 401(k) and other defined contribution plans. For more information, visit: