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We want to recognize those people – and their employers – who are ahead of the herd – those making new and unusual changes that ultimately will improve participant outcomes in retirement.

Last year P&I and DCIIA recognized seven individuals – and one team – for diverse campaigns featuring everything from qualified longevity annuity contracts, or QLACs, to Social Security claiming strategies. Other winning efforts included tiered non-discretionary employer contributions that rewarded lower-paid employees more than they did higher-paid employees. To learn more about their campaigns  CLICK HERE

Maybe you would be the ideal nominee. Or maybe you know someone who has done something innovative or unique. Please help ensure that these leaders are nominated. 

Winners will be announced and recognized at Pensions & Investments’ 2023 West Coast Defined Contribution Conference, to be held the week of October 23rd, 2023.

For those looking to showcase defined contribution campaigns and projects for communications excellence the 2024 Eddy Awards will be open for nominations in September. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: June 9th  There is no fee to enter.

Excellence and Innovation

The focus on driving successful outcomes has been accelerating in defined contribution plans, and Pensions & Investments and DCIIA want to highlight and celebrate the plan sponsors that are leading the charge through their innovation and excellence.

There are no predetermined categories; the possibilities are endless. Past winners, for example, were chosen for their cutting-edge ideas in plan design, investing, retirement income, and new ways to target specific employee groups with retirement plan information. Browse past honorees here.

Now in its 12th year, the Excellence & Innovation Awards, sponsored by Pensions & Investments and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association, is evolving. Founded to recognize DC plan executives who are developing creative and unusual programs to help improve their participants' retirement incomes, the judges have seen that there are multiple factors driving good outcomes, including both innovation in design and excellence in execution. The program will now aim to evaluate both.

Help your peers by sharing your own innovation, and receive recognition for your ingenuity.

We are looking to recognize new ideas, so programs under construction must have been implemented or in the works no earlier than Jan. 1, 2022.