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Moving from 57 Million to Zero: 5 Big Ideas about Closing the Access Gap and Making Retirement Savings Work for Everyone

August 29, 2023  • Financial Security Program

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In June 2023, retirement experts from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including corporate leaders, policymakers, researchers and advocates, convened at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore for the seventh annual Aspen Leadership Forum on Retirement Savings. 

In a departure from previous Forums, this year’s gathering was smaller in size and narrower in scope in order to more deeply focus on the tactics to facilitate access expansion to workplace retirement savings and foster more equitable retirement savings outcomes by race and gender. In another first, this year’s Forum included a series of half-day, small-group action labs designed to provide Forum participants the space and time to hone in on the steps needed to evolve our retirement savings system to better serve a wider range of workers. 

Key ideas that emerged from the conversation include, tailoring retirement supports to meet the needs of all workers, establishing and expanding workplace retirement plans at the state level, and more. 

Read the rapporteur’s summary for more key takeaways from this year’s Forum.