Washington, DC (October, 2015)  - It is a well-known and disappointing fact that women still make less than their male counterparts. What is less acknowledged, but just as important, is the money gap that exists in retirement-60 percent of women 65 and older cannot afford to cover their basic needs and 43 percent of women expect to work past age 70 or do not expect to retire.

To highlight the sprawling retirement gender gap and discover ideas and strategies women can use to bridge the retirement disparity, a panel of experts on retirement and women's finances will join the Washington Post's Rodney Brooks and the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) on Thursday, October 15 at 9AM (EST) for an in-depth and probing debate.

What: Panel discussion among financial and retirement experts on the unique challenges women face in planning for retirement and strategies they can employ to help plan for a secure retirement.


  • Kathy Stokes - Women's Institute for Secure Retirement (WISER)
    Kathy is a Senior Fellow with WISER. She has a deep background in retirement income security, financial education and communication consulting. She is also the Director of the American Savings Education Council.
  • Cindy Levering - Society of Actuaries
    Cindy is a former Senior Vice President and Consulting Actuary at Aon Consulting, where she regularly consulted with corporate and not-for-profit clients on the design, funding and administration of their qualified and non-qualified defined benefit, defined contribution and other post-retirement benefit plans.
  • Cheryl Phillips, MD - LeadingAge
    Cheryl is LeadingAge's Senior Vice President for Advocacy. She oversees the organization's public policy development, government relations and advocacy efforts to benefit LeadingAge's not-for-profit members and the people they serve. She is also a member of the Academy's Lifetime Income Task Force and the Panel of Experts of the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement.
  • Susan Jennings - Indexed Annuity Leadership Council
    Susan is an Executive Committee Member of the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council and Senior Counsel of the National Life Group. Susan currently serves as Vice Chair of the Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers (TALHI) and on the Government Affairs Committee of the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association (NTSA).
  • Rodney Brooks - Washington Post (moderator)
    Rodney is a Retirement Columnist and author of the book Is One Million Dollars Enough? A guide to retirement planning. His column appears the Sunday Washington Post and the Washington Post personal finance website, Get There. He is the former Deputy Managing Editor and Personal Finance and retirement columnist for USA TODAY.


When:           Thursday, October 15th, 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. (EST)
Where: Marriott Marquis
Howard University Room
901 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Panelists and IALC members will be available onsite to speak with press and attendees. To set up an interview in advance, please contact Staci MCabe at staci.mccabe@porternovelli.com or 202-973-2930.

About the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council
The Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC) brings together a consortium of life insurance companies with a commitment to providing consumers, the media, regulators and industry professionals complete and factual information about the use of indexed annuities. Namely, that these products provide a source of guaranteed income, principal protection, and interest rate stability in retirement as well as balance to any long-term financial plan.