2020 - 2021 Event Calendar

October 15, 2020 


First Session: They Say What? Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace.

Second Session: Plan Sponsor Panel Discussion - COVID19 Impaces

Joint meeting with the EBPA

Annual Seminar 2021 

We are optimistic we will hold an Annual WP&BC Seattle Chapter's Seminar, but will monitor CDC and Washington Governor announcements before we secure a venue and presenters


Past Webinars available for viewing

WPBC Seattle Chapter - Engaging with your teams through pandemic  Password:  Zorn2Largent

WP&BC Seattle Chapter - COVID-19 effects on Data Security  Password:  Russ2Doug

Cancellation policy

Reservations must be cancelled on or before the reservation deadline in order to receive a refund for an event.

Please email if you need more information.


You must pay in advance for any virtual events in order to receive the link for the program.

If attending an in person meeting, you may pay for by check, no later than the date of the event. If you mail, please include the invoice number on the check, or include a copy of the invoice and mail to:

WP&BC Seattle Chapter
19540 International Blvd., Ste. 105
Seatac, WA 98188

Upcoming events

    • 03 Dec 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)
    • Webinar

    Where Do We Go from Here:

    The Election, ACA, and Employee Benefit Issues

    Now that the election is over, we are excited to share information you will use on the recap of the election results, future of healthcare reform, benefit issues to watch as well as policy topics.  James Slotnick, Sun Life and  Sarah Kwiatkowski, Premera are our presenters.  

    The Election, ACA, and Employee Benefit Issues
      • Election Results Recap
        • How this election outcome will impact the President’s ability to move legislative priorities through Congress
      • Future of ACA
        • Potential Supreme Court ruling and outcomes
        • Potential impacts to health insurance plan design
        • Possible legislative action Congress could take depending on case outcome and possible impacts to employer-based coverage
      • Benefit Issues to Watch
        • Initiatives to lower prescription drug prices
          • Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act
        • Health Care Initiatives:
          • Public Option
          • Lowering Medicare eligibility age
        • Paid Family & Medical Leave
        • Current state initiatives (including Colorado ballot initiative)
        • Federal proposals
          • FAMILY ACT
          • Families’ First Coronavirus Relief Act

          Regional Legislative Update

      Washington Election Results
      • Influence of key Washington legislators at federal level and next steps in health care debate  
        • Patty Murray
        • Governor / Lt. Gov
          • Possible Inslee move to Biden cabinet
      • Legislature
        • House
        • Senate
      • Impact of ACA repeal / Health Care Reform 2.0 on state coverage and health care policy at state level
        • Loss of billions of federal dollars to state
        • Impact on nearly 1 million people who stand to lose coverage
        • Impact of tax policy on the costs of doing business / providing coverage to employees  
      Alaska Election Results 
      • Influence of key Washington legislators at federal level and next steps in health care debate
        • Lisa Murkowski
      • Legislature
        • House
        • Senate
      • Impact of ACA repeal / Health Care Reform 2.0 on state coverage and health care policy at state level

      James Slotnick is Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, for Sun Life Financial U.S.  He represents Sun Lifes interests to elected officials and regulators, focusing on issues that impact the Group Life, Disability, Dental, Vision, Voluntary, and Stop-Loss industries.

      Over the last 15 years James has held various roles within Sun Life’s Client and Technology Services, Distribution, and Legal departments. Prior to his current role, James served as a member of the Integration Management Team for the acquisition of Assurant Employee Benefits.

      James regularly speaks to audiences across the country about the changing dynamics in Washington and impacts to the employee benefits industry.

      James holds a BA from Saint Anselm College, an MBA from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management, and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. In 2017 he was named one of LIMRA’s “Rising Stars of Distribution Under 40”.

      Sarah Kwiatkowski is Senior Legislative Policy Manager, Congressional and Legislative Affairs for Premera. Sarah joined Premera in 2018 as a member of the Regulatory Affairs team. Prior to coming to Premera, she worked for various health care and consumer advocacy organizations in both public policy and legal advocacy including at Community Health Plan/ Community Health Network of Washington, the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, and Northwest Health Law Advocates. Originally from Michigan, Sarah enjoys hiking and camping with her family, impromptu dance parties, and cats.


      9:00-9:50 - Where Do We Go From Here?

      9:50-10:00 - Break

      10:00-10:50 - Legislative Update

      10:50 - 11:00 - Questions & Answers 


      Online registration closes at 2:00 pm December 2. An email will be sent to each paid registrant with the link to the webinar. Questions contact EBPA via email:, or by phone 206.653.7259.

      Certificate of Attendance is available upon request.  

      No refunds after December 2 deadline. 


      $25 per person for members; $35 per person for non-members. The EBPA and WP&BC are working to bring timely and valuable programs to members and colleagues.  Please do not share the link with others. Each paid registrant will receive an email with the direct link.


      December 3, 2020 


      Webinar - email will be sent with link to the webinar.  

      If you are a member of the WP&BC Seattle Chapter your membership fee has been extended through December 31, 2021. Even those who join now will be paid through end of 2021!
        • 06 May 2021
        • 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM (PDT)
        • Washington Athletic Club

        WP&BC Annual Seminar

        May 6, 2021  

        The Western Pension & Benefits Council ("WP&BC") provides educational programs and events each year addressing the latest trends and legal requirements affecting retirement and benefits professionals.  We also offer an extended day of knowledge based sessions at our popular Spring Seminar.

        For 2021, we will host a virtual conference via Zoom on May 6, 2021, which opens up exciting new opportunities for speakers and attendees outside of the Seattle area.  We hope you will join us for this exciting event.

        We are excited to announce that our keynote speakers will be Dave Chase, creator of Health Rosetta, and Kendra Kosko Isaacson, Senior Pensions Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”).

        Dave will be presenting a version of his TEDx talk entitled “Healthcare Stole the American Dream – Here’s How We Take It Back” which sums up healthcare’s devastation of the middle class and the coming redemption.  

        Kendra will provide an insider’s guide to recent and proposed legislative activity on Capitol Hill.

        Be a 2021 Seminar sponsor!

        You are invited to be a part of the premier conference in the Seattle area for retirement and benefits professionals. Sponsorship offers organizations easy and effective event marketing and provides an opportunity for greater visibility and name recognition.  We offer two levels fo sponsorship:

           Silver: $1,000 

        • One short video (up to 30 seconds) will play prior to a selected conference session
        • Display of your organization's logo (plus a link to your website) 
        • Conference registration announcement message and website
        • One paid registration for one attendee to the Spring Seminar

        Gold: $2,500 - in addition to above, will receive:

          • WP&BC will recognize Gold sponsors during the keynote speaker introduction

          • One paid 2021 annual membership to WP&BC Seattle Chapter for an individual at the sponsoring company

          • Sponsoring organization receives one paid registration to all 2021 Seattle Chapter events.

            To register you can do so online, or you can download this form.  Scan and email or mail. Submit with check.  

            Questions can be directed to, or call 206.653.7259.

        Past events

        15 Oct 2020 WP&BC and EBPA Joint Program
        10 Aug 2020 NAFE Amplified
        23 Jul 2020 July 23, 2020 Joint Webinar - EBPA & WP&BC
        21 May 2020 Engaging with your teams through pandemic
        19 May 2020 COVID-19 Data Security Risks to You and Your Organization
        22 Jan 2020 WP&BC Quarterly Meeting - January 22, 2020
        14 Nov 2019 Member Appreciation Day & New Member Drive - November 14, 2019
        16 Oct 2019 WP&BC Quarterly Meeting - October 16, 2019
        04 Apr 2019 Spring Seminar Sponsorship - April 4, 2019
        04 Apr 2019 Spring Seminar - April 4, 2019
        21 Feb 2019 WP&BC Quarterly Meeting - February 21, 2019
        14 Nov 2018 WP&BC Seattle Quarterly Meeting - November 14
        06 Sep 2018 WP&BC Seattle Quarterly Meeting- September 6
        30 May 2018 Panel about Disability Claims Administration
        30 Apr 2018 WP&BC Seattle Quarterly Meeting
        07 Feb 2018 WP&BC Seattle Chapter Pop Up - Tax Reform Panel
        25 Jan 2018 WP&BC Seattle Quarterly Meeting: Technology & Implementation Practices
        11 Jan 2018 WP&BC Seattle Chapter Pop Up - 2018 Financial Outlook
        16 Nov 2017 WP&BC Seattle Chapter Pop Up - ACA Developments
        14 Sep 2017 Paid Parental Leave Trends and Considerations
        20 Jun 2017 WP&BC June 20,2017 Chapter Meeting
        19 Apr 2017 The 2017 Spring Seminar
        19 Apr 2017 Spring Seminar Sponsorship
        21 Mar 2017 March 21 Chapter Meeting
        21 Feb 2017 February 21 Chapter Meeting
        17 Jan 2017 January 17 Chapter Meeting
        15 Nov 2016 November 15 Chapter Meeting - Cancelled
        18 Oct 2016 October 18 Chapter Meeting
        20 Sep 2016 September 20 Chapter Meeting
        19 Jul 2016 2016 Western Benefits Conference
        21 Jun 2016 June 21 Chapter Meeting
        20 Apr 2016 Spring Seminar Sponsorship
        20 Apr 2016 The 2016 Spring Seminar
        15 Mar 2016 March 15 Chapter Meeting
        16 Feb 2016 February 16 Chapter Meeting
        19 Jan 2016 January 19 Chapter Meeting
        17 Nov 2015 November 17 Chapter Meeting
        02 Nov 2015 Member Appreciation Networking Event
        20 Oct 2015 October 20 Chapter Meeting
        15 Sep 2015 September 15 Chapter Meeting
        19 Jul 2015 2015 Western Benefits Conference
        16 Jun 2015 June 16 Chapter Meeting
        22 Apr 2015 Spring Seminar Sponsorship
        22 Apr 2015 The 2015 Spring Seminar
        17 Mar 2015 March 17 Chapter Meeting
        17 Feb 2015 February 17 Chapter Meeting
        20 Jan 2015 January 20 Chapter Meeting
        18 Nov 2014 November 18 Chapter Meeting
        21 Oct 2014 October 21 Chapter Meeting
        30 Sep 2014 Member Appreciation Networking Event
        16 Sep 2014 September 16 Chapter Meeting
        27 Jul 2014 2014 Western Benefits Conference
        20 May 2014 May 20 Chapter Meeting
        23 Apr 2014 The 2014 Spring Seminar
        23 Apr 2014 Spring Seminar Sponsorship
        18 Mar 2014 March 18 Chapter Meeting
        18 Feb 2014 February 18 Chapter Meeting
        21 Jan 2014 January 21 Chapter Meeting
        19 Nov 2013 November 19 Chapter Meeting
        29 Oct 2013 October 29 Chapter Meeting
        30 Sep 2013 Member Appreciation Networking Event
        17 Sep 2013 September 17 Chapter Meeting
        21 Jul 2013 2013 Western Benefits Conference
        21 May 2013 May 21 Chapter Meeting
        23 Apr 2013 The 2013 Spring Seminar
        19 Mar 2013 March 19 Chapter Meeting
        19 Feb 2013 February 19 Chapter Meeting
        15 Jan 2013 January 15 Chapter Meeting
        27 Nov 2012 November Chapter Meeting
        16 Oct 2012 October Chapter Meeting
        18 Sep 2012 September Chapter Meeting
        15 Jul 2012 2012 Western Benefits Conference
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