Breakout Sessions

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Monday, August 31, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm

Legislative Update – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Jessica Klement, Staff VP Policy and Programs, NARFE

NARFE and the federal community saw several legislative successes in 2019, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Hear what the rest of the 116th Congress has in store for current and retired federal employees and how NARFE plans to advance its legislative priorities in a contentious political environment.

How to be a NARFE Voice for Change

Marsha Padilla-Goad, Grassroots Program Manager, NARFE

Are you a novice in the fight to protect your earned pay and benefits? In this breakout, participants will gain a better understanding of grassroots advocacy and the critical role it plays in advancing NARFE’s legislative priorities. Successful advocacy requires effective grassroots organizing in order to grow credible relevance. Participants will learn how to utilize NARFE’s advocacy tools and other resources to protect their earned pay and benefits.

 

Be Prepared for Life’s Events

Tammy Flanagan, Federal Benefits Expert

Life happens. And often the biggest events are the ones we don’t want to think about. Whether it’s the death of a spouse or an unforeseen illness, having difficult conversations now will make challenging times a little easier on you and your loved ones. Learn how to prepare for the curveballs life can, and will, throw at you.

 

Preparing for Retirement: Everything You Need to Know

James Marshall, Federal Benefits Expert

Retirement planning doesn’t start when you’re ready to turn in your paperwork. Designed specifically for current federal employees, learn the 5 things retirees wish they knew when they retired, your best retirement date and tips for a successful and timely retirement.

 

Chapter Leadership Succession Strategy

Do you struggle to find people willing to serve in leadership positions?  Burned out by serving for too long?  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Make being a leader irresistible in your chapter.  You’ll learn how to promote serving on your chapter or federation board as an exciting and rewarding activity, develop a leadership pipeline, and create a dynamic team of leaders – and a network of volunteers to help.

 

Cybersecurity – What the FBI Knows that You Don’t but Should

John Iannarelli,

Why rob a bank when a criminal can steal far more money from the ease and safety of sitting behind a computer screen? Thousands have become victims of cybercrime because they were not equipped to protect themselves. Your sensitive personal information is of interest to cyber thieves. By using examples of actual FBI cases, not otherwise shared with the public, the presenter will reveal the most common ways businesses are vulnerable to cyber threats including identity theft, fraud scams, hackers, and even terrorism. 

Monday, August 31, 2020 2:30 - 4:00pm

How NARFE-PAC Works for You

Ross Apter, Political Associate, NARFE

Now that the 2020 elections are only a couple months away, get the latest on how NARFE-PAC fights for you. Learn more about the workings of NARFE-PAC and how you can get involved. Interested in how the elections are shaping up and the role NARFE-PAC plays? Join with your fellow NARFE members and discover how NARFE-PAC works for you and your retirement security. 

 

Effective Advocacy Through Relationship Building

Marsha Padilla-Goad, Grassroots Program Manager, NARFE

Members of Congress represent hundreds of thousands of people. With their staff, they monitor thousands of pieces of legislation on policies that affect their constituents and the nation. As a result, they receive thousands of letters, emails, phone calls and personal visits from constituents. Despite the variety of competing interests, one person or small organization can rise above to become a trusted and reliable resource to the elected official and their staff. This session teaches NARFE advocates the guidelines on how to successfully build relationships with lawmakers to advance advocacy goals.

 

The 4 Things You Can Change After You Retire

Tammy Flanagan, Federal Benefits Expert

Change is inevitable, but you can prepare for it. For current feds and retirees alike, learn which decisions can be altered after you turn in your retirement paperwork. Not only will you learn what you can change, but also how you can go about making those changes. From health insurance to taxes, don’t get stuck with a decision that no longer suits your needs.

 

Which FEHB Plan is Right for You?

James Marshall, Federal Benefits Expert

With so many health plans and options available through the Federal Employees Benefit (FEHB) Program, it's no wonder you may feel uncertain about your choices. Until now! In this session, you’ll learn how to make the best choice to help lower your premiums and increase your coverage.

 

Create Must-Attend Chapter Meetings

Join us to learn how to create magnetic meetings experiences that keep your members coming back month after month

You will learn how to:

    Use the key elements today’s members are looking for in meetings

    Deliver program promotions that make members want to attend

    Create dynamic experiences members that hit members’ hot buttons

You’ll also leave with several meeting ideas you can start to use right away as well as a handout on member surveys, identifying relevant topics, finding speakers, alternative meeting formats and more.

 

Caring for Me, Caring for You – Managing the Caregiver Role

Toula Wootan

The role of caring for a loved one is one that is usually treasured, but with it comes many types of stress.  Caregivers often place themselves at the bottom of their to do list. If you or a loved one has caregiving duties, it is essential to pay attention to emotional, physical and mental health. Caring for yourself can be the most important thing one can do as a caregiver and will improve your well-being to perform day-to-day responsibilities. This presentation will offer practical suggestions on how to do just that. You will learn ways to maintain your own overall health and find joy in this role.

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:00am – 12:30pm

 

Legislative Update – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Jessica Klement, Staff VP Policy and Programs, NARFE

NARFE and the federal community saw several legislative successes in 2019, but now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Hear what the rest of the 116th Congress has in store for current and retired federal employees and how NARFE plans to advance its legislative priorities in a contentious political environment.

 

How to Influence Policy-Making: Holding Effective Meetings

John Hatton, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, NARFE

In-person meetings by constituents are the most influential form of advocacy. Learn how to prepare for and make the most of this valuable, but often short, time with a member of Congress and their staff – what to do, and what to avoid. Then practice with your fellow NARFE leaders. 

 

Be Prepared for Life’s Events

Tammy Flanagan, Federal Benefits Expert

Life happens. And often the biggest events are the ones we don’t want to think about. Whether it’s the death of a spouse or an unforeseen illness, having difficult conversations now will make challenging times a little easier on you and your loved ones. Learn how to prepare for the curveballs life can, and will, throw at you.

 

Planning Your Estate in a Constantly Changing Environment

Mark Keen

Are you one of the 60 percent who don’t have a will or an estate plan? Don’t think you need one? Think again. Federal benefits are uniquely complex and in this session, you’ll learn how make a straightforward plan for your assets. This session will also cover the newly enacted SECURE Act and how it affects federal employees’ and retirees’ plans for their estate.

 

Membership Recruitment – How to Do it Right

Chapter and National Only members alike can take on the role of a recruiter for NARFE.  Join us in this session, led by fellow member and one of NARFE’s top recruiters, and learn what members can do locally to support NARFE’s membership strategy. Learn how you can effectively engage prospective members and ultimately help to grow the organization.  Both new recruiters and seasoned pros will leave with a better understanding of the member conversion process and plenty of new ideas!

 

The Power of Perspective

Peggy Grande

The world moves quickly and is perpetually changing.  In fact, the only constant we can count on is that there’s nothing we can count on to remain constant.  How do we find balance in the imbalance?  How do we turn unsettling times of transition or change into opportunities for growth?  Ronald Reagan modeled a graceful transition from president to private citizen and later endured a very personal crisis, which tested his mettle and ultimately resulted in him using the gravity of his situation to positively benefit others.  What can we learn from his example and from others who have successfully navigated some of life’s biggest challenges - and have done so with positive lasting impact?

 

Peggy will share stories and lessons from her front row seat during some of Ronald Reagan’s post-presidential most challenging years and demonstrate that you, too, can successfully navigate change and challenge with confidence, optimism and a vision to help you move forward, even amidst crisis.  And perhaps even especially then. 

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 2:30 - 4:00pm

 

Leading NARFE-PAC in 2020 and Beyond

Ross Apter, Political Associate, NARFE

A strong NARFE-PAC amplifies the voice of the federal community and is a powerful tool to advance NARFE’s priorities. Designed for NARFE-PAC federation and chapter leaders, learn how you can be an effective NARFE-PAC leader and raise awareness of the PAC in this important election cycle and beyond. Engage with other NARFE-PAC leaders and discover how you can strengthen the PAC and be a knowledgeable source of information for your fellow NARFE members.

 

Honing Your Advocacy and Leadership Skills: Training for NARFE Legislative Leaders

Marsha Padilla-Goad, Grassroots Program Manager, NARFE

Maybe you’ve been a NARFE legislative leader for a few months, or even a few years. In an ever-changing political environment, there’s always something new to learn. This training session is for NARFE’s current and aspiring legislative chairs, congressional district leaders and senatorial leaders who seek to improve their leadership skills, take their advocacy efforts to the next level and inspire their fellow NARFE members to take action.

 

Medicare Part B and FEHB

Tammy Flanagan, Federal Benefits Expert

FEHB provides lifetime health insurance – so do you need Medicare? FEHB and Medicare decisions will either save or cost you thousands of dollars in premiums and medical expenses over time. In this session, you will learn: how much it costs to enroll in Medicare; what FEHB plans do to encourage enrollment in Medicare Part B; and the implications if you decide not to enroll in Medicare Part B.

 

Making the Most of Your TSP

Mark Keen

This session is a must-attend for any current or retired Fed looking to take charge of their Thrift Savings Plan account and prepare for a secure future. From understanding the investment options to utilizing the new withdrawal options to minimize taxes, attendees will walk away with smart strategies to maximize their retirement savings.

  

NARFE AMS Training

Johann De Castro, Staff VP, NARFE

NARFE’s new Association Management System (AMS) allows members to personalize their interactions with NARFE.  Whether you want to set up which topics you receive emails about, change your address, view invoices or make a donation, members can now do this by logging into their dashboard.  As NARFE leaders, understanding the options will help you answer questions.  This session will also cover chapter reports and other functions leaders have access to.  Bring your own device and join us for this interactive session.

 

How to Stay Healthy and Active for the Rest of Your Life

Working out and eating healthy can be a challenge for everybody. As we age, staying active can be even tougher. Most gym routines are meant for 25 to 30 year old adults who can bend, twist and press any way they want. And when you look up Senior Fitness all you get are programs that have you sit in a chair and lift 3 lb weights. Somewhere in between are the millions of 40, 50 and 60 year old people who want to start a routine after a long layoff or keep training without feeling beat up after every workout. In this seminar learn everything you need to know to begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle during those years when you may feel the fitness industry is just not meeting your needs.

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