98th Annual Conference

97th Annual Conference
October 12 - 15, 2019

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Committee Meetings will take place on Saturday, October 12. Wednesday, October 16, is a suggested travel day.

Dress Code: Business casual; Sunday brunch event is casual

Registration Rates

Active Member: $1,450 per attendee, $395 per guest

Associate Commercial Member: $2,750 per attendee, $475 per guest

Sponsor: $1,900 per attendee


Please note: Hotel reservation link will be provided after you complete registration. 

Hotel Rate: $219 per night, plus taxes

Join us in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, October 12- 15, as we host the 97th Annual Conference! Kicking off the conference with a networking event at the Country Music Hall of Fame, this year’s program is sure to educate and equip you on as to why pensions are a sound investment.

On Sunday, the first general session will begin with keynote speaker, entrepreneur and start-up expert Howard Tullman. We will also have a panel discussion on cyber audits.

Monday’s events feature keynote speaker, 10-time CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally, followed by a panel discussion on legacy costs and a Federal legislative update. And you will most definitely want to be a part of the midday entertainment by Mark Toland, an international award-winning mind reader!

Second general session will resume with a much anticipated CIO and consultant round table discussion on diversity, and breakout sessions on actuarial audits, as well as the impact of charter schools on teacher pension plans. We will close Monday’s general session with a member-requested “Ask the CIOs!” Q&A session. AND! You won’t want to miss the widely favored NCTR Teacher of the Year dinner. This year, NCTR will honor Rodney Robinson, social studies teacher from Virgie Binford Education Center in Richmond, VA. To learn more about this year’s honoree, please click here.

The 97th Annual Conference will close with Tuesday’s events: an open forum for associate commercial members, a speech by keynote speaker, NEA President, Lily Eskelsen García, and breakout sessions on creating retirement income in Defined Contribution plans, and managing risks in your private market portfolio. The third general session will close with a discussion on the challenges of providing health benefits to reemployed retired teachers.

From the hot topic discussions to the entertainment, you won’t want to miss this year’s event! Registration is now open, so be sure to register today!

Important Due Dates


Resolutions due. Submit your In AppreciationIn Memoriam, and Policy Resolutions to Delia Richardson at drichardson@nctr.org for consideration by the Resolutions Committee, prior to the October Annual Business Meeting.


Executive Committee Nominations dueRead More.


LAST DAY for early registration fee. Avoid the fee increase and REGISTER by close of business on September 9.


Room block expires. Reserve your room by close of business on September 23 to secure NCTR’s group block rate. Reminder: You’ll receive the link to the NCTR reservations page after you’ve completed your conference registration.


Declare your delegates. Ensure your System will have a vote at the Annual Business Meeting. Submit your 2019 delegate form by close of business on Friday, September 20, to Robyn Wheeler at rwheeler@nctr.org.


Committee Meetings. NCTR committees will meet Saturday, October 12, at The Loews Vanderbilt, as follows:

  • Trustee Education, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Resolutions, 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Legislative, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • The Nominating Committee, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Administrator Education Committee will not meet.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Interested in sponsoring NCTR’s 97th Annual Conference? Email us!


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