Excellence & Innovation Awards
For the 10th year, P&I and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association recognizes innovation and excellence by plan sponsors to improve the retirement security of participants.
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Nominate a DC plan executive!

Pensions & Investments and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association are seeking nominations for the Excellence and Innovation Awards program, now in its 10th year.

These awards are designed to recognize DC plan executives and their employers for well-executed, creative and unusual projects that help ensure a successful retirement for participants. Entries are judged on innovation as well as excellence in execution.

Registrants do not have to self-select the category in which they wish to compete. A panel of industry experts will work alongside P&I editorial employees to determine whether entries should compete in either the innovation or the excellence categories.

Entries for the 2021 awards are due May 28. P&I and DCIIA are looking for programs implemented on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

Winners will be announced at P&I’s West Coast Defined Contribution Conference in October.

For more information and the nomination form, visit pionline.com/innovationawards2021. Need more help? Contact Editor Amy B. Resnick by email at [email protected].

Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations also will be accepted from colleagues and people outside the organization who are familiar with the work being done. There is no fee to enter.


Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Only defined contribution plan executives are eligible to win an Award of Excellence & Innovation. Service providers are not eligible. Anyone nominated who is not a plan executive will be disqualified.

Q: Is there a fee to enter?

A: No, there is no fee to enter the Excellence and Innovation Awards.

Q: When will the awards be presented?

A: Winners will be announced and recognized at Pensions & Investments’ 2021 West Coast Defined Contribution Conference, to be held the week of October 25, 2021.

Q: What’s the deadline for submitting a nomination?

A: May 28

Q: Are there specific categories to enter?

A: There are no predetermined categories; the possibilities are endless. Past winners, for example, were chosen for their cutting-edge ideas in plan design, investing, retirement income, and new ways to target specific employee groups with retirement plan information.