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Nationwide Retirement Solutions partners earn NAGDCA Leadership Recognition Awards

  • The City of Seattle and San Joaquin County awarded for innovative, participant-focused campaigns
  • Andee Gravitt to lead NAGDCA Industry Committee

Two retirement plans supported by Nationwide are standing out from the pack for their award-winning participant campaigns. The City of Seattle and San Joaquin County were selected as recipients of 2023 Leadership Recognition Awards from the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA). Nationwide Retirement Solutions proudly partnered with both plans to help drive outcomes for their participants.  

The Leadership Recognition Award winners were selected from nominations in five categories and chosen for originality and measurable results. NAGDCA recognized the City of Seattle, San Joaquin County and 15 other plan sponsors during an awards ceremony at its annual conference this week.

“Congratulations to the City of Seattle and San Joaquin County for their ongoing commitment to helping plan participants reach their retirement goals,” said Eric Stevenson, president of Nationwide Retirement Solutions. “We all share the same passion for helping our participants achieve better outcomes in retirement, and these impactful campaigns are a testament to that.”   

The City of Seattle was recognized in the Participant Education and Communication category for their creative In-Language Campaign. Knowing that one in five Seattle residents speak a language other than English at home, the City of Seattle wanted to ensure that all participants had access to education on their retirement plan benefits. Focusing on five languages that best fit their diverse employee base, the City created specialized campaigns to connect with participants. Their campaign also earned NAGDCA’s Art Caple President’s Award for championing a participant-first mentality to help build financial security for their employees.

“By partnering with Nationwide, we are able to create extraordinary solutions for our participants via aligning strategic priorities to drive conversion through exceptional digital experiences,” said Michelle Ell, deferred compensation manager for the City of Seattle.  

San Joaquin County was recognized in the Technology and Cybersecurity category for their innovative Virtual Financial Wellness Courtyard event. The County transitioned to Nationwide in May of 2022 and wanted participants to become more familiar with a new Nationwide website and resources that also aligned with their hybrid workplace. The successful virtual event drove education and engagement by utilizing technology to inspire participants to enroll, increase contributions, or rollover their retirement plan.

“San Joaquin’s Deferred Compensation Advisory Committee and County staff work hard to engage our employees in learning and taking advantage of their 457(b) Plan.  We are grateful for the partnership and innovation from Nationwide and their continued collaborative partnership with San Joaquin,” said Tami Matuska, employee benefits manager for San Joaquin County. “The virtual courtyard was a fun technology solution to proactively connect employees with our new Nationwide custom website, online tools, resources and to meet with their local Nationwide Rep. The virtual event inspired many employees to take actions for their financial future. I’m proud of our San Joaquin virtual event and the results achieved.”

Andee Gravitt to lead NAGDCA Industry Committee
Additionally, Nationwide’s Andee Gravitt was also recognized at the annual NAGDCA Conference for her new role as president of the Industry Committee. In this role, she will lead the committee to promote legislative priorities, provide input to the annual conference and support and guidance to the NAGDCA executive leadership team as a voting member for the Executive Committee. 

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