From Eureka to Palm Springs, and at three locations in between, you can enroll to attend the first CalPERS Benefits Education Events (CBEEs) of 2019. These classes are designed to provide you with opportunities to learn about your benefits, talk to our experts, and find assistance planning for any stage of your career.
The yearly program throughout California has continued to grow. Last year our CBEEs hosted 12,476 attendees, who benefitted from 340 classes held at nine locations throughout the state.
What’s Different This Year?
You can expect to see our CEO Marcie Frost at many of the classes, engaging with members and speaking on some of the important issues you are asking about, like sustainability of the fund, our approach to investing, and our focus on boosting our total returns. Her knowledgeable, down-to-earth style makes complex issues easy to understand.
Also new this year is convenient my|CalPERS-based registration using your own my|CalPERS account. Your registration and class information will always be immediately available for your review. And when your event draws near, you can easily sign in and review your class enrollment history before you attend, instead of searching through endless emails for your confirmation.
What You’ll Get Out of It
If You’re Early Through Mid-Career
Learn about your benefits, service credit purchase, college accounts for your kids, or how to use my|CalPERS. Pre-tax savings programs are especially good to talk about early in your career: a regular small amount put aside can compound over time into some serious savings. We also offer specific classes tailored for you on health and retirement benefits.
If You’re Nearing Retirement
Retirement options, Social Security, health options (for those who have health benefits through CalPERS), or retirement benefit estimates are popular classes that provide general information. After your class, visit the Regional Office table for questions tailored to your situation that may have come up. Onsite computers allow you to access your account, and our team members will be available to help you.
To speed up your check-in, print and bring your confirmation email. Come prepared with questions you need to ask and bring a copy of your Annual Member Statement, or you can access it on your smartphone in my|CalPERS before you talk to a representative.
CBEE classes offer an overview of your benefits. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can visit the Regional Office table with individual questions that you may have. Questions that require more extensive research, such as those concerning your specific health or retirement contract, may require additional time to answer.
Know Before You Go
Visit my|CalPERS to register for a CBEE near you. We encourage you to pre-register to expedite your check-in, but walk-ins are always welcome. Our most popular classes repeat throughout the two-day event so that as many of you as possible have an opportunity to attend. Classes are first-come, first-served and morning classes fill up quickly, so it helps if your schedule is flexible.
Look what our members are saying about their CBEE experiences:
- “I have a very positive impression of CalPERS after attending last Friday’s conference. Meeting Marcie Frost gave me peace of mind about a secure retirement. She projects an amazing image of dedication and responsibility for her position….”
- “The seminar eased my mind about retiring at this point in my career. It answered a lot of the questions that both my spouse and I had regarding benefits and payments.”
- “It was extremely helpful to be able to go to the exhibitor tables and ask my personal questions — specifically, the Social Security and the CalPERS benefits tables.”
Upcoming CalPERS Benefits Education Events
January 11 & 12 | Monterey Bay – Seaside
1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd.
Seaside, CA 93955
January 25 & 26 | Palm Springs DoubleTree Golf Resort
67967 Vista Chino
Cathedral City, CA 92234
March 1 & 2 | Sacramento
Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
March 22 & 23 | Eureka
Red Lion Hotel
1929 4th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
June 7 & 8 | San Ramon
San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583
Check our website and the next issue of PERSpective for additional 2019 dates.