Welcome to NCRF Events

You will find two types of events in this section:

Meetings for members. The NCRF membership typically meets in January, April, July and October. Our meetings offer a variety of quality information/education for our members and provide opportunities to connect with fellow total rewards professionals.

Most meetings remain remote, with planned in-person events coming soon. As a member, you may register on-line, no need to log-in first! Watch this page or for event emails, and join us to participate in informative session topics and with a great network of individuals.

If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us via email You are eligible for a refund with cancelation at least 3 business days prior to the event. 

You will also find the WorldatWork courses hosted by NCRF in this event section. NCRF members should login to this site to receive discount member pricing for the courses. Click here to learn more about all the benefits of becoming a member.

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Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    WorldatWork Affiliates Day

    Navigating 2023's Executive Compensation Shifts and Mega Equity GrantsWednesday, Oct. 4 | 11:00 Am - 12:30 p.m. Pacific

    Dear Member,

    As a WorldatWork Affiliate, NCRF members are provided with special programming opportunities from WorldatWork to help you impact your organizational success in today’s highly competitive market and changing environment. 

    Join us free of charge for this event exclusively for WorldatWork Affiliate members.

    In a year filled with groundbreaking regulatory changes and innovative approaches to incentivizing and motivating CEOs and executives, this symposium is your guide to staying ahead of the curve and capitalizing on the most recent advancements to gain a strategic edge.

    • A Juggling Act: Navigating the New Era of Executive Compensation

    Speakers: Susan Schroder, CECP, MBA, Partner, Compensation Advisory Partners and Louisa Heywood, Associate, Compensation Advisory Partners 

    •  Founders’ Keepers: Are Mega Equity Grants Mega Effective CEO Incentives

    Speakers: Teresa Bayewitz, CCP, Partner, Mercer, Juliet Archer Principal, Mercer and Veronica Wissel, Partner, Davis Polk 

     Register Now with WorldatWork

    • Wednesday, October 11, 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • The Heathman Hotel 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033

    Hot Topics in Compensation - 2023 Update

    Join us on October 11, 2023 

    In person for happy hour and topic update 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm 

    $15 for Members, $35 for non-Members

    Speaker:  Nancy Kasmar, Principle, Compensation Connections

    Hot Topics in Compensation – 2023 Update

    Since we talked in January, we have more to discuss about how 2023 has unfolded for employers. Let’s get together and talk about your experience with the new laws and how they have affected compensation this year. We’ll also dive into what to expect for 2024.

    What’s new in the compensation landscape?

    On October 11th, Nancy Kasmar of Compensation Connections will discuss the latest hottest topics in compensation, offer strategies to meet these challenges, and open the discussion for us to share what has been working for us. She will update us on how to adapt to this changing landscape and thrive based on the latest research and insights.

    Additional information for SHRM & HRCI credits
    After this session, attendees will:
    • Understand the latest economic trends and how they impact compensation strategy
    • Identify effective approaches to attract and retain employees in a turbulent time
    • Strategize how to comply with the changes to the Washington EPOA, minimum wage, and exempt salary threshold

    Nancy is a Principal of Compensation Connections, with over 25 years of management experience in addition to more than 15 years in human resources and total rewards. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Certificate in Management from the University of California, San Diego. Nancy is certified as a SHRM-SCP. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation with an additional certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). 

    When: October 11, 4:30 pm to 6 pm

    Location: The Heathman Hotel 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland 98033

    Cost: $15 for Members, $35 for non-Members. Happy Hour includes drinks and abundant appetizers.


    • Wednesday, October 25, 2023
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Introduction to Effective Use of Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plans

     Join us on October 25, 2023

     Free to NCRF and TRPDX Members

    Session: Addressing Compensation & Benefit Challenges: An Introduction to the Effective Use of Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plans

    This presentation will explore the fundamentals of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation (NQDC) plans including:

    • Rules governing these plans
    • Key benefits to both the employee and employer
    • Important NQDC plan design considerations
    • How NQDC can be utilized as a tool to overcome the recruitment and retention challenges posed by the “Great Resignation.

    Speakers: Eric Speed and Bryn Mercado 


    Eric Speed Erik has been a trusted resource to plan sponsors for over 25 years. Erik brings expert knowledge in nonqualified deferred compensation plans, helping companies to design, fund and manage innovative and accessible retirement and executive benefit programs.

    Erik joined MBS Financial in 2020 after more than two decades with Prudential, MullinTBG and Willis Towers Watson. He is a Series 6, 63 and 65 FINRA Registered Representative and holds a California state life and health insurance license.

    Erik graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Business Management and received his MBA from the University of Southern California.

    Bryn Mercado Bryn joined MBS Financial in 2022 from a background in personal insurance lines.

    He spent years working as a Senior Producer for a major independent brokerage based in Orange County. During his time at this agency, he specialized in home and auto insurance, and actively represented over 25 insurance carriers, such as The Hartford, Travelers, Progressive, and Nationwide.
    He is a Series 6 and 63 FINRA Registered Representative and holds a California state life and health insurance license.

    Bryn graduated from Westmont College with a B.A. in Psychology.

    When: October 25, 11:45 am to 1 pm

    Location: ZOOM – Look for Link in your confirmation email.

    Cost: Free for NCRF and TRPDX Members, $25 non-members
    • Thursday, November 02, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • ZOOM


    Join TRPDX November 2nd from 8:30am-10:00am

    Board Members, Cory Hartman and Matt Johnson, will deliver a crash course in Excel Formulas & Pivot Tables for Total Rewards professionals. 

    If there is a specific formula you would like to see covered in the class, please reach out to

    Cory Hartman Lead Compensation Programs Consultant, Nike

    Matt Johnson, Senior Compensation Consultant, Microsoft

    Register directly with TRPDX - and get member price using code NCRF23.

    Location: Zoom, link will be sent after registration


    $50 for Non-Members

    $35 for TRPDX & NCRF Members

    $25 for Students


    • Wednesday, January 24, 2024
    • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    Total Rewards in the Age Curve: Unlocking the Future

    • Join us on January 24, 2024

      Free to NCRF and TRPDX Members

      Session: Total Rewards in the Age Curve: Unlocking the Future - Harnessing the Power of Midlife and Older Women in the Workforce

      By 2030, 150 million jobs will be held by individuals over the age of 55. This shift is projected to represent over a quarter of the entire workforce by 2031. This isn't merely a change in demographics; it's a significant shift in the professional landscape. Midlife and older women are becoming an increasingly bigger part of this shift. 

      Join us to explore the age-related nuances of today's workforce, particularly the challenges and contributions of mid and late career women. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing the pivotal role of women in bridging talent gaps and bolstering leadership, understanding their unique challenges from menopause to gendered-age bias. The session will provide practical strategies to design age-friendly benefits, foster age-positive workspaces, prioritize tailored well-being programs, and develop roles that resonate with the contemporary needs of an aging workforce. The content can help equip your organization to thrive by staying ahead of the age curve.

      Key takeaways from the session will include: 

    1.   The impact of an aging workforce: Come away with a better understanding of this workforce evolution and its direct implications for Total Rewards strategies.

    2.   The importance of midlife and older women in the demographic change: Learn more about their instrumental role in the workforce, the challenges they face, and how to cultivate an environment conducive to their growth, success, and retention.

    3.   Tailored Benefit Design: Explore practical tools and strategies to craft age-inclusive benefits, with a focus on well-being offerings that work for the modern workforce.

    Speaker: Kate Milne Founder and Principal Consultant Cardea Health Consulting

    Kate Milne is a Healthy Aging Specialist, a Health Promoter, and a community-based researcher. With a focus on promoting wellbeing in midlife and older women, she has established herself as a trusted authority in the field of female healthy aging.

    Kate's career is dedicated to empowering individuals, supporting populations, and facilitating employers to embrace the aging process through actionable well-being strategies. As a speaker, she shares her insights, helping audiences understand how to optimize physical, mental, and emotional well-being in an older workforce.

    Kate combines evidence-based research with actionable advice. Her expertise enables her to address the unique challenges faced by employers as they look towards a rapidly changing demographics and shrinking labor force.

    Beyond her speaking engagements, Kate actively collaborates with corporate organizations, government, community organizations, and policymakers to shape the future of the aging population. Her commitment to fostering age-friendly environments and improving workplace health has earned her recognition as a thought leader in the field.

    When: January 24th, 2024, 11:45 am to 1 pm

    Location: ZOOM – Look for Link in your confirmation email. 

    Cost: Free for NCRF and TRPDX Members, $25 non-members


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