Webinars


To join a webinar, select "Join" 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. No need to register! All listed times are Pacific Time. Most webinars include a 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Some webinars run a bit longer, so we recommend you choose a time when you'll have 60 minutes available. For more information about joining a webinar, see How to Join a DRS Webinar.

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Deferred Compensation Program (DCP)

During this DRS webinar, we'll discuss DCP, Washington state's Deferred Compensation Program. Content includes:

  • Minimum deferral amounts: Only $30 a month or 1%
  • Income tax reductions
  • Overview of investment approaches
  • How to make account changes
  • When you can withdraw your savings
  • And more!
Thursday, July 19, at 3 pm Join
Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 am Join
Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 2:30 pm Join
Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 am Join
Thursday, Sept. 20, at 3 pm Join

DCP Distributions

  • What are my payment options from my Deferred Compensation Program (DCP) account?
  • Can I leave my money in DCP?
  • Can I complete a rollover or use my balance to purchase service credit?
  • And more!
Wednesday, July 18, at 2 pm Join
Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 2:30 pm Join
Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 am Join

Plan Choice

Which plan is right for you, Plan 2 or Plan 3? During this DRS webinar, we'll discuss Plan Choice. Content includes:

  • What are the plan similarities and differences?
  • What are the benefits of each plan?
  • How much will I contribute?
  • How can DCP supplement either plan?
Wednesday, July 18, at 3:30 pm Join
Thursday, Aug. 9, at 8:30 am Join
Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 11:30 am Join
Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 4 pm Join
Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 4 pm Join

Plan 2: PERS, TRS, SERS

This DRS webinar is for Plan 2 members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS). Content includes:

  • How much will my benefit be?
  • When am I eligible to draw my benefit?
  • How can I increase my benefit before retiring?
Tuesday, July 17, at 8:30 am Join
Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11:30 am Join
Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 8:30 am Join
Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 4 pm Join
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 2:30 pm Join

Plan 2: LEOFF, WSPRS, PSERS

This DRS webinar is for Plan 2 members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Retirement System (LEOFF), Washington State Patrol Retirement System (WSPRS) and the Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). Content includes:

  • How much will my benefit be?
  • When am I eligible to draw my benefit?
  • How can I increase my benefit before retiring?
Tuesday, July 17, at 12:30 pm Join
Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 9 am Join

Plan 3/DCP Website Enhancements

Get the most out of your upgraded Plan 3/DCP account website. This webinar shares how you can use the new experience to get a more complete view of your retirement. We’ll look at:

  • How do I find investment details and performance information?
  • What is the peer comparison tool?
  • How can I take advantage of expanded account resources?

For DCP members, we’ll explore how easy it is to increase your contribution amount and instantly view the difference that it can make.

Wednesday, June 27, at 12 pm Join
Wednesday, June 27, at 3 pm Join
Tuesday, July 24, at 8 am Join
Tuesday, July 24, at 2 pm Join

Plan 3: PERS, TRS, SERS

This DRS webinar is for Plan 3 members of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and School Employees' Retirement System (SERS). Content includes:

  • How much will my benefit be?
  • When am I eligible to draw my benefit?
  • How can I increase my benefit before retiring?
Wednesday, July 18, at 11:30 am Join
Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 2 pm Join
Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 4 pm Join
Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 11:30 am Join
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 4 pm Join

Plan 3 Distributions

Find out more about Plan 3 withdrawals through this webinar. Content includes:

  • What are my payment options from my defined contribution account?
  • Can I leave my money in my account?
  • Can I complete a rollover or use my balance to purchase an annuity?
  • And more!
Thursday, July 19, at 1:30 pm Join
Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 1 pm Join
Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 1 pm Join
Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 am Join
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 11:30 am Join

Purchasing an Additional Benefit

Would you like to increase your retirement benefit payment without working longer? In this webinar find out more about purchasing additional service credit and purchasing annuities.

Thursday, July 19, at 11:30 am Join
Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 3:30 pm Join
Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 11:30 am Join
Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1:30 pm Join
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 8:30 am Join

Identity Theft/Protection

Identity theft and fraud are becoming more common. It seems there is a new scam to watch for every day. Find out how to protect your information and avoid scams with this presentation from DFI. Content includes:

  • How scam artists trick you into handing over your personal information and money
  • How to avoid becoming a fraud victim
  • What to do if someone does get your information
Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 11:30 am Join

Investment Basics

Whether you're new to investing or have been a long-time investor, discover more about the basic principles of investing, such as:

  • Setting savings goals
  • Considering your time horizon
  • Identifying your tolerance for risk
  • Diversifying among asset classes
  • Periodically updating investment strategies
Thursday, Sept. 6, at 3 pm Join

Getting Ready for Retirement

Are you nearing retirement? This webinar reviews the steps to take to prepare and apply for retirement through DRS. Content will also include decisions you are asked to make during the retirement process.

Tuesday, July 17, at 11 am Join
Thursday, Aug. 9, at 1:30 pm Join
Thursday, Aug. 23, at 11 am Join
Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 1 pm Join
Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11 am Join

Applying for Retirement

Members who are close to retirement might have questions about the application process. This webinar previews the steps to take to formally request an estimate and apply for retirement.

Tuesday, July 17, at 3:30 pm Join
Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 12:30 pm Join
Thursday, Aug. 23, at 3 pm Join
Thursday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 am Join
Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 11:30 am Join

Benefit Payment Options at Retirement

When you apply for retirement, you'll choose from four benefit payment options offered by your plan. This webinar will discuss your options as well as qualifying reasons to change your option after you retire.

Thursday, July 19, at 8:30 am Join
Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 8:30 am Join
Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 2:30 pm Join

Returning to Work After Retirement

Thinking about working after retirement? Find out the potential impact to your Plan 2 or Plan 3 benefit if you return to work for an employer covered by one of the state retirement systems. This webinar is for members of Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS), School Employees' Retirement System (SERS) or the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS).

Wednesday, July 18, at 8:30 am Join
Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 8:30 am Join
Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 2 pm Join

Medicare

As retirement approaches, you'll want to make some key decisions about your healthcare. Medicare can be an important factor in many of those decisions. If you aren't familiar with Medicare and other available resources, or if you just want to brush up on the topic, this webcast is for you.

See Social Security's publication about Medicare.

Thursday, Aug. 9, at 3 pm Join

Social Security Basics

Learn the answers to the following questions:

  • Who receives Social Security benefits?
  • What is full retirement age?
  • How does age at retirement affect the benefit?
  • How is the benefit amount determined?

Note: Have your Social Security Benefit Statement available for this webinar. To access it, open a Social Security Account before the webinar and download your Benefit Statement.

Tuesday, July 31, at 11:30 am Join

To attend, you'll need a computer with internet access and sound. We recommend you join the webinar 10-15 minutes early to test your connection. If you have a microphone, please mute it after you join the webinar. For assistance in joining a webinar, see How to Join a DRS Webinar.