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Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats

An armchair-and-ottoman dialogue with retirement-industry experts

Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential radio speeches, the American Retirement Association (ARA) hosts monthly video chats — live, via Zoom — that connect members with a variety of guest experts, and each other, around relevant retirement-industry topics.

  • Approximate chat length: 30 minutes.
  • Hosts and topics: Hosts and guest experts will vary from month to month, but current events will always drive the discussions.
  • Interesting, but informal: No need for business attire, but save those nostalgic martinis for after.
  • Don’t hold back: We want you to get the answers you need.
  • Can’t join us? No problem: The chats occur every month, so just make sure you’re first in line next time.

Our Next Fireside Chat:

Thursday, April 22, 5:30 pm EST

Reserve Your Seat Today

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the Fireside Chats? The chats are for everyone, which means members of ASEA, ASPPA, NAPA, NTSA and PSCA are all welcome to attend.

Are we allowed to ask questions? Of course! There are two ways to submit your questions: Drop them in the chat box during the Zoom broadcast, or send them via email — at least 24 hours before the chat — to [email protected]; use the subject line “Fireside Chats: Questions.”

Can I earn CE by attending a chat? Unfortunately, no, not at this time.

What if I didn’t receive a Zoom link? No worries: Send an email to Renato Macedo ([email protected]) and he will send you the login credentials.

What if I miss a chat? The chats occur every month, so if you miss one, just keep an eye open for an email announcing the next broadcast.

Are you recording and archiving each chat? We record chats, but the recordings are only used to create clips/highlights for the web page. The goal for each Fireside Chat is live participation, so we want to avoid archived broadcasts and transcripts.

What if I have suggestions for the next Fireside Chat? Well, you’re in luck, because we always want your input! If you have suggestions, general feedback, or simply want to say hi, send an email to [email protected].

Franklin D. RooseveltFun Fireside Fact: “During the 1930s, well before the advent of television, some 90 percent of American households owned a radio. Seeing the potential of mass media to communicate directly and intimately with the public, Roosevelt would give around 30 total radio addresses from March 1933 to June 1944.” (Source: The History Channel website.)

The last photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, taken at Warm Springs, GA by Nicholas Robbins for Elizabeth Shoumatoff. FDR died the following day. April 11, 1945. Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, New York.