2020 Robert M. Ball Award: Campaign for Social Insurance

Join the Academy as we reinforce the vital role of social insurance in our society, and to recognize Jacob S. Hacker and Virginia Reno for their outstanding achievements and contributions, through a series of activities (June to autumn of 2020).

Each year, the Robert M. Ball Award is presented to an individual whose recent work has made a significant impact on the U.S. social insurance system. To reflect this year's circumstances, the 2020 Ball Award will encompass a series of activities designed to:

  • Stimulate fresh thinking on effective responses to the current economic and health crisis, as well as action on longer-term issues.

  • Provide informed and inspiring answers to the question: “what might a new social contract consist of?”

  • Seize on the increased awareness among policymakers and the public to build systems that improve economic security and support our economy, as social insurance is intended to do.

  • Bring all stakeholders together at a critical juncture to highlight the role of social insurance and support the Academy’s work. 

 

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2020 Ball Award Honorees

SERIES FEATURES

Early summer kick-off:

A Stronger Society, A Fairer Future:
Virtual commemoration with special guests on June 23rd (learn more and register here)


Release of a compendium of reflection essays by all previous Ball Award recipients on the current and future role of social insurance in addressing both routine individual and calamitous community risks



Late summer:
Intergenerational dialogue inspired by E.J. Dionne 1999 piece on Why Social Insurance? (virtual)



Fall:
Award reception and program** featuring keynote speeches by Virginia Reno and Jacob Hacker and guest speakers



Additional activities TBA

**An in-person fall event is anticipated to be held at AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street NW, Washington, DC (date TBA in summer 2020), subject to potential change in compliance with official public health guidance.


All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for the 2020 Ball Award program support the Academy’s core educational and policy research programs, including COVID-19 initiatives:

Individual ticket: $200/person, or 2 tickets for $300 until June 30.

Ticket includes: Invitation and guaranteed spot for all Ball Award series activities, virtual and in-person, including for the in-person 2020 Ball Award reception and program anticipated for early fall at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, DC. In-person event date and additional details to be announced in summer 2020, as conditions permit. Your contribution, above the estimated $100 value of the in-person event, is tax-deductible. Refund policy below.

(Would you like to contribute at a different level? Consider making a gift at a level of your choice. Click here. All contributors to the "Robert M. Ball Fund for Leadership Development" will receive an invitation for virtual events in this 2020 Ball Award series. We are grateful for any contribution you are able to make.)

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS AND BENEFITS

All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for the 2020 Ball Award series support the Academy’s core educational and policy research programs, including COVID-19 initiatives.

Download the sponsorship prospectus.

 
Sponsorship Levels and Benefits What your contribution makes possible:
Public Service Investment: ($100,000+)
  • Most prominent visibility and recognition across all Ball Award series activities; custom participation opportunities
  • A private briefing with experts on a social insurance topic of your choice
  • Opportunity to include content in Academy’s monthly newsletter (up to 3 issues), reaching 5,000+ policy professionals across the country
  • Most prominent visibility across all marketing (emails, website, etc.) and related branding (e.g., signage at virtual and live events)
  • Unique mentions in Academy’s social media channels, including coordination with your social media account
  • Up to forty (40) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Signed copies of Jacob Hacker’s latest book for all guests and other commemorative items
  • Logo in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Full-page ad in fall Award event booklet (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Prominent listing in other Academy funder recognition materials
Full Ball Award series activities, including new COVID-19 virtual roundtables, webinars, and web content, other core programs and public outreach





    Increased appreciation for, and understanding of, the provision of economic security and healthcare for all Americans, and the role of social insurance





      Assessing and advancing ideas to reduce economic insecurity across the country  





  Broader awareness of policy options to strengthen the nation’s social insurance infrastructure today and for future crises    





Recognition of Jacob Hacker’s and Virginia Reno’s outstanding contributions in line with the efforts above  





           

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“Social insurance is perhaps the best example we have of the purpose of positive government as Lincoln defined it: ‘to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all or cannot do so well for themselves in their separate and individual capacities.’”  



--Robert M. Ball, writing at the 10th anniversary of the Academy’s founding
Community Innovator: ($50,000+)
  • Prominent visibility and recognition across all Ball Award series activities; custom participation opportunities
  • Opportunity to include content in Academy’s monthly newsletter (up to 2 issues), reaching 5,000+ policy professionals across the country
  • Prominent visibility across all marketing and related branding
  • Unique mentions in Academy’s social media channels, including coordination with your social media account
  • Up to thirty (30) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Signed copies of Jacob Hacker’s latest book for all guests and other commemorative items
  • Logo in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Full-page ad in fall Award event booklet (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Prominent listing in other Academy funder recognition materials
Policy Innovator: ($25,000+)
  • Prominent visibility and recognition across all Ball Award series activities
  • Custom participation opportunity in fall Ball Award reception program (e.g., lead toast to honorees; virtual or live)
  • Opportunity to include content in one (1) issue of the Academy’s monthly newsletter, reaching 5,000+ policy professionals across the country
  • Prominent visibility across all marketing and related branding
  • Unique mentions in Academy’s social media channels, including coordination with your social media account
  • Up to twenty-five (25) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Signed copies of Jacob Hacker’s latest book for all guests and other commemorative items
  • Logo in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Full-page ad in fall Award event booklet (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Prominent listing in other Academy funder recognition materials
Policy Leader: ($10,000+)
  •  Visibility and recognition across Ball Award series activities
  • Opportunity to include content in one (1) issue of the Academy’s monthly newsletter, reaching 5,000+ policy professionals across the country
  • Prominent visibility across all marketing and related branding
  • Unique mentions in Academy’s social media channels, including coordination with your social media account
  • Up to fifteen (15) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Signed copies of Jacob Hacker’s latest book for all guests and other commemorative items
  • Logo in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Half-page ad in fall Award event booklet (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Prominent listing in other Academy funder recognition materials
Research Patron: ($5,000+)
  • Visibility and recognition in Ball Award reception and program
  • Visibility across all marketing and related branding
  • Unique mention in Academy’s social media channels
  • Up to ten (10) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Logo in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Logo in fall Award event booklet (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Prominent listing in other Academy funder recognition materials
Research Sustainer: ($2,500+)
  • Logo visibility in Ball Award reception and program
  • Visibility with logo in marketing and related branding
  • Up to six (6) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Logo in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Logo in fall Award event booklet (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Listing in other Academy funder recognition materials
Collaborator: ($1,500+)
  • Visibility in Ball Award reception and program
  • Visibility with logo in marketing and related branding
  • Up to four (4) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Listing in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Listing in fall Award event program (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Listing in other Academy funder recognition materials
Friend: ($500+)
  • Up to two (2) guest tickets to Ball Award reception**
  • Listing in official invitations for fall Award event (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Listing in fall Award event booklet (if sponsorship is received by print deadline)
  • Listing in other Academy funder recognition materials

**An in-person fall event is anticipated (date TBA in summer 2020), subject to potential change in compliance with official public health guidance.

Refund Policy: All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for the 2020 Ball Award program support the Academy's core educational and policy research programs, including COVID-19 initiatives. In case of event postponement or cancellation, unused tickets and other sponsorship benefits will be converted to a donation to the Academy. For ticket purchases only (not sponsorships): As requested, a 50% refund will be issued in the event of full cancellation or postponement of the in-person event beyond fall 2020. Please contact Kristine Quinio, Director of Development, at kquinio@nasi.org, for any questions.

Thank you for supporting the work and mission of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Coming Soon!

Jacob S. Hacker
Political Scientist


One of the most innovative voices in the contemporary discourse on American social policy, Jacob S. Hacker, Ph.D., is Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science, at Yale University. As American voters and leaders continue to grapple with how we as a society provide access to affordable, high-quality health coverage and care, while also constraining health care spending, Hacker is recognized for his profoundly influential research and writings on health policy, especially his development of the “public option.”

“Jacob Hacker has been a singularly creative analyst and clear-headed thinker about health and social policy,” says Paul Starr, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. “When he speaks up, pay attention.”

Hacker is an expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, as well as a regular media commentator and policy adviser. He has authored or co-authored six books, numerous journal articles, and a wide range of popular writings on American politics and public policy. In 2007, he authored a proposal for universal health care reform, "Health Care for America," that shaped the national debate over reform. He edited Health At Risk: America's Ailing Health System—and How to Heal It (2008).

Hacker’s impact goes beyond health policy. He wrote, with Paul Pierson, a New York Times bestseller – Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class (2010). He is the author of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper (2016), also written with Paul Pierson, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a best business book of 2016, according to the management magazine Strategy+Business. Hacker and Pierson’s latest book (coming out in May 2020), Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality, “addresses the question of how right-wing Republicans have gained and maintained their power despite the fact that their policies result in extreme – and increasing – economic and social inequality” (Booklist review).

An indisputable thought leader in social insurance and social policy overall, Hacker’s other books include: The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream (2006); The Divided Welfare State: The Battle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States (2002); and The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security (1997), co-winner of the Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is also co-author, with Paul Pierson, of Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy (2005). He edited Shared Responsibility, Shared Risk: Government, Markets, and Social Policy in the Twenty-First Century (2012), with Ann O’ Leary. A prolific writer, Hacker is widely published in scholarly journals, including the American Political Science Review, the British Journal of Political Science, and Perspectives on Politics, as well as in popular outlets, such as the New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and The Washington Post.

A Member of the Board of the National Academy of Social Insurance from 2005 to 2013, Hacker currently serves on the boards of The Century Foundation, Economic Policy Institute, and The American Prospect. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Scholars Strategy Network steering committee, and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is also a member of the OECD’s High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress.

“Professor Hacker has lifted the visibility of issues of equity in designing social insurance programs, and the role they can play to mitigate risks and underlying inequalities by race, gender and class,” said William Spriggs, Chief Economist at the AFL-CIO and recipient of the 2016 Ball Award. “His contributions reach beyond the American context, and speak to the larger fallout of the neoliberal over-reliance on market forces that has caused the global spread of inequality among advanced economies.”

In the second edition of his book, The Great Risk Shift, Hacker writes:

“I hope that the facts and ideas in this book will help spark a broad debate about how we as a nation should deal with the pressing economic risks of the twenty first century. Today, Americans feel a loss of control over the circumstances that govern and shape their lives, and they are turning inward as a result, taking to heart the clear message of recent trends that they are on their own in the insecure new world of work and family. This is a threat to our nation’s future, and to the vision of America that generations of Americans have held dear.”

A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2004, Hacker most recently served on the Academy’s Medicare Eligibility Study Panel, which issued its report, Examining Approaches to Expand Medicare Eligibility: Key Design Options and Implications, in March 2020. Hacker co-chaired the Academy's 2007 conference, “For the Common Good: What Role for Social Insurance?”

Prior to his current position at Yale University, Hacker was Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as Co-Director of the Center for Health, Economic, and Family Security at Berkeley Law. He graduated summa cum laude in 1994 from Harvard with a B.A. in Social Studies, and he received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. Hacker’s dissertation (nominated by 2019 Ball Award recipient, Theodore Marmor), “Boundary Wars: The Political Struggle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States,” won the Academy’s 2002 John Heinz Dissertation Award. Hacker grew up in Eugene, Oregon.

Virginia (Gina) Reno
Social Security Expert


Virginia Reno is widely recognized for her expertise on Social Security, retirement policy, private pensions, the income of the elderly, and disability policy. Reno served as the Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy at the Social Security Administration (SSA) from 2015-2017. As the Deputy Commissioner, Reno directed and managed the planning, development, and issuance of operational policy and instructions for the RSDI and SSI programs and initiatives to improve the economic well-being of beneficiaries. In addition, Reno was the principal advisor to the Commissioner of Social Security on major policy issues and activities in the areas of strategic policy planning, policy research and evaluation, statistical programs, and overall policy development and analysis.

“Gina worked tirelessly as the Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy at the SSA,” said Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary at the Social Security Administration, “to expand and improve all aspects of the implementation of the law over which the agency has control, and also in informing both the Administration and members of Congress about the program and the needs and desires of the American people.”

Prior to accepting her role as Deputy Commissioner, Reno served as Vice President for Income Security at the National Academy of Social Insurance (the Academy). Reno led the Academy’s work on retirement income, workers’ compensation, disability insurance and related programs for over two and a half decades. Her insight, dedication, and leadership were instrumental in shaping the Academy's research and helping the Academy become known for objective, thorough analysis of significant issues.

Reno directed the Academy’s landmark study, Uncharted Waters: Paying Benefits from Individual Accounts in Federal Retirement Policy, which was highly acclaimed by individuals on all sides of the Social Security debate. She also directed the Academy's study of the Social Security disability programs, culminating in a report that became the blueprint for many of the changes enacted in the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999. More recently she oversaw the Academy’s groundbreaking public opinion surveys on what Americans want for Social Security — and are willing to pay for.

“Gina’s tireless work on behalf of Social Security, over the course of a long and exemplary career, has unquestionably helped to strengthen the U.S. social insurance system,” according to Tom Bethell, writer and frequent collaborator with Robert M. Ball on social insurance topics. “I can’t think of anyone who better exemplifies the values that Bob Ball stood for. And she’s a joy to work with!”

A patient and persistent educator, Reno has made significant contributions towards enhancing public understanding of the Social Security program. She has implemented targeted educational outreach to help current and future recipients better understand the role of Social Security in promoting income and retirement security. Furthermore, Reno’s research on the Social Security program’s solvency and on benefit adequacy has helped to broaden the public policy discussion around Social Security.

According to Michael Graetz, Professor of Tax Law at Columbia Law School, Virginia Reno’s “contributions to social insurance are prodigious, from her work on disability to making it clearer to the public when to take Social Security, as well as her many additional contributions to the work of NASI and excellent work on reports like Uncharted Waters. Not to mention her second career at the Social Security Administration. Her scope of contributions is really unmatched.”

Reno has testified frequently before Congressional committees and published numerous research articles on Social Security, disability policy, private pensions, retirement policy, the income of the elderly, public opinion about Social Security, labor force participation of women, and the treatment of women and families in benefit and tax systems. She received the SSA’s Commissioner’s Citation twice, including once from Robert M. Ball himself.

On the 75th anniversary of Social Security, Reno testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security to emphasize how:
  • “We can afford Social Security in the future.”
  • “Benefits are essential to elders, children, and the broad middle class of Americans who depend on wages for their livelihood.”
  • “Americans value Social Security and are willing to improve it and pay for it.”
  • “We have options to target more adequate benefits to vulnerable groups.”
  • “History offers innovative solutions to end the long-term shortfall.”
  • “A timely solution will benefit American workers and their families.”
Before coming to the Academy in [YEAR], Reno held research and policy positions at SSA. She was staff director of the Policy Council that advised the Commissioner of Social Security on legislative, regulatory and administrative issues and directed the program analysis staff in SSA's office of research and statistics.

A founding member of the Academy and a former fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute, Reno received her B.A. from the Honors College of the University of Oregon and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Liberia.

Coming Soon!


 

Questions? Please contact Kristine Quinio, Director of Development, at kquinio@nasi.org or at (202) 243-7008. 

 

Refund policy: All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships for the 2020 Ball Award program support the Academy's core educational and policy research programs, including COVID-19 initiatives. In case of event postponement or cancellation, unused tickets and other sponsorship benefits will be converted to a donation to the Academy. For ticket purchases only (not sponsorships): As requested, a 50% refund will be issued in the event of full cancellation or postponement of the in-person event beyond fall 2020. Please contact Kristine Quinio, Director of Development, at kquinio@nasi.org, for any questions.

Thank you for supporting our work and mission of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

 

When
June 23rd, 2020 5:00 PM   through   September 23rd, 2020 7:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fees (Regular)
Policy Leader $ 10,000.00
Research Patron $ 5,000.00
Research Sustainer $ 2,500.00
Collaborator $ 1,500.00
Friend $ 500.00
Single Ticket $ 200.00
Two Tickets $ 300.00
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Contact
Contact Name Kristine Quinio
Contact Email kquinio@nasi.org