Now Approved for Continuing Education Hours

The “Disrupting the Poverty Cycle” Conference 2016 has been approved for 10 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number 71874.

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Featured Presenter: Kathryn Edin

Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts.

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Featured Presenter: Kevin Concannon

Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, USDA
Kevin Concannon was nominated by President Obama and Secretary Vilsack and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2009 to serve as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Featured Presenter: Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley, OF Counsel, Foley Hoag, LLC
With civil litigation experience, twenty years as a prosecutor in the Middlesex District Attorney’s office and service as a Field Attorney for the Department of Justice in the Boston Organized Strike Force, Martha Coakley has tried hundreds of civil and criminal cases including high profile cases.

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Featured Presenter: Randy Albelda

Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston
Randy Albelda is a professor of economics, graduate program director of MA in Applied Economics, and senior research fellow at the Center for Social Policy at University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Why You Should Attend

Alleviating poverty requires concerted effort at many levels, across multiple sectors. EMPath’s biennial Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference brings together top policy makers, researchers, and direct service practitioners, to share science-informed approaches, discuss innovative policy solutions, and build active networks that sustain enduring intergenerational exits from poverty. Our most important goal is to provide every attendee with at least two new ideas that can reshape and improve their work. What we learn, contribute, and apply to this vital work matters deeply to individual lives and the overall health and prosperity of nations.

Conference Schedule

View the Disrupting the Poverty Cycle: Breakthrough Interventions and Outcomes Conference 2016 schedule at a glance.


Organized by conference themes, the panel presentations, interactive workshops, plenary speakers, and facilitated roundtable conversation with foundation leaders will explore the breakthrough interventions and outcomes that lead to pathways out of poverty.

Presenters & Moderators

Find out more about the dynamic group of academics, advocates, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, practitioners, philanthropists, government officials, research scientists, and service providers from fields including public health, child development, social work, public policy, neuroscience, education, economics, and business.

Exchange Member Convening

This one-day convening will bring together members of EMPath’s learning network, the Economic Mobility Exchange prior to the conference.