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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The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty

Panelists David T. Ellwood & Nisha Patel discuss what it would take to substantially increase mobility from poverty during this informative and interactive workshop.

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Funder's Roundtable

Panelists for the Funder’s Roundtable, Reinventing Philanthropy: How Foundations Are Evolving to Create Greater Impact, include Ariel Simon of the Kresge Foundation, Bob Giloth of the Annie E Casey Foundation & Ryan Rippel of the Gates Foundation.

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Featured Presenter: Jack Shonkoff

Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, Harvard University and Director, Harvard University Center on the Developing Child
Jack Shonkoff currently serves as chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and chairs the JPB Research Network on Toxic Stress.

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David France & Revolution of Hope Orchestra

Executive Director, Revolution of Hope
David France is currently the executive director of Revolution of Hope, a world-class youth orchestra in the underserved Boston neighborhood of Roxbury.

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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 Independence Exchange prior to the conference.