Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference 2018: Ideas with Impact

EMPath (formerly Crittenton Women’s Union), will hold the Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference: Ideas with Impact, November 1 & 2, 2018, at the University of Massachusetts-Boston Campus Center.


Join EMPath and experts from across the country and around the globe to:

  • Help further the discussion on how to most effectively fight poverty in our current knowledge-based economy using the latest tools, programs, and policy innovations;
  • Connect with, and learn from, leading researchers, policymakers, program leaders, and low-income families that are making major contributions to boost economic mobility;
  • Hear about the latest in poverty research and how it can be applied.

The biennial conference provides a forum for stakeholders–across many sectors–to share evidence-based approaches, create innovative solutions, and build networks that promote enduring intergenerational exits from poverty.

EMPath invites academics, advocates, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, practitioners, philanthropists, program participants, government officials, research scientists, and service providers. The conference is truly cross-discipline, attracting experts in public health, child development, social work, public policy, neuroscience, education, economics, and business.

The Disrupting the Poverty Cycle Conference matters to everyone who wants to reduce economic injustice while boosting economic mobility. In 2016, the conference drew more than 300 social innovators and human service leaders from 32 states and 6 countries. The group included poverty researcher and author Kathryn Edin ($2 a day); entrepreneur Liz Powers (co-founder of ArtLifting); internationally renowned social scientist David Williams (Harvard University); and top philanthropic organizations (Gates, Kresge, and Annie E. Casey).

In 2018, EMPath expects even more attendees and another outstanding group of presenters. “Ideas with Impact” will focus on new strategies for the remediation of income inequality; implicit bias and its influence on behavior; and new poverty disruption tools like big data and social media.