Conference Sessions

Through panel presentations, interactive workshops, plenary speakers, and a facilitated roundtable conversation with foundation leaders, we explore several themes:

  • How to leverage human capacity and mobilize innovative, creative partnerships that create economic mobility
  • How to best use local and national data to predict and prevent poverty and conduct rigorous evaluation to learn which approaches are most effective
  • Promising new federal strategies for strengthening child and family outcomes
  • Strategic approaches to disrupting intergenerational cycles of poverty, informed by neuro- and behavioral- science
  • The role of the for-profit sector in forging pathways out of poverty
  • The transformational power of the arts to promote economic mobility and social justice

This year’s exciting program also features visual art by homeless artists (ArtLifting) and musical performances by inner-city youth from the Roxbury Youth Orchestra (inspired by El Sistema).

Plenaries and Keynotes

Thursday, October 6 | 9:00am

What’s Next?: Promising New Federal Strategies for Strengthening Child and Family Outcomes

Keynote Address
Mark H. Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary, United States Dept. of Health and Human Services

Presiding
Elisabeth Babcock, President and CEO, EMPath

Thursday, October 6 | 12:15pm

Mitigating Racial Disparities in Health and Social Outcomes

Keynote Address
David Williams, Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Presiding
Jack Shonkoff, Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development, Harvard University and Director, Harvard University Center on the Developing Child

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Thursday, October 6 | 3:15pm

Changing the Score: Using Music as a Tool for Child Development and Social Change

Panelists

  • Stanford Thompson, Founder and Executive Director, Play On, Philly! and Chairman, El Sistema USA
  • David France, Executive Director, Revolution of Hope
  • Adele Diamond, Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University of British Columbia in Vancouver
  • Vivian Yu, Wellesley College Student and Revolution of Hope Youth Orchestra Alumna

Moderator
Ashley Winning, Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

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Friday, October 7 | 9:00am

The New Business of Social Change: For-Profit Companies Building Pathways Out of Poverty

Presenters

Moderator
Steve Grossman, Chief Executive Officer, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

Friday, October 7 | 1:15pm

Reinventing Philanthropy: How Foundations Are Evolving to Create Greater Impact

Panelists

  • Chera D. Reid, Director of Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation, The Kresge Foundation
  • Bob Giloth, Vice President, Center for Community and Economic Opportunity, Annie E Casey Foundation
  • Ryan Rippel, Strategy Advisor for U.S. Poverty and Economic Mobility Initiatives, Gates Foundation

Moderator
Martha Coakley, OF Counsel, Foley Hoag, LLC

How Data and Science are Being Used to Inform Exits Out of Poverty

Thursday, October 6 | 10:45am

Using Rigorous Impact Evaluation to Learn What Works in Reducing Poverty

Panelists

Moderator
Caterina Hill, Research Associate, Harvard Medical School, Manager of Research and Evaluation at the Family Van, Co-Investigator, Mobile Health Map

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Friday, October 7 | 10:15am

Predicting and Preventing Poverty: What Gets Counted and Why That Matters

Panelists

  • Trudi Renwick, Assistant Division Chief, Economic Characteristics, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Nancy Wagman, Kids Count Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

Moderator
Noah Berger, President, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center

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Friday, October 7 | 11:45am

Neighborhood Poverty and Family Financial Security

Presenters

  • Joanna Biernacka-Lievestro, Senior Associate, Research, Family Financial Security and Mobility, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Tonja Murphy, Employment Readiness Specialist/ Mobility Coach, The Prosperity Center of Greater Jackson at Midtown Partners, Inc.

Moderator
Tatjana Meschede, Research Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) and Senior Lecturer, Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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Mobilizing Innovative Partnerships to Disrupt Poverty

Thursday, October 6 | 1:45pm

The Future of Art and Social Enterprise for Poverty Disruption

Presenters

  • Liz Powers, Co-founder and Chief Happiness Spreader, ArtLifting (Featured Presenter)
  • Scott Benner, Artist, ArtLifting

Moderator
Heidi Brooks, Chief Operating Officer, Schott Foundation for Public Education

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Friday, October 7 | 10:15am

When Does Social Innovation Financing Encourage Economic Mobility?

Panelists

  • Sarah Kuck Jalbert, Senior Associate, U.S. Health Division, Abt Associates
  • Celeste Richie, Director, Social Innovation Fund Portfolio, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.
  • Nicole Truhe, Government Affairs Director, America Forward

Moderator
Carson Biederman, Managing Partner, Mustang Group, President, Digital Fuel Capital

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Friday, October 7 | 11:45am

The US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty

Panelists

  • Nisha Patel, Executive Director, US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, Urban Institute
  • David T. Ellwood, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Ryan Rippel, Strategy Advisor for U.S. Poverty and Economic Mobility Initiatives, Gates Foundation

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Local People Advancing Exits from Poverty

Thursday, October 6 | 1:45pm

Evaluating Policies and Programs for Housing Security: New Lease for Homeless Families, Family Self-Sufficiency Program and Minimum Wage Increases

Panelists

  • Marija Bingulac, Researcher, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Brandynn Holgate, Senior Research Associate, Center for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Randy Albelda, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Michael Carr, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Boston

Moderator
Susan R. Crandall, Director, Center for Social Policy, Clinical Professor, Public Policy and Public Affairs, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

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Friday, October 7 | 10:15am

Humanizing the Chronically Poor: Beyond $2 a Day

Presenter
Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University (Featured Presenter)

Moderator
Donna Jeffers, Managing Trustee, Edgewood Trust, Owner, Canneberges Becancour Management Co.

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Friday, October 7 | 11:45am

Social Enterprise and For-Impact Partnerships Provide Paths to Employment

Panelists

Moderator
Darlene Lombos, Executive Director, Community Labor United, Vice President, Greater Boston Labor Council

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Leveraging Human Capacity for Creative Economic Mobility

Thursday, October 6 | 10:45am

SNAP to Skills: Interagency Leveraging of the Universal Safety Net or Interagency Efforts to Strengthen Levels of Human Capital

Presenter
Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, USDA (Featured Presenter)

Moderator
Marylou Sudders, Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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Thursday, October 6 | 1:45pm

Asset Development as Strategy for Economic Mobility: Policy and Practice

Panelists

  • Walter Lake, Senior Research Associate, Financial Security and Mobility Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Margaret Miley, Strategic Advisor, The Midas Collaborative

Moderator
Anne E. Price, President, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

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Strategic Approaches to Disrupting Intergenerational Poverty

Thursday, October 6 | 10:45am

Disrupting Poverty in Early Childhood Settings

Panelists

  • Nicole Rose, Assistant Director, Quality Practice and Professional Growth (QPPG) Division, Washington State Department of Early Learning
  • Karin Ganz, Manager, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), Washington State Department of Early Learning
  • Nancy Ashley, Systems & Policy Analyst, Office of Policy & Innovation, Children’s Home Society of Washington

Moderator
Garrison Kurtz, President, Dovetailing

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Thursday, October 6 | 10:45pm

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in One Generation: Bootstraps are for Black Kids

Panelists

  • Yunju Nam, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo
  • Khaing Zaw, Statistical Research Associate, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University
  • Anne E. Price, President, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Moderator
Anne E. Price, President, Insight Center for Community Economic Development

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Thursday, October 6 | 1:45am

The Power and Possibilities of TANF in the First Year of Life

Presenter
Elizabeth Lower-Basch, Director, Income and Work Supports, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Moderator
Jeffrey McCue, Commissioner, Department of Transitional Assistance, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Boston, Massachusetts

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Friday, October 7 | 10:15am

Impacting Rural Multidimensional Poverty Through Women Collectives and Community Development Programs

Presenter
Swati Saxena, Research Lead, Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana

Moderator
Mary D. Coleman, PhD, Senior Vice President and COO, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

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Thursday, October 7 | 11:45am

Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Poverty: Applying Insights from Neuroscience and Behavioral Science to Program Practice

Panelists

  • Charles Carter, Deputy Director and Chief Strategy Officer, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Anthony Barrows, Vice President, ideas42
  • Nicki Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Associate Vice President of Capacity Building, Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath)

Moderator
Jason Gortney, Director, Office of Innovation and Policy, Children’s Home Society of Washington

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