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Virtual Conference Attendance

Virtual conference registration is now open! Registration is $250 and provides both access to these sessions listed below, both live and recorded. Click the button above to get started!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.         Welcome to Disrupting Poverty Conference, 2022: What Works!

Opening Kickoff from EMPath CEO Kim Janey

Logistics and a conference overview will be shared with all guests.


1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.          What Works: Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty

Presented by Dana Thompson and Renee Ryberg from Child Trends

Dana Thomson and Renee Ryberg will share lessons learned from their examination of the economic, demographic, and policy factors underlying the historic 59 percent decline in child poverty from 1993 to 2019. They will discuss whether the decline was experienced equally by children in immigrant and non-immigrant families, across children of different races and ethnicities, and for children with different family structures; and whether the social safety net was equally effective in reducing poverty across these subgroups of children. They will close with recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to continue making progress in reducing child poverty while addressing persistent disparities in who experiences child poverty.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.          Social Capital and Economic Mobility

Presented by Raj Chetty of Opportunity Insights, in conversation with Dolores Acevedo-Garcia of Brandeis University

Famed economist and innovator Raj Chetty shares his recent work and research findings on social capital and economic mobility. 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        Promoting Economic Mobility in Early Childhood

A Fireside Chat with Dr. Jack Shonkoff of the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and Dr. Aaliyah Samuel of CASEL

The field of early childhood has progressed so much in the past 20 years as we have come to understand the great importance of brain development during this time. Drs. Shonkoff and Samuel will discuss new developments in the field, with a focus on the importance of parent economic stability and mobility.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.          Just Give People Money!

 Featuring Joe Jones of Center for Urban Families, Melody Valdes of USES, Lourdes Alvarez of the City of Chelsea, and Moderated by Danielle Cerny, Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

This panel will discuss how guaranteed income programs that can be created, operate sustainably, and perform well for program participants. 

Friday, October 21, 2022

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.          Housing and Economic Mobility

Presented by Kate Bennett of Boston Housing Authority, Emilio Dorcely of Urban Edge, and James Anderson of Fannie Mae

Bennett, Dorcely, and Anderson will provide an overview of federal housing policy and how housing can be a platform for economic mobility, asset building, and more.


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.      Sustainability and Equity In Human Services

Featuring David Jackson of the Atlanta Federal Reserve; Bridget Quinn of Massachusetts AFL-CIO; Dr. Jackie Martin of the NYC Administration for Children’s Services; and Kim Janey of EMPath

Panelists will discuss issues around equity and sustainability in the human services sector, and discuss actionable steps we can take to decrease inequity and promote economic stability for human services staff.

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