Thursday, November 7, 2013

Welcome, Introductions and Conference Opening Remarks

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Conference Opening:
Annika Little, Strategic Philanthropy Consultant and Program Manager, Asset Funders Network

Opening Speaker:
speirnSterling Speirn, President and CEO, W. K. Kellogg Foundation


Announcement of the Working Families Success Network:

Susan Gewirtz, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Kevin Jordan, LISC


Thursday Opening Plenary:
The Working Families Success Network: A Growing Strategy for Building Economic Security

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m

The path to economic security often poses many challenges to low-income families, but the Working Families Success Network is advancing an approach to providing financial services to lower-income individuals to help participants find jobs, build assets and improve their financial security. This session will describe how the approach expands opportunity for low-income families and leads them to better jobs with a career path, more net income and higher credit scores.

Alan JenkinsKeynote Speaker: Alan Jenkins, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Opportunity Agenda

Discussion Panel:

Thursday Lunch Plenary:
Employment and Workforce: Strategies in a Changing Economy

12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

This plenary will focus on the changing economy and how it affects how workforce and other programs implement their strategies. Participants will hear from Paul Osterman from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Center about current and future trends, including projected shifts in the rate of unemployment, job growth, sectors, and education that workers will need in the next decade. Dr. Osterman will explore the implications of these fundamental changes, and a panel of experts will respond by talking about what these changes mean for low-income families and potential strategies within the WFSN approach to meet those challenges.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Thomas Major, Lumina Foundation

Paul OstermanKeynote Speaker: Paul Osterman, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management and the Department of Urban Planning.

Discussion Panel:

  • Moderator: Bob Giloth, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Regina Stanback-Stroud, Skyline Community College
  • Olivia Golden, CLASP
  • Juan Salgado, Instituto Del Progreso Latino

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Morning Plenary:
Products, Protections and Policy: The New Asset-Building Frontier

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Assets provide individuals and families with greater economic security and opportunities for growth; they are a key ingredient for successful ISD programs. With assets, households are positioned to move from making ends meet to planning for the future. Despite these truths, asset building at scale remains elusive. Join nationally respected experts for a discussion about what’s next for the asset building field and how products, consumer protection and policy are driving and shaping an exciting new frontier.

Screen shot 2013-10-12 at 5.47.27 PMModerator: Natalie Abatemarco, Managing Director, Citi Community Development, Citi

Discussion Panel:

  • Lisa Mensah, Initiative on Financial Security, The Aspen Institute
  • Jennifer Tescher, Center for Financial Services Innovation
  • Michael S. Barr, University of Michigan

Lunch and Closing Remarks

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

  • Guillermina Hernandez-Gallegos, Program Director, Human Services, The Kresge Foundation
  • David Dodson, President, MDC