Conference Agenda

Moving From Talk to Action
October 8-9, 2015
Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • 7:30 am Registration Opens
  • 7:30 am– 8:30 am Breakfast
  • 8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome, Introductions, Overview of Day
    Paheadra Robinson, Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi
  • 8:45 – 9:30 am Plenary Session

Maxine Crump, Dialogue on Race Louisiana

Dialogue on Race

Moderator:  Anne Price, Insight Center for Economic Development

Session Description:  Institutional racism is a reality in this country.  It challenges our society in ways that are unimaginable for people of color and the most vulnerable.  In this session, participants will learn about those institutions and policies that show up as racism. The session will offer a clear definition of racism and offer practical strategies for institutional change.

  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am Plenary Session

Bill Emmons, Federal Reserve Bank – St. Louis

The Demographics of Wealth

Moderator:  Stephen Stetson, Alabama Arise

Session Description: Age, education, and race are critical factors when distinguishing between those Americans thriving and those who are struggling in today’s economy.  This session will provide latest demographic data as predictors of family wealth. 

  •  10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
  • 10:15 am – 11:00 am Panel Session

Solana Rice and Jerome Greer, Corporation for Enterprise Development

What’s the score:  State policy and possible options?

Moderator:  Darryl Kilbert, Louisiana Building Economic Security Together

Session Description: Financial security and economic inclusion are elusive for too many hard working Americans. This session will explore promising state and local programs and policies that support families, especially families of color, on the path to financial security. Participants will gain familiarity with the data and policies included in the Assets & Opportunity Scorecard as well as explore opportunities to build collective capacity for asset building policies that make a difference for communities of color.

  • 11:00 am – 12:30pm Plenary Session

Steven Jones, SEJ Consulting

Talking race and bias to create action and accountability

Moderator:  Gabriela Sandoval, Insight Center for Economic Development

Session Description:  This session focuses on the use of data telling the story and creating frameworks for accountability in your conversations with partners, leaders, and the community. Participant will explore telling the story around the data through the use of data walks and developing framework for sharing calls to action.

  •  12:30pm – 1:45 pm Lunch and Plenary Session
    Bill Bynum, HOPE Community Credit Union
    Financial Inclusion, Consumer Protections and Race: Challenges & Solutions Moderator:  Corey Wiggins, Mississippi Policy Center
  • 1:45 pm– 3:45 pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions

Maxine Crump and Team

Dialogue on Race Interactive Session

Moderator:  Anne Price, Insight Center

Workshop Description: Understanding racism is best understood through interactive action. This session will engage participants in activities to demonstrate the power of racism and ways to deal with issues in day-to-day life. 
Steven Jones, SEJ Consulting

Talk: Conversations for Action requests and offers

Moderator: Gabriela Sandoval, Insight Center

Workshop Description: Leaders are called to create actions with and through others. This session focus on creating new conversations for action. There are core skills known as speech acts that embolden our work to transform situations of bias, racism and poverty into opportunity & prosperity.
Nino Rodriguez, Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) Magnolia G
Making All the Ends Meet: A Forum on Men of Color and Economic Security

Moderator: Angela Boykin, CPM

Workshop Description: This will be a forum and listening session for policymakers, advocates, and practitioners to share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing low-income men of color in their states and localities. Join the dialogue, and help ensure that our economic security advocacy is “making all the ends meet” – including for men of color.

  •  3:45 pm– 4:00 pm Break
  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Panel Session

Chris Brown, PolicyLink 

Moving Families to Financial Security—Exploring Practical and Policy Solutions

Moderator: Ron Gilbert, Community Action Association of Alabama 

Session Description:  Over the course of a lifetime, we all interact with various systems – health, justice, education, the tax code and more – that have a profound impact on our financial security and economic mobility. For low-income community residents and residents of color this interaction often results in the draining, rather than building, of their financial assets.  Led by PolicyLink, this workshop will feature an in-depth discussion on of the systemic factors that are undermining the financial security of low-income families and communities and an exploration of promising practical and policy solutions.

  • 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Break
  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Reception and Music 

Friday, October 9, 2015

  • 7:30 am - 8:20 am Breakfast 
  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration – Poverty Simulation Magnolia Foyer 
  • 8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome and recap from previous day Magnolia B, C

Moderator:  Joyce James, LABEST

  • 8:45 am – 11:30 am Poverty Simulation Magnolia 

Kelly Terry, Total Community Action Agency

Ashley Lorraine, Consultant

Workshop Description: Understanding the day-to-day reality of poverty is important for everyone involved in fighting poverty - from policymakers to service providers.  The Poverty Simulation is a unique tool that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.

  •  11:30 am – 11:45 am Wrap up: making the connection Magnolia B, C 

Anne Price, Insight Center

  •  11:45 am – 12:00 pm Closing Remarks 

Michael Milner, Alabama Asset Building Coalition 

  •  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Box Lunch-to-Go 

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