2019 Poverty Matters! Conference

2019 Poverty Matters! Conference

The 2019 Poverty Matters! Conference was held September 11-12, 2019 at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This year’s theme was “Securing Opportunity in Wisconsin.”

The ‘Poverty Matters!’ conference annually brings together organizations and individuals committed to fighting poverty in local communities throughout Wisconsin. Just over 200 community leaders, managers, front-line workers, board members, human service professionals, educators and advocates alike attended the conference to learn and discuss how low-income individuals, families and communities can work together to promote economic opportunity.

This two-day conference featured 36 workshops, four plenary sessions and an exhibit hall. For a full list of our workshops, you can visit the conference website, linked at the bottom of this article. Our plenary sessions were:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Cooperatives & Community: A Wisconsin Tradition
Dan Smith, President & CEO, The Cooperative Network
Wyman Winston, Former Executive Director, WHEDA
Bill Kopka, VP & Community Accountability Officer, Associated Bank

From Poverty Wages to Family-sustaining Jobs
Harry Zell, General Vice President, IUPAT

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Local Voices, Global Vision
Thomas Duncan, Federal Appeals Director, Duncan Disability Law, S.C.
Kelly Ryan, President & CEO, Incourage
Katie Schumer, Outreach Case Manager/Coordinated Entry Specialist, North Central Community Action Program

How the Treasurer’s Office Can Service Wisconsin
Sarah Godlewski, Treasurer, State of Wisconsin

Thank you to our sponsors who helped make the 2019 Poverty Matters! Conference successful!