Conference Overview

The finalized agenda for the 2017 Poverty Matters! Conference has been released! Please download a copy of the Agenda. The workshop descriptions are included in that document.

Attention Social Workers!
Poverty Matters! has been approved for continuing education credits through UW-Madison’s School of Social Work. Please view this document of CEU Directions and contact Kassidy Berens at WISCAP for more information and to ensure you receive your credits.

Hotel Information
The 2017 Poverty Matters! Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI. If you are staying overnight you will have to book your hotel room directly through them. Please call (715) 344-0200 and request a room underneath the Poverty Matters! room block. The price per night is $82.00. In order to get this discounted rate you must book your hotel room on or before August, 20 2017

Plenary Information
There are 4 plenary sessions that will be held during the conference. A brief description of each presentation is below:

  • The opening plenary is scheduled from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday September 13th. Continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. This hour presentation will feature Mary Patoka, CEO of CAP Services, and a panel of individuals who have lived in or currently are living in poverty in Wisconsin. 
  • The lunch plenary on Wednesday September 13th is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. During this time there will be a presentation from Jason Edens on RREAL. Jason is a passionate individual who throughout his childhood needed energy assistance. Now he has created a program that helps individuals currently in that same position. Come listen to what he has created and how he is giving back. In addition to this presentation, we will also present the awards that are given out annually at the Poverty Matters! Conference. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for one of these? Please consult our awards page!
  • The breakfast plenary on Thursday, September 14th is scheduled for 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. This presentation will feature David Liners, the State Director of WISDOM and individuals from WISDOM as well. They will be speaking on topics directly related to poverty and correctional issues. 
  • Our closing lunch plenary on September 14th will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. We will have a presentation from Amy Goldstein, writer from the Washington Post. She will be presenting her new book “Janesville: An American Story.” Read more in depth about her book here.

Workshop Information
This conference will feature 25 workshops. Please consult the Agenda to find descriptions of each of the workshops. There are 5 tracks operating throughout the conference that help divide the workshops into 5 overarching themes. These tracks are:

  1. Transforming Lives
  2. Strong Organizations
  3. Challenges and Opportunities in Poverty Policy
  4. Addressing Disparities in Our Communities
  5. Effective Anti-Poverty Advocacy

Speaker/Presenter Brief Biographies 
We have fantastic people coming from all over the state of Wisconsin, and even a handful coming from Minnesota, Chicago and others. Please visit our Presenter page to read the biographies of each individual that will be presenting at the conference. You may also download a PDF of the Workshop Presenter Directory as well.