Who would want to miss this lineup at the Forum?

Next week, some of the brightest minds working to combat poverty will gather at the Forum.

We can’t wait until next Thursday. To get you in the same mindset, we compiled this round-up of content related to what you can expect to learn more about at the Forum sponsored by WHYY. Who would want to miss this lineup?


A compelling keynote address by Dr. Beth Babcock, president and CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), and the leader behind discovering that coaching vs. case management helps people achieve upward economic mobility.

  • Watch Beth’s TEDx Talk about the negative effect poverty has on a person’s executive functioning skills
  • Read “How Poverty Changes the Brain” featured in The Atlantic, that covers EMPath’s early positive results


Community advocates like the Robin Hood Foundation and the co-founders of Leap Fund, plus influencers from Resolve Philadelphia and Generocity.

  • Check out the Leap Fund’s site that breaks down the concept of benefits cliffs and why policy shouldn’t punish promotion
  • Read Dave Griffith’s guest post in Generocity about systems like the cliffs effect that block people from achieving self-sufficiency


Two edifying breakout sessions about policies that trap families in poverty, and featuring participants who, firsthand, experienced systems that stifle success.

  • Get to know Neal McLaurin, a vendor of the street newspaper One Step Away, and his journey to stability featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Learn more about MindSet, our new 5 year program that incorporates the coaching model to help bring prosperity to participating Philadelphians

Have you seen, read, or watched anything related to the theme of this year’s conference? Share it or any of the links above on social media using the hashtag #ecsforum19.

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