Each year, we bring together renowned thought leaders, experts in the field of human services, and ECS participants to discuss the systemic issues prohibiting upward economic mobility for Philadelphians affected by intergenerational poverty.

This year we focus on the three major obstacles our participants face while navigating the harrowing cycle of poverty:

  • The crucial battle for racial equity
  • Pushing for a living wage
  • Ending the “Benefits Cliff”

Led by esteemed panelists, you can engage five sessions targeting these challenges, with actionable insights to help you work for systemic change. There will also be a bonus session devoted to faith-based advocacy for those who want to pursue social justice, using the power of individuals and congregations to effect real change in our communities.

A sampler of this year’s featured speakers:


David Altig, Della Clark, Art Haywood, Bishop Dwayne Royster, Anne Bovaird Nevins, Bill Spriggs, Karen Schoellkopf, Cynthia R. Muse, Bill Farran, Rev. Jarrett Kerbel

About the Speakers

Session Previews

Day One: To Address Poverty is to Name Race
Day Two: A Clear Path to Racial Equity
Day Three: Smoothing Out the “Benefits Cliff”
Day Four: We Need a Living Wage. Here’s How to Get It.
Day Four: "Follow Justice and Justice Alone"*: Faith-Based Advocacy and Organizing
Day Five: Our Marching Orders

This program is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. As a CSWE accredited program, the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College is an approved provider of continuing education for social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists in Pennsylvania and many other states. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal.