2020 Poverty Matters! CONFERENCE

2020 Poverty Matters! Conference
Virtual Sessions
WISCAP is hosting three virtual Poverty Matters! sessions in place of our typical in-person conference. Details are below:Format:

  • Each session will be held as an on-demand webinar
  • (and have its own individual link).
  • This means that you can register and
  • watch the sessions up to the end of the year! 

Cost: All sessions are being held free of charge for attendees.

November 17, 2020:
Partners Fighting Poverty

The people and organizations WISCAP works with every day may all look different; but the unifying fact is they all work towards ending poverty. Attend this presentation and learn what these partners are doing in our community today!•    Margaret McMahon, Policy Initiatives Advisor, DCF’s Office of the Secretary
•    Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Chief Operating Officer, National Council of Churches USA
•    Brian Crosby, VP, Community Accountability Officer, Associated Bank
•    Tammy Jelinek, Principal in Nonprofit Practice, Wipfli LLP

Register here:   https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_50f1ZvrIQh-pWg-NXchUSA

December 1, 2020:
Homelessness in America: Myths and Realities

This session will feature two experts on national homelessness policy.

  • Diane Nilan, Documentary Film Maker and Director of HEAR US, Inc.:
    For the past 15 years, Diane Nilan has traveled backroads across the country chronicling family and youth homelessness for her nonprofit organization, HEAR US Inc. Her award-winning videos have conveyed the reality of homelessness to audiences across the land. Her presentation today will include 2 short videos and a lively discussion on the realities of homelessness for millions of families.
  • Donald Whitehead, National Coalition for the Homeless: “14 Myths of Homelessness”:
    Donald is recognized as a leading expert on homelessness, having served as the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, Assistant Director at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Program Director at Ohio Valley Goodwill, Grant Manager at Goodwill of Greater Washington and Director of Communications at Greenpeace Ohio. Donald served two terms as President of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless, two terms on the Board of Directors for Faces and Voices of Recovery and two terms on the Georgetown Center for Cultural Competency.

Register here:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CB7bCpojRGyvpi6Dhy4B4A

December 8, 2020
Racial Disparities in Wisconsin 
A dynamic Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author, and Radio Host, Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking, planning, and acting which results in individual and organizational goal achievement. He has appeared on America’s Premier Experts which airs on major networks across the country including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Alonzo will be joining us to discuss racial disparities in Wisconsin and where we go from here.

Register here:

Save the Date
The 2021 Poverty Matters! Conference will be held on September 8 & 9, 2021 at The Madison Concourse Hotel. Hotel rooms will be $82/night.
Contact Kassidy Farrey, WISCAP’s Communications Manager, at (608) 284-0522 or [email protected]

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to our 2020 Poverty Matters! Planning Committee for their time commitment and flexibility!
  • Julie Kerksick, Community Advocates
  • Tom Behnke, Forward Community Investments
  • Charlene Mouille, United Way of Wisconsin
  • Anna Sainsbury, Wisconsin Department of Children & Families
  • Peter Bakken, Wisconsin Council of Churches
  • Kate Atkins, Wipfli LLP
  • Natalie Czarkowski, Hunger Relief Federation
  • Nicole Van Abel, Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin