2019 Antipoverty Forum

Event Poverty and Inequality
Event Poverty and Inequality

December 5, 2019 2019 Antipoverty Forum

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Linking policymakers and practitioners to refocus policy on the good of people.

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019

9:15 am - 12:30 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC



8:45 Registration

9:15 Session I

Jennifer Marshall, Senior Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Opening Address
Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute

Panel: Work, Dignity, and Opportunity
Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
Leslie Ford, Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
Eric Cochling, Chief Program Officer and General Counsel, Georgia Center for Opportunity
Ian Rowe, CEO, Public Prep Charter Schools
Moderator: Marie Fishpaw, Director, Domestic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

10:30 Session II

Panel: Restoring Marriage & Community
Julie Baumgardner, President and CEO, First Things First
Robert Rector, Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Christopher Rufo, Research Fellow, Center on Wealth, Poverty, & Morality, Discovery Institute
Sharpel Welch, Community Coordinator, Allendale Friendship House, Community Renewal International
Moderator: Jennifer Marshall, Senior Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

Response: The Honorable Mike Johnson (R-LA), Member, United States House of Representatives

Keynote Address
The Honorable Tim Scott (R-SC), Member, United States Senate
Introduction: Charmaine Yoest, Vice President, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation

Presentation of the World Magazine 2019 Hope Award for Effective Compassion
Harvest Prude, Reporter, World Magazine
James Whitford, Executive Director, Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission 


Every year, the Heritage Antipoverty Forum brings together leading policy experts and practitioners in welfare, education, health care, and civil society to advance solutions that can bring true change to the lives of those in need. The conversations at the forum promote policy change and equip leaders to effectively serve their communities. Join us to hear updates from members of Congress and the administration, celebrate stories of transformation in the lives of individuals and communities, and participate in discussions with experts on how we can refocus policy for the good of people.

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