Donna Gallagher 
The Collaborative 


Wednesday October 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
Thursday October 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM EDT

Miniconferences are held October 16th from 8:00am to 12:00pm.


Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center 
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Durham, NC 27703

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Pathways to Prosperity Conference

Integrating  Asset-Building Throughout Communities

The 2013 Pathways to Prosperity Conference (October 16-17, 2013) will examine innovations in research, practice,  and policies to successfully integrate asset-building services in communities.  How are communities and practitioners assembling their particular economic puzzle to promote asset development?  What is the new picture of prosperity, and what partners are needed to make it happen?  What new and relevant research informs the pathways at the community level?  What are the roles of employers and community leaders? How can specific populations such as people of color, youth, and people with disabilities, benefit from targeted services?

Join with colleagues and the nation's foremost experts to make new connections and to learn about innovations, the integration of asset development in recent research, community partnership successes, savings innovations, consumer finance reforms, and more. Registration is $150 with optional half day Mini-Conferences ($75) on day one.

We have confirmed these exciting plenary speakers to share their wisdom:

Lunch, October 16th:

North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell will discuss her efforts to promote financial education and savings across the lifespan, from youth through retirement.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Elaine Arkin will discuss the health needs of vulnerable populations and talk about the Foundation's efforts to address social determinants of health, including the affects of economic insecurity.

Breakfast, October 17th:

                                        Greater Triangle United Way CEO Mack Koonce will lead a panel presentation on the recently published What Works for America's Communities including Senior Editor Nancy O. Andrews, President and CEO of the Low-Income Investment Fund, and Ian Galloway, Senior Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Lunch, October 17th:

Thomas E. Stokes III of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will discuss household savings for short-term and emergency needs.

Register today!



1.  Mini-Conference ONLY.  Mini-Conferences ($75) are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on October 16th, directly preceding the Full Conference.  You can choose from 1 of 6 concurrent mini-sessions (listed below).

2. Full Conference ONLY. The Full Conference  ($150) will begin on October 16th at noon with lunch, and end on October 17th at 4:15 p.m..  During the Conference you can choose to attend up to 5  concurrent conference sessions (listed below) from 24 session choices.

3.  Full Conference PLUS one Mini- Conference ($225) - Start with your selected mini-conference and join us for the full two-days.

Additional lunch and breakfast only options are listed on the registration page.

Register Now!


 8:00am-12:00pm on October 16th, including breakfast. 

These workshops provide skill-building tools, and more in-depth learning.  Space is limited. Choices include:

  • Race and poverty: Building or Taking Power?  The relationship of race to the wealth gap in the U.S. and how service providers respond.   Cynthia Brown and Jes Kelley of drWorks (Dismantling Racism) from Durham, NC are the facilitators.
  • Life BusinessTM  --Presented by Jerry Bergner, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones.
  • Financial  Coaching –  Saundra Davis, Founder and CEO, Sage Financial Solutions, Inc.
  • Credit Solutions –   Presented by Greg Frank, Owner, Superior Credit Care.
  • Integrating Financial Education into Youth Programs--Our experts include:  Sunaena Chhatry, K-12 Senior Policy Innovation Analyst, Office of Financial Education, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.; Kim Knox, Executive Director, Youth Education for Savings Consortium, Durham, NC; Diane Skog, Project Leader of the Harold Alfond College Challenge Program, Finance Authority of Maine, Augusta, Maine; Sarah Cherne, CEO, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas and Chair, NC Financial Literacy Council, Charlotte, NC; Laura Rosen, Opportunity Texas Coordinator and Project Leader for Smart Texans Save, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin, Texas.
  • Asset-Building and the Affordable Care Act--What is the connection between health and wealth?   Our experts include: Kimberly Alexander-Bratcher, Project Director, North Carolina Institute of Medicine; Ralph Gildehaus, Senior Fellow, MDC; Kim Manturuk, University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital, Representative from the North Carolina Department of Insurance (invited).

Enhance your skills and learn something new.  Register here!



These sessions will be held during the Full Conference. 


Click here for session descriptions and presenter bios


Make your plans to be with us, and reserve your stay through Hotel Reservations.  


















If you are a Certified Credit, Housing, or Financial Counselor or Educator, the following CEU opportunities are available:

                                                   Qualifies for up to 11.5 CEUs, as follows:



Day 1:  

Mini-Conference -  4.0 CEUs
  Workshop Series 1 - 1.5 CEUs 

Workshop Series 2 - 1.5 CEUs

Day 2:  

 Workshop Series 3 - 1.5 CEUs
 Workshop Series 4 - 1.5 CEUs
Workshop Series 5 - 1.5 CEUs 




                                                   Qualifies for up to 12.5 CEUs, as follows:


Day 1:  

  Mini-Conference -  3.5 CEUs  

 Workshops Series 1 and 2 - 3.0 CEUs 

Day 2:  

Workshop Series 3, 4 and 5 -  6 CEUs  






               Qualifies for up to 16 CEUs, as follows:

                      Mini-Conference - 4.0 CEUs 

                                                                           Full Conference - 12 CEUs