2012 Assets Learning Conference

Program Highlights

As the nation’s premier gathering of asset-building practitioners, funders and advocates, the 2012 Assets Learning Conference: Ideas into Action will set the agenda for continued advancements in the field and expansion of programs and policies that are critical to millions of financially insecure families and our economy as a whole. We come together at a time of great economic and political challenges. But as more middle class families face financial struggles and the nation’s leaders search for answers, our issues have become increasingly prominent in policy debates.
The Assets Learning Conference reflects the expansive nature of the asset-building movement itself, including six conference institutes, four plenary sessions and more than 60 concurrent sessions encompassing the most pertinent and cutting-edge topics in the field today.

Keynote Speakers 

Richard Cordray
Director, Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau
Cory Booker
Mayor of Newark, NJ
Eugene Robinson
Washington Post columnist
Martha Kanter
Under Secretary,
Department of Education
Andrea Levere
President, CFED
Sterling Speirn
President and CEO,
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Among the highlights of this year’s program are:
  • Conference Institutes will kick off the Assets Learning Conference on Wednesday, September 19 with half-day or full-day Institutes designed to deliver a more focused educational experience.
  • Over 60 Concurrent Sessions designed to showcase innovative strategies to help level the playing field to ensure financial access for all Americans
  • Four all-Conference Plenary Sessions aimed at converging multiple unique perspectives and converting intriguing ideas into policy, research and programmatic action. Visit the Agenda page for a list of confirmed speakers.
  • Capitol Hill Visits, in which you can become a lobbyist for a day and meet with your local elected representatives to explain to them why asset-building measures ought to be part of the federal legislative agenda.
  • Research Forum: CFED, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have organized a research forum entitled “Ideas Into Action: An Applied Research Forum for the Assets Field.” The Research Forum will be a key feature of the ALC, structured to showcase important recent developments in academic and applied research, and to spark dialogue among researchers, policymakers, advocates and practitioners that draws out the implications of the research for their work.

Additional Conference details are being released regularly, so sign up for the latest updates here.