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Midwest Asset Building Conference 2019: Request for Presenters

The members of the Midwest Asset Building Conference Planning Committee [The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), Illinois Asset Building Group, Prosperity Indiana/the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network, Ohio CDC Association and Minnesota Asset Building Coalition] are currently seeking innovative and engaging speakers and presenters focused on asset building and financial empowerment in the Midwest.

The Midwest Asset Building Conference Planning Committee welcomes proposals from regional, statewide, national and international speakers and presenters who wish to bring their expertise and passion to the premier conference for asset building in the Midwest.

The Midwest Asset Building Conference Planning Committee is committed to creating an equitable conference. We welcome and encourage those who live or identify within marginalized communities to submit proposals.

Interested presenters should submit a proposal including name, affiliation, contact information, background and qualifications and a brief description of the proposed session. The description should include the title, objective, audience, content level (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and method of delivery, if unique, and indicate if a plenary speaker position or a breakout session is sought. We encourage you to submit a video of prior presentations if available. Free conference registration and travel reimbursement will be offered to session presenters. Sessions will be 60-90 minutes.

This is an opportunity to showcase topics critical to asset building and financial empowerment in a way that engages the audience, facilitates discussion of new ideas and moves ideas to action!

Topics of interest for the 2019 conference include* (but are not limited to):

*Sessions that include a racial equity and inclusion lens are encouraged

Topic 1: Financial Empowerment Programs and Initiatives

• Financial Empowerment Centers, Financial Coaching and Counseling

• Financial Capability Technology and Data Management

• Income Inequality

• Credit Building

Topic 2: Policy and Advocacy

• Student Loan Policy

• Federal or State Tax Policy

• Federal or State Consumer Protections

• State Car Loan Policies

• Racial Wealth Divide

Topic 3: Asset Building

• Children’s Savings Accounts

• Individual Development Accounts

• Affordable Housing

• Retirement Savings

• Emergency Savings

Topic 4: Tax-prep Assistance

• Tax-time Savings

• Virtual VITA

• Tax-prep Coalition Building

Topic 5: Capacity Building

• Fundraising

• Communications

• Cultivating leadership in the financial empowerment and asset building field

• Other

We may also accept creative and engaging topics that do not fall under the listed categories.

Proposals are due by 5:00pm on Friday, April 26, 2019. Proposals can be electronically submitted through this Google form. More information about this event is available here.

Kathleen Taylor