Inequality and Asset Building:
Tom Shapiro will deliver an engaging keynote addressing financial health and well-being, workforce and asset building, and more equitable policy/systems changes needed to minimize racial wealth gap.
How Progressive Companies Create Long-Term Value and Competitive Advantage
In the current workforce environment, employers are looking for innovative ways to gain a competitive advantage. Janice Urbanik will deliver an engaging presentation that highlights the value proposition for companies to hire the available workforce, including individuals who are unemployed and underemployed. While raising wages is one solution, employers must also improve recruitment, retention, and operational practices. When companies improve their practices, it has a ripple effect – creating opportunities for inclusive prosperity, helping families, neighborhoods and communities thrive. Attendees will learn how to engage employers interested in growing their workforce, leading to better opportunities for their clients.
Houston is home to the nation’s largest medical center. In this session, we will showcase the innovative work of the cross sector collaboration in Houston which is driving more inclusive economic growth by working closely with business and skills training providers to ensure a win for job seekers, employees, employers, and the regional economy. We will learn more about the UpSkill Houston’s efforts to create a healthcare sector council and a health talent pipeline. Wesley and Methodist Hospital will discuss their mutually beneficial relationship that has been growing over the last several years. We will also hear from Episcopal Health Foundation on the import role philanthropy can play in investing in the Social Determinants of Health.
Career Advancement and Long-Term Retention
In this session, we will spotlight the work of three sites who are in the first of three years piloting an Advancement-Retention strategy: Focus Hope (Detroit), JARC (Chicago) and Wesley (Houston). A representative from each city will discuss the innovative strategies they have employed to help their clients advance.
The FinTech spotlight will highlight innovations in FinTech that potentially benefit FOC/BCO clients. The purpose of this session is to share current FinTech solutions and to present the benefits and possible challenges in providing FinTech to low-income clients. The session will include panel and small group discussions.