It's time for our Annual Conference on Poverty, Utah's premier conference for low-income service providers and all those interested in learning about poverty in Utah. The conference is a two-day training on September 12 and 13 at the RL Hotel in Salt Lake City. The conference will feature experts in their respective fields and a networking opportunity for professionals and volunteers in the nonprofit, government and business sectors whose work is focused on alleviating poverty in Utah. We provide solution-based workshops and plenary sessions to ensure a meaningful training experience for those working to address poverty in Utah.
We are still finalizing our schedule but will have presentations from:
- National Association for State Community Services Programs
- National Community Action Partnership
- United Way of Salt Lake
- Arrive Utah
- Rethink Housing
Click Here to register for the conference.
Our Keynote speaker will be Zoot Valesco who has 35 years of experience growing institutions. His education and experience have helped him create a proven formula for doubling organizations in less than three years, which he has done consistently. Zoot has worked on 7 successful capital campaigns, doubled endowments, and created statewide award-winning programs in the fields of STEAM education and institutional arts.
He is a sought after speaker, instructor, emcee and charity auctioneer. As a facilitator, he creates strategic plans that get used and double capacity. He produces cultural events and festivals, cooks gourmet wine dinners for charity, and leads cultural tours around the world. As a Rotarian, Zoot has delivered his speech on Paul Harris and the history of Rotary to over 40 clubs. His books and podcasts on art, history and capacity building are well-reviewed. Zoot's success comes from a formula of mission-building, vision planning, strategic partnership and great program design that draws investment.
We will also be hosting a pre-conference workshop on Bridges out of Poverty.
Bridges Out of Poverty is a uniquely powerful framework designed for services and business professionals. Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s myth-shattering A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges reaches out to millions of professionals whose daily work connects them with people in poverty. Attendees will learn concepts to increase their understanding of the people they serve and interact with each day. You will be introduced to and practice using tools to evaluate your workplace and the work you do. These tools will help you identify beginning steps for changing program designs, policies, and procedures which lead to improved outcomes.
Hosted by Jen Nibley, Arrive Utah Director, and certified trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty, Workplace Stability, and the Circles Initiative. Jen has worked in regional and statewide nonprofits for more than 18 years, including ten years with Community Action Services and Food Bank in Provo.
Register Here for the pre-conference workshop.