2021 - From Poverty to Possibilities Summit After Event Videos and Content


Heather McGhee gave Keynote From Poverty to Possibilities

United Way of Pierce County’s 5th Annual Summit on Poverty



From Poverty to Possibilities is Pierce County’s signature community summit that takes on barriers to economic equity. This year's summit focused on racial equity and how we can prosper together. 

This year’s keynote speaker was Heather McGhee. A renowned expert on the American economy, HEATHER MCGHEE is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her instant New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us reveal the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone. Deeply stirring, intelligent, and compassionate, McGhee’s talks offer us an actionable roadmap during one of the most critical—and most troubled—periods in history.

Over 300 community leaders attended this event virtually.


Intro Video 

From Poverty to Possibilities Condensed Video 

From Poverty to Possibilities Synopsis 

Speaker & Presenter Bios

Post Event Survey - Coming soon

Pitch to Ditch Winners - Narrative

1st - Read Me Justice 

2nd - Career-Connected Learning for Low Income Young

3rd - Future Forward Outreach for Tax Time Financial Inclusion


Thank you to this year’s sponsors,