2022 - From Poverty to Possibilities Summit

Dr. Karen Johnson to Keynote From Poverty to Possibilities

United Way of Pierce County’s 6th Annual Summit on Poverty


July 26, 2022, Tacoma, Wash. —

From Poverty to Possibilities is Pierce County’s signature community summit that takes on barriers to economic equity. For the past two years, this has been a virtual event with over 400 registrations. This year we’re returning to an in-person event and expect 250 community leaders and community members to attend.  

Now in its sixth year, this event continues to bring together the community to talk about and take action on ways that we can collectively remove barriers and disrupt poverty at its roots. This summit creates a safe space for the community to come together to dismantle the systems of exclusion. From these relationships a new narrative will evolve, and systems will change.  

At this year’s summit, we will focus on how we talk about poverty and ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained. Employed) to build a more fair, caring and resilient community. We ask, how do we move as a community to reframe the conversation around poverty, equity and race? What is keeping us from being a more caring and resilient community? Can we truly create a community in which we all prosper? 

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Karen Johnson, perhaps best known as an inspiring, authentic, servant leader who keeps it real and has decades of experience in both managerial and leadership roles in the non-profit sector and in federal and state government. Before serving as the inaugural Director of the Washington State Office of Equity, she served as the first Equity & Inclusion Administrator for the Washington State Department of Corrections responsible for increasing awareness and incorporating equity, diversity, inclusion, and respect throughout the agency. 

'Pitch to Ditch Poverty' challenge will return for the 4th year. Applications opened on July 1, 2022. Click here for more information. 

We hope you'll join us for this in person event!

Speaker & Presenter Bios

Who: United Way of Pierce County

What: From Poverty to Possibilities

When: November 15, 2022, 8 a.m. - noon

Where: Hotel Murano 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA

Register Here

For sponsorship information, contact Emily Mendez-Bryant at emilym@uwpc.org.

For event information, contact Dona Ponepinto at donap@uwpc.org.