2023 - From Poverty to Possibilities Summit After Event Videos and Content

Thank you to everyone who attended 
From Poverty to Possibilities, November 14, 2023


Edgar Villanueva to Keynote From Poverty to Possibilities

United Way of Pierce County’s 7th Annual Summit on Poverty

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From Poverty to Possibilities is Pierce County’s signature community summit that takes on barriers to economic equity. This year's event will be held in the Pavilion at the Hotel Murano. Last year we had over 250 community leaders and community members attend.

Now in its seventh year, From Poverty to Possibilities brings the community together to disrupt poverty at its roots. This summit creates a safe space for the community to have an open dialogue on how to dismantle the systems of exclusion. From these relationships a new narrative has evolved, and systems are more open to change.

This year's summit will continue to focus on how we deconstruct the narrative with those in poverty and move towards disrupting the systems that create barriers for those in poverty. We ask: What is our role in disrupting the status quo? How do we leverage our individual and collective appetite for leaning into being “comfortable with being uncomfortable” in our work to disrupt poverty? Lastly, how do we build a more just, resilient, and equitable community as a result?

Our keynote speaker this year is Edgar Villanueva. He is an award-winning author, activist and expert on issues of race, wealth, philanthropy, and ESG Investing. Villanueva is the Principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital and author of the bestselling book Decolonizing Wealth (2018, 2021). He advises a range of organizations including national and global philanthropies, Fortune 500 companies, and entertainment on social impact strategies to advance racial equity from within and through their investment strategies.

Villanueva holds a BSPH and MHA from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and resides in New York City.

Intro Video 

Representative Derek Kilmer

Representative Marilyn Strickland

Pitch to Ditch Compilation - Video

1st Place - Leaders in Women's Health (LIWH) Breast Health Navigator
2nd Place - The Blessing Movement
3rd Place - 72nd and D Mural and Greenspace

Speaker & Presenter Bios

Pledge For Action

Post Event Survey  

Edgar Villanueva Keynote address 


  • Drayton Jackson, Executive Director, Foundation of Homeless and Poverty Management
  • Steven Cole-Schwartz, Vice President of Grantmaking, Inatai Foundation
  • Katie Condit, CEO, WorkForce Central
  • Dr. Ali Modarres, Dean, School of Urban Studies, Assistant Chancellor for Community Partnerships at University of Washington Tacoma
  • Cassandra Mitchell, Senior Vice President Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and Engagement

Panel Discussion 

From Poverty to Possibilities Synopsis 

From Poverty to Possibilities Condensed Video 

Event Pictures


Thank you to this year’s sponsors,