Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table

The Academy’s 33rd annual policy conference will be held virtually on March 2 – 4, 2021. Participants in Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table will unpack the latest policy proposals being discussed by federal and state officials, as well as policies that could be elevated further, such as universal basic income, a refundable child tax credit, and federalizing unemployment insurance.

Stakeholders will highlight the unique situations faced by the immigrant community, the homeless community, the formerly incarcerated community, the disabled community, agricultural workers, the Black community, Native Americans, and others.

The conference will take place shortly following the release of the final report of the Academy’s Economic Security Study Panel, which will examine policy options to assure adequate income for all individuals in the United States.

Register now to join policy experts, community advocates, journalists, business leaders, philanthropists, and officials at all levels of government.

The pandemic and resulting economic depression didn’t change anyone’s mind about what we’re trying to do, but gave us a renewed sense of purpose for finding ways to address the risks and unexpected economic threats that a worker, a family, or a business can face. 

Kathryn Edwards, Principal Investigator, Economic Security Study Panel

Registration Benefits

  • Keynote speakers
  • Panel discussions
  • Live Q&A
  • Breakout Sessions / Workshop Groups
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Pre-Conference Twitter Chat on Economic Security
  • Pre-Conference Reading List

Learn about Registration Options.

Schedule at a Glance

Speakers to be announced soon!

March 2, 2021


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Session 1: How past policy expansions have missed the mark

Session 2: The Contemporary State of Needs

March 3, 2021


11:00 AM – 3:30 PM Eastern

Session 3: Restructuring and Bolstering the Existing System – Strengthening Social Insurance and Raising the Floor

Session 4: Foundations for a New System – Cash Payments and the Negative Income Tax

Session 5: Guaranteed Income and Stability for All –Exploring Pathways Forward

March 4, 2021


11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Eastern

Session 6: Financing Assured Income –Equitable Options to Raise Tax Revenue

Pay-As-You-Wish Suggested Fees

$150 (For the number of invited guests to the first town-hall forum on Social Security in the nation’s history, held in 1934)

$88 (The number of years since FDR’s first inauguration on March 4th, 1933)

$74 (The Social Security Act was passed by the 74th Congress)

$19.35 (In honor of the year the Social Security Act was passed)

Meet the Conference Planning Committee

Register now and bring your voice to the table.

Countdown to Conference



Kristine Quinio

Refund Policy (For $50+ payment rate): Refund requests must be made in writing (via email, fax, or snail mail).

  • Requests made between Dec. 1, 2020-Jan. 31, 2021: Full refund minus $20 cancellation fee
  • Requests made between Feb. 1-Feb. 15, 2021: 50% of registration fee
  • No refunds after Feb. 15, 2021