Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table

The Academy’s 33rd annual policy conference was held virtually on March 2 – 4, 2021. Participants in Pathways to Economic Security: Bringing All Voices to the Table unpacked 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 highlighted 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.

Read a conference recap and key takeaways.

Participants included 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

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Schedule at a Glance

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March 2, 2021


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Keynote Speakers Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
& Jeremie Greer

Session 1: Holes in the Net

Session 2: Contemporary State of Needs

Workshops: Theme: What does economic insecurity mean? Where are the holes and gaps in our social safety net?

March 3, 2021


11:00 AM – 3:30 PM Eastern

Session 3: Restructuring and Bolstering the Existing System

Session 4: Foundations for a New System

Presentation of the 2021 John Heinz Dissertation Award

Session 5: Assuring Economic Security for All

Workshops: Theme: Policy priorities moving forward

March 4, 2021


11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Keynote Speakers
James Roosevelt, Jr. & Dorian Warren

Session 6: Financing Assured Income

Session 7: Connecting Policy Research to Action: Three Perspectives from Partners

Workshops: Theme: Building coalitions to bring change

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)

Stakeholder Partners


Policy Leaders

Research Sustainer

Meet the Conference Planning Committee

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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