NJ United Ways, community leaders seek ways to advance financial security

It’s been 10 years since United Way set an ambitious goal to make the invisible visible. Hidden within every community, every age group, and every ethnicity were a growing number of workers earning above the poverty line, but less than what’s needed to survive. In a state perceived as wealthy, United Way placed a spotlight on these workers, calling them ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

Today with some 900,000 ALICE households in New Jersey – nearly triple the number in poverty – it’s a moral and economic imperative that we find innovative solutions that stem this growth in financial instability.

NJ Spotlight and United Ways of New Jersey have teamed up to bring together our state’s top lawmakers and thought leaders to explore how New Jersey can be a national model for change in reversing this trend. The meeting takes place on October 29. Register here.

Capitol Conversation: A conversation exploring how and where state policy and law can bring change.

• Senator Steve Sweeney, New Jersey Senate President

• Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, New Jersey Assembly Speaker

Moderated by NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney

Panel Discussion: A health care executive, entrepreneur, and economist think big and challenge us to throw out the current playbook.

• Carol Ash, DO, MHCDS, MBA, Chief Medical Officer at RWJUH Rahway, an RWJBarnabas Health facility

• Alfa Demmelash, Chief Executive Officer & Cofounder, Rising Tide Capital

• William Rodgers, III, Ph.D., Professor & Chief Economist, Rutgers University Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

5-6 pm Cocktail Networking

6-7:30 Program

Complimentary valet parking and self parking available on site.