October 25 to 27, 2016 | Chicago, IL


What’s it going to take to end chronic unemployment and poverty for all Americans? What’s it going to take to make us a nation that works for everyone? This fall, Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity and stakeholders from across the country will tackle these questions at our national conference focused on ending chronic unemployment and poverty.

We invite you to share in this important conversation with us.



Find out more about the questions we set out to answer at this year's conference.

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This year's conference takes place in a world-class city: Chicago. 

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Our Sponsors

JPMorgan Chase & Co

A leading global financial services firm and one of the largest banking institutions in the United States, with operations worldwide.


The LLOYD A FRY FOUNDATION supports organizations addressing persistent problems in urban Chicago. We fund efforts in Arts Learning, Education, Employment, & Health.


Funds social service, education, cultural and health care programs that provide direct service to low-income Chicagoans.


CEO offers comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records. CEO’s model is based on a highly structured program of life skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement and post-placement services.


 Center for Law & Social Policy: The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is an American organization, based Washington, D.C., that advocates for policies aimed at improving the lives of low-income people.

Chicago Jobs Council: The Chicago Jobs Council (CJC) moves people out of poverty through employment using on-the-ground expertise, advocacy, and capacity-building.

Connections to Success: Connections to Success is an organization that takes a multi-faceted approach to meet people where they are, help them see the future, and deliver a strong, smart solution to the complex issues around poverty. They walk beside people, mentoring them as they move from poverty to economic independence. 

MANY Network: MANY is the only national network that engages stakeholders across sectors to strengthen outcomes for youth at highest risk for victimization & delinquency

National Youth Employment Coalition: The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) is a national membership network that improves the effectiveness of organizations that seek to help youth become productive citizens. 

PolicyLink:  PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity.