Keynote speakers Tim Wise and C. Nicole Mason headline SDC’s Poverty Summit, presented by Anthem BlueCross BlueShield

August 16, 2018

They are some of the country’s most popular speakers.

Google the names and you’ll find their highly-rated TED Talks, media commentary and speeches across the internet.

Thanks to presenting sponsor Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Tim Wise and C. Nicole Mason will be keynote speakers at the 2018 Summit on Poverty – Statewide Edition in Milwaukee.

Thursday, September 27

Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has trained corporate, government, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise has also provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Books). He is the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise.

Friday, September 28

C. Nicole Mason

C. Nicole Mason is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin’s Press) and heads up CR2PI at the New York Women’s Foundation. Her commentary and writing have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, POLITICO, The Nation, The Progressive, Spotlight on Poverty, Marie Claire Magazine, USA Today, ESSENCE Magazine, The New York Times, Bustle, BIG THINK, The Huffington Post and on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC, among other outlets.

What causes poverty in Wisconsin?

Why do some people succeed and others stay stuck?

The answers to those questions and more will be discussed as The Social Development Commission hosts its annual Summit On Poverty in partnership with WISCAP’s annual Poverty Matters! conference. Through this partnership, the event will bring together people from all over the state to address our theme; “Sharing Our Stories, Cultivating Our Solutions: Closing the Rural- Urban Divide.”

No more “us versus them.” At the 2018 summit, we plan to explore the shared experience of poverty. In some ways, poverty feels the same whether you live up north or in the heart of Wisconsin’s big cities.

Participants will be challenged to examine national, regional and local systems and consider how they shape policy and our collective response. By identifying the structural underpinnings of poverty, we believe a well-informed and honest discussion can take place. Ultimately, we hope this leads to more effective anti-poverty policies and strategies.

Don’t miss this powerful event.

Go to to register today.