Thank you for joining us for the Poverty Matters Summit Statewide Edition, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, hosted by the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP). Your attendance shows your commitment to being an ambassador on behalf of our fellow residents that reside in poverty and joining the fight to address this crisis. 

The Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) expresses its sincere gratitude to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, our coalition of planning partners, and the community action agencies of Wisconsin for making the Poverty Matters Summit, Statewide Edition a success.

Our outstanding speakers and workshop presenters enlightened attendees about rural and urban poverty as they shared stories and talked about solutions. The sessions were powerful and educational.

The keynote speakers, Tim Wise and Dr. C. Nicole Mason, shared impactful stories of their own and pointed out the realities of poverty and what must change at every level of society. Some words were uncomfortable to hear but needed to be heard. Their words provided inspiration to work together to fight poverty in the state of Wisconsin.

Moving forward, we must continue to share our stories and cultivate our solutions. By working together, both rural and urban, we have the power to make a difference.

Again, we are grateful for your participation and for serving as ambassadors in the fight against poverty.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Click here to check out photos from the 2018 Summit! 

Summit on Poverty 2018 Program Booklet

Keynote Speakers

Tim Wise

Tim Wise

An American anti-racism activist and writer


Tim Wise

Keynote Speaker: September 27, 2018

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He is also the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide. …read more

Dr. C. Nicole Mason

Keynote Speaker: September 28, 2018

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.

Most recently, she delivered a well-received TED talk at TEDWomen on the Courage to Disrupt and the Gift of Being Difficult. Nicole is the Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI) at the New York Women’s Foundation. Nicole is also the creator of the Lead The Way Initiative for emerging women of color executive directors and mid-level managers working in the social sector. Since it’s inception, more than 100 leaders have cycled through the program including a Presidential Appointee and a McArthur Foundation Genius.
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Dr. C. Nicole Mason

Dr. C. Nicole Mason



During the conference we had more than 15 different workshops to choose from. For your convenience many of our workshops were video recorded. In the next coming week we will be releasing our workshop videos. If you would like to check out what the title and description of those workshops CLICK HERE!

Poverty Matters Awards

During the Legacy VIP Dinner of the Poverty Matters Summit we celebrated a few individuals worthy of being honored. WISCAP presented two awards called the Courage Award and the Herb Kohl Helping Hand Award. The Social Development Foundation  presented the Legacy Award to the Don Sykes family for the amazing work that Don Sykes did throughout his lifetime for community action agencies and people in poverty.



Don Sykes Legacy Award: Recognizes an individual who is making a difference in our community by fighting for those who in poverty. This person not only makes a difference but also inspires others to do the same.

We were honored to present the Legacy Award to the Don Sykes family.




Courage Award: Recognizes an individual who has overcome barriers in attaining economic and/or emotional self-sufficiency.





Herb Kohl Helping Hand Award: Recognizes an organization or individual that has demonstrated leadership and commitment to addressing the needs of low-income people.



The 2018 Poverty Matters Summit, Statewide edition would not have been possible without the power of the Social Development Foundation and our supporting sponsors. A special thank you to Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for being our presenting sponsor this year. We are grateful to all of our Elite, Super Friend, and Ally Sponsors. Your financial contributions and partnership made the Poverty Matters, Statewide Edition a huge success.

Presenting Sponsor

Elite Sponsors

Wipfli LLP

Forward Community Investments

Aurora Health Care

Associated Bank

Super Friends

United Healthcare Community Plan Wisconsin

My Choice Family Care Inc

Wisconsin Minority Health Program

National Christian Foundation Wisconsin

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Job Corps

Medical Society of Milwaukee County

Mutual of America

Advisory Committee Partners

Center For Self Sufficiency
Wisconsin Community Service (WCS)
UW Milwaukee School of Education
The Rep
Artist Working in Education
YWCA of South East Wisconsin
Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership
Cross Trainers Academy

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