Explore solutions That
unlock human potential

September 11, 2019| 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM | Mercedes Benz Stadium

Join us for stories of hope and solutions that restore human dignity and hope to the most vulnerable in our society.

The Significance of The Breakthrough Conference

Georgia is at a crossroads. We are enjoying the rewards of a growing economy and vibrant communities that make Georgia one of the country’s most popular places to do business and raise a family. However, hundreds of thousands of seemingly invisible men, women, and children are facing barriers that prevent them from achieving their dreams and reaching their potential, including the stain of a criminal record, being trapped in a welfare system that discourages work and family formation, and being ill-prepared for work or college as a student.

The challenges are multi-dimensional and pose threats not just to individual wellbeing, but also to continued economic growth, opportunity, and mobility.

Though the odds may seem insurmountable, these individuals can flourish if given the chance. So how do you create prosperity for those brimming with potential but faced with overwhelming barriers? The answers lie in providing meaningful opportunities to receive a good education, find gainful employment, and form and sustain healthy families.

Join us this September as some of the nation’s most innovative researchers, policy experts, and community-based practitioners lead a series of discussions on solutions that are unlocking human potential in Georgia and around the country, enabling individuals and families to flourish.

REGISTER FOR BREAKTHROUGH 2019

September 11, 2019  | Mercedes Benz stadium

$75 Registration Fee

$50 Registration Fee

KeyNoTE SPeakers

Agenda

What Makes Communities Thrive
Featuring Tim Carney

Businesses Investing In Student Readiness While Improving Their Bottom Line
12 for Life

Building Student Networks:  Boosting Grad Rates By Making Education Relevant 
Education Panel

Outcomes-Focused Programs and
Measuring Success

Heather Reynolds

The Role of Work in Driving Development in Poor Communities – Locally and Globally
Employment Panel

Criminal Justice Reforms that
Restore and Empower

Doug Ammar

A Civil Society Response to the Needs of Foster Children and Their Families
Family Panel

A Sustainable Vision for Helping the Poor
Robert Doar

One-On-One Interviews

Heather Reynolds

Heather Reynolds

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities at the University of Notre Dame

Marsha Smith

Marsha Smith

12 for Life Program at Southwire

Doug Ammar

Doug Ammar

Georgia Justice Project, Executive Director

PANELISTS

Ana Rector

Ana Rector

Youth Entrepreneurs

Andy Cook

Andy Cook

Promise686, President

Bob Bruder-Mattson

Bob Bruder-Mattson

Faithbridge Foster Care, CEO

Brooke Perez

Brooke Perez

Georgia Power Company, Workforce Development Manager

Chelsea Sabo

Chelsea Sabo

Foster Care Alliance, Executive Director

Donell Woodson

Donell Woodson

FCS Urban Ministries

Jim Hollandsworth

Jim Hollandsworth

Path Project. Co-Founder & Executive Director

Michael Jones

Michael Jones

Thrive Farmers, Co-Founder & CEO

Pam Parish

Pam Parish

Connections Homes, Executive Director

Philip Ross

Philip Ross

Bright Future's Academy, Executive Director

FEATURED MODERATORS

Randy Hicks

Randy Hicks

Georgia Center For Opportunity

Bill Rodgers

Bill Rodgers

Hiring Well Doing Good

Karin Douglas

Karin Douglas

Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential

Eric Cochling

Eric Cochling

Georgia Center For Opportunity

Jamie Lord

Jamie Lord

Georgia Center For Opportunity

Venue

Mercedes Benz Stadium

1414 Andrew Young International Blvd NW,
Atlanta, GA 30303

Directions to Silver Deck:

Take elevator up to the 6th floor of the parking garage and enter through Gate 2.

 Driving via Marta:

Get off at “Dome/GWCC/Phillip Arena/CNN Center” stop

Walk across International Plaza to the stadium

Please enter through Gate 2

Guests that are taking Uber/Lyft:

Ask to be dropped off across the street from Red Deck by the huge Falcon statue

Please enter through Gate 2

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Deep Red Valleys Report

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Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

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An Alternative To Incarceration

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A High Price To Pay

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Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

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Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare System White Paper

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