2012 Poverty Action Conference Schedule


4:30 – 5:00 pm  Registration (Great Hall)

5:00 – 5:50 pm  Connection Session (Great Hall)

The Connection Session is a great opportunity for students, experts, exhibitors and all conference participants to seek out and connect with those who share similar interests and expertise. The Great Hall will be organized around the areas of interest of our student presenters – microfinance, social enterprise, health, community development and others.  Share ideas, experiences, and advice.  Form collaborations. Visit all the areas of interest – no silos allowed!

5:50 – 6:00 pm  Welcoming Address – TDC Team (Great Hall)

6:00 – 7:15 pm Screening of “Into Poverty: Living on One Dollar” (Great Hall)

Four US college students spent the summer of 2010 living on one dollar a day in Guatemala to raise awareness about extreme poverty. Not your typical summer vacation, they spent just 56 dollars each in eight weeks. They did this because they believe that understanding the reality of poverty is the critical first step in addressing the problem.

7:15 – 7:30 pm Q &A with Chris and Zach (Great Hall)


8:30 am – 5:15 pm How Matters Hub (Great Hall – Red Room)

As people working for change, we rarely have an opportunity to reflect on how our own attitudes and behaviors affect the relationships and processes of which we are a part. The “How Matters Hub” invites you to explore the ways in which to ensure that the people we’re serving influence our efforts and how to challenge an “infusion of outside expertise” mentality. Join the dialogue with Jennifer Lentfer of how-matters.org.

8:30 am – 5:15 pm Opportunity Corner (Great Hall)

Are you looking ahead after graduation?  Want to explore some of your options? Graduate School counselors, non-profit professionals and others are here to engage you and your interests. Exhibitors will be on-hand all day.

8:30 am – 5:15 pm Global Engagement Gallery (Great Hall)

Dig deeper into the projects our student presenters are running.  The Global Engagement Gallery includes a poster session with detailed information and two flat screens for viewing pictures and videos of the the various student-led projects.

8:00 – 8:30 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 am  Welcoming Address – TDC Team (Great Hall)

8:45 – 9:00 am  Break

9:00 – 10:30 am  Students in Action Session 1 

Panel 1.1: Social Enterprise (Great Hall)

Aaron Leung and Daniel Tees (University of Mary Washington): Esfuerzo de Amor

Colleen Creegan (New York University): Handmade Peace

Kevin Kung (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Takachar: Organic Waste to Charcoal

  • Experts: JoEllen Lesher (E3), Darrell Bosch (Virginia Tech), and Brian Weinberg (Blended Profit)

Panel 1.2: Beyond Microfinance (Monroe 106)

Silviano Valdez (EarlhamCollege): Vuwa Enterprise

Meghan Vaughn-Albert (Johns Hopkins University): Informal Savings and Lending Project

Devin Lynn (Black Hills State University): Project Global Collective

  • Experts: Phil Darko (World Partners for Development), Jonathan Lewis (iOnPoverty), and Chad Jordan (Cornerstone Team)

Panel 1.3: Indirect Engagement (Monroe 346)

Emily Mediate (University of Notre Dame): Organizational Aid in Uganda

Leslie Hamilton (CincinnatiStateUniversity): Responsible Consumerism

Kristin Klein (Point Loma Nazarene University): Misrepresenting Africa

  • Experts: Jeffrey Alwang (Virginia Tech), Tom Benjamin (Future Without Poverty) and Jennifer Lentfer (How Matters)

10:30 – 10:45 am  Break

10:45 – 11:00 am  Welcome to UMW (Great Hall)

Rick Hurley, President (University of Mary Washington)

11:00 – 11:45 am  Keynote Address 1 (Great Hall)

Jennifer Lentfer 

11:45 am – 12:30 pm  Lunch

12:30 – 1:15 pm  Keynote Address 2 (Great Hall)

Dean Karlan, “From Theory to Evidence to Scaleup: Doing the Best We Can” 

1:15 – 1:30 pm  Break

1:30 – 3:00 pm  Students in Action Session 2

Panel 2.1: Microfinance (Great Hall)

Santiago Sueiro and Nicole Cochran (University of Mary Washington): La Ceiba MFI

Santiago Beltran (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): FAC

Joe Zefran (Chicago State University): Co-Op Action Plan

  • Experts: Dean Karlan (Yale University), Jonathan Lewis (iOnPoverty), and Brian Weinberg (Blended Profit)

Panel 2.2: Education (Monroe 106)

Caitlyn Davis (Bennington College): MAS: Education, Leadership, and Community Development in Rural Guatemala

Ben Saunders (University of Mary Washington): Nsumensa Village School

Carol Zigani (George Mason University): School in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Experts: JoEllen Lesher (E3), William Deng (Southern Sudan Project), Neva Morrison (First Peoples Worldwide), and Sarva Rajendra (Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education)

Panel 2.3: Health (Monroe 346)

Kevin Kung (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): Koriolis Centrifuge

Komal Ahmad (University of California, Berkeley): Feeding Forward

Salar Khaleghzadegan (University of Maryland, Baltimore County): Health Leads

  • Experts:  Jeanine Braithwaite (University of Virginia), James Manley (Towson University) and Dan Morrison (Citizen Effect)

3:00 – 3:15 pm  Break

3:15 – 4:00 pm  Panel Discussion with Jonathan Lewis and Jennifer Lentfer

Excited Amateurs: Go or Stay?

4:00 – 4:15 pm  Break

4:15 – 5:00 pm  Break Out Sessions (sponsored by Runa Tea)

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Applying to Graduate School and More
  • Office Hours with Experts
  • How Matters Hub

5:00 – 5:15 pm  Break

5:15 – 6:00 pm  Keynote Address 3 (Great Hall)

Jonathan Lewis, “What I Don’t Know About Economic Justice”

6:00 – 6:15 pm  Poverty Action Conference Wrap Up – TDC Team (Great Hall)

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