Registration is closed for Insights 2019: 15 Forward but there’s still time to make plans to attend. Walk-up registration will be available on the day event, Jan. 25, 2019.

Along with our team of policy analysts and expert panelists, we’ll examine how Georgia can create a stronger and fairer economy by advancing People-Powered Prosperity.

Information presented during this one-day intense and captivating event will benefit all Georgians by featuring award-winning and nationally renowned experts who will share data and wisdom on how to move our state forward by placing people first.

Here’s what you can expect:

Insights 2019 Schedule

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration, networking, breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome remarks from GBPI Executive Director Taifa Butler
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Legislative panel with House Minority Leader Bob Trammell, Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, Rep. Bee Nguyen and Sen. Dean Burke. Moderated by Robert Sills.
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Overview of the 2020 state budget analysis with the GBPI policy team
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent sessions
  1. Improving Health at the Intersection of Wealth, Education and Criminal Justice. This session will feature speakers with expertise in wealth-building, criminal justice and education as it relates to health, including:
    • Abby Hughes Holsclaw, senior director at Asset Funders Network and an expert on asset building and financial security issues
    • Veda Johnson, M.D., assistant professor at Emory University with 20 years of experience in establishing school-based health centers in Georgia
    • Marissa McCall Dodson, award-winning lawyer and public policy director for the Southern Center for Human Rights
  2. Beyond Full Funding: Strategies to Drive Equity in School Funding. This session will focus on strategies to drive equity and student, teacher and school success across the state and will feature Richard Woods, Georgia’s state school superintendent who holds state and national recognition for educational leadership and influence.
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Keynote panel conversation: Policy as a Tool to Achieve Equity. This year’s keynote panelists include:
  • Darrick Hamilton, executive director, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University. Darrick is a nationally recognized economist whose work focuses on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality.
  • Gigi Pedraza, executive director and founder of The Latino Community Fund. Gigi is an influential leader, social entrepreneur and nonprofit professional.
  • Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Ai-jen is an award-winning activist, thought leader, social innovator and a leading voice in domestic workers’ rights and family care advocacy.
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closing remarks

With these leaders and our additional distinguished speakers, Insights 2019 will provide important perspective and analysis for moving Georgia forward as a new slate of elected leaders assume the helm and the state legislature gets to work.

2019 Sponsors


Ms. Ann Rosewater and Mr. Robert A. Kronley

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Public Education Matters Georgia

Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Annie E. Casey Foundation

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Hemophilia of Georgia

United Way of Greater Atlanta

W.L. Clifton Political Consulting


Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta


Frank Family Foundation

Georgia AFL-CIO

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)

Georgians for a Healthy Future

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Harry Heiman & Abby Friedman

Latin American Association

Voices for Georgia’s Children

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