Insights 2021: Race, Resilience and Recovery

Insights 2021 is Free and Virtual

Insights is the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s annual policy conference. In accordance with safety protocols and in effort to expand the reach of GBPI’s research, advocacy and outreach expertise, GBPI is proud to host Insights 2021 entirely free and online on January 22, 2021 and January 29, 2021. Insights 2021 will feature two half-days of informative, engaging discussions as the 2021 Legislative Session gets underway. To attend this event, please register using the form below and we will email you the link to the online conference in advance of the event. If you or your organization would like to sponsor Insights 2021 in order to enable us to reach all Georgians, regardless of cost or location, please review our sponsorship opportunities here.

Each year, Insights provides the most up-to-date budget and fiscal policy information through a briefing on just-released state budget proposals, salient speakers addressing pressing topics and an inspiring and thought-provoking Keynote Conversation. Insights is a must-attend event for policy advocates, decision makers and interested Georgians. Insights provides an important opportunity for individuals and organizations to build new and deepen existing relationships in our shared endeavor to build a fair and prosperous state.

This year we will be focusing on race, resilience and recovery. We will feature content and speakers tackling complex and important conversations. We will discuss Georgia’s path forward for addressing racial inequities, especially in a post-COVID Georgia. Our keynote speakers this year are Dr. Dorian T. Warren and Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson.

  • Dr. Dorian Warren is the president of Community Change, co-chair of the Economic Security Project and co-host of System Check. A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Dorian has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for over two decades. Warren received his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. You can follow him on twitter at @dorianwarren.
  • Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson is director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy (PREE), a nationally recognized source for expert reports and policy analyses on the economic condition of America’s people of color. Prior to joining EPI, Wilson was an economist and vice president of research at the National Urban League Washington Bureau. Wilson received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can follow her at @ValerieRWilson.

We will also be discussing GBPI’s signature state budget analysis and outline bold ideas that leverage fiscal policies to expand opportunity and well-being for all Georgians. In addition, we will hear from state legislators and leaders offering insights into what’s next for Georgia.


Influencer Visionaries Leaders Partners Friends
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta The Annie E. Casey Foundation


Georgia NAACP

The Kendeda Fund

Healthcare Georgia Foundation


United Way of Greater Atlanta

Families First


Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness

Sachin and Serene Varghese

Center for Black Women’s Wellness


Essig Consulting LLC

Frank Family Foundation

Glenda and David Minkin

Georgians for a Healthy Future

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education


Harry Heiman and Abby Friedman

The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.

Voices for Georgia’s Children


Friday, January 22, 2021

9:30 am – 9:40 am Welcome Remarks, Taifa Butler, GBPI President and CEO
9:45 am – 10:05 am COVID-19 and Budget Cuts, Danny Kanso, GBPI Tax and Budget Policy Analyst
10:10 am – 10:40 am Discussion with Appropriations and Budget Leaders
10:40 am – 10:50 am Break
10:55 am – 11:50 am GBPI Analyst Panel on Budget and Racial Equity Implications
11:55 am – 12:05 pm Wrap-Up
12:10 pm – 12:35 pm Networking

Friday, January 29, 2021

9:25 am – 9:30 am Welcome Remarks
9:35 am – 10:10 am Panel: A Path to Racially Equitable Health Care, Moderator Laura Harker, GBPI Health Care Senior Policy Analyst
10:15 am – 10:55 am Panel: K-12 in COVID: How to Overcome Cuts and Envision an Equitable Future
11:00 am – 11:10 am Break
11:15 am – 11:20 am Introduction of Keynote Speakers by Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
11:25 am – 12:25 pm Keynote Conversation with Dr. Dorian Warren, President of Community Change and Dr. Valerie Wilson, Director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Closing Remarks


Register below and we will email you the link to the conference in advance of the event.

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