We are currently accepting proposals for presentations to feature at the 7th Annual CABC Symposium: Strengthening Our Future by Closing the Wealth Gap on December 8, 2016 in Sacramento.

The symposium is an all-day convening that brings together policymakers, practitioners, and funders to elevate the best and brightest ideas that create economic opportunity for all. Applications must be complete and submitted online by Monday, October 17th, 2016 (5:00 pm PT).


Submissions should be brief, maximum 500 words in length, include a summary of the idea, description of the impact, the California population it targets, outcome goals, and the product and intervention. Selected participants will be asked to develop their submissions further for a panel session at the conference. We intend to highlight work that reflects innovation, measurable impacts, and strong promise for success and replication.


Proposal submissions may be for existing California programs or for new ideas that have not yet been implemented that serve low-and middle-income Californians. If your proposal includes multiple presenters, please list the panelists and their affiliations in the form. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of relevance, impact or potential impact in the asset building field for low-and middle-income Californians. Selection consideration will aim to create a broad and balanced range of topics, perspectives and innovations to expand the dialogue and highlight information in California. To assist prospective presenters in developing proposals, some potential topics might include:

    • Products and account features that facilitate low-cost transactions and savings, credit building or debt reduction.
    • Successfully serving vulnerable populations by customizing services for groups such as youth, veterans, immigrants, and the elderly; or by addressing complex inequalities such as single female heads-of-household, and underserved young men of color.
    • Success tackling specific content issues such as student loans, tax preparation, or ChexSystems and credit reports.
    • Innovative collaborations between asset building and other organizations, e.g., agencies, employers, private companies, etc.
    • Behavioral or technological approaches that break down barriers and create new pathways for financial inclusion and success.
    • Behavioral economic techniques, nudges or other non-financial incentives to affect financial behavior and decision-making.
    • Other innovative programs throughout California– or concepts in development.
    • Integration of asset building strategies in existing social service models.
    • Policies that promote wealth development and wealth preservation
    • Funding strategies to support or enhance asset building programming.
    • Impact of political, economic, societal, or technological trends on economic mobility.

The submission deadline is Monday, October 17, 2016 (5:00 pm PT).  Selected proposals will be announced on November 7, 2016. All questions and requests for additional information should be directed to admin@calassetbuilding.org.

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