October 26, 2015

On Monday, October 19, Seattle Jobs Initiative was joined by more than 150 distinguished thought leaders from workforce development, education, policy, human services, and business for our conference on Illuminating Pathways to Self-Sufficiency. After a morning of networking, SJI Executive Director John Kim opened the day by leading a call to action to do whatever it takes to ensure individuals are granted the resources and opportunities to succeed. Dr. Eldar Shafir led the conversation with his groundbreaking research on the impact of scarcity on the brain, followed by Dr. Chris Blodgett?s discussion of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how to identify and begin addressing complex trauma. This wealth of new information led to a thoughtful and productive workshop, during which attendees focused on how best to apply the speakers? research to their own work.

Following lunch, Drs. Blodgett, Jackson, and Shafir fielded questions on the intersection of their work and the future of their research. ?Dr. Yvette Jackson closed out the day as she encouraged attendees to increase the learning potential of disenfranchised urban students by developing the pedagogy of confidence.

Thank you to everyone who attended, engaged, and made the conference such a success. To see more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page, and for a recap of highlights, visit our Twitter feed. We look forward to seeing you next year!