Starts: June 21 @ 10:00 am

Ends: June 21 @ 2:00 pm

Advent Health - Werner Auditorium
601 E. Rollins St.
Orlando, FL 32803

4th Annual Central Florida Poverty Conference

The 2019 Central Florida Poverty Conference (#POVCON) welcomes wonderful educators and experts who in a concise and exciting presentation style will inspire creative thought towards "Poverty & Eviction" and it's impact in our community. The event will be held in the Advent Health Werner Auditorium (1st Floor) on their main campus North of Downtown Orlando. Complimentary Parking at Hospital Main Entrance.. Lunch is provided.

If you are unable to make it to the conference, but would still like to hear our speakers, please visit our live stream here.

2019 Speakers and Panels

  • Roberta Walton, Orange County Clerk of Courts
  • A panel of tenants who have faced eviction
  • Larri Thatcher, Legal Aid Society
  • Alex Andrews, SWOP Behind Bars
  • Lee Steinhauer, The Apartment Association of Greater Orlando
  • Q&A Session with Mike Lackey, Orange County Sheriff's Department
  • A panel of landlords who have had to evict

  • Timeline of Events:

    9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.      Registration and Check In
    10:05 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.    Presentations from our Speakers
    11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  Lunch / Networking
    12:25 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Back to the Auditorium
    12:30 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.  Presentations from our Speakers
    1:55 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Closing Comments & Event Ends

    *Please note that the timeline is subject to change

        2018 Speakers included:
    • Phil Hissom, Founder & Director, Polis Institute
    • Shelley Lauten, CEO, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
    • Dr. Marvin Hardy, Mission Director & Pediatric Medical Director, Grace Medical
    • Lora Gilbert, Sr. Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Orange County Public Schools
    • Edward Johnson, CEO, Lynx
    • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation
    • Spence Pfleiderer, President & CEO, Central Care Mission
    2017 Speakers included:
    • Bakari Burns, President & CEO, Health Care Center for the Homeless - Poverty & Healthcare
    • Dr. George Cope, Pastoral Director, Vision Orlando - Tapping the Emotional & Intellectual Capital in Faith Communities
    • Rev. Mary Lee Downey, Executive Director, Community Hope Center - Poverty Alleviation and the When Helping Hurts Model
    • Eric Gray, Executive Director, United Against Poverty - Priorities
    • Michael Griffin, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Adventist Health System
    • Fred Lauten, Chief Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida - Criminal Justice & Poverty
    • Scott Lee, Elevation Financial Group, LLC, Foundation Director - Transforming Distressed Communities Using a For-Profit Model
    • Eddy Moratin, Executive Director, LIFT Orlando
    2016 speakers included:
    • Commissioner Regina Hill, City of Orlando (District 5)
    • Andrae Bailey, CEO Commission on Homelessness
    • Mark Brewer, CEO Central Florida Foundation
    • Robert H. (Bob) Brown, CEO Heart of Florida United Way
    • Eric Gray, Executive Director Community Food and Outreach Center
    • Carol Wick, CEO Harbor House of Central Florida
    • Dr. Amy Donley, UCF Department of Sociology
    • Donna Wyche, Orange County Office of Mayor Teresa Jacobs