Tuesday, February 27 at Noon

Join us in conversation with Matthew Desmond – Pulitzer Prize Winner, Poverty Abolitionist and Best-Selling Author of Evicted and Poverty, By America. Learn new ways of thinking about financial insecurity and help us imagine solutions to advance our Connecticut United Ways’ Policy Agenda so all Connecticut residents have the opportunity to thrive.

We’re thrilled to announce that Janée Woods Weber, Executive Director of She Leads Justice, will moderate this exciting and stimulating conversation.

Click here to purchase Matthew Desmond’s book.


March 4 – March 8

Following the conversation with Matthew Desmond, you can participate in a powerful five-day email series “Equity Challenge: Abolishing Poverty.” Each day’s email will include a 10-minute opportunity to take a deeper dive into the causes of poverty, racism and financial inequity, and will explore how you can take action to create meaningful change.

The Equity Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Dr. Marguerite Penick-Parks, and Debby Irving and has since been adapted by groups across the country. We offer this Equity Challenge, adapted for our statewide Connecticut community, as an important part of our commitment towards building an equitable community for all.

About Our Fabulous Presenters:

Matthew Desmond is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.” His most recent book is Poverty, By America which can be purchased here.

Janée Woods Weber is the Executive Director of She Leads Justice, formerly named Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund. She currently serves as the Co-Chair for the State Committee for Connecticut Working Families Party, on the Board of Directors for Universal Health Care Foundation and with the Board of Directors for Training for Change. In 2023, Janée was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority. In 2019, she was appointed to the Women’s Policy Committee for the Lamont-Bysiewicz gubernatorial transition. Most recently, this year she served as Co-Chair for the Women’s Healthcare Subcommittee for the Comptroller’s Healthcare Cabinet. In May 2021, Janée, with Alvin Hall, won the inaugural Ambie for Best History Podcast from The Podcast Academy for their critically acclaimed podcast Driving the Green Book.

If you have questions about the Matthew Desmond webinar, the Equity Challenge: Abolishing Poverty or both, contact