¡POW! Conferencia Anual 2017


Persisting & Organizing to Win! 

Putting the POW in EMPOWER!

October 5-6, St Louis, MO

Empower Missouri is dedicating the 2017 Annual Conference to the role of labor organizing. With continued attacks to reduce the reach and influence of the labor community, now is the time to focus on building strong alliances across the broad social justice spectrum.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Nancy Cross: Opening Keynoter, Vice President SEIU Local 1
  • Tiffany Dena Loftin: Closing Keynoter, Senior Program Specialist, NEA
  • Rev. Traci Blackmon & Rabbi Susan Talve: Dinner & Awards Speaker

>>>Preview our complete POW! Conference program booklet, with descriptions of workshops, bios of presenters and awardees, and final schedule. <<<


Thursday, October 05, 2017

9:00 – 10:00


Registration Opens – remains open throughout conference

Pre-Conference Session Presented by Missouri Jobs with Justice

11:30-11:45 Break
11:45- 1:15 Conference opens with Welcome 

Buffet Lunch Available

Keynote: Nancy Cross 

1:15-1:30 Break
1:30-3:00 Session 1 Breakouts.  See below for list.



Session 2 Breakouts. See below for list.

4:45-5:00 Break and Awards Dinner check-in.
4:45-6:00 Networking Happy Hour with Cash Bar.
6:00-8:00 PM Dinner and guest speakers Reverend Traci Blackmon & Rabbi Susan Talve.

Presentation of annual awards winners.

Friday, October 06, 2017



Breakfast buffet

Annual Business Meeting

9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-10:45 Keynote Presentation – Tiffany Dena Loftin 
10:45-11:45 Response Panel 
11:45 AM-Noon Call to Action, Thank You’s & Safe Travels

Subject to change, more details to follow.


Breakout Session #1 1:30-3:00 PM Breakout Session #2 3:15-4:45 PM
Housing & Food Insecurity Among Low-Wage Workers (AHHTF & HTF) Housing & Food Insecurity Among Low-Wage Workers (Repeat) (AHHTF & HTF)
Justice in the Workplace (HRTF) Faith/Labor Alliance
MO Budget Project (EJTF) Ban the Box – Fair Chance Hiring Policies (CJTF)
Impact of Trauma on Low-Wage Workers (H/MHTF) Minimum Wage and #FF$15 (EJTF)


10% of the total tickets sold are available at a Scholarship Rate of 10% of the conference price. Click here to apply for a scholarship. If selected, you will receive registration instructions.


You and/or your organization can show your support for worker’s rights and grassroots organizing by sponsoring our conference and contributing to our scholarship fund for low-wage workers. 

Thank you to last year’s Sponsors. 2017 Sponsors include:

Bob Fox & Maxine Clark
Center for Budget & Policy
Clark-Fox Foundation
CWA Local 6355
David Bohnett Foundation
Dowd Bennett, LLP
Lutheran Children & Family Services
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Voces de fe de Missouri
Missouri Jobs with Justice
Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Council of Jewish Women
Coalición Nacional de Vivienda para Personas con Bajos Ingresos
Painters & Allied Trades, District Council 58
Lugares para personas
Representative Deb Lavender
Schuchat, Cook & Werner
Second Chance Freedom Foundation
Service Employees International Union Local One
Senator Jill Schupp
Sts Joachim & Ann Care Service
Vision for Children at Risk
Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice
15th Ward Democratic Club

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05 de octubre de 2017
12:00 A.M
para viernes
06 de octubre de 2017
12:00 A.M
Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel
7730 Bonhomme Ave
St Louis, MO 63105
(Special hotel rate of $109/night is available under "Empower Missouri October 2017" RATE EXPIRES 9/12)