Truly Breaking the Cycle of Poverty – What Works and Why

with special guest Elisabeth Babcock

December 4, 2018

Noon – 1:30 PM

Town Point Club

Join us for lunch and a presentation by Elisabeth (Beth) Babcock, president and CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), a national charitable organization dedicated to creating new pathways to economic independence for low-income women and their families. EMPath is a research and innovations powerhouse consistently delivering new approaches that expedite pathways out of poverty.

EMPath’s applied research led to the development of its groundbreaking, Mobility Mentoring® approach, which has been nationally recognized for significantly improving outcomes in earnings, educational attainment, and family stability. Program impact has been so robust that our government has advanced application of the model in TANF, housing, post-secondary education, and early intervention settings, and more than 50 national and international organizations have applied the Mobility Mentoring practices.

United Way of South Hampton Roads is committed to fully implementing the Mobility Mentoring approach across its programs, including United for Children, Mission United and Aspire, a Mobility Mentoring®-Informed Partnership. This presentation will explore the approach and discuss how it will help us make strides in breaking the cycle of poverty in our community. We hope you’ll join us!


About Beth Babcock

As CEO of EMPath, Beth has led the organization to be a research and innovations powerhouse consistently delivering new approaches that expedite pathways out of poverty. Beth received her master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her Ph.D. in non-profit strategy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has taught non-profit strategy and implementation at the graduate level for more than two decades at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

She has received numerous awards including the 2013 World of Difference Award by the International Alliance for Women for her work on women’s empowerment. She currently serves as a member of the US Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, a national commission supported by the Gates Foundation. She also serves as an advisor to the World Bank where she recently helped create and taught in their new online course, Using Psycho-social Approaches to Improve Livelihoods Programs.

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