Non-profits, corporate representatives, and advocates from around the country are coming to Collier County to talk about ALICE. Hosted by the United Way’s of Collier County and Northern New Jersey, the first National ALICE Summit will provide over 200 attendees the opportunity to gain insight on how ALICE can - and already has - shaped strategies for community impact, corporate policy, and public policy. The Summit will take place from March 9-11 at the Naples Hilton, featuring ALICE experts from around the country.
ALICE is an acronym to describe residents who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. Breaking that down makes it easier to understand, as there are just three fundamental factors that go into qualifying as ALICE. They are Asset-Limited, meaning they lack significant savings or other wealth to sustain them in a crisis; They are Income-Constrained, living paycheck to paycheck with little if any left over to put into savings; Finally, they are Employed, working and paying taxes, doing everything they can to support themselves and stay independent. Thousands of Collier families are ALICE, at risk of losing their financial independence and becoming fully reliant on social services, and the support they need is comprehensive.
The ALICE Summit will explore topics such as understanding the business case for ALICE, how ALICE is critical to diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, how to develop effective workplace policies, and how best to share the ALICE message. Attendees will learn how policy makers, business leaders, and non-profits are collaborating on solutions to reduce financial insecurity and restore economic mobility in their communities. Panels will discuss how ALICE and the Florida economy are intertwined, and the impact this growing demographic has had on business and the economy, both local and national.
“This conference will be a way for local and national business leaders to share ideas and become better equipped to work with and support their ALICE workforce.” Says Steven L. Sanderson, President and CEO of United Way of Collier County. “Research has shown that an understanding approach to management is the key to helping employees achieve consistency at work and stability at home.”
Speakers include United Way Worldwide President Suzanne McCormick, National ALICE Advisory Council members, corporate and business representatives, Research Advisory Committee contributors, present and prospective partners, as well as executives and board leaders from multiple United Ways and other non-profits. Workshops will provide opportunities to develop best business practices that maximize workplace efficiency. Tickets are going quick, so make sure to reserve yours as soon as possible at the United Way of Collier County website.