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Climbing the Ladder: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving the American Dream

Start Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:30 PM

End Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:30 PM

The "American Dream" has historically represented freedom, opportunity, success, and the pursuit of a better life. It's what has attracted tens of millions of people to the U.S. from the time our nation was founded. But for many, the American Dream has become just that--a dream rather than a reality. While many children from lower-income families still end up better off than their parents, studies nonetheless suggest that the majority of children raised in the bottom of the income ladder will stay there.

The Charles Koch Institute will host "Climbing the Ladder: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving the American Dream," an in-depth policy summit in Atlanta, to examine the hurdles to reaching the American dream and, ultimately, to improving overall well-being for individuals, families, and society.

Please join us as experts explore a range of topics that affect opportunity and economic mobility, such as family income, wealth, ethnicity, geography, and education. Issues particular to Atlanta, recently identified as one of the American cities in which it's most difficult to rise in socioeconomic status, will be highlighted.

Click here to RSVP. Space is limited.

Moderated by Alexis Scott, Vice President of Member Relations, National Center for Civil and Human Rights & former Publisher of the Atlanta Daily World.


Panelists

Max Borders, Editor, The Freeman & Director of Content, Foundation for Economic Education

Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Richard V. Reeves, Fellow, Economic Studies & Policy Director, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution

Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

 

Remarks to be followed by drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 

Location

Georgia-Pacific Auditorium (located on the lobby level of GP)
133 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Event Contact

Charles Koch Institute

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