About the event

Alternatives is collaborating with Illinois Partners for Human Service and Women Employed to host:

Beyond A Livable Wage: The Right to Thrive

Thursday, June 29th

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Chicago Teachers Union Foundation

1901 W Carroll Ave

Chicago, IL 60612

We are excited to create an opportunity for conversations about redefining the concept of a thriving wage as we examine the impact of systemic barriers on the workforce.
Registration is completely free and open to all!

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM


Try your hand at getting by with just a “livable wage.” Walk through our live simulation and rise to the challenge of paying rent and your childcare bills while also meeting the regular obstacles that life has in store. 

Can you thrive on a livable wage? 

12:00 PM – 12:25 PM


Our panel of subject matter experts from the nonprofit sector and community will discuss the realities of the workforce grappling with a livable wage not being enough. The panel will be moderated by Adela Carlin, Director of Grassroots Partnerships at Illinois Partners for Human Service. 

12:30 PM – 12:55 PM

Keynote Speaker:

Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin

Melissa Conyears-Ervin is the current City Treasurer of the City of Chicago. She believes in the promise of opportunity and the strength of families to effectively address the needs of our communities. As the product of a single-parent household, Melissa has seen firsthand the value of education and faith from her mother. Through hard work and determination, Melissa became the first in her family to graduate from college and earn an MBA from Roosevelt University. 

Event Recap

Mentimeter Results

After our event, we asked our guests a few questions. Take a look at the results below.

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