8th Annual Poverty Forum

“Making Ends Meet:

Women and Poverty in WNC”

featuring Kathryn Edin 
 Princeton Sociologist and Author of $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America


Thursday, October 4, 2018
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville

5:30pm Cocktail Reception; 7:00pm Forum

$50/person Cocktail Reception/Forum
$15/person for Forum only.

We have just released 25 more Reception/Forum Tickets!

Cocktail Reception/Forum and Forum Only tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster at the U.S. Cellular Center
Online and by phone at 800-745-3000Additional Ticketmaster fees apply.
To avoid additional fees, buy tickets in-person at the U.S. Cellular Box Office in downtown Asheville.
No tickets will be sold through Pisgah Legal’s website.

Recommended parking areas are at City parking decks on Rankin Ave. and Wall Street


About the Speaker


Edin has authored eight books and some 60 journal articles. $2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America, co-authored with Luke Shaefer, was met with wide critical acclaim. It was included in The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015, cited as “essential reporting about the rise in destitute families.”

Edin is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, was a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and was a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.  In 2014, she was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2017

Edin received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Park University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University. She has previously taught at Rutgers University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Edin has authored eight books including $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men and children.

About the Panelists

Latoya Gardner, JD– Pisgah Legal Services, Community Economic Development Educator and Expunction Project Coordinator
Bella Jackson, Voices for Economic Justice Facilitator, UNC-A Student
Sala Menaya-Merritt– YWCA of Asheville, Chief Program Officer
Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, Just Economics of WNC, Living Wage Program Coordinator and Asheville Buncombe County NAACP, President


About the Poverty Forum

This is the eighth year Pisgah Legal Services has hosted a forum to draw attention to the plight of low-income people in Western North Carolina. This year’s forum focuses on the challenges faced by women and how they are disproportionately affected by poverty. Approximately 75% of Pisgah Legal’s clients are women.

For more information about the event, contact Michelle Spiegel at Pisgah Legal Services: 828-210-3773.

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Partners For Justice
The following generously provide $5,000 or more each year in financial
or in-kind support to Pisgah Legal Services. Thank you for your support!








Jay Kerr Law 2011

Mission Health









Event Sponsors

BlackBird Frame & Art
The Law Office of Leah Broker, P.A.
Shelley and Kirk Brown
Celine and Company Catering and Events
The Chaddick Foundation
Sarah V. Corley/MediationWorks NC
Patricia Deck
Cassie Dillon
Cindy and Tom Donahue
Earth Equity Advisors
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Bruce Elliston
Anna and Kerry Friedman
Judy Futch Consulting, Inc.
Bernice and Arnold Green
Linda and Chris Greensfelder
Leslie Sladky-Hillman and Ed Hillman
Kennon and Bill Jamieson
Jesse Kitt Photography
Theresa and Gary Landwirth
Connie Lomax
Lee Anne and Peter Mangone
Sue and Raymond McClinton
Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty
My Father’s Pizza and Pasta
Carol Waggle Oliver Fund
Eleanor and Charlie Owen
Jacque Penick and Harold Holcombe
Ethel and John Piper
Rebecca and Robert Pitts
Planned Parenthood
PNC Bank
Suzy and Ed Rankin
Patricia Robertson and Curry First
Jaquelyn and Bruce Rogow
Samsel Architects
Kitty Schaller
Self-Help Credit Union
Pam and Tom Siekman
Caron and Brian Smith
Pat and Phil Smith
Jane and Bill Swafford
Pam and Jim Turner
U.S. Cellular Center
Senator Terry Van Duyn
Abby and Austin Walker
Wells Fargo
Rosalind Willis and Greg Olson
Larry and Janie Wilson
Windsor Boutique Hotel
WNC Woman Magazine
Ann Young
YWCA of Asheville