The Future of Building Wealth: Research, Policy & Action

Two panel discussions will feature several Future of Building Wealth authors and regional leaders putting these ideas into practice.

About this event

Racial, gender, generational and educational wealth gaps have been large, enduring and exacerbated further by the pandemic. What can be done to address these inequities and offer pathways to building savings and wealth?

Join the Social Policy Institute and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis for an in-person event, “The Future of Building Wealth: Research, Policy & Action,” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) on Oct. 11, 2022 with a reception to follow. The event will include the co-editors of and select contributors to the book, The Future of Building Wealth: Brief Essays on the Best Ideas to Building Wealth—For Everyone. All attendees will receive a free copy of the book. This event takes place in person at the Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall at Washington University in St. Louis. The event is co-sponsored with the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, Center for Social Development at Washington University, and Heartland Forward.

Speakers will address:

  • The latest data and trends around wealth inequality in the U.S.;
  • Why the tax-filing moment is a golden opportunity to build savings and assets;
  • How Child Development Accounts can foster a future orientation and build lifelong assets;
  • An innovative community growth and “builders” program;
  • The promise of financial capability strategies for building stronger balance sheets; and
  • Cutting-edge financial inclusion products and strategies.


Ray Boshara, Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis

Ida Rademacher, The Aspen Institute

Ana Hernández Kent, Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis

Margaret Clancy, Brown School at Washington University

Jin Huang, Saint Louis University and Brown School at Washington University

Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Social Policy Institute at Washington University

Salah Goss, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

Lowell Ricketts, Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis

Katie Milligan, Heartland Forward

Rebecca Thompson, Prosperity Now

Lisa Potts, St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition

Faith Sandler, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

Mary McKay, Brown School at Washington University

Wole Coaxum, MoCaFi

Meet our co-sponors

Can’t make it in person? Request a recording!

If you are unable to attend the event in-person, use this link to request a post-event recording be sent to your inbox:

There is no need to request a recording if you reserve an in-person ticket. All in-person attendees will automatically receive a recording of the event