Rising Star Breakfast with Erica Hill, Co-Anchor of Weekend TODAY

Jul 23, 2015

Please join the MetroHartford Alliance for their Rising Star Breakfast featuring Co-Anchor of Weekend TODAY Erica Hill at the Marriott Downtown Hartford on Wednesday, August 12th. Erica Hill co-anchors both Saturday and Sunday editions of Weekend TODAY alongside Lester Holt.

Join Erica Hill for an eye-opening conversation and hands-on activity exploring the choices of ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. United Way’s ALICE Report is a study of working poverty in six states, including Connecticut, that covers 25% of the U.S. population. In Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, one out of three households earns too little to afford the basic necessities.

We have 10 tickets to giveaway! Comment below with why you want to attend this Rising Star Breakfast by noon on Friday, August 7th for your chance to win a ticket! All winners will be notified on the 7th via email.

The Rising Star Breakfast will be held at the Marriott Downtown Hartford, 200 Columbus Boulevard. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30am and the program will run 8:00-9:00am. Don't want to wait and see if you get a free ticket? Visit the MetroHartford Alliance website to register.



  1. 4 Janelle Jenkins 28 Jul
    I've lived in the Hartford area all of my life.  According to the ALICE report, the poverty rate in the city of Hartford is at 69%.  And according to the federal funding program, The Promise Zone initiative report, the median income for those living in the north end of Hartford is at $12,099 per year.  We talk about poverty in CT as if it's due to those who won't work, however, It's important to focus on those working everyday and can barely make livable wages.  I'd like to know is there any corporate responsibility?  How is it that residents living closest to (and even working at) The Hartford, Aetna, Travelers, Phoenix, etc, rate as being the poorest?  I hope to learn more from this discussion.
  2. 3 Kate S. 28 Jul
    I think Janelle makes a good point. I've also lived in Hartford area most of my life, and I'm interested in learning more about what can be done to improve the economic situation for ALICE households in the Hartford area.
  3. 2 Kelsey B 04 Aug
    I'm glad Erica Hill has decided to help bring attention to this important issues. Not only does fitting the ALICE category mean things are harder for that one family, but having a high prevalence of ALICE families is also bad for the consumer economy. Jobs are important, but when we focus only on growing the number of jobs we often don't look at what type of jobs are actually being produced in an economy, and if those jobs are actually able to provide families and individuals with economic security.
  4. 1 Josh 04 Aug
    This is a concern across the nation and is a great discussion to hold in our state.  looking forward to hearing Her thoughts on this.  


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