• Conference Program

    DAY ONE: Saturday, January 21, 2017 (at the Lincoln Theatre)

    Overview (Day One)

    After the Women's March on Washington, join us at the Lincoln Theatre (doors open at 2:30pm) to come in from the cold, meet up with your friends & colleagues, connect with other activists, and speak with representatives from 15 - 20 non-profit organizations. Stay for our leadership training workshop (beginning at 4:30pm) and the "Inspire Talks" (beginning at 6:00pm), featuring guest speakers like U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Kristen Clarke (President & Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law), and Sam Munger (Senior Advisor at State Innovation Exchange).

    Detailed Schedule (Day One)

    Please note: specific times, speakers, and topics may change. Changes will be shared on this page.


    Saturday, January 21, 2:30PM - 4:15PM at the Lincoln Theatre

    Join us after the Women's March on Washington to come in from the cold, connect with other activists, meet up with your friends & colleagues, and speak with representatives of 15 - 20 different non-profit organizations. Use our mobile conference app to create your activist profile, identify like-minded conference attendees, and schedule 1-to-1 meetings to take place throughout the events. Visit the non-profit expo to learn more about a variety of different non-profit organizations and sign up for interesting volunteer opportunities.

    WORKSHOP: Activism, Change Agents, & Leadership in 2017

    Saturday, January 21, 4:30PM - 5:30PM at the Lincoln Theatre

    A leadership training workshop for activists and change agents interested in maximizing impact in 2017. Get concrete, actionable advice to improve your leadership skills and prepare for the obstacles you're likely to face in the months ahead.

    Note: CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) Provided

    INSPIRE TALKS: Fighting for a Government that Works

    Saturday, January 21, 6:00PM - 8:00PM at the Lincoln Theatre

    A dynamic plenary event featuring a series of powerful, highly engaging presentations from inspiring guest speakers. Topics scheduled to include: progressive gains in 2016; gerrymandering, and the Voting Rights Act; data privacy; and what it will take to gain critical mass in state & local elections. Keep an eye on our "Speakers & Updates" blog for profiles of individual speakers as they are announced.


    Note: CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) Provided


    Confirmed speakers include:

    • Activism 101: Getting Started, Building Momentum, and Making a Difference
    • Activism 201: Sustaining a Movement
    • The Electoral Map 2009 - 2016: Gerrymandering and Koch Money
    • The Voting Rights Act and Voter Suppression Challenges
    • The Reality of 2018 and the Hope for 2020
      • Mark Schauer – National Democratic Redistricting Committee
    • The Critical Mass Required from State & Local Elections
    • America’s Place in the World
      • Mike Breen – President, CEO, Truman National Security Project
    • Combatting Racism
    • Campaigns 101
    • Special Performance
      • Ani DiFranco – Grammy Award Winning Artist
    • Closing
  • DAY TWO: Sunday, January 22, 2017 (at the Mayflower Hotel)

    Overview (Day Two)

    Join us at the Mayflower Hotel on Sunday, January 22, 2017, for a full day of programming at the "ENGAGE" Conference - including a breakfast panel ("Communications Strategy in the Era of Fake News"); morning and afternoon breakout sessions on key issues like human rights, immigration, conflicts of interest in government, working in government under the new administration, and combating hate crimes; a lunch panel ("Protecting Workers & Families in a Global Economy"); and a closing session designed to ensure you walk away with concrete action items and strategies.


    Note: CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) will not be provided on Sunday.

    Detailed Schedule (Day Two)

    Please note: specific times, speakers, and topics may change. Please check here or the conference app for the latest information.


    Sunday, January 22, 7:30AM - 3:30PM at the Mayflower Hotel

    Use our mobile conference app to create your activist profile, identify like-minded conference attendees, and schedule 1-to-1 meetings to take place throughout the conference. Visit the "non-profit trade show" to learn more about a variety of different non-profit organizations and sign up for interesting volunteer opportunities.

    BREAKFAST PANEL: Communications Strategiest in the Era of Fake News

    Sunday, January 22, 8:30AM - 9:55AM at the Mayflower Hotel


    What does it take to communicate effectively in this era of "fake news?" Find out what works, what doesn't, and what approaches are worth trying in the ongoing battle for hearts and minds. A plenary panel discussion featuring several noted experts in the space. Confirmed speakers include:


    Sunday, January 22, 10:15AM - 11:20AM at the Mayflower Hotel

    STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS: How to Connect, Persuade, Motivate and Lead Through Your Story

    • Frank Spring – Director of Political Affairs, Truman National Security Project

    WOMEN'S RIGHTS: Equality, Rights, Healthcare, and Leadership

    CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: Holding the President Accountable

    ECONOMIC POLICY: The Economy in the Foreseeable Future

    LUNCH PROGRAM: Protecting Civil Rights and Combating Hate Crimes

    Sunday, January 22, 11:35AM - 12:55PM at the Mayflower Hotel


    Sunday, January 22, 1:10PM - 2:15PM at the Mayflower Hotel


    GOVERNMENT: Staying in Government Under the Incoming Administration

    LEGAL BATTLES: Confirmations and Supreme Court Nominations

    CLIMATE CHANGE: Protecting the Future of Our Planet

    IMMIGRATION: Stories from the Front Lines

    CLOSING PANEL: Key Findings & Next Steps

    Sunday, January 22, 2:35PM - 3:30PM at the Mayflower Hotel

    Hear from conference organizers, thought leaders, and speakers sharing key findings and recommending concrete next steps. Make sure you walk away from the conference with a clear action plan, ready to use the ideas, strategies, and tactics shared throughout the weekend.

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