Summit Press

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2018

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UNITED STATE OF WOMEN SUMMIT ANNOUNCES FINAL LINE-UP

Program features Michelle Obama in conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross

6,000 Diverse Changemakers Gather for Summit on May 5 and 6

Los Angeles–On Saturday and Sunday, the United State of Women is bringing together more than 6,000 women and allies to turn their passion into action. The program will feature women leaders, including former First Lady Michelle Obama in conversation with actor and activist Tracee Ellis Ross and Journalist and Editor Elaine Welteroth moderating a conversation with Actress and Activist Yara Shahidi, Activist, Educator, Writer, and Co-Founder of Campaign Zero Brittany Packnett, and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris. The program will also include performances by artists FLETCHER and DJ Young1.

The program will also be available via live stream at facebook.com/theunitedstateofwomenhttps://www.youtube.com/theunitedstateofwomen, and unitedstateofwomen.org.

“Women know their power, and by coming together we are growing the movement for change,” said Jordan Brooks, managing director of the United State of Women. “We are thrilled to bring together women from across the country who are ready to collaborate and get the skills they need to make their vision of the future a reality.”

Speakers throughout the day will be featured from the eight United State of Women intersectional issue pillars: Economic Empowerment, Women’s Health and Reproductive Justice, Supporting Survivors of Gender-Based Violence, Access to Education, Art & Culture, Civic Engagement, Human Rights, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

The sessions will showcase women and allies who have defined a powerful vision through their trailblazing work, and will continue to inspire all of us to keep working towards change. These women break down barriers and build bridges.

Welcome Remarks and Opening: What Does a More United State of Women Look Like? Featuring:

  • Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
  • Jordan Brooks, United State of Women
  • Alicia Jay, United State of Women and The League
  • Ange-Marie Alfaro, University of Southern California

Blessing and Warrior Women Song, featuring:

  • Tongva and Indigenous Women (feat. Tina and Jessa Calderon)
  • Piper Perabo
  • Olga Segura
  • Natalia Cordova Buckley

Vision Statements, featuring:

  • Sarah Eagle Heart, Native Americans in Philanthropy
  • Dolores Huerta, Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Monica Ramirez, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  • Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Caring Across Generations
  • Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Tiffany Lopez, Jeanette Antolin (U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Wakeland
  • Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action
  • Amber Goodwin, Community Justice Reform Coalition
  • Journey Jamison, Teen Gun Violence Activist
  • Mei-Ling Ho-Shing and Tyah-Amoy Roberts, Parkland Student Activists
  • Jess Weiner, Talk To Jess
  • Richard Dickson, Mattel
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, U.S. Fencing Team

Featured performances, featuring:

  • FLETCHER, Singer
  • Maytha Alhassen, Poet

Conversations, featuring:

  • Actress and Activist Jane Fonda with Black Lives Matter Co-Founder and Author of When They Call You a Terrorist Patrisse Cullors.
  • Journalist and Editor Elaine Welteroth moderating a conversation with Actress and Activist Yara Shahidi, Activist, Educator, Writer, and Co-Founder of Campaign Zero Brittany Packnett, and U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris.

United State of Women T-Shirt Reveal, featuring:

  • Danita Short, Founder Land of Distraction

Closing remarks speakers:

  • Jenn Brown, Civic Nation
  • Tracy Sturdivant, United State of Women and The League

SATURDAY AFTERNOON PLENARY INFORMATION:

After a day of inspiring speakers and big questions, consider this your official call to action. Hear from leading changemakers on how you can take everything you’ve heard today back home, to continue the conversations with your family, friends, and neighbors so that we can all create a more united state of women.

Performance, featuring:

  • DJ Young1

Afternoon Opening: Consider This Your Call to Action, featuring:

  • Tina Tchen
  • Taylor Barnes, United State of Women

Elected official welcome, featuring:

  • Vice President of the Minneapolis City Council Andrea Jenkins
  • Representative Ilhan Omar

Calls to Action, featuring:

  • Surina Khan, California Women’s Foundation
  • Kalisha Dessources and Joanne Smith, Young Women’s Initiative
  • Rubi Martinez, DACA activist
  • Lillibeth Navarro, Communities Actively Independent and Free
  • Elise Buik, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
  • Julie Miller-Phipps, Kaiser Permanente
  • Vanessa Daniel, Groundswell Fund
  • Sue Dunlap and Jennifer Torres, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles
  • Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Center United
  • Tarana Burke, MeToo and Girls for Gender Equity

Conversations featuring:  

  • Actress and Activist Connie Britton
  • Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, Cindy Holland
  • Valerie Jarrett and CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, Sallie Krawcheck
  • Tina Tchen and Actress and Time’s Up Activist Jurnee Smollett

Keynote Conversation, featuring:

  • Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama in Conversation with Actress and Activist Tracee Ellis Ross

Closing Remarks, featuring:

  • United State of Women Team

For detailed information on Day One breakout sessions and Day Two site visits, please visit: https://theunitedstateofwomen2018.sched.com/

 

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For Immediate Release

April 13, 2018

Contact: Rachel Palermo, press@civicnation.org

 

United State of Women Announces Additional Program Details

The Summit will provide women and allies with new solutions, connections, hands-on trainings, and tools to take action across the country and in their communities

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, United State of Women announced program details and additional speakers for their Summit, which will take place in Los Angeles on May 5-6, 2018. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will participate as a special guest at the summit, which will bring together 5,000 people. United State of Women, an independent nonprofit that originated in 2016 with a Summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, now serves as a convener and connector, bringing women and allies together across backgrounds and beliefs to engage and inspire each other to turn passion into action.

To register for the summit, visit www.unitedstateofwomen.org

The Summit will spotlight concrete solutions, connect attendees with leading organizations working at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues, and equip them with tools and training. It will also celebrate women and allies who have made a significant impact in their own communities.

Day One will take place at the Shrine Auditorium. The day will engage women, girls, and allies from across the country through inspiring sessions, with speakers including Padma Lakshmi, Sophia Bush, and Mayor Aja Brown, Tarana Burke, Ai-jen Poo,  Symone Sanders, and over a hundred other speakers. Throughout the day, there will be issue-breakouts, opportunities to connect with leading fellow changemakers, and an interactive center with organizations and women-owned businesses. Breakout topics range from organizing, to sexual harassment, to racial justice. In addition, there will also be an inspiring marketplace, called “The Center,” where women-owned businesses and non-profit organizations working towards gender equity will be hosting activations.

On Day Two, attendees will fan out across Los Angeles to attend skills-based trainings and Community Teach-In’s hosted by a range of organizations that are making change on gender equity in Los Angeles. Topics range from civic engagement to reproductive health.

View our speakers here and the schedule of events here.

***MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media interested in attending should email Rachel Palermo at press@civicnation.org***

Background on The United State of Women

The United State of Women is a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it. Launched in 2016 with a Summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, USOW serves as a convener and connector, bringing women together across background and beliefs to engage and inspire each other. USOW amplifies the work of organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality, and provides tools, access and connections that help women see and step into their power to break down the barriers that hold women back.

For more information on the United State of Women Summit, visit www.theunitedstateofwomen.org and follow @USOWomen.

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For media inquiries or to sign up for press credentials, please email Rachel Palermo at press@civicnation.org.

 

3/22/2018

Former First Lady Michelle Obama to Participate in the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles

 The Summit will provide women and allies with new solutions, connections, hands-on trainings, and tools to take action across the country and in their communities

(Washington, D.C.) Former First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in the second United State of Women Summit, which will take place in Los Angeles on May 5-6, 2018. United State of Women, an independent nonprofit that grew out of the Obama Administration’s Council on Women and Girls, is focused on inspiring women and allies to turn passion into action.

To register for the summit, visit www.unitedstateofwomen.org

The Summit will spotlight concrete solutions, connect attendees with leading organizations working at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues, and equip them with tools and training. It will also celebrate women and allies who have made a significant impact in their own communities.

Other Summit participants include Tarana Burke, Jane Fonda, and Mayor Eric Garcetti. To learn more about the program, visit our website. United State of Women is proud to partner with a broad range of organizations as community partners.

The United State of Women hosted its first Summit in June of 2016 in Washington, D.C., convening over 5,000 women from every walk of life – across race, ethnicity, age and geography. To harness attendees’ palpable energy, following the Summit, USOW launched the Galvanize Programa nationwide effort that turns women’s momentum into strategic action in local communities.

“The United State of Women Summit will lift up the voices of leaders and organizations that are making an impact in their communities,” said Jordan Brooks, Managing Director of the United State of Women. “We’re thrilled that Former First Lady Michelle Obama will join us for our conversations with changemakers across the country who are advocating and organizing in their local communities.”

***MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media interested in attending should email Rachel Palermo at press@civicnation.org***

Background on The United State of Women

The United State of Women is a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it. Launched in 2016 with a Summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, USOW serves as a convener and connector, bringing women together across background and beliefs to engage and inspire each other. USOW amplifies the work of organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality, and provides tools, access and connections that help women see and step into their power to break down the barriers that hold women back.

For more information on the United State of Women Summit, visit www.theunitedstateofwomen.org and follow @USOWomen.

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3/1/2018

United State of Women to Bring Thousands of Women and Allies Together in Los Angeles to Turn Political Passion into Action

 The Summit will provide women and allies with new solutions, connections, hands-on trainings, and tools to take action across the country and in their communities

 

(Washington, D.C.) – To kick off Women’s History Month, the United State of Women announced the second United State of Women Summit that will take place in Los Angeles on May 5-6, 2018.

 

As more women speak up, run for office, and take their seats at decision-making tables, the summit will inspire women and allies to break down the barriers that hold women back, then channel their energy into action that sets change in motion for years to come. The Summit will spotlight concrete solutions, connect attendees with leading organizations working at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues, and equip them with tools and training. It will also celebrate women and allies who have made a significant impact in their own communities.

 

The Summit will feature the following speakers including activists, leaders, and barrier breakers. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

  • Brittany Packnett, Educator and Activist
  • Elaine Welteroth, Award-Winning Journalist and Former Editor-In-Chief of Teen Vogue
  • Rowan Blanchard, Actress and Artist
  • Jane Fonda, Actor and Activist
  • Tarana Burke, Founder of the “me too” movement
  • Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest
  • Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and Chair of the Obama White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Ai-Jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance & Co-Director, Caring Across Generations
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Amy Elaine Wakeland, First Lady of Los Angeles, Political Strategist, Public Policy Expert
  • Connie Britton, Emmy nominated Actress
  • Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center
  • Symone D. Sanders, Strategist and Political Commentator
  • Sophia Bush, Actress and Activist
  • Patrisse Cullors, Artist and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter
  • Tina Tchen, Former Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the Obama White House Council on Women and Girls
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder, President at ROC United
  • Monica Ramirez, Activist with Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  • Jess Weiner, CEO and Cultural Changemaker
  • Amanda Seales, Comedian
  • Natalie Molina Niño, CEO of BRAVA Investments
  • Carmen Rojas, Founder and CEO, The Workers Lab
  • Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy
  • Joanne N. Smith, Founder/Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)
  • Kelly Marie Tran, Actress and Philanthropist
  • Margo Georgiadis, CEO of Mattel
  • Jen Welter, first female Coach in the NFL
  • Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
  • Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater LA
  • Beverly Bond, Founder and CEO of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!
  • Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California
  • FLETCHER, Singer-Songwriter

 

To register for the summit, visit www.unitedstateofwomen.org

 

The United State of Women hosted its first Summit in June of 2016 in Washington, D.C., convening over 5,000 women from every walk of life – across race, ethnicity, age and geography. To harness attendees’ palpable energy, following the Summit, USOW launched the Galvanize Programa nationwide effort that turns women’s momentum into strategic action in local communities.  

 

“Across the country, women are saying loudly that they will not be sidelined. They will fight for the future that they want for themselves, their families, and this country. Over the last year, women have been advocating and organizing in their local communities, making waves for generations to come. The United State of Women is excited to bring together these powerful changemakers and equip them to make even more change, faster,” said Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.

 

“Now more than ever, the world is paying attention to issues of gender disparity. The United State of Women provides a platform and a microphone for women across the country to share their experiences, and we will use the Summit to lift up the voices of leaders and organizations doing extraordinary things around the country,” said Tina Tchen, former Executive Director of the Obama Administration’s Council on Women and Girls.

 

“At United State of Women, we’re excited to bring together a dynamic group of organizations and individuals who are working on the front lines to break down the barriers that hold women back. At the Summit, we’ll break down the barriers between us so that this work is as connected, collaborative and effective in this moment as it can be,” said Jordan Brooks, Managing Director of the United State of Women.

 

United State of Women has been working closely with our lead partner The Women’s Foundation of California and other partners including The City of Los Angeles, and the Liberty Hill Foundation, the California Endowment and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and other organizations and groups across California and the country to build the 2018 United State of Women Summit.

 

United State of Women is proud to partner with a broad range of organizations as community partners, please see them here.

 

The Summit is generously supported by organizations from across the country including:

 

  • Netflix
  • Mattel, Inc.
  • The California Endowment
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • Aerie
  • Google
  • The Women’s Funding Network
  • Allstate Foundation Purple Purse
  • Land of Distraction
  • New York Women’s Foundation
  • Minnesota Women’s Foundation
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • United Way Greater Los Angeles
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • The Workers Lab
  • WHH Foundation
  • Achieving America Family Foundation
  • SKDKnickerbocker

 

See our growing list of sponsors here.

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media interested in attending should email Rachel Palermo at press@civicnation.org.

Background on The United State of Women

The United State of Women is a national organization for any woman who sees that we need a different America for all women to survive and thrive — and wants to work collectively to achieve it. Launched in 2016 with a Summit co-hosted with the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, USOW serves as a convener and connector, bringing women together across background and beliefs to engage and inspire each other. USOW amplifies the work of organizations and individuals at the forefront of the fight for women’s equality, and provides tools, access and connections that help women see and step into their power to break down the barriers that hold women back.

 

For more information on the United State of Women Summit, visit www.theunitedstateofwomen.org and follow @USOWomen.

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