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Obama Foundation Announces 2019 Summit in Chicago

September 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT

CHICAGO, IL – The Obama Foundation announced today that it will host its third Summit October 28-29 in Chicago. President and Mrs. Obama will attend and speak at the event, which will bring together participants from across the Foundation’s programs—Obama Foundation Fellows, Scholars, Africa Leaders, Community Leadership Corps members, and representatives of the Girls Opportunity Alliance and My Brother's Keeper Alliance communities.

The theme of this year’s Summit is “Places Reveal Our Purpose.” The Summit will showcase the Foundation’s vision for the Obama Presidential Center and how it connects to a growing global network of leaders, rooted in the community-focused and community-organizing legacy of Chicago and embodied by President and Mrs. Obama.

“We’re hosting the Summit in our backyard, Chicago, the place the Obamas’ story began and the future home of the Obama Presidential Center and Museum,” said CEO David Simas. “By anchoring the Summit in the power of place, the Foundation will uplift the idea that a person’s community shapes their purpose and guides them to do meaningful and impactful work.”

Consistent with the Foundation’s mission to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world, the Summit will highlight the growing network of leaders who are taking up the mantle of change to build the world they want to see.

Summit participants will include representatives from across Foundation programming around the United States and the world, including emerging leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, as well as members of the Chicago community. In addition to program participants, the Summit will also feature special guests—both on the main stage and in breakout sessions—who are committed leaders in their communities and working to engage others to make a positive impact.

More details, including a livestream of the Summit, will be made available at

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