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Our Common Hope for our Communities

Obama Foundation Summit

November 17, 2018

In this opening session, hear from speakers like Janelle Monáe, Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, Cubs President Theo Epstein, and Obama Foundation program participants who are bound together by a shared hope that our best days are ahead of us, as long as we put in the work.

Video Highlights

Inside the 2018 Obama Foundation Summit

Hear from Obama Foundation Scholar Juan Carlos Monterrey Gómez and Community Leadership Corps members Emily Nordquist and Yaiza Van Horn on their experience at the Summit and how the Foundation is empowering them to take on the biggest challenges in their communities.

In this picture, President Obama wearing a black suit and gray shirt poses beside
a man with a light skin tone wearing a black suit and a white shirt, while smiling
 at the camera.

See the faces of the Obama Foundation Summit, and how they're working to build meaningful change in their communities.


Janelle Monáe and Community Leadership Corps members Danny Flores and Anna Dong share their stories and how their communities have helped them find their voices.

“Make sure that everyone who should has a place at your table. Find out who is missing and make it comfortable for them to join.”
- Obama Scholar, Ana Maria Gonzalez-Forrero
Three men sit on sofas in conversation in front of an Obama Foundation Summit logo

MBK Alliance Executive Director Michael Smith speaks with winners of the MBK Alliance Community Competition.

“You are somewhere that is someone’s home.”
- Obama Fellow Ashley Hanson
“I’ve always had that feeling inside that I was fighting for anyone who has been told no.”
- Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

Songwriter and jazz vocalist Queen Esther and guitarist Jeff McLaughlin closed out the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit with a powerful performance.

A Day in the Life