Obama Foundation Summit
Schedule

Day One: October 31st

Registration

2nd Floor, Marriott Marquis

Once you collect your name badge, be sure to pick up your Supply Kit, grab some coffee, and enjoy the exhibits we’ve curated just for you.

Opening Session — The Fierce Urgency of Now

Great Lakes Ballroom, Marriott Marquis

Some of the world’s most thoughtful and passionate civic leaders will take the stage and lay out the challenges we face, along with the opportunities we have for engagement and transformation. President Obama to speak.

with:

Liz Dozier @ Chicago Beyond

Anand Giridharadas, Writer and Author

Marietje Schaake @ European Parliament

Siva Vaidhyanathan @ University of Virginia

Paulo Rogerio Nunes @ Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University

Heather McGhee @ Demos

Theaster Gates @ Rebuild Foundation

Whitney Kimball Coe @ Center for Rural Strategies

Breakout Block 1

2nd Floor Rooms, Marriott Marquis

See the Breakout Sessions Schedule.

Conversation with Prince Harry

Great Lakes Ballroom, Marriott Marquis

Prince Harry will join Mellody Hobson in a conversation on ways that youth can be the drivers of community engagement and development.

with:

Chantelle Stefanovic @ Full Effect

David Peterson @ After School Matters

Community Supper

Museum of Science & Industry

Co-hosted by Sam Kass, Michael Hebb, and The People’s Supper
Join us for an evening at one of the largest science centers in the Western Hemisphere where we’ll reflect together on questions about identity and community.

 

Day Two: November 1st

Morning Meditation (optional)

Water Tower A, Marriott Marquis

Start your day with an optional yoga and meditation session led by Chicagoan Lizzi Cutler.

Breakfast

Great Lakes Ballroom E, Marriott Marquis

Fuel up before our jam-packed day begins.

Morning Session—Business & Society

Great Lakes Ballroom, Marriott Marquis

In a discussion moderated by Cecilia Muñoz, we’ll delve into the role workplaces and employers play in building strong, healthy communities.

with:

Andy Puddicombe @ Headspace

David Simas @ Obama Foundation

Ai-jen Poo @ National Domestic Workers Alliance

Hamdi Ulukaya @ Chobani

Joe Gebbia @ Airbnb

Brian Alexander, Author

Mary Kay Henry @ SEIU

Breakout Block 2

2nd Floor Rooms, Marriott Marquis

See the Breakout Sessions Schedule.

Break

2nd Floor, Marriott Marquis

Use the downtime to meet attendees, grab some coffee, check out the bookstore, and explore our interactive exhibits—including Portals, which will bring you face-to-face with communities around the world for live conversations.

Conversation with Mrs. Obama

Great Lakes Ballroom, Marriott Marquis

In a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander, Mrs. Obama will discuss her sources of inspiration and what it takes to live a life of public service.

Lunch

Great Lakes Ballroom E, Marriott Marquis

Grab some lunch and strike up a conversation with your fellow attendees.

Breakout Block 3

2nd Floor Rooms, Marriott Marquis

See the Breakout Sessions Schedule.

Break

2nd Floor, Marriott Marquis

Use the downtime to meet attendees, grab some coffee, check out the bookstore, and try out interactive exhibits.

Breakout Block 4

2nd Floor Rooms, Marriott Marquis

See the Breakout Sessions Schedule.

Closing Session—Collective Power

Great Lakes Ballroom, Marriott Marquis

Solutions to the world’s most pressing problems are being invented and adapted every day by groups of people who have found common cause. President Obama to speak.

with:

Liz Dozier @ Chicago Beyond

Eric Liu @ Citizen University

Common, Actor and Musician

Brenda Eheart @ Generations of Hope

Adebola Williams, Nigerian entrepreneur and journalist

Tina Rosenberg @ Solutions Journalism Network

Chef José Andrés @ ThinkFoodGroup

Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton, CA

Bryan Stevenson @ Equal Justice Initiative

Dinner

Great Lakes Ballroom E, Marriott Marquis

Enjoy a traditional Puerto Rican meal created in collaboration with José Andrés, chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, an organization that has served more than 1 million meals to those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Community Event

Wintrust Arena

Let’s celebrate our time together and join the broader Chicago community for a concert to inspire active citizenship.

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