Convening the Brightest Minds from the Right and Left to Fix American Politics...and Party in New Orleans

Conservatives. Progressives. Solutions.

This is no ordinary conference. No endless panels and speeches. It’s fast-paced and fun, with plenty of time to self-organize as you mingle with top advocacy leaders, academics, comedians, musicians, celebrities, activists, philanthropists and journalists. This is about crossing partisan and ideological divides and working together on concrete solutions to unrig America’s political system…. with plenty of New Orleans fun mixed in. 

Featured Speakers from Across the Political Spectrum

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Actor & Member of Represent.Us Creative Council

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Actor & Member of Represent.Us Board of Directors

Richard Painter

Richard Painter

Professor, Former White House Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush

Steve Hilton

Steve Hilton

FOX News Host CEO & Founder, Crowdpac

Zach Wamp

Zach Wamp

Former U.S. House Rep. (R), Tennessee District 3, Issue One ReFormers Caucus

Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

Adam McKay

Adam McKay

Oscar-Winning Director, Member of Represent.Us Board of Directors

Anita Earls

Anita Earls

Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Ann Ravel (D), Trevor Potter (R) + Ellen Weintraub (D)

Ann Ravel (D), Trevor Potter (R) + Ellen Weintraub (D)

Federal Election Commissioners (past and present)

Keesha Gaskins-Nathan

Keesha Gaskins-Nathan

Program Director, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Ron Suskind

Ron Suskind

Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer, Wall Street Journal, Best-Selling Author on Presidents and Politics

Also featuring these leaders in the field:

RUPA BALASUBRAMANIAN, Philanthropic Advisor | ANDY BERNSTEIN, HeadCount | JOHN BONIFAZ, Free Speech for People | LESLEY CHILCOTT, Documentary Film Producer & Director | JEFF CLEMENTS, American Promise | DAVID DONNELLY, Every Voice | ADAM EICHEN, Author | KAREN HOBERT FLYNN, Common Cause | GINNA GREEN, ReThink Media | SENATOR ROBERT HERZBERG, CA State Senator | STEVE HILTON, CrowdPac | ANTHONY JOHNSTONE, University of Montana | CATIE KELLEY, Campaign Legal Center | SHEILA KRUMHOLZ, Center for Responsive Politics | FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ, Author | CARMEN LOPEZ, Thornburg Foundation | TIFFANY MULLER, End Citizens United | LARRY NOBLE, Campaign Legal Center | NATALIE TENNANT, Brennan Center | NICK NYHART, Every Voice Center | GREG ORMAN, Entrepreneur | DAVID ORR, Oberlin College | CHAD PEACE, IVC Media | NICK PENNIMAN, Issue One | JOHN PUDNER, Take Back Our Republic | ROB RICHIE, FairVote | PAUL S. RYAN, Common Cause | JOSH SILVER, Represent.Us | NICK STEPHANOPOLOUS, University of Chicago | CIARA TORRES-SPELLISCY, Stetson Law | ERIC WANG, Center for Competitive Politics

Tracks for Advocacy, Policy and One Helluva Good Time

Shape the future of: Money in Politics, Gerrymandering, Citizens United, Voting Reform, Transparency and more.

Friday Night Welcome Party

Have a drink and meet the movement at an authentic New Orleans nightclub with live bands, top comedians, celebrity speakers and more.

Tickets: FREE with registration

Saturday Night Live Performance

An intimate evening of live music, standup comedy and inspired (short) speeches in an 1,800-seat historic New Orleans theater. Let’s celebrate our movement like never before.

Tickets: FREE with registration

Full lineup coming soon. Stay tuned.

The Power of Storytelling

From winning new recruits to getting press coverage, so much of what we do relies on our ability to tell a compelling story about our work and ourselves. Learn the narrative skills that power winning campaigns from the people who organized some of our country’s best.

Frenemies with Benefits

Not sure how to talk to politicians or activists on the other side of the political spectrum? Learn what tactics have worked and what messaging appeals to decision makers on the right and the left, so you can build more effective coalitions.

Iron Campaign: Iron Chef for Activists

Get off the sidelines and get your hands dirty! In this interactive training, you’ll join a team to create a campaign live at the summit. Starting with the same ingredients, you and your crew will be guided through a campaign planning simulation. Walk away victorious with the recipe for success!

At Our Whit(ford)’s End With Gerrymandering?

The upcoming Supreme Court decision in Gill v. Whitford will either amplify our ability to take down partisan gerrymandering or send advocates back to the drawing board. What are the potential — and most likely — outcomes from the Court, and how should we focus our efforts going forward?

From Russia, with Facebook

The 2016 presidential cycle showed how vulnerable our elections are to foreign influence. And out-of-state money continues to flood our most high-profile state elections. How can we limit the influence of non-constituents and those beyond the reach of our laws, and should we?

What to do about Citizens United?

Hear from the best legal minds on how reformers can work – and are already working – to challenge Citizens United, super PACs, dark money, and more.

Sliding Scale Registration

All pricing levels include all events, sessions and entertainment.
Please pay what you can afford.

$1500
  • Benefactor
  • Includes your registration, plus enables registration, travel and lodging for lower income participants

Travel Plans

Schedule your flight to Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans, code MSY.

Louis Armstrong Airport

The Saint Charles Streetcar runs between hotels and Tulane campus. More information:

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority

Between summit sessions, eat at Tulane University’s Student Life Center

Lavin-Bernick Center Food Court Guide

Or head off-campus to explore some fine New Orleans cuisine.

New Orleans Menu Guide

We have reserved a limited number of reduced rate rooms at the Sheraton Hotel, $175 including breakfast:

Click here to book now

For additional lodging guidance, please see Tulane University’s Lodging Guide

Tulane Lodging

Or consider an affordable hostel.

Hostel Lodging

Have a question? Just ask!

THIS IS NOT A TULANE UNIVERSITY PROGRAM OR EVENT

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