When We All Vote’s ‘Culture of Democracy Summit’ in June will bring together industry leaders for a national conversation about protecting and expanding democracy ahead of the midterms

(Washington, DC): Today, When We All Vote announced that Co-Chairs Selena Gomez, Janelle Monáe, Liza Koshy and Kerry Washington, as well as When We All Vote Ambassadors Tracee Ellis Ross and Loni Love, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Jeezy and more will join the organization’s inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit June 10th-13th in Los Angeles, CA. When We All Vote Co-Chair and Founder Michelle Obama will serve as the keynote speaker. 

When We All Vote already announced that Nikole Hannah Jones, Eric Holder, Common, Alexis McGill Johnson, Magic Johnson, David Hogg and more are among the speakers at the event. This nonpartisan convening will bring together artists, athletes, academics, grassroots organizers and leaders in technology, civics and corporations to discuss the role different industries play in protecting and strengthening democracy through voter registration, education, mobilization and culture change. 

When We All Vote announced the following speakers today:

  • Scott Budnick, American film producer; Founder, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC); CEO, One Community, LLC
  • Selena Gomez, Co-Chair, When We All Vote
  • Tommy Hayes, Director of Policy Partnerships, Lyft 
  • Mary Kay Henry, International President, SEIU
  • Kei Kawashima-Ginsburg, Newhouse Director, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University
  • Liza Koshy, Co-Chair, When We All Vote
  • Gicola Lane, Restore Your Vote Advocate, Campaign Legal Center
  • Janelle Monáe, Co-Chair, When We All Vote
  • Jeezy, Supporter, When We All Vote
  • Tiffany Muller, Executive Director, End Citizens United
  • Conor Sanchez O’Shea, Founder and CEO, Up To Us
  • Gia Peppers, Entertainment Journalist, Host of “More Than That” Podcast
  • Vivek Ranadivé, Owner and Chairman, Sacramento Kings
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Ambassador, When We All Vote
  • Kerry Washington, Co-Chair, When We All Vote

When We All Vote is also happy to announce the following organizations as sponsors of the Culture of Democracy Summit: Ace Hotel, Airbnb, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), BET, Ellenos Yogurt, Emerson Collective, End Citizens United, Eventbrite, ICM Partners, James Irvine Foundation, Live Nation Urban, Lyft, MacArthur Foundation, MKG, MTV Entertainment, Planned Parenthood, Public Wise, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Sony Music Group, Spindrift, Tides Foundation and UTA Foundation.

View the full list of speakers here. The Summit will include virtual programming on Friday, June 10th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT and in-person convenings and experiences on June 11th and 12th in Los Angeles, CA. On Monday, June 13th a final series of conversations will kick off at 9 a.m. PT on the main stage at the Banc of California stadium. The all day experience will culminate in Mrs. Obama’s keynote speech that evening with an afterparty to follow. 

The virtual day of the Summit will be open to the press, and reporters interested in attending in-person on June 13th should email [email protected]. A limited number of in-person press passes will be available. The Summit is being produced by Live Nation Urban and MKG, and ticketing is being supported by When We All Vote partner, Eventbrite. All Summit events, with the exception of a smaller gathering, will be held outside and all events will follow all CDC Covid-19 protocols. More announcements about speakers and the agenda are forthcoming. Tickets and more information are available here.

ABOUT When We All Vote: 

When We All Vote is a leading national, nonpartisan initiative on a mission to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.

In 2020, When We All Vote ran a robust, multifaceted campaign and reached more than 100 million people to educate them about the voting process and get them registered and ready to vote. The initiative also led in voter education, registration, and volunteer engagement and as a result, 512,000 people started or completed the voter registration process, and nearly 500 media, corporate, and nonprofit partners joined its efforts.

Michelle Obama launched When We All Vote in 2018 and is joined by fellow Co-Chairs Stephen Curry, Becky G, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, H.E.R., Liza Koshy, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Bretman Rock, Kerry Washington, and Rita Wilson.

When We All Vote is an initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and works with Civic Nation Action, a 501(c)(4). Learn more here.

ABOUT Civic Nation:

Civic Nation is a nonprofit ecosystem for high-impact organizing and education initiatives working to build a more inclusive and equitable America. Civic Nation shifts culture, systems, and policy by bringing together individuals, grassroots organizers, industry leaders and influencers to tackle some of our nation’s most pressing social challenges. Civic Nation is home to seven national initiatives and campaigns: ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Change Collective, It’s On Us, Online for All, SAVE On Student Debt, We The Action, and When We All Vote. Learn more here.

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