THE ARENA RALEIGH AGENDA

March 24 - 25, 2017

FRIDAY

4:30pm – Welcome, Norms & Overview

4:45pm – Enter the Arena

Former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Michigan

5:05pm – Goal Setting

6:25pm – The Arena Vision & Future

6:45pm – Lightning Talks Part 1

Senator Ian Conyers, Michigan State Senate
Kathryn Poindexter, Founder & Principal, Campaign Greenhouse

7:15pm – Keynote and Q&A

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana

8:00pm – After Party

SATURDAY

7:30am – Breakfast with Regional Cohort

8:30am – The North Carolina Story

Representative Graig Meyer, North Carolina House of Representatives
Representative Chaz Beasley, North Carolina House of Representatives

8:50am – How You Can Help North Carolina Save its Democracy

Former Governor Bev Perdue, North Carolina
Senator Jay Chaudhuri, North Carolina General Assembly
Jon Berkon, Partner, Perkins Coie

9:05am – Keeping Our Children at the Center of our Politics

Shavar Jeffries, CEO, Democrats for Education Reform
Rick Glazier, Executive Director, North Carolina Justice Center

9:30am – The #Resistance & Birth of a Movement

Matt Traldi, Co-Founder, Indivisible
Bob Bland, National Co-Chair, Women’s March
Ashley Allison, Faith Liaison and Deputy Director, Office of Public Engagement, Obama White House

10:05am – Progress from Arena Nashville Showcase

10:30am – Lighting Talks Part 2

Dimple Ajmera, Charlotte City Council
Rumana Ahmed, Former Member of National Security Council, President Obama & President Trump
Faiz Shakir, National Political Director, ACLU

11:00am – Keynote and Q&A

Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Perriello, Virginia

11:45am – Training Session 1

GRASSROOTS DIGITAL FUNDRAISING
Taryn Rosenkranz, Founder & CEO, New Blue Interactive
Tori Taylor, Democratic Strategist
Alexis Chininis, Deputy Outreach Director, ActBlue
Liz Jaff, VP of Business Development, Crowdpac

GETTING READY TO RUN WITH EMILY’S LIST
Sarah Curmi, Regional Director, Emily’s List, FOCUS 2020

CRAFTING YOUR MESSAGE
Dan Kanninen, Vice President, Smoot Tewes
Lynda Tran, Partner, 270 Strategies
Abdul El-Sayed, Gubernatorial Candidate, Michigan
Danielle Adams, Vice Chair, Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors

STANDING INDIVISIBLE – MAKING CONGRESS LISTEN IN THE TRUMP ERA
Matt Traldi, Co-Founder, Indivisible
Leigh Braslow Altman, Chapter Leader, Indivisible North Carolina
Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, Author & Chapter Leader, Indivisible North Carolina

CYBERSECURITY 101
Michael Sulmeyer, Director, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Cyber Security Project

MEDIA AS THE FOURTH ESTATE
Phil Napoli, Professor, Duke University DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy
Tom LoBianco, Reporter, CNN Politics, CNN Reality Check Team
Jake Horowitz, Co-Founder & Editor-at-Large, .Mic
Kristal High, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Politic365
Gabriel Debenedetti, Reporter, POLITICO

ACTION IN NORTH CAROLINA & VIRGINIA
Part 1
Akilah Ensley, Co-Chair, DNC Youth Council
Jonah Garson, Attorney
Kara Hollingsworth, Executive Director, LEAD NC
Andrew Barnhill, Young Democrat and Former Candidate, North Carolina State Senate
Representative Chaz Beasley, North Carolina House of Representatives
Representative Graig Meyer, North Carolina House of Representatives

Part 2
Avi Panth, Legislative Advisor, U.S. Navy
Brian Cannon, Executive Director, OneVirginia2021
Senator Adam Ebbin, Virginia General Assembly

1:00pm – Lunch

1:45pm – Training Session 2

TRADITIONAL FUNDRAISING
Senator Jay Chaudhuri, North Carolina General Assembly
Megan Nashban, Strategic Engagement and Development Consultant
Trevor Southerland, Finance Director, Virginia House Democratic Caucus

VOTER CONTACT
Kathryn Poindexter, Founder & Principal, Campaign Greenhouse
Addisu Demissie, Former National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Director, Hilary for America
Ryanne Brown, Deputy Digital Advertising Director, 270 Strategies
Michelle Kleppe, Former National Organizing Director, Hilary for America
Marc Levitt, Former Director of Scheduling and Advance, Bernie Sanders

KICKSTARTING A CAMPAIGN
Kate Catherall, Executive Director, CHORUS
Sarah Preston, Executive Director, Lillian’s List Action Fund
Rob Hill, CEO, Lexington Road Strategies
Molly Culhane, Senior Vice President, Amalgamated Bank
Trent Armitage, Executive Director, Virginia House Democratic Caucus

TECHNOLOGY & POLITICS FROM OBAMA ’08 TO NOW
Liz Jaff, VP of Business Development, Crowdpac
Michael Slaby, Founder, Timshel
Faiz Shakir, National Political Director, ACLU
Brady Kriss, Founder, Ragtag
Eric Maland, Digital 44, Former Member of U.S. Digital Service
Karine Jean-Pierre, Spokesperson, MoveOn.org
Elizabeth Haynes, Founder, Haynes & Company
Scott Goodstein, Founder & CEO, Revolution Messaging

FAITH & POLITICS
Ashley Allison, Faith Liaison & Deputy Director, Office of Public Engagement, Obama White House
Breon Wells, President & Founder, The Daniel Initiative
Wael Alzayat, CEO, Emerge USA
Lauren Bille, Founding Partner, The Big Quiet

FINDING THE “POP” IN POLITICS
Emily Abrams, Consultant, The Imagination Agency
Nathaniel Lubin, Lubin Strategies LLC, Former White House Digital Director
Amber Goodwin, Founder, Community Reform Justice Coalition
Matthew Little, Director of Communications, J/P Haitian Relief Organization

3:15pm – Next Steps, Driving Towards Action with Regional Cohort

6:00pm – Closing

8:00pm – After Party