2021 Annual Member Meeting Agenda & Zoom Links

A Democracy Turnaround: Leadership Now Project's Fifth Annual Member Meeting

March 11-12th (all times ET)


DAY ONE (Thursday, March 11)


4:00 - 4:10 Welcome to the Fifth Annual Leadership Now Member Meeting

Susan Ochs, New York Member and 2021 Member Meeting Chair


4:10 - 5:10 The Agenda in Washington: Perspectives from Congress

Representatives Elissa Slotkin (MN-08); Sean Casten (IL-06); Andy Kim (NJ-03); Peter Meijer (MI-03)

Moderated by Kahlil Byrd, CEO of InvestAmerica


5:10 - 5:25 Leadership Now 2.0 - Where We’ve Been and What’s Next

Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO of Leadership Now


5:25 - 6:00 Politics, Power, and Building A New Business Constituency

Eitan Hersh, Professor of Political Science at Tufts University


6:00 - 6:30 Breakouts: Building Local Power 

Join a small group discussion with members of your Chapter


6:30 - 6:45 2026: Achieving 250 Years of American Democracy

Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America


6:45 - 7:00 Closing Remarks from Leadership Now Steering & Investor Groups

Katherine Cousins & Lisa Blau, Chairs of the Steering and Investor Groups


7:00 - 8:00 Member-Hosted Happy Hour with Andrew Yang

Hosted by Jessie Petrow-Cohen, Member, New York; Patrick McGinnis, Steering Group Member, New York


DAY TWO (Friday, March 12)


3:30 - 4:00 Networking Session for Newer Members

How to get the most out of Leadership Now


4:00 - 4:15 Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) On How Politics Needs to Change

Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) & Craig Robinson, Steering Group Member


4:15 - 4:55 Navigating Democracy as a CEO Today

Featuring Leadership Now Members Lisa Lewin, CEO of General Assembly; Anoop Prakash, President of REV Ambulance Group; Jim Rechtin, President of Envision Healthcare

Moderated by Anne Morriss, Member


4:55 - 5:05 The Future of Voting & Elections: The State of Play

Michael Waldman, President of Brennan Center for Justice


5:05 - 5:45 Who Votes? Progress and Risks from Georgia to Texas

Minh Thu Pham, Member; Bertrall Ross, Professor at Berkeley School of Law; Sarah Walker, ED of Secure Democracy

Moderated by Tamer Mokhtar, Leadership Now Investor Group


5:45 - 6:45 Leadership Now 2.0 Strategy Sessions 

  • Misinformation and Polarization
  • Voting and Elections - State Level Action
  • Building a New Citizen Democracy
  • Future of Capitalism
  • Changing the Role of Business in Democracy
  • The Democracy Agenda in Washington



6:45 - 7:00 Action Read-Out and Closing Remarks

Daniella Ballou Aares, CEO of Leadership Now

Susan Ochs, Member Meeting Chair