Unite Summit Launch

In August, we will convene the first ever Unite Summit –– a historic gathering of independent leaders, candidates, and elected officials from around the country to propel our movement toward the 2018 elections and beyond.

What's happening at the Summit?

The Unite Summit kicks off the evening of Friday, August 17th with a rooftop reception where you can connect with Unite America supporters, including our endorsed 2018 candidates.

We’ve got a jammed-packed Saturday for you to learn from leading thinkers & doers through panel discussions, keynote speakers, and participant-led “Indy Talks” and unconference sessions. Finally, we roll up our sleeves to build our movement until mid-day on Sunday, August 19th with breakout groups and skills-building workshops such as how to run for office.  


Who’s going?

Confirmed participants so far include:

  • Hon. Brian Baird, former U.S. Representative (1999-2011) & co-Chair of Washington Independents, will give an insider’s view on what’s fueling Congressional dysfunction

  • Mark Gerzon, chief facilitator of the US House of Representatives’ bipartisan retreats, will lead a workshop on how to find common ground in polarized times

  • Dr. Kate Harris, psychologist & independent candidate for New Hampshire State House, will give a talk on what neuroscience can tell us about political leadership

  • Hon. Cheri Jahn, independent Colorado State Senator, will share her story of leaving the Democratic Party in 2017 and what it is like to serve as a caucus of one  

  • Linda Killian, author of The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents, will moderate a panel on how independents can advance reforms like Ranked Choice Voting

  • Russ Verney, former campaign manager for Ross Perot & founding chairman of the Reform Party, will discuss whether our country needs a new third political party



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