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Our annual national conference is like no other civic gathering in America. Hundreds of changemakers, activists, and catalysts show up to learn about power, build their networks, and recharge their sense of purpose. They come from across the country, the political spectrum, and a wide range of domains — from immigrant rights to national service, voting reform to veteran re-integration, civic education to arts and tech. They are you.

Our theme this year is Citizen Power, particularly in the shadow of Ferguson and Staten Island, and the 50th anniversary of so much of the Civil Rights Movement. This is a time when citizens are solving problems in new ways, bypassing broken institutions, stale ideologies, and polarized politics. We are part of a movement to rekindle citizenship in America. Citizen Power Now!

Darnell Strom 2013 CitizenU


Friday March 20

5:30p Opening Reception Paul Rucker, Artist
6:30p Keynote The Future of Elder Care: What We Need for a Changing America Ai-jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance, Caring Across Generations)
Planery Panel Dignity and Economic Justice Ai-jen Poo, Carmen Rojas (The Workers Lab), Susie Young (SEIU), Silvia Gonzalez (Casa Latina). Moderated by Courtney Martin. Co-presented with SEIU 775NW Reclaiming Prosperity.
Planery Panel Ferguson and Beyond Bukky Gbadegesin & Waylon McDonald (Organization for Black Struggle, St. Louis), Reuben Riggs (St. Louis Students in Solidarity), Jazmine Cañez (Women of Color for Systemic Change), Leslie McSpadden (YouthBuild St. Louis). Moderated by Eric Liu.

Saturday March 21

8a Conference Check-in
8:30a Conference Opening How Power Works Eric Liu (Citizen University)
9a Plenery Talk We Are All Americans Heather McGhee (Demos)
Plenary Talk Social Disruption and the Sharing Economy Matt Kibbe (FreedomWorks)
Plenary Talk Criminal Justice Reform: The Future is Now Alison Holcomb (ACLU)
Choose from one Breakout in Session I
Breakouts: Session I Heather McGhee (Demos)
Breakouts: Session I Matt Kibbe (FreedomWorks)
Breakouts: Session I Alison Holcomb (ACLU)
Breakouts: Session I Mapping Civic and Creative Power Hanmin Liu (Wildflowers Institute) & Janet Seibert (City of Austin)
Breakouts: Session I Cracking the Code: A System of Racial Inequity Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo
Breakouts: Session I Action Civics  Mikva Challenge
12p Lunch Family-Style dining
1p Plenary Talk Social Norms: How to Steer Popular Opinion Shannon Watts (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America)
Plenary Talk The Peer Effect Mauricio Lim Miller (Family Independence Initiative)
Plenary Talk Money and the Power of Inclusion Nick Hanauer (Entrepreneur)
Choose from one Breakout in Session II
Breakouts: Session II Your Message in a Minute Shannon Watts (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America)
Breakouts: Session II Catalyzing the Peer Effect Family Independence Initiative Families
Breakouts: Session II Nick Hanauer (Entrepreneur)
Breakouts: Session II Improving Ourselves, Improving Our World Ruthie Ackerman & Asha Curran (92nd Street Y)
 Breakouts: Session II We The People and The Climate Movement Annie Leonard (Greenpeace)
Breakouts: Session II What is Prison For? Lynn Novick (Florentine Films)
4p Plenary Panel Opportunity Youth United YouthBuild’s National Council of Young Leaders
Plenary Discussion The Art of Social Change Claudia Rankine (Poet) & Robert Schenkkan (Playwright) with Eric Liu
5:15p Conference Closing Pastor Patrinell Wright (Total Experience Gospel Choir)
5:30p Closing Reception Book Signing

Times and speakers subject to change.


Beautiful Seattle Center


Thank You


Registration closes March 16th!

  • Students, seniors, veterans and those in public service can register for $75.
  • Refund Policy: Jan.1 – Feb. 28 – Registrations are refundable at 50%. After March 1: Registrations are NOT refundable. You can always transfer your registration to another person at no charge, even on event day.


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Fly Delta to CitizenUCon15

We are pleased to announce that Delta Air Lines, Inc. is our exclusive airline partner. Receive a discount when you fly Delta to CitizenUCon15. Reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code “NMKUG” in the box provided on the Search Flights page. Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.

  • Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above. Fare Details Discounts applicable to U.S./ Canada originating passengers. Contract not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers. Not all fares are eligible for use with this contract. Fare rules will determine eligibility.

We need Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering before, during and after the conference please email Sasha Cousineau.

Questions and general inquiries? Email Ben Phillips.