We The Action
Inside the Fight to Protect the Election: A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen
Join us online on Friday, 10/21 at 1p ET
Posted October 17, 2022
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Join us for a virtual conversation on Friday, October 21st at 1p ET.
Voting rights are under attack across the nation, so the fight for fair and accessible elections is more urgent than ever. Lawyers are a key resource in the fight for free, fair, and safe elections
Every citizen has an equal right to participate in our democracy. Yet, barriers to the ballot box persist, particularly for those who were historically disenfranchised. And new threats to democratic participation are emerging every day in statehouses across the nation. We The Action and When We All Vote invite you to a conversation with civil rights leaders Valerie Jarrett and Tina Tchen for an insider's look at the threats facing our democracy and the ways lawyers can partner with nonprofit organizations to protect our election.
About the speakers:
Valerie Jarrett is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, published in April 2019. She serves as Board Chairman of Civic Nation, Co-Chair of The United State of Women, and is a One Million Black Women Advisory Board member. Jarrett serves on the boards of Walgreens Boot Alliance, Inc., Ralph Lauren Corporation, Lyft, Inc., Sweetgreen, Ariel Investments, The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Innocence Project, Sesame Street Workshop and the Economic Club of Chicago. Jarrett also serves on the Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Advisory Board member and is a senior advisor to ATTN.
Ms. Jarrett was the Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2009-2017, making her the longest serving senior advisor to a president in history. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” Award.
Tina Tchen was a partner at the Chicago office of the law firm Skadden Arps for more than two decades in the litigation department. Tchen was also an active civic leader in Chicago, including serving on the University of Chicago Medical Center Board and as President of the Field Foundation Board. She served for eight years in the Obama White House, first as the inaugural Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and then as Chief of Staff to Mrs. Obama. Tchen also served as the Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls for all eight years. After the White House, she headed the Chicago office of the Buckley law firm, where she founded a practice advising companies on corporate culture, following which she served as the President and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation. Tchen also co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund to connect people to legal or public relations support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries.