With the first-ever Virginia Summit just three days away, I wanted to make sure you were aware of the unique opportunity this event will present attendees to hear from some of the leading experts in Virginia and national politics on the tools, skills and issues that we need as a party to win and move this Commonwealth forward.
The two-day Virginia Summit will be full of trainings and panel discussions by representatives from key Democratic and progressive institutions, including the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Governor’s Association, numerous winning Virginia campaigns and a host of advocacy organizations and campaign consultants.
In addition to the broad experience and expertise that will define the Summit weekend, we are especially excited to welcome our featured presenter Dr. Drew Westen, who will be sharing his perspective on messaging our Democratic values in a lunchtime address and a hands-on workshop.
Dr. Westen is a clinical, personality, and political psychologist and neuroscientist, and a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University. He is also the founder of Westen Strategies, a strategic messaging firm. As the author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation (which you can pick up at the summit), Dr. Westen has influenced campaigns, companies and nonprofits around the world. He will share his unique perspective on delivering an emotionally impactful political message and work with Summit attendees to ensure that we talk about our values in a way that resonates best with our audience.
The opportunity to hear from leading experts like Dr. Westen, speak with him directly, and interact with hundreds of other elected officials, candidates, activists and operatives from across the Commonwealth is what the Virginia Summit is all about.
The DPVA, OFA and the VAYD’s are dedicated to giving our activists the tools and skills they need to win elections and advance our values of justice, fairness and equality of opportunity for every Virginian, and this Summit is a large part of our effort to accomplish that mission.
I hope you will click here to view the full Summit schedule and take advantage of the low $25 registration fee for this unprecedented event. With every dedicated activist who signs up to educate, train and win with us this weekend we get closer to building the progressive grassroots operation we need to win in November and turn our shared values into positive change for Virginians.
See you this weekend at the Summit,