About Summit 2022

It's been over two years since the last time People for the American Way or any of its leadership networks have hosted an in-person gathering to discuss and plan the future of our progressive movement -- and the stakes are now higher than they've ever been. 

In the years since we met for YEO Convening in 2019, the world was ravaged by a global pandemic; we took to the streets in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black Americans; and we went to the polls, defended the nation against insurrection, and are fighting against an unprecedented assault on the right to vote.

Summit 2022 will bring us together to talk about the essential progress we must make against suppression, obstruction, and disinformation from the Far Right. 

A New Format for this New Moment

Coalitions are key. For the first time in years, we're excited to bring the diverse voices across our coalitions together.


Our 2022 Summit will be different from any gathering we've had. We will bring together members of our Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network, African American Minister Leadership Conference (AAMLC), Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) Alumni, progressive activists and organizers, partners, experts, scholars, and others critical to this work to discuss the predominant issues threatening our communities and our democracy.

Summit will be a gathering for our nation's most dynamic progressive leaders to learn, develop, and network. It will also be a celebration of the groundbreaking work People for the American Way, our networks, and our members have done to build a pipeline of progressive leadership and make our nation freer and fairer for all of us.

Summit in Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta, the State of Georgia, and the Deep South are in so many ways on the front lines of the progressive movement and is the perfect and essential backdrop for our 2022 Summit 

Our 2022 Summit activities will be held in and around our host hotel, the W Downtown, "an urban oasis that captures the vital energy of the city" and a beautiful venue for such a cherished celebration . We'll be a short distance from Atlanta attractions like Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park.

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Big Ideas at Summit 2022

During the Big Ideas Summit, we will bring some of the nation's brightest progressive minds and boldest leaders together to dig deeper into issues impacting our communities and shaping the fabric of our democracy.

Since we last convened in 2019, the impact of COVID19 has only been compounded by the crisis posed by the inability of so many Americans to protect their lives and exercise their right to vote. 

During Summit, we will explore these threats to democracy and shape the work to make our bold, transformative vision a reality.

Check out the Big Ideas in focus at Summit 2022.


Defending Democracy and the Right to Vote

The integrity of our elections and voting rights are under unprecedented attack.

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Reimagining Policing and Public Safety

We believe that we must transform our systems of public safety to end police violence and strengthen our democracy. 


Join Us at Summit 2022

Applications have now closed for Summit 2022.

If you have questions about your Summit application or have been invited to attend and need help with registration, please email mbatchelor@pfaw.org

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Preview Summit

We're excited to welcome you to Atlanta! Below, find resources that will help you get ready for The Big Ideas Summit 2022!

Coming Soon

  • Keynote Speakers, Panelists, Awardees, and Special Guests

  • 2022 Georgia Host Committee

  • Special Events

  • Social Media Tools

  • Summit 2022 Program Book

Summit 2022 Georgia Host Committee

Members of our various networks across the State of Georgia are excited to welcome you to Atlanta for our Inaugural Big Ideas Summit! These changemakers are moving the needle for progress in Georgia and contributing tremendously to the work of People for the American Way across the nation.


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