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Ashley Allison

CEO of Turner Conoly Group, CNN Commentator, Harvard Fellow, Former Obama-Biden Administration and Biden-Harris Campaign and Transition Senior Advisor, Educator

Builder, creator, advocate, and organizer. Ashley Allison is an Obama-Biden Administration and Biden-Harris campaign senior staffer with more than 15 years of experience building campaigns and strategies that lead to victory. As the National Coalitions Director for Biden-Harris 2020 presidential campaign, she led nearly 300 staff and paid fellows to activate the most robust coalition of voters in modern history. The investment and strategy spearheaded by Ashley provided results with a historic increase in voter turnout in African Americans, young Americans, Latino, AAPI, Indigenous voters, progressives, seniors, and many more. She recently completed leading the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team outreach efforts and racial equity portfolio. Currently, she is the Founder and CEO of the Turner Conoly Group, LLC.

Calling upon her experience in politics, leadership, and civil rights Ashley is able to speak on a variety of topics such as teamwork, racial equity, and corporate success.

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As we approach year three of the pandemic and companies/organizations are learning how to grapple with the “Great Resignation”, we must focus on how to sustain our team. Ashley has experience of building teams from scratch, reorganizing teams because of the moment they are in, and sustaining existing infrastructure with new leadership. Learn from Ashley how you can get the most out of your team while they also enjoy and thrive in the role they are in. Some things might have changed because of COVID-19, but a winning team is a constant for a successful company and organizations.

To create a world where all are treated fairly and equal, we must shift our understanding and change the culture to meaningfully address racial equity and diversity and inclusion. Though these issues can be tricky, sensitive, and difficult to navigate, Ashley will guide you through an honest, welcoming, and transformative process that will help you create a corporate and company culture that will help us all get closer to an America that is as good as its ideals.

Leaders, companies, and organizations alike have all learned that having lasting success comes when we realize one foundational principle: everyone must have a seat at the table. Inspired by Shirley Chisholm’s creed that, “if they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,” this engaging and enlightening session will show you that we all win when there’s a seat at the table for everyone. With expertise that has been honed over more than 15 years building some of the most successful campaigns and prominent coalitions in our country, Ashley will help you understand the importance of coalitions, how to build them, how to navigate their complex dynamics, how to keep them together, and how true coalition building can help you achieve your outcomes.

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Ashley Allison is an ObamaBiden Administration and BidenHarris campaign and transition senior advisor with more than 15 years of experience building campaigns and strategies that lead to victory. As the National Coalitions Director for the BidenHarris 2020 presidential campaign, she led nearly 500 staff to activate the most robust coalition of voters in modern history. The investment and strategy spearheaded by Ashley provided results with a historic increase in voter turnout in African Americans, young Americans, Latino, AAPI, Indigenous voters, progressives, seniors and many more. She was the Director of Outreach for the BidenHarris Presidential Transition Team. She is now the founding partner of The Turner Conoly Group.

Ashley served as the Executive Vice President for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights from 20172021. She reformed the 70+ year organization’s strategies on how to run campaigns and policy efforts. Her management resulted in the creation of the And Still I Vote campaign, which launched in Vogue and People magazine, and protected the right to vote for millions of Americans during the 2020 election cycle. She also created Census Counts, the national 2020 census campaign, helping to get the citizenship question removed from the 2020 census form.

Before joining The Leadership Conference, Ashley was the deputy director and senior policy advisor for the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement from 2014 to 2017. In this role she led the White House’s efforts on criminal justice and policing reform. In 2012, she led African American engagement for President Obama in the most contested battleground state of Ohio. Her strategy led to a four percent increase in Black turnout from 2008 to 2012. She then joined Enroll America and helped enroll 1.5 million people in “Obamacare”.

Before entering politics, Ashley began her career as a high school special education teacher in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, New York and earned her master’s in education. She earned her law degree, with a specialty in public interest law focusing on housing rights, voting and democracy, and racial equity, from Brooklyn Law School, and her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. Ashley serves as the Chairwoman for the Color of Change PAC Board and is a member of the Free Press Action Fund Board. In her free time, she teaches yoga and meditation to women of color. She also is the former host of the Podcast Pod for Cause, and is a regular contributor on CNN and MSNBC. Ashley is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.

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