The Global Oval Summit at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) will bring together U.S. leaders, celebrities, digital influencers and convention-goers to participate in a series of conversations on the next president’s global development agenda.

Key topics will include national security, economic growth, investing in girls & women, global health, energy access, and ending extreme poverty.

Come by anytime between 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26th to hear from some of our excellent speakers. The event is open to the press.

Beer and wine will be served.


The event will be held in room 204B at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Please enter the venue via the entrance at Market Street and 12th Street, next to the Hard Rock Café.

Once you enter the doors, take the escalator in to the Grand Hall. We will have directional volunteers to assist with finding room 204B from the entrance to the room.



Event Program

The program will run from 1:00-5:00 p.m. 

Our doors and registration will remain open throughout the event so feel free to come and go as your schedule permits.

1:00 p.m.  —  Opening Remarks: Connie Britton and Carla Hall

1:05 p.m.  —  Poverty is Sexist: Connie Britton and Howard Fineman

1:23 p.m.  —  What the Future Holds: Maria Otero

1:35 p.m.  —  The Third D: Why Development is in America’s National Interest: Former Senator Kay Hagan and Olivier Knox

1:52 p.m.  —  Ending World Hunger: David Ray, Carla Hall and Raj Shah

2:07 p.m.  —  America Must Lead: A Perspective from the Development Sector: Mina Chang and Jake Harriman

2:23 p.m.  —  The Future of Development: Senator Chris Coons and Jehmu Greene

2:37 p.m.  —  Putting the World in World Wide Web: Jimmy Wales

2:46 p.m.  —   2030 Now: Kathy Calvin and Senator Ben Cardin 

3:01 p.m.  —  Politics of Ending Extreme Poverty: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

3:15 p.m.  —  Empowering the Future: Rep. Nita Lowey and Sophie Tegenu 

3:32 p.m.  —    The Making of #WhatIReallyWant: Kate Garvey and MJ Delaney

3:44 p.m.   —   Powering Africa’s Growth: Tom Hart, Curtis Wynn and Rep. Eliot Engel

3:59 p.m.   —   Powering Tomorrow: Former Governor Martin O’Malley

4:09 p.m.  —   REACH for the Future: Rep. David Cicilline, Stephanie Cutter and Mark Shriver

4:26 p.m.  —  Nexus of Security & Development: Helene Gayle, Rye Barcott and Senator Tom Carper

4:56 p.m.  —   Closing Remarks: Helene Gayle

 * The schedule is likely to shift and will be updated daily *