We’re here to brighten up your Tuesday with the announcement that Shannon Watts will be joining our Keynote lineup at Alt Summit!
Shannon Watts is a mother of five and the founder of the nation’s largest grassroots group fighting against gun violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Prior to founding Moms Demand Action, Watts was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive at Fortune 100 companies. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Watts started a Facebook group to unite women against the gun lobby as Mothers Against Drunk Driving united mothers against the alcohol lobby in the 1980s. The online conversation turned into a grassroots movement with a chapter in every state and, together with its partner Everytown for Gun Safety, has nearly 6 million supporters.
For the last five years, Moms Demand Action volunteers have stopped the NRA’s priority legislation in statehouses more than 90 percent of the time. In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Watts is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office.
Her book, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World, was released in May of 2019. In 2018, Watts was named as one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, and InStyle named her as one in its 2018 “Badass Woman” series.
The conversation with this woman who is changing the world is guaranteed to be riveting and we’re so happy she’ll be sharing her time with us