Arena Summit Recap

May 14, 2024

We just wrapped up Arena Summit 2024, and the vibes were immaculate ✨. We’re proud to have created a space for learning that put community building and joy at its center. 

From April 18-21, at Loudermilk Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia, we held our largest convening to date, with more than 500 people attending to learn, connect, and plan for the challenges ahead. Participants joined us from as far as Puerto Rico to as near as the Georgia State University campus, with a vibrant cohort representing the South. They ranged from experienced politicians to those brand new to the space but shared a common commitment to winning in 2024 and building progressive power for decades to come.

Arena Summit by the numbers

Arena Summit by the numbers. 500 participants 75 trainers, speakers, and panelists 91 trainings, panels, and workshops 15 state and local partners 14 sponsors 21 employers at the careers fair

Our impact was local and national

While our largest contingent was from the fabulous host state of Georgia, Arena Summit participants joined us from 40 states.

The diverse geographies represented weren’t by chance; they represented Arena’s strategic reach.

Arena is More than a training—we’re a community

Our team worked tirelessly to ensure participants left Arena Summit with hard skills and a new community of support. Participants attended sessions with best-in-class trainers and dove into topics like developing a pathway to victory, running effective paid media campaigns, and budgeting. Some even learned to write their first line of code! They also connected with others and energized themselves for the year ahead. They attend panels like Organizing Marginalized Communities, The South’s Got Something to Say, and Bob Ross, Whale Kites, and Voting by Horseback: How to Use Creativity and Culture to Build Campaigns that Win. There were self-organized meet ups, a Careers Fair and Happy Hour, and even late night karaoke.

Here’s some of what our participants had to say:

See it to believe it!

From the incredible keynote speeches, to the engaging panels, to the buzz in the Loudermilk Center halls, Arena Summit was full of energy, learning, and excitement. Scroll through the photos (or relive your memories) below.

hot off the press

We aren’t the only ones raving about Arena Summit. Reporters took notice of the importance and impact of the event. Check out the incredible coverage of the event in the Georgia Recorder and WABE (NPR).

An incredible coalition of state and local partners

We had an incredible team of in-state partners who supported Arena Summit from planning to execution. Partners helped us tailor programming to the needs of Georgians, recruited talent from across the state, lent us their expertise as trainers, speakers, and panelists, and welcomed us into their vibrant community. We are grateful to our new friends not only for their guidance and support during this event, but most importantly for the work they are doing on the ground to drive progress in Georgia and beyond.

A hearty thank you to our sponsors

Arena is incredibly grateful for the support of our sponsors who are leaders in Democratic data, tech, consulting, and more. We were proud to showcase their organizations, products, brands, and services to our community and help them build lasting connections with key decision-makers across the country. Their generous support made Arena Summit possible.

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Priorities USA Logo

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Vote Run Lead Action Logo

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The team behind the scenes

From Team Arena, thank you to everyone who joined us at Arena Summit and supported our work to make this incredible event possible.

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