5/22/2023: Samar Ali, Millions of Conversations
Samar Ali is the founding President and CEO of Millions of Conversations (millionsofconversations.com), started in 2017 with the goal of shaping our nation into one where everyone experiences a sense of belonging. The organization has a “5 Pillars Approach” to unity and understanding: Ecosystem Development, Media, Research, Programming, and Crisis Communication.
Ali engages in some of the most entrenched conflicts of our time, always with the intent of finding positive resolution through common ground. She is a Research Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University.
She served as a White House Fellow in President Obama’s administration and as Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs in Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s administration. Ali is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She received her JD and BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University, where she specialized in foreign policy. She previously was International Counsel at Bass Berry & Sims. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, as well as the BBC, NPR, PBS, and MSNBC.