2018 Keynote Speakers

Brittany Packnett 


Brittany Packnett is an unapologetic educator, activist, writer, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, she is Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, where she leads partnerships with communities of color. Brittany is Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence, and the author of the popular blog series, Falling in Love, which challenges women of all backgrounds to move boldly into their power. An active protestor, she sat on the Ferguson Commission and President Barack Obama’s 21stCentury Policing Task Force. She speaks worldwide, including at the world’s oldest debating society, the Oxford Union.  She has graced the cover of Essence Magazine, been named one TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, LinkedIn’s Next Wave, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 Most Influential list.

Elijah Miles 


Elijah Miles is a speaker and activist in Baltimore City. He has made two TedX talks in 2013 and 14. Elijah Miles is also the leader and founder of Tendea Family, a youth led organization which aims to economically, and mentally empower Baltimore residents. Tendea uses group economics as a way to create stores and bring jobs to Baltimore City. Tendea also hosts study classes to mentally empower people. Elijah is a student at Morgan State University and a lifetime Baltimore resident.