San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join Ellen Miller for a lunchtime interview event on Friday, April 11, as she shares her journey from Kentucky to one of the leading forces creating government transparency through technology. Miller, co-founder and executive director of the well-respected Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit, has successfully leveraged technology to make government more transparent. Her efforts have earned her the title of "One of the Most Influential Women in Technology" by Fast Company and "One of the 15 People the Next President Should Listen To" by Wired Magazine.
She has dedicated her life to fulfilling Louisville's Supreme Court Justice's Brandeis's mission -- to bring information about government and those who influence it into the light and to empower citizens to demand accountability. Miller has played a key role in helping Louisville's open data efforts; the city now consistently ranks as a top digital city by the Center for Digital Government.
Louisville Metro's Chief Innovation Officer Ted Smith, who has worked with Miller on various projects, will moderate the event.
ABOUT OUR GUEST: Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of The Sunlight Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two other Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics -- the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaigns. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism, and journalism. Miller is a native Kentuckian, having been raised in both Bardstown and Louisville. She has maintained her close Kentucky ties over the years even though she and her family reside in Washington D.C. Miller serves on the board of directors of the Sunlight Foundation, Publish What You Fund, the Center for Responsive Politics, and Heaven Hill Distilleries. She is a trustee of the Awesome Foundation (Washington, D.C) and is a member of the Policy Advisory Council of Transparency International U.S.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Admission to the event, $20, includes a premium box lunch platter by Wiltshire Pantry.
Clink on the links below for articles about Ellen Miller:
FAST COMPANY: "The Most Influential Women in Technology"
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, & Drivers in Public Sector Innovation"
THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY: "Seeking Online Exposure"
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Thank you for attending last week's Kentucky to the World event, "40 Years in Washington: Shining Light on Government," featuring Kentucky's own Ellen Miller. We were proud and honored to help bring her to Kentucky to share her experiences with you and others in the audience.
As partners in this event, IF University would like to invite you to purchase tickets for IdeaFestival 2014 during our Early Bird Pricing session. Early Bird Pricing ends on April 27th. Ticket sales for this year's IdeaFestival (September 30-October 3) are brisk, so please take advantage of this special offer before prices increase at the end of the month.
If you need some coaxing to finalize your plans, check out our IF 2014 speaker line-up here.
As always there will be some interesting experiences in store for attendees, and we're adding some new networking opportunities, too. More to come on those later.
We hope to see you in September! Until then…
Kris Kimel, Founder of the IdeaFestival
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