Business for America to Appear at Unrig the System Summit

Nashville, TN — Business for America, a nonpartisan business leader network advancing political reform, is hosting and moderating a panel at the Unrig the System Summit to discuss the business case for improvements to our political system.

The Unrig the System Summit is the premier right-left summit to solve America’s political crisis. The 3-day event brings together advocacy leaders, grassroots activists, celebrities, philanthropists and journalists to discuss practical solutions that unite Americans to unrig our broken political system. Speakers include respected conservative and progressive thought leaders, A-list celebrities and grassroots activists from the Tea Party to the far-left, working together across ideological, social, and economic divides to tackle America’s rigged political system head-on. The summit takes place March 29–31 in Nashville at the Nashville Music City Center.

Unrig the System Summit
PANEL: Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
When: Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 10:45 – 11:45 AM Central Time
Location: Music City Center, 210 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN
Room: 208AB

The panel explores the key question: Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople understand that our unstable, ineffective political system hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing our country. It’s bad for business. The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform. Learn what business leaders are doing to advance reforms.


  • Sarah Bonk (moderator) – Founder, Business for America
  • Elizabeth Doty – National Program Leader, Business for American Promise
  • MaryAnne Howland – CEO, Ibis Communications
  • Matt Patsky – CEO, Trillium Asset Management

Other Confirmed Speakers: Jennifer Lawrence, actor; Emma González, activist with March for Our Lives; Zephyr Teachout, attorney, author, anti-corruption advocate; Former Lt. Governor, Massachusetts (R); Howard Schultz, Former Chairman and CEO of Starbucks; Mark McKinnon, Political Advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain, and more, and Co-founder, No Labels; DeRay Mckesson, civil rights activist, author, and host of Pod Save the People, co-founder, Campaign Zero; Lawrence Lessig; Debbie Dooley, President, Conservatives for Energy Freedom; Trevor Potter, Founder and President, Campaign Legal Center, Fmr. Chair of the Federal Election Commission (R), and many more.

About Business for America
Business for America (BFA) is a nonpartisan network of business leaders advancing policy and technology solutions to strengthen representative democracy and modernize government. Chartered in 2017 in Washington, DC, BFA believes that a well-functioning government will help build a more competitive, innovative business climate and deliver better outcomes for all Americans.

About Business for America
Business for America is a nonpartisan network of business leaders advancing solutions to boost civic engagement, reduce political polarization, and modernize government. A well-functioning democracy will help foster a more competitive, innovative business climate in America. Businesses interested in getting involved can learn more at bfa.us.