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Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres to Headline Qualtrics 2020 Tech Summit

Michelle Obama
“Michelle Obama: Hope Becomes Change” is one of the programs set to air on the Black News Channel. (Photo: Michelle Obama’s Facebook)

*Former first lady Michelle Obama and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will be headlining tech company Qualtrics’ annual user conference in March. 

According to the website, the annual event is “where the visionaries and leaders behind the world’s most iconic organizations come together to tell the stories behind their breakthrough customer, employee, product, and brand experiences.”

Obama headlined Pluralsight’s user conference in September 2017 while DeGeneres spoke at the tech company’s conference in August. Now, both influencers will return as Qualtrics’ guests, per KSL.com

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Obama and DeGeneres will also be joined onstage by Brene Brown, renowned researcher and a New York Times bestseller who is best known for her Netflix special, “The Call to Courage.”

Tickets to the conference cost between $1,250 (£972) and $1,900 (£1478).

In related news, Michelle Obama has unveiled her “voting squad” of celebrities who aim to encourage more Americans to vote in 2020.

“Last year, we went big. Millions of new voters made their voices heard for the first time. Now the stakes are even higher,” Obama says in a video that she tweeted on Nov. 7. According to The Hill, this effort is part of her When We All Vote campaign.

“That’s why I’ve been reaching out to some friends to expand my voting squad for the year ahead,” Obama said (see her tweet above).

The A-listers who have joined Obama’s “voting squad” include: Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Janelle Monáe, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Paul, and soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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