About 500 participants from 60 countries attended the two-day Obama Foundation Summit, which aims to inspire a new generation of leaders, in Chicago’s South Loop. The summit concluded with a star-studded concert headlined by Chance the Rapper and featuring performances from Gloria Estefan, the National, Nas and others. Along with summit attendees, thousands of young people from various Chicago neighbourhoods were invited to be part of the concert. Former First Lady Michelle Obama was among the headliners for Wednesday on the second and final day of the event, in a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander, she discussed a wide array of topics such as politics, community engagement, growing up on the South Side, work-life balance and raising children.
The inspiring woman spoke about the inspiration of her Chicago relatives and the self-confidence she was given. She urged women in the crowd to find their voices and use them and we were truly moved. See our best quotes from the speech below.
On using your voice:
On the power of social media:
On teaching our young girls to speak at an early age:
On gender equality