The Tennessee Values Summit

**As of Thursday May 19th - The Pre-Registration deadline has passed and catering orders have been placed. Therefore, any Registration Fees purchased after Thursday May 19th do not include meals. You are welcome to register, but you will be responsible for your own food at the Summit.**


Please click here to go to online registration, or click here for a PDF registration form you may print, fill in, and submit via mail or fax.


The Tennessee Values Summit 2011 will be held on May 20 - 22 at DoubleTree Hotel in Jackson, Tenn.


Featuring Democratic National Committee Vice Chair Linda Chavez-Thompson! Click here to learn more about the DNC Vice Chair.


Featuring Democratic messaging guru Drew Westen will present "Winning Hearts & Minds."  Learn more.

Westen will be join by keynote speakers Mayor AC Wharton of Memphis and the Honorable Lincoln Davis. Download the full schedule.


The Summit will be an interactive training with workshops, guest speakers and socializing. Our presenters and programs are focused on helping Democrats — at all levels — build and deliver a winning message to voters in 2012. 


Join us in Jackson to discuss our values and learn how to best communicate our democratic principles to your friends and neighbors.


Your $40 registration fee includes a Friday night Welcome Reception, covers lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.


Take advantage of a spirited program designed to educate and inform Democrats on how to best message current issues and network with other strong Democrats from across the state.




FRIDAY, May 20th

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration


7 p.m. Welcome Reception           

SATURDAY, May 21st

8:30 a.m. Registration


8:30 a.m. County Chairs Meeting             


9:45 a.m. Welcome 

10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Panel Discussion: “Framing Our Values”

A discussion of how our Democratic message will better connect with Tennessee voters when we root it in our shared values.

Rep. Brenda Gilmore, moderator

Mary Mancini, Tennessee Citizen Action

Mike McWherter, business owner & founder of Daily Buzz

Eddie Yokley, farmer, rural voice and former legislator

Sean Braisted, progressive blogger

David King, person of faith

Melvin Brewer, Iron Workers

Chris Sanders, Tennessee Equality Project

More to come!


11:50 a.m. Break


Noon – 1 p.m.  LUNCH

         Guest Speaker: Memphis Mayor AC Wharton


1:10 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

“Winning Hearts & Minds”

         A look at the new world of political messaging.

         Drew Westen, Author of “The Political Brain.”


2:45 p.m. Break


2:55 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Presentation: “Gauging Our Values”

Take a closer look at recent polling and historic trends to learn what is on the minds of Southern voters today.

John Geer, Co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University


3:40 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Training: “Showing Our Values”

Learn the latest tips of how Democrats are using grassroots organizing and traditional and new media to communicate our values from activists and Tennessee legislators.

Justin Wilkins, Organizing for America - Tennessee

Mary Mancini, Tennessee Citizen Action

Rep. Craig Fitzhugh

Kevin Teets, political consultant and organizer

More to come!


4:50 p.m. Break


5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Living Our Values Break Out Sessions

It’s time to get up and move around a bit. We invite you to take some time in each of our three activities where you can participate in our service project, express your values in the TNDP’s video room, or learn more about the science behind messaging.

Service Project: Build a Care Package for TN Schools: For Democrats, service is not only about what happens in the legislature; it’s also about what we do to help our neighbors in the communities we love. Show your commitment to our students and join the Tennessee College Democrats in preparing much-needed care packages.

5:00 p.m., 5:20 p.m., and 5:40 p.m.

Video Project: “I’m a Democrat Because…”:

You’re hearing a lot from us today, but we want to hear from you, too. Take a few minutes to tell us who you are, where you’re from, and why you’re a proud Tennessee Democrat. Who knows, you might find yourself in an upcoming TNDP video. Don’t worry, we’ll get your good side.


Messaging Values Project: “There is No Center”:

Enjoy an interactive presentation from these Democratic MVP’s who are studying the science behind how political messaging really works and how we can use it to win.

5:00 p.m., 5:20 p.m., and 5:40 p.m.


6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Break


7 p.m. Meet & Greet our Elected Officials


7:30 p.m. DINNER: Salute to Teachers

Sponsored by the Tennessee Education Association


SUNDAY, May 22nd

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Official Meeting of the Executive Committee


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PRAYER BREAKFAST: 

Led by Rep. Johnny Shaw & Sen. Roy Herron    


10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break


10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Panel: “Values Rising”

A lively discussion with up-and-coming Democratic leaders throughout our state. 

Sen. Lowe Finney

Rep. Mike Stewart

Rep. Antonio Parkinson

Rep. Joe Pitts

More to come!       


1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CLOSING LUNCH

Guest Speaker: The Honorable Lincoln Davis



All guests are responsible for making their own accommodation reservations. All of these hotels are within a short drive of the Summit.


Doubletree by Hilton
1770 Highway 45 Bypass, Jackson, TN 38305
Contact: (731) 664-6900 or 1-800-222-8733
Starting at $110 a night

GuestHouse Inn
Hwy 45 Bypass, Jackson, TN
(731) 664-4312 ‎

Call for rate

Holiday Inn Hotel Jackson
541 Carriage House Drive, Jackson, TN
(731) 668-6000

Starting at $116 a night

Quality Inn
535 Wiley Parker Road, Jackson, TN
(731) 668-1400 ‎
Starting at $72.99 a night 

Comfort Suites
61 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN
(731) 868-1700 ‎

Starting at $135 a night

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites 
1963 US 45 Bypass, Jackson, TN
(731) 668-4100 ‎

Starting at $67.99 a night

Best Western Carriage House Inn & Suites
1936 Highway 45 Byp, Jackson, TN
(731) 664-3030 ‎

Starting at $169.68 a night

Old Hickory Inn-Jackson
1849 US Highway 45 Byp, Jackson, TN
(731) 668-4222

Call for rate

Days Inn Jackson
1919 Highway 45 Bypass, Jackson, TN
(731) 668-3444 ‎ ‎

Call for rate


*other lodging options may be available in the Jackson area


Drew Westen



Drew Westen, Ph.D. is a clinical, personality, and political psychologist, and Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.  He has formerly taught at the University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University.


Westen is a world-class message builder who has worked with Presidents, congressional campaigns and major progressive organizations. He is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and three books, including the best seller “The Political Brain,” a look at how emotion informs our politics.


He has appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, American Morning, Hardball, Anderson Cooper 360, the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, PBS, NPR, and BBC and his political analysis has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico and Newsweek.


One Tennessee 


Registration Options
1) Click here to register and pay $40 online

2) Download this form.
Send the filled out form
and a $40 check to:

Tennessee Democratic Party
1900 Church Street, Suite 203
Nashville, TN 37203

3) Pay $50 at the Summit


4) Book your hotel

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