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California Freethought Day

Secular Leadership Day

Is this for you?

This day is perfect if you're involved with:

  • a secular meetup group or club
  • political advocacy
  • and more!

Register

Volunteers, activists, leaders, and advocates are invited to join us online on Saturday from 10 AM - 3 PM for a day of networking, workshops, information sharing, and more.

Registration

Register online for just $25 (free for students).

Location

The event will be held online.

Please register in advance for details.

Sponsor the Day

We're looking for two sponsors to generously support Leadership Day at $500 each. Included with sponsorship is a banner on this webpage and special recognition at Leadership Day along with a lunchtime presentation, plus four live announcements from the Freethought Day Stage, a table at the big event, and a full-page ad in our full-color program.

Planning Your Visit

Plan to log in between 9:30 - 9:45 to get checked in. Our first segment starts at 10 AM sharp!

Join us again in the evening for our Fundraising Reception, featuring live entertainment, and the first opportunity to meet many of our speakers. (Additional fee.)

Topics and Schedule

9:30

Virtual Doors Open and Networking

Log in any time during the half-hour to say hello, test your connection, and network with other attendees.

Please sign-in at 9:55 AM at the latest.

10:00

David DiskinWelcome

David Diskin

10:05

Louie CamposEvan ClarkIntroductions and Opening Circle

Evan Clark and Louie Campos

To get us started, Evan and Louie will lead us through a few introductory exercises including a short "Getting to Know You" activity and an Experience Check-In.

11:00

Louie CamposIntersectionality Workshop

Louie Campos, Grassroots Organizer

Learn what intersectionality is and how the secular community can utilize it as a framework for moving beyond labels to advocate for their values in public and private spaces.

11:30

Break

11:40

Sarah LevinGetting More From Your Networks

Sarah Levin of Secular Strategies

Do you really know the members of your group? You likely have members who are active military, veterans, teachers, attorneys, policy wonks, and much more. Learn how to get the most out of your networks to maximize member engagement and your group's impact. 

12:15

Lunch

Eat with us online or leave the meeting and return when you're ready.

1:00

Brett ParkerJessica Kemper-LytleSecular Civic Engagement and Movement Building

Panel: Sam McGuire, Jessica Kemper-Lytle, and Brett Parker of American Atheists

California needs your voice and your advocacy to be a leader in public policy based on reason. Learn how to jump into the work of secular civic engagement and how to maximize your effectiveness by joining with others around the state to build a movement for progress.

2:00

Break

2:15

Evan ClarkPolitical Messaging Workshop

Evan Clark of Atheists United

Messaging is one of the most important skills you'll have when engaging with politics. In this session, we'll practice a tried-and-true technique for simplifying your message for maximum impact.

2:45

Wrap-Up

3:00

Adjourned

7:00

Supporters' Reception

Join us online for our Fundraising Reception, featuring live entertainment and the first opportunity to meet many of our speakers. (Additional fee.)

Facilitators and Speakers

Sarah Levin Louie Campos

Sarah Levin

Evan Clark

Louie Campos

Evan Clark is a humanist entrepreneur, political consultant, and public speaker with over 12 years of experience tinkering with secular communities. Evan is also the founder and creative director at Spectrum Experience LLC and serves as Board Chair for the Secular Student Alliance.

Previously he was co-host of the Humanist Experience podcast and co-founder of the Humanist Community of Ventura County. As a student leader, Evan was the founder and president of the Secular Student Alliance at California Lutheran University (CLU). In 2010, Evan was also elected CLU’s first openly atheist student body president.

Evan was hired in 2019 as Atheists United’s first Executive Director. 

Sarah Levin is the founder of Secular Strategies, a consulting firm that is pioneering the mobilization of secularist voters and empowering policymakers, lawmakers, and change-makers to be effective champions of secularism in the United States.

Sarah has worked for the Secular Coalition for America, facilitated the first Secular Caucus in the Texas Democratic Party, and represents the secular community as a Co-Chair on the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Interfaith Council.

Louie Campos started his work in politics as a union job steward, now with nearly twenty years of grassroots experience and as a consultant to candidates. From canvassing to lobbying, Louie has taken the role of field coordinator, campaign manager, precinct operations director, and even a candidate for US Congress in 2016.

Jessica Kemper-Lytle Brett Parker

Jessica Kemper-Lytle 

Brett Parker

Jessica Kemper-Lytle is the American Atheists’ state director for Northern California. She is an active member of the Atheist Community of San Jose as well as other local Bay Area Humanist and skeptic groups. Jessica is committed to advocating for science, reason, critical thinking, progressive intersectional activism, and the separation of religion and government. 

Brett Parker is an experienced political advocate having served as a lawmaker, member of caucus and campaign leadership, a union leader, and congressional campaign staffer. Brett serves as the State Policy Manager for American Atheists where he manages state-level advocacy efforts through grassroots engagement, communication with state lawmakers and partner organizations, and the development of testimony and advocacy resources in order to advance positive legislation and block negative legislation.