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Politico, lawyer, and self-described empowermenteur, Angela Rye is one of America’s most influential voices for positive change in the political process. She delivers thoughtful and incisive commentary and real talk about the power of activism, advocacy, and politics, and stokes much-needed conversation about the state of America. She brings unyielding truth to audiences and empowers others to use their voice to create positive change in the political process.

As the principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, she advocates for economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement among young professionals. She is a prominent CNN political commentator and NPR political analyst, and a regular figure in the media, with features in Marie Claire, Ebony, and The Washington Post, and appearances on BET, HBO, and HuffPost Live, where she shares insights on everything from political campaigns to legislation that bears long-term implications nationally and internationally. She also hosts the weekly podcast "On 1 With Angela Rye," where she delves into the most pressing political, racial, and pop culture questions of the day.

Rye served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress. In her role as Executive Director, Rye was tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus.

On stage, she keeps it 100 with thought-provoking insights on the importance of political advocacy and community activism in today’s civic climate. With her engaging, tell-it-like-it-is style of commentary and razor-sharp humor, she brings a fresh perspective to a range of topical issues of the day, from politics, social justice, and inequality to Beyoncé, the women’s movement, and current events.


"Our participants loved Angela and she gave a great message that people will be able to apply to their everyday lives." - Texas A&M University

"Angela was amazing! Huge Hit. The moderated keynote was funny, awesome, and powerful." - University of Michigan Ann Arbor