Samar Ali

Member Since 2020

Samar Ali

President & CEO

Millions of Conversations

Nashville Area

Samar Ali is a social entrepreneur, CEO, speaker, and lawyer. With a professional background in national security, economic development and conflict mediation, she has been named a "Young Global Leader (YGL)" by the World Economic Forum. A recipient of the White House Fellow's 2018 "IMPACT Award," and Vanderbilt University's 2018 "Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award," Samar now leads the Millions of Conversations Campaign- a campaign designed to transcend divides and bring Americans together through shared common values. Her work is featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Hill, TEDx Nashville, the Tennessean and she is currently working on a book about finding belonging in America today. Samar's international career has spanned tenures at the White House, South Africa, and at the State Government of Tennessee. As a White House Fellow in President Barack Obama’s administration, Ali worked closely with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. After Ali’s time in federal government, she served as Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Samar is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations; and serves as a Winrock International Board Member. During her time at, and after graduating from law school, Samar served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable Edwin Cameron, now of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.


  • International Relations
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy


October 28th, 2020

10 Key Steps That Will Help You Make Less Biased Decisions

We all have biases that affect our decision-making. These biases can sometimes be minor and have minimal impact, but other times they can have an outsized and potentially negative influence on your business and how it’s run.

October 15th, 2020

How To Encourage Employees To Take Time Off And Recharge

There's some merit to the adage of working hard to play hard. With workers devoting their all to a business, especially when it's just getting off the ground, it can be easy for them to lose sight of their need for relaxation. Therefore, it is up to the leaders to intervene and help employees realize that their peace and mental health are just as important as the valuable work they do.


Millions of Conversations

Millions of Conversations is a media-driven campaign designed to bring Americans together by promoting positivity and inclusion to transcend critical divides. Millions combats disinformation, harmful stereotypes and bigotry on and offline. We challenge narratives that stigmatize our fellow citizens; disrupt intolerance before it takes root; and foster a public space where all Americans experience a productive sense of belonging.


Civic & Social Organization