What’s it like to work in the White House at age 24 as a presidential speechwriter? Find out and learn “How to Inspire, Persuade, and Entertain” at this IVY Ideas Night with a writer who has experience doing all three.

In this live conversation, David Litt shares stories from tenure as one of President Obama’s speechwriters and offers insights on how to be an effective and compelling communicator — and what it’s like crafting jokes for the leader of the free world.

Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” Litt also led the White House Correspondents’ Dinner presentations and has had a hand in adding humor to many of President Obama’s speeches. Gain insider information about the Obama White House while learning more about what it takes to be an effective communicator!

For more information on what it’s like to write jokes for the leader of the free world, grab a copy of Litt’s recent book, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years.

This IVY Ideas Night is moderated by Katy Waldman, a staff writer at Slate.


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