Samar Ali to Receive the 2018 IMPACT Award

October 25, 2018
White House Fellows Foundation and Association

Nashville, Tenn., (October 25, 2018) – The Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association is pleased to announce that it will present the 2018 IMPACT Award to Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Samar S. Ali. The IMPACT Award recognizes recent White House Fellows who have demonstrated both remarkable achievement and transformational contributions in their field, as well as a sustained commitment to the White House Fellows program. Ali, Fellows Class of 2010-2011, has demonstrated significant achievements during her career – spanning tenures at the White House, the South African Supreme Court, and the State Government of Tennessee, and now, as an attorney in private practice at Bass, Berry & Sims and as a consultant working to protect vulnerable communities around the world.

As a White House Fellow, Ali worked on bi-lateral negotiations on behalf of the U.S. Government in Europe and the Middle East, served on the White House American-Arab “Kitchen Cabinet,” and advised on the U.S. response to the Arab Spring in 2011. In addition, Ali was asked to accompany former President Jimmy Carter on an International Election Monitor Delegation to the 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections.

After her work in the federal government, Ali returned to her home state of Tennessee to serve under Governor Bill Haslam as Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs. There she managed Tennessee’s global relations, and established its international strategy to benefit both urban and rural counties.

Moving from government into the private sector, Ali co-founded The Lodestone Advisory Group, a multi-national consulting firm, and additionally, she continues to practice law with Bass, Berry & Sims, where she handles high-stakes business, data security and diplomacy matters.

In addition to the prestigious IMPACT Award, Ali and her work have been recognized with the following: The World Economic Forum recently selected Ali as a “Young Global Leader;” she earned Vanderbilt University’s 2018 Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award; and Business Insider recognized Ali as one of the “People under 40 Changing the World.

The IMPACT Award will be presented to Ali during the 2018 Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on October 26, 2018. More information about the White House Fellows program can be found at

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