Why We Can't Wait
Bay Area Virtual Event: Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 6:30 pm PT
Hosted by by Grammy-nominated recording artist, filmmaker, writer, and activist John Forté, Why We Can’t Wait features Alan Murray, CEO of FORTUNE, Chip Bergh, President and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., buildOn students, and community leaders. Plus, celebrate buildOn Oakland students who are leading change through service and education and enjoy music from Bob Weir and Andy Grammer.
More and more, I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will.”Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King wrote these words in 1964, and they still resonate today. The pandemic and racial justice movement of 2020 laid bare the inequality in every corner of society, from education to healthcare to public safety. But as we move into an era of restoration, we have a chance to use this time to rebuild a more just and inclusive world.
Join buildOn students, Bay Area corporate leaders, community activists, and artists as we explore the question, “How can we urgently work towards a more just and inclusive world?”
Hosted by John Forté
John Forté, first recognized for his work with the multi-platinum hip-hop group ‘The Fugees’, is a Grammy-nominated recording artist, filmmaker, writer, and activist. John will be emceeing our event and providing a musical performance that you won’t want to miss. (Photo credit: Lara Forté)Get Tickets
Featuring Music and Conversation from Special Guests:
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros.
Bob Weir is one of the founding members of the legendary Grateful Dead. Since establishing the band in the Bay Area in 1965, Bob has become one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. In addition to a stellar musical career that earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Association, Bob has teamed up with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a Goodwill Ambassador for the agency’s work to end poverty while fighting climate change. Bob will share a performance with his project Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, featuring Don Was, Jay Lane, Jeff Chimenti, and Greg Leisz.
Since his self-titled debut, award winning multi-platinum artist and songwriter Andy Grammer has been inspiring listeners around the world. Andy has scored seven chart-topping hits which together have been streamed over a billion times worldwide—including his first break out songs “Keep Your Head Up” and its follow-up “Fine By Me.” Throughout the last year, Grammer spent a majority of his time in the studio working on new music that will be released this Spring. Andy will share one of his inspiring tunes during Why We Can’t Wait – Oakland on May 6th.
Chip Bergh of Levi Strauss & Co.
Chip Bergh is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Levi Strauss & Co., one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. Throughout his career, Bergh has and has run large global businesses and brands in the United States, Asia and Europe. In April 2019, Chip was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by FORTUNE Magazine, coming in at No. 16, and has been widely recognized for his position on values-driven leadership. Chip Bergh will be joined in conversation with Alan Murray, CEO of FORTUNE.
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Support Youth Serving Our Community
Through buildOn’s Service Learning Programs, students in some of Oakland’s most under-resourced high schools are empowered to take on the most pressing issues in their communities through direct action. By helping seniors, the unhoused, and younger children, buildOn Oakland students are learning to lead by first learning to serve. These same students have also worked side-by-side with community members to construct schools in some of the poorest countries on the planet. Historically, buildOn engages 550 students every month across Oakland, who to date have contributed more than 337,000 hours of service to our Bay Area community. What’s more, 98% of students who participate in buildOn programming graduate high school.
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