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Thursday, September 9th, 2021, 7:00 pm ET | Virtual Reception begins at 6:30 PM ET

Join buildOn students, Boston’s corporate leaders, community activists, and artists as we explore the question, “How can we urgently work towards a more just and inclusive world?” FORTUNE CEO Alan Murray will take the main stage joined by Marianne Harrison, CEO of John Hancock.

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.

Keynote Interview: Marianne Harrison

Marianne Harrison is President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock, the U.S. segment of Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corporation. She also is a member of Manulife’s Executive Leadership Team.

Ms. Harrison, who is based in Boston, has responsibility across all aspects of John Hancock’s operations. One of the largest life insurers and fastest growing asset managers in the United States, John Hancock supports approximately 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, and college savings plans. 

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Through buildOn’s Service Learning Programs, students in some of Boston’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 Boston 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 225 students every month across Boston and Dorchester, who to date have contributed nearly 37,000 hours of service to our Boston community.  What’s more, 98% of students who participate in buildOn programming graduate high school.

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