Why We Can't Wait

Chicago Virtual Event: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 at 7:00 PM CT | Virtual Reception begins at 6:30 PM CT

This year’s virtual event is hosted by Journalist and News Anchor, Stefan Holt. Joining him on the main stage is President and co-CEO of Ariel InvestmentsMellody Hobson, in conversation with CEO of FORTUNEAlan Murray. Musical performances include Bob Weir and Wolf Bros and Andy Grammer. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

Join buildOn students, Chicago corporate leaders, community activists, and artists as we explore the question, “How can we urgently work towards a more just and inclusive world?” All proceeds power our service-learning programming in Chicago, empowering students to take on the most pressing issues in their communities through direct action.


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.


Hosted by Stefan Holt

Award-winning journalist Stefan Holt anchors the NBC 5 News every weeknight at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Holt has recently rejoined the NBC 5 news team after spending more than four years working for WNBC-TV in New York. Prior to that, he was in Chicago for nearly five years, where he anchored the NBC 5 News Today with Zoraida Sambolin. Holt was born in Chicago and spent his childhood growing up in Lincoln Park. Stefan is the recipient of several Chicago and New York Emmy Awards, and was recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award as part of team coverage during the deadly 2019 police standoff in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was one of the first U.S. journalists to report live from Havana following the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro. He also co-anchored news coverage from the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

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Support Youth Serving Our Community

Through buildOn’s Service Learning Programs, students in some of Chicago’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 Chicago 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. buildOn has engaged over 1,050 students across Chicago this year alone, who to date have contributed more than 3,000 hours of service to our Chicago community.  What’s more, 98% of students who participate in buildOn programming graduate high school.

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