Greenlining Economic summit

Featuring Dolores Huerta, Melissa Harris-Perry, Senator Kevin De León, and Alicia Garza.

Every year, the Economic Summit brings together a diverse array of leaders to connect, brainstorm, celebrate and strategize on important economic issues affecting communities of color.

From climate change, healthcare, leadership development, art and activism, to grassroots organizing and more — this unique gathering “connects the dots” in a way that’s unlike any other meeting or conference we know of.

In these turbulent times, our 2018 Economic Summit marks The Greenlining Institute’s 25th anniversary – drawing strength from two and a half decades of racial justice advocacy, honoring those who came before us, and looking ahead to a more equitable future. Leaders of color from across the country will take the stage to look beyond today’s challenges and explore a future with racial equity in all policies.

We invite you to join nearly 1000 advocates, activists, artists, students, scholars and leaders from across professional sectors for a day of connection, mobilization, and inspiring conversation.


Greenlining’s 25th Annual Economic Summit will be held at the Oakland Convention Center. All panels and sessions will be held in the East Hall, West Hall, and Grand Ballroom on the first floor of the hotel. Refer to the Agenda for details on where each panel and session will be held.
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway,
Oakland, CA 94607


There is no designated hotel block for Greenlining’s Economic Summit. However, we invite Summit guests to consider staying close to the conference either by booking rooms at the Oakland Marriott City Center or the nearby Marriott Courtyard Oakland Downtown.

The Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel has a wonderful list of onsite and nearby restaurants. You can find the detailed list here.


The Oakland Airport (OAK) is the closest airport to the event venue. The subway (BART) station is located on 12th Street, just two blocks from the Oakland Marriott. We encourage use of public transportation, bikes, carpooling, and other modes of sustainable transportation.

What does registration include?

For those purchasing tickets after March 22 (Lunch Overflow Tickets), Economic Summit registration includes access to the following conference sessions: Opening Plenary, Breakout Sessions, Idea Lab, and the Networking Reception. For those purchasing before March 22 (General Admission Tickets), the ticket also includes access to the Lunch Program & Awards Ceremony.

Tickets to the Lunch Program & Awards Ceremony are limited, and included in all tickets on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, the lunch program has sold out. Online registration ends on May 16, at 11:59PM.

Does registration include lunch?

Space is limited for the Lunch Program & Awards Ceremony. In order to make this session accessible to a range of income-levels, lunch spots are included in all Earliest Bird tickets and on a first come, first served basis with General Admission tickets.

Unfortunately, the Lunch Program is sold out. We invite those with a ‘Lunch Overflow Ticket’ to join us in the Overflow Room for a livestream of the Lunch Program. Although Lunch Overflow Tickets do not include lunch, there are a variety of restaurants within a 5 minute walk of the Oakland Marriott. Look here for options.

How do I choose which ‘ticket level’ to purchase?

In an effort to keep this event as affordable and accessible as we can, we offer four ticket levels: Community, Ally, Supporter and Sustainer.

We’ve provided ticket descriptions to help attendees decide which level to choose. However, it is entirely up to you to decide. We do not ask for any documentation or application for subsidized tickets.

Make sure to get your tickets early, as your preferred ticket level may sell out.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes! We offer discounts for groups of 5 or more. Please contact for more information.

What is your refund policy?

If you are no longer able to attend the 2018 Economic Summit, please follow these steps to request a refund. Our staff can only respond to refund requests made directly through eventbrite.

Cancellations received before April 20, 2018 will receive a refund for their registration fee as follows:

80% refund until March 20, 2018

50% refund until April 20, 2018

Please note: no refunds will be processed after April 20, 2018. Refunds will be issued in the form of original method of payment to the person or organization that made the payment. Please allow up to four weeks for the refund to be processed.

Can I transfer my ticket to another person?

You may also transfer your registration to someone in your organization or network. To transfer your registration, follow these steps. Attendee information must be updated to reflect the new attendee’s information. Transfers must be made before 5 p.m. on Monday, May 14.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! Greenlining is committed to breaking down barriers that prevent people from attending this event. A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. In addition to scholarships, we offer tiered ticket pricing, with the lowest ticket level at $35. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until spots are filled.

If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please fill out this form.

Registration is closed and tickets are sold out.

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