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Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Oakland, CA

From the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements to the fight to defend DACA and marriage equality, these past several years have seen a resurgence of our collective commitment to fight for justice and equality, even in the face of adversity. California is the beacon of hope for the nation, and We The Future -- the people on the front lines of defending civil rights and fighting for equity -- have only just begun! Whether you’re a veteran attendee or a newcomer to the Economic Summit experience, there’s always something inspiring and meaningful every year.

Our 27th Annual Economic Summit Will Feature
Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X Kendi Square

We’re proud to welcome Ibram X. Kendi, a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University to keynote this year’s economic summit. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Kendi has published numerous essays in academic journals and periodicals, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Time, and The Washington Post. He was also awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and he was honored on The Root 100 in 2019, which listed him as the 15th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45.

In August, Kendi’s third book, How to Be an Antiracist, debuted at no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” It has been named to several Best Books of 2019 lists, including in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time, and NPR.

Early-bird registration
is now open!

Register before March 20, 2020 to save on your ticket. Limited number available.


“This summit is one of the only ones where you get this unique intersection of people who work across all types of industries… But we’re all here united for the same ideals.”

Jordan Medina, LinkedIn
Rep. Barbara Lee

Exciting Speakers

Past Summits have featured Van Jones, Dolores Huerta, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Aimee Alison and other key leaders in the fight for equity and justice.


Engaging Panel Discussions

Hear from the people doing the hard work in the real world fighting for racial equity in fields ranging from the environment to health, finance and more.


Get Interactive

Don’t just sit and listen! Our Equity Lab gives participants a chance to dig in and work on a critical issue facing our communities.



Mingle and get to know some of the most influential advocates and community leaders in a variety of fields.


This year’s theme, We the Future, expresses our aspirations for a nation where all communities have the opportunity to participate in the creation of healthy, thriving, and resilient lives. It builds on the belief that we have the wisdom, potential and power to actively shape our lives and neighborhoods, even in the face of adversity. And by embracing the growing diversity of our experiences, we can shape more inclusive and equitable solutions for the future. We will explore the theme across three major areas: Power, Resilience, and Prosperity -- key components of a future where race is never a barrier to economic opportunity.

We understand that our long-term success depends not on one election or one leader, but on our collective movement towards justice. The time is now to set the course for our future rooted in equity.


Watch The Economic Summit 2020
'We The Future' Trailer