Advancing an Inclusive Economy Morning SessionOur 21st Annual Economic Summit, “The 21st Century Majority: Empowering a New Nation,” was a wild success, bringing together over 650 community activists, corporate leaders, and government officials engaging in lively discussions around equity and justice for our communities. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to continue these critical conversations!

Some key highlights to look back on:

We opened the morning with a keynote address from Anthony F. Earley, Jr., CEO and President of PG&E Corporation, and also heard special remarks from Mayor Jean Quan. Greenlining’s Program Directors took the stage to share how we’re “Advancing an Inclusive Economy,” which was then followed by a dynamic panel on “The New Economy,” where our distinguished speakers dialogued about new economic models that are advancing growth in our communities.

Richard Cordray with Greenlining's Economic Equity team.Our lunch program, “From Policy to People,” featured a special video tribute to David Glover, one of Greenlining’s founding board members who passed away in 2013. Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, gave a keynote address in which he highlighted Greenlining’s Racial Equity Toolkit. We honored several key leaders and organizations with special awards, including: Senator Kevin de Leon, Street Level Health Project, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Los Angeles & Asian Law Caucus affiliates), Tim Hanlon, and Milicent Johnson.

Greenlining 360: Innovation, Collaboration, and Revitalization.Throughout the day, we informed the crowd about Greenlining 360, our campaign to reclaim, revitalize, and transform Oakland through our acquirement of a failed bank building. We plan to turn the building into an anchor institution that will become a hub of racial equity through innovation and collaboration.

We hosted The Idea Lab for the second year in a row, where conference participants were able to directly offer their solutions to critical issues facing our communities, including voting rights and consumer protection in the financial industry.

Our day ended with an inspiring Evening Reception that showcased the energy of youth and the city of Oakland’s diversity. We heard a keynote address from Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO of California HealthCare Foundation, and awarded the Next Generation Award to Youth UpRising and Youth Radio. We were joined by Youth Speaks for special performances from young spoken word artists.

Milicent Johnson, recipient of the 2014 Torchbearer Award.If you’re like us, you might be having a strong case of Summit withdrawals. The energy and excitement from the day was simply contagious. Here’s what you can do to cure those withdrawals:

  • Check out photos from the day on our Facebook Page (don’t forget to Like us!) and our Flickr. Tag photos and share with others in your network!
  • Check out our Summit 2014 Storify piece that captures highlighted tweets from the day, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!
  • Support Greenlining 360Join our effort to create a community anchor institution that fosters innovation, collaboration, and revitalization.

Of course, Summit 2014 would not have been successful without the support and participation of our attendees, sponsors, partners, and staff! Our deepest appreciation and gratitude to you all! We’ll see you in 2015!