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2020 Community Forum Series

 

Welcome to the 2020 Community Forum 

In response to Covid-19 we all need to think differently.  The pandemic and the economic inequality it laid bare are a wake up call to Americans that we have work to do, and there is a realization that our schools, our small businesses, our communities are going to need to adapt in order to survive and thrive.  So in March of 2020 Wesley Alexander, CEO of CoBiz Richmond and Alfredo Mathew III, Founder of Working World LLC teamed up to launch the 2020 Community Forum Series in an effort to promote community dialogue on the relevant issues of the day.  Our purpose is to bring new voices to the table, lift up calls to action from across our network, and help shape how we collectively show up in this moment.  We view equity, education, workforce and entrepreneurship as not separate buckets of work, but the vital fabric that ties our social sector together.  And no one is better prepared to show us the way forward toward resilience and abundance than the changemakers, innovators, and servant leaders driving this work forward.  We hope this series informs and inspires you to find the purpose in the future of your work.

Community Forum Episodes

Closing the Digital Divide in California: A conversation with school leaders, internet providers, and the effort to close the gap

The voices of teachers, school leaders, community based and corporate internet providers from across the Bay Area on what it means to teach without a classroom, how schools are adapting to remote learning, and how to provide equitable access to online learning.

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Supporting Main Street and Startups: Accessing SBA Loans and resources for the entrepreneurial community

An in-depth conversation with Northern California SBA Director Julie Clowes on the historic role of the SBA, the Payroll Protection Program, and other resources to support small businesses to navigate the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

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Responsive Philanthropy: Bridging the Gap during Covid-19

A look at philanthropy’s role in healing communities impacted from generations of racial trauma, from two community leaders who have brought together a coalition of stakeholders to develop Richmond’s Rapid Relief Fund.

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Stimulus Package: Impact on Equity, Workforce, Education, Entrepreneurship

An initial response to the federal Cares Act signed just days before from state and local government insiders, and social impact leaders during the early days of the crisis.

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We believe that dialogue across sectors is essential for us to elevate important equity issues and find the collective actions necessary for us to build back stronger.

 

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