MEDIA ADVISORY: Berkshire Bank to Continue Virtual Townhall Series, Hosting “Reimagining America: How to be a Strong Ally” on Thursday, June 25

Berkshire Bank, together with Reevx Labs, will host a third part to its “Reimagining America” townhall series on Thursday, June 25, in which it will address how white allies can help build an equitable and inclusive economy that ensures all communities can thrive.

Berkshire Bank’s goal in hosting this townhall series is to start a dialogue about how everyone – from economic experts and policy makers, to philanthropists and entrepreneurs – can work together to rebuild a stronger, more inclusive economy, and how supporting this initiative on a community level can motivate change on a national level.

Malia Lazu, Executive Vice President and Chief Culture and Experience Officer at Berkshire Bank, commented, “On the heels of two impactful panels on the future of Black and Latinx economies earlier this month, and in the midst of a national upswelling against racial injustice, we believe it is equally pertinent to discuss what it truly means to be an effective ally and help facilitate change in our communities. Reevx Labs was established as a place for community leaders to realize their shared vision of building opportunity and prosperity. With this panel we intend to continue this dialogue with white allies who are seeking solutions to achieve equity in our economy.”

Event Details:

Reimagining America: How to be a Strong Ally
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 4:00 pm ET

Participants include:

  • Pete Dominick, Comedian and Radio/TV Personality Host of “Stand Up with Pete” Podcast
  • Ben Cohen, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s
  • Barbara Clark, Lead Investor in Portfolia’s Rising Tide, Enterprise, & First Step Funds
  • Jonathan Metzl, Director of Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University
  • Malia Lazu, EVP & Chief Culture and Experience Officer at Berkshire Bank

Register here. Live stream available here.

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