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This annual event convenes leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss key regional issues, and to encourage partnership across differences of race, class and jurisdiction. Since 1996 Hope in the Cities has brought stimulating and provocative speakers to Richmond to explore historic perspectives, current realities, and future hopes for regional cooperation in the Richmond metropolitan area.
When people engage, communities change!
This year's event will be a LUNCH FORUM - 12:00-2:00pm
Location: Omni Richmond, 100 South 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Keynote speaker: Dr. Gail Christopher
As vice president for program strategy at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, Dr. Christopher is a nationally recognized leader in health policy. She has been the driving force behind the Kellogg Foundation's commitment to racial healing and racial equity as an approach to fulfilling its mission of supporting vulnerable children.
Individual tickets - $40
Corporate Sponsor - $1000 (8 places at the lunch forum and recognition in the event program)
Community Non-profit Partner - $250 (8 places at the lunch forum and recognition in the event program)
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For questions about the program please email or call 804-358-1764 .
Past Metropolitan Richmond Day Events
Metropolitan Richmond Day 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Hope in the Cities asked: What does emancipation mean in our times? What are the legacies of inequity that must be addressed? What steps do we need to take as a community to become truly free? Addressing these issues as keynote speaker was Rajmohan Gandhi, biographer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Read the report
Fifteen years of Truth and Trustbuilding in the Region was the theme of the 2011 Metropolitan Richmond Day. The keynote speaker was Dr. John W. Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Read the report
Metrolpolitan Richmond Day 2010 was on the theme of The Trust Factor-Beyond Boundaries. Wallace Stettinius, former Chairman and CEO of Cadmus Communications Corporation, delivered a powerful keynote in which he delineated the steps individuals could take to become trustbuilders.Read the report
Metropolitan Richmond Day 2009 offered an interactive discussion using polling technology and table discussions on education, race relations, and socioeconomic differences. Read the report
The 2008 speaker, former Mayor of Charlotte, NC, Richard Vinroot, addressed hundreds of community leaders drawing on his experience of forging creative partnerships. At the public forum following the breakfast Vinroot engaged with a panel of Richmond citizens. Read the report
Hope in the Cities builds trust through honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility.
Gail Christopher of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation at Metropolitan Richmond Day "The work of this century"
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