Partner Event
Confluence Philanthropy’s 2nd Annual Belonging Town Hall


About the Belonging Town Hall

The Town Hall supports Belonging Pledge signatories in deepening their commitments to investing with a racial equity lens. This half-day virtual convening will engage participants through sharing lessons learned and highlighting opportunities for activation.

In response to the racial justice protests of summer 2020, Confluence Philanthropy members and partnering networks joined together to launch the Belonging Pledge: a call for racial equity across the investment industry. To-date, over 185 signatories representing $1.88 Trillion in AUM have signed onto the pledge. Over the summer and following months, a wave of corporations and organizations have made statements that promise to advance racial equity through investments and organizational change.

What has changed over the past two years, and what hasn’t? We invite pledge signatories to join us at the Belonging Town Hall to discuss what real progress takes: the policy and organizational changes that are needed, the importance of racial diversity in leadership, and the innovations needed to finance new models and partnerships.

Join Jennifer Gootman, Vice President, Sustainability: Social & Environmental Impact of Williams-Sonoma, Inc, Danielle Jezienicki, Senior Director, Sustainability of Grove Collaborative, and Suzanne Vetillart, CEO of Boma Jewelry, in conversation with Tensie Whelan, Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. These experienced leaders will unpack various approaches to driving circularity, sharing lessons learned on their companies’ journeys to a more sustainable future.

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