Business and Education Converge at Oakland African American Chamber Luncheon Today
With the understanding that education is key to prosperity and a well trained workforce, the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce has as its keynote speaker, University Now CEO Gene Wade, an entrepreneur and education expert, who calls for all to have access to higher education. According to Wade, in alignment with the German education paradigm shift, money should not be a barrier to education. Nearly 500 leaders will gather today for the chamber's 12th annual luncheon.
By: Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce
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Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce Highlights Education at
Annual Luncheon Today, October 15, 2014
Newly appointed President and CEO of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, Spencer Gillette leads its 12th Annual Luncheon with Gene Wade, CEO of University Now as Keynote speaker at The Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Oakland, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, California, today, Wednesday, October 15, 11 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
“Hundreds of corporate and community leaders join us for our annual luncheon and fundraiser to highlight the productivity of Oakland’s multi-cultural business community,” said Spencer Gillette, President and CEO. “As our Board of Directors continues to position the chamber for future growth, partnering with the education leaders is an essential part of the chamber and Oakland’s growth because an educated workforce is fundamental to prosperity.”
In recent news, Germany has announced that it is abolishing tuition for college. The chamber’s keynote speaker, Gene Wade’s work with University Now is similar to the German education model as he is focused on building a university system that gives everyone access to higher education and takes student debt out of the equation. “For the first time in a century, the US is faced with the first generation of young adults that have less education than the prior generation. This is being driven by demographic shifts whereby the fastest growing groups are the least prepared. Ironically, college educated adults have more opportunity than ever before in the labor market. We can solve this education and economic crisis by making a paradigm shift and leveraging new education model,” said Gene Wade, President and CEO of University Now, parent company of Patten University in Oakland.
Wade, an education entrepreneur and former attorney, continued, “The fastest growing segments of our society will be two times more likely to be unemployed and eight times more likely to be in prison causing a $345 billion impact annually that is more than the GDP of most countries in the world. To capitalize on this untapped potential and ensure our standing in the world, we must leverage new ideas in our education delivery models. Making education accessible and affordable to everyone is a paradigm shift that empowers people and drives prosperity.”
Special guests of the event include Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson.
The Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon with major sponsors: Comerica Bank, AEG Live, Chevron, Clorox, Horizon Beverage, NID Housing Counseling Agency, PGE, UPS, annually gathers 500 attendees. In addition to the network opportunities, the legendary Terence Brewer Trio will provide entertainment.
For more information about ongoing partnerships and sponsorship of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, contact OAACC President and CEO, Spencer Gillette at 510 268-1600. Visit www.OAACC.org for more information.
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