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Moving Beyond Statements featuring Kahlil Greene – Fierce Urgency of Now festival

When: September 16, 4:00 AM - 4:45 AM
Ages allowed: All Ages
Cost: Free
Moving Beyond Statements featuring Kahlil Greene – Fierce Urgency of Now festival

Join Yale’s first black student body president, Kahlil Greene, as he addresses the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.

Kahlil Greene, renowned racial equity speaker and “Gen-Z Historian,” will be addressing the Greater Boston community during the Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting, to discuss the most recent racial reckoning and his experience as Yale University’s first Black student body president.

Join us for a lively discussion with Kahlil – this event welcomes all individuals.

Learn from Kahlil’s inspiring journey and his vision for a more equitable future. The next generation is watching, and it is up to every community to move beyond statements.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors at Barr Foundation, John Hancock, P&G Gillette; Platinum Sponsors TD Bank; and Gold Sponsors BlackRock and PNC Bank.


  • 4:00-4:03: Welcome; James Rooney, President & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • 4:03 – 4:05: Speaker Introductions; P&G Gillette (Festival Sponsor)
  • 4:05 – 4:25: Kahlil Greene Chamber Address
  • 4:25pm – 4:35pm: Audience Question & Answer
  • 4:35pm – 4:45pm: Closing Remarks


When Kahlil Greene was 19, he was elected the first Black student body president in Yale’s 318-year history. Now, he is an online educator–dubbed “The Gen-Z Historian”–with ~500,000 followers across his TikTok, Instagram, and LinkedIn platforms! At Yale, he is a history major studying social change and social movements and was a member of the prestigious Brady-Johnson program in Grand Strategy and a John Kerry Fellow. He has authored op-eds about education and racial equity in the LA Times, Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review and he is also the youngest professional public speaker signed to the Washington Speakers Bureau, regularly giving speeches to schools, nonprofits, and corporations. Most recently, the New York Times featured him in their “Up Next” series.

THIS EVENT IS HOSTED BY: City Awake & Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

City Awake is the Boston Chamber’s premier young professional platform that awakens and empowers the city’s next generation of thought leaders and change makers who are navigating Boston’s business, civic, and cultural communities. The next generation is our future and Boston is home to some of the most creative, most educated, and most diverse young professional population in the U.S. The Boston Chamber supports rising leaders as they embark on their professional journeys throughout Greater Boston and beyond.