Join us for a transformational evening.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 6:30-9:30PM
X2O Xaviers on the Hudson
71 Water Grant Street | Yonkers, NY 10703
Festivities will include delightful fare, open bar, interactive experiences, and the presentation of the prestigious Bernie Glassman Trailblazer Award to Jean Oelwang of Virgin Unite for her leadership efforts in the inclusive hiring movement.
When you purchase tickets or sponsor a Greyston event, you are directly playing a part in creating new opportunities for people who face barriers to employment.
Meet Jean Oelwang
Jean is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with partners to lead the incubation and start-up of several global initiatives, including: The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (successfully merged with the Rocky Mountain Institute), Ocean Unite, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, 100% Human at Work, The Virgin Unite Constellation and The Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship. She also played a key partner role in the incubation of many other initiatives such as The Audacious Project and The New Now.
As part of her work over the last three decades, Jean has helped corporations put the wellbeing of people and the planet at their core, including working with over 25 Virgin businesses across 15 industries to help embed purpose in all they do. Jean also served as a Partner in the Virgin Group leading their people strategy, the heart of Virgin.
Jean spent eighteen years living and working on six continents to start and help lead mobile phone companies in South Africa, Colombia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the US. She was the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia prior to starting Virgin Unite.
Jean has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors and has been involved in both, having worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia, and in numerous volunteer roles, including a stint as a VISTA volunteer where she worked with – and learned from – homeless teens in Chicago.
Jean holds a number of advisory board roles, including The Elders, The NewNow, the Sara Blakely Foundation and the Boards of Rocky Mountain Institute, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, Ocean Unite, Ocean Elders and Just Capital. For the last five years, she was also a Senior Partner helping to lead the B Team.
About VIRGIN UNITE
Virgin Unite is the entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group and the Branson family. Virgin Unite was started with the aim of bringing people together to encourage them never to accept the unacceptable, to turn challenges into opportunities and to always push boundaries that make both business and the world better.
About the Bernie Glassman Trailblazer Award
Named after Greyston’s visionary founder and prominent American Zen Buddhist leader, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, this award recognizes the kind of trailblazing leadership and action required to further an impactful inclusive hiring movement. The award recognizes a company or individual who believes in the potential of people and giving fair chances, has demonstrated a significant commitment to social change, and is helping to create a movement to drive change through social innovation.
For 37 years, Greyston has been changing lives by providing job opportunities – no questions asked. Since its founding, Greyston has been fighting for inclusion: creating opportunities for disenfranchised people, battling against systemic inequities, fighting for social justice, and advocating for equity and a leveled playing field for people regardless of their past. We are a hybrid organization dedicated to serving the community of southwest Yonkers, NY where we have been practicing and refining Open Hiring at our for-profit social enterprise, Greyston Bakery, where we hire anyone seeking a job, effectively eliminating barriers to employment.