Kamala Harris to provide keynote handle at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award ceremony
Deven Parekh, Perception Companions’ Indian American managing director is among the many 5 winners of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ 2021 Ripple of Hope Award.
Parekh joins poet Amanda Gorman, entrepreneur, and creator, Stacey Abrams; co-founder and managing accomplice of Clearlake Capital, José E. Feliciano; and chairman and CEO of Verizon, Hans Vestberg, the New York based mostly not-for-profit group introduced Thursday.
“Since becoming a member of Perception Companions in 2000, Parekh has been a vocal advocate for alternative and inclusion, initiating efforts to advertise ladies and minority leaders throughout Perception’s inner crew, portfolio, and the broader software program and funding ecosystems as an entire,” it famous.
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Parekh is a member of the board of administrators for a number of establishments, together with the US Improvement Finance Company, the Council on Overseas Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for Worldwide Peace, and NYU Langone.
He’s additionally chairman emeritus of the board of Publicolor, a nonprofit group centered on New York Metropolis public faculties. In 2006, Parekh was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, which seeks to develop the following technology of community-spirited leaders.
“This yr’s Ripple of Hope Award winners, united by their uncompromising integrity and resilience in striving for an inclusive America, have every championed the causes and issues of the underrepresented and marginalized,” the announcement stated.
“Their tireless efforts in service of the general public good—from inside world corporations to the nationwide political stage—mirror Robert Kennedy’s ardour for equality, justice, and the facility of particular person motion to ascertain significant reform.
All 5 laureates can be honored at a hybrid ceremony on, Dec. 9, that includes keynote speaker Vice President Kamala Harris, the announcement stated.
“As the primary girl and first girl of coloration to function vp, Harris has damaged boundaries and served as a number one voice on the impression of race on well being care, entry to voting, and the felony authorized system,” it stated.
“We’re honored that Vice President Harris and Amanda Gorman will be a part of Stacey, Hans, José, and Deven in our Ripple of Hope Award ceremony for 2021,” stated Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.
“Their management and poise have impressed numerous individuals, particularly younger ladies of coloration, to stand up and make their voices heard and we’re thrilled to acknowledge such extraordinary changemakers. We look ahead to celebrating our 5 honorees and listening to the Vice President’s remarks.”
Since 1968, the Ripple of Hope Award has celebrated exemplary leaders throughout enterprise, authorities, advocacy, and leisure who’ve demonstrated a dedication to social progress and advancing human rights.
Earlier winners of the Ripple of Hope Award embrace Barack Obama, Tim Cook dinner, Dolores Huerta, Desmond Tutu, Colin Kaepernick, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Bono, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Nancy Pelosi, Robert F. Smith, Wyclef Jean, and Joe Biden.
The RFKHR group has labored to comprehend Robert F. Kennedy’s “dream of a extra simply and peaceable world since 1968,” the announcement stated.
“In partnership with native activists, we advocate for key human rights points—championing changemakers and pursuing strategic litigation at house and world wide,” it stated.
“And to make sure change that lasts, we foster a social-good method to enterprise and funding and educate hundreds of thousands of scholars about human rights and social justice.”