What is Woke Culture?
What is China's Role?
How Can We Fix the Problem?
Conservative leaders are calling Vivek Ramaswamy “the most compelling conservative voice in the country” and “one of the towering intellects” in America.
Vivek Ramaswamy is a New York Times bestselling author and a successful entrepreneur who has founded multiple successful enterprises. A first-generation American, he is the founder and executive chairman of Roivant Sciences, a new type of biopharmaceutical company focused on the application of technology to drug development. He founded Roivant in 2014 and led the largest biotech IPOs of 2015 and 2016, eventually culminating in successful clinical trials in multiple disease areas that led to FDA-approved products.
Vivek was born and raised in southwest Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude in Biology from Harvard in 2007 and began his career as a successful biotech investor at a prominent hedge fund. Vivek continued to work as an investor while earning his law degree at Yale.
Vivek was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2015 for his work in drug development. In 2020 he emerged as a prominent commentator on stakeholder capitalism, free speech, and woke culture. He has authored numerous articles and op-eds, which have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, National Review, Newsweek, and Harvard Business Review.
Vivek serves on the board of directors of the Philanthropy Roundtable, the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, and St. Xavier High School.
Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam
Entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author Vivek Ramaswamy will discuss the new virus spreading across our country like like wildfire – not a biological virus, but a cultural one. Woke culture is a new secular religion in America, and its belief system centers on the idea that your identity is based on your race, your gender, and your sexual orientation – full stop. It says that America is a systemically racist country, and that if you are black you are inherently disadvantaged, and if you’re white, you’re inherently privileged – no matter how much money you have or what your upbringing was. You are a prisoner of the color of your skin.
When wokeness met capitalism that's when it became unstoppable. The story of how it happened is as dark as it is revealing. Even worse, today, foreign actors like the Communist Party of China are using it to their advantage.
Vivek is a traitor to his class. He is a Harvard-trained scientist, a Yale-trained lawyer, a former hedge fund manager, and the founder of multibillion-dollar enterprises. Vivek takes us behind the scenes to expose how the modern woke-industrial complex divides us as a people. By mixing morality with consumerism, America’s elites prey on our innermost insecurities about who we really are. They sell us cheap social causes and skin-deep identities to satisfy our hunger for a cause and our search for meaning, at a moment when we as Americans lack both. Vivek not only rips back the curtain on the new corporatist agenda, but he offers a better way forward. He takes us on a journey that begins with cynicism and ends with hope.
Hardship Isn’t the Same Thing as Victimhood. Be Victors, Not Victims.
Why did the greatest American gymnast in history, Simone Biles, shockingly withdraw from the 2021 Olympics?
Why did Naomi Osaka, one of the top female tennis players, do nearly the exact same thing at the French Open in 2021? Was it entirely unrelated to her decision to relinquish her U.S. citizenship in 2019? Or the rise of intersectionality as a theory of identity amongst young black women?
The new trend isn’t limited to athletics. Asian-American kids now modulate their outward pursuit of excellence in math and science with practiced nonchalance towards achievement. Standardized testing is ridiculed as "racist". Talking about American exceptionalism is now off limits.
America’s inner animal spirit has been domesticated – tamed – by a new culture that penalizes excellence and replaces it with a new cult of mediocrity, from sports to arts to academics. Victimhood culture has spread like a weed across America, but the right answer isn't just to complain about it, it's to revive a culture that puts excellence first again.
Vivek Ramaswamy will discuss how the pursuit of excellence and exceptionalism are at the heart of American identity, and how the disappearance of these ideals in our country leaves a deep moral and cultural vacuum in its wake. Vivek draws from his life experiences to explain that hardship is inevitable, but when you encounter hardship, you’ll have a choice to make: does hardship break you? Or does it make you stronger? Hardship isn’t the same thing as victimhood. Vivek encourages us all to be victors in our lives, not victims.
Client is responsible for a headset microphone (i.e. Countryman E6), a bottle of water and a glass. If possible, please remove the lectern and other objects from the stage so that Vivek is free to move around.