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Brandolon Barnett with Dreams Deferred: Recession, Struggle, and the Quest for a Better World — HBE ENGAGE BRIDGE BUILDER EVENT
April 21, 2022
Brandolon Barnett is an innovator, author, and entrepreneur. He helps build and lead products, initiatives, and partnerships that bring together tech and social impact to move resources to people who need them. He currently is Director of Industry Solutions in Salesforce.org’s Sustainability Cloud. As an angel investor he also leads the Democratize Ventures investing and advisory initiative and is a locally elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing 2,000 neighbors and constituents in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
About Dreams Deferred: Recession, Struggle, and the Quest for a Better World
For the generation of young people who came of age during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 (and those who will come of age during recessions that are sure to follow) making one’s way into the labor force could be a daunting challenge. That’s especially true for a generation raised and schooled to believe that success in life comes from finding work that reflects their talents and interests. In such circumstances, having to take on work that doesn’t fit either one’s abilities or one’s deepest sense of meaning and purpose can be enough to crush any spirit that strives for something more.
Dreams Deferred: Recession, Struggle, and the Quest for a Better World bears witness to the struggle of a deep-thinking, curious, and intelligent young Black man from Dallas, Texas, who grew up as the only child of a loving mother in a stable yet poor household. Author Brandolon Barnett offers readers a candid and moving account of his personal journey from entering the workforce to establishing himself as a leader in the non-profit arena. Dreams Deferred confronts head on the tension between the author’s hopes, ambitions, and sense of humor and the harsh realities of a world that at every turn seems determined to quash them. Barnett’s story offers a heaping dose of inspiration for anyone trying to find their way in the world without giving up on their dreams.