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Vivek Ramaswamy    

Founder & CEO of Roivant Sciences, Author of "Woke, Inc."; 2024 Republican Presidential Candidate

Vivek Ramaswamy is 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.

Ramaswamy 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. Mr. Ramaswamy continued to work as an investor while earning his law degree at Yale, where he was a recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Ramaswamy was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2015 for his work in drug development. In 2020 he emerged as a prominent national 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, National Review, Newsweek, and Harvard Business Review.

Ramaswamy serves on the board of directors of the Philanthropy Roundtable and the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

Speech Topics

Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam

New York Times bestselling author Vivek Ramaswamy will discuss the new virus spreading across our country like wildfire, one that even the best of science will not cure. That virus is woke culture. It’s 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 posits 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. Your race and your gender govern who you are and what thoughts you’re allowed to have.

Wokeness has now combined with capitalism to birth "woke capitalism.” In recent years, America's largest corporations have turned their back on America - it's companies like Nike, American Express, Airbnb, United Airlines and even professional sports leagues like the NBA and the MLB. It’s Coca-Cola training its employees on “how to be less white” and issuing public statements about voting laws that make it sound more like a Super PAC than a soft drink manufacturer.

To make matters even worse, China showed up on the scene and is using these woke corporations as trojan horses to undermine the U.S. from within. For example, the NBA regularly decries alleged racial injustice in the U.S., yet doesn’t say a peep as it expands into the Chinese market. In fact, when Darryl Morey once tweeted “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.,” LeBron James – one of the most outspoken critics of President Trump and supporter of Black Lives Matter – immediately came to China’s public defense. Why do these woke corporations and their crony celebrities do this? The answer is simple: money.

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.

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