After almost two years, we’re beyond ecstatic to host the Annual Dinner and Bay Area Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony, presented by Kaiser Permanente—this year both in-person and virtually—on Thursday, November 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The event recognizes the extraordinary achievements of individuals and families who have advanced Bay Area businesses to positions of national and international prominence, who have contributed to scientific research, and who have enriched the civic life of the Bay Area community. The Business Hall of Fame showcases exemplary entrepreneurialism and leadership to inspire excellence in business and honor private sector innovation.
We recognize that some folks may still be concerned about getting together in person. We take those concerns very seriously and are taking every precaution, including requiring proof of COVID vaccination, to ensure the health and safety of our guests. That’s why we’re also providing an option to attend virtually.
Our attendees who choose to celebrate with us in-person can expect the following protocols:
- Pre-event attestation of full Covid-19 vaccination
- Before entering the event area, attendees will be asked to show either their physical Covid-19 vaccination card, or a digital copy, and a valid photo ID
- Masks must be worn when attendees are not eating or drinking
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the event
- Dinner tables will have fewer seats and will be spaced further apart than at previous events to accommodate for physical distancing
- Rapid onsite Covid-19 test kits will be available for anyone who requests them
And have we got a great program for you. This year’s Hall of Fame class is a blockbuster. We’ll be honoring UC Berkeley biochemist and entrepreneur Dr. Jennifer Doudna, whose pioneering work in developing gene editing technology earned her the 2020 Nobel Prize. She’ll be joined by two other incredible leaders, former Symantec CEO and Microsoft Chair John W. Thompson and First Republic Bank Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO James Herbert II.
In addition to celebrating the tremendous business and philanthropic contributions of these great leaders, you’ll also be treated to brief conversations with each honoree about their life’s work, what inspires them and what’s next.
We’re also extremely honored to welcome Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who will join us virtually for what’s sure to be a riveting conversation with Business Hall of Fame Chair and Sunset Development Company Chair Alex Mehran Sr. about the U.S. economy and her insights on the Biden Administration’s economic policies and the recovery.
Stay tuned for additional announcements! The Bay Area Council looks forward to celebrating with you.