Jennifer Sey (Ex Brand President at Levi’s) Turned Down $1,000,000 So She Could Fight COVID School Closures. Now NYT Confirms Her Fears About Learning Loss Were True – Ask Dr. Drew

Former Levi's brand president Jennifer Sey resigned and reportedly turned down a $1,000,000 exit package so she could keep fighting COVID school closures. Now the NYT confirms her fears about learning loss were true all along.

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Jennifer Sey spent over 20 years at iconic clothing brand Levi’s, rising from Chief Marketing Officer to Brand President. But when she fought against school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, she says the CEO told her “there’s just not a path for you here.”

She resigned and was reportedly offered a $1 million exit package – presumably to buy her silence with an NDA – but turned it down so she could continue fighting for children’s education. Now, three years later, the New York Times has confirmed Jennifer Sey’s fears: the “startling evidence on learning loss is in” and pandemic school closures were a disaster for American children.

“More than 3 years too late, the New York Times has now given permission to acknowledge what was obvious from the beginning,” writes Jennifer Sey. “But if you dared to say so in 2020, or 2021, or even 2022, you were smeared with all sorts of career-ending ad hominem attacks.”

Jennifer Sey is an author, filmmaker, business executive and retired artistic gymnast. Sey began working at Levi Strauss & Co. in 1999, rising to Chief Marketing Officer and then Global Brand President. In January 2022, she was asked to resign because of her public opposition to the extended closure of San Francisco’s public schools.

Previously, Jennifer Sey was the 1986 USA Gymnastics National Champion, and a 7-time member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Sey’s first memoir, “Chalked Up,” was released in 2008 and detailed the coaching cruelty inflicted on children in the sport of gymnastics. She also produced the 2020 Emmy award-winning documentary film, “Athlete A,” which connected the crimes of Larry Nassar to broader abuses in the Olympic movement.

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