I am uniquely positioned in the Seattle community to help you plan a successful fundraiser, meeting, party or conference from start to finish, or even to help you manage the logistics of your event on the day-of. In addition to working with my clients, I am a former board member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and current co-chair of the Seattle chapter, an Advisor for Agency (formerly Party with a Purpose) a regular volunteer with Seattle Arts & Lectures and a Senior Experience Coordinator with LivingSocial Adventures. I also participate in a volunteer service group, book club, picnic club and recently launched a career development group for women.
Landesa’s International Women’s Day Breakfast
March 8, 2013 – Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle, WA
Landesa works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people– those 2.47 billion* chiefly rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Landesa partners with developing country governments to design and implement laws, policies, and programs concerning land that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice.
The breakfast event brought together 225 guests on International Women’s Day to support the Women Gaining Ground fund, an initiative that support’s Landesa’s work in Africa, China, and India to change history for tens of thousands of women and their families through the power of land.
Coinstar Analyst Day
February 27, 2013 – Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA
Coinstar, Inc is a leading provider of automated retail solutions offering convenient services that make life easier for consumers and drive incremental traffic and revenue for retailers. Coinstar’s 3rd annual Analyst Day was held at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, CA and featured presentations and demonstrations of three of the companies latest kiosk ventures, including Alula, a Rubi (Seattle’s Best Coffee kiosk) and Redbox Tickets.
Redefining Development: Global WA’s Annual Conference
December 6, 2012 – Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Gbobal WA’s annual conference is an important gathering for over 450 top policymakers and thought leaders and members of the international development community, who will explore how our region can best harness resources to tackle today’s most challenging issues, in global health, the environment, poverty alleviation and global education.
Keynote speakers for the 2012 conference include Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director and Founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning and Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We.
Rainbow Center’s Black & White Gayla
November 10, 2012 – Hotel Murano, Tacoma
The Rainbow Center‘s mission is to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by providing education, resources, information and opportunities for empowerment to individuals and organization with the south Puget Sound area.
The annual auction and Gayla raised over $175,000 to support the Center!
Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliances “Taste of the Valley” Auction & Dinner
July 28, 2012 – Jubilee Biodynamic Farm
The Snoqualmie Valley Preservation Alliance is committed to the safety of residents and businesses that have been affected by the repeated flooding of the Snoqualmie Valley. The river widening efforts have lead to some of the largest floods on record in the valley.
SVPA’s annual event featured bites of food from local chefs and restaurateurs who were paired with local produce and protein from farmers. Over 250 people attended for an evening of great food, a silent auction and live music!
Coinstar Inc – 2012 Analyst Day
May 15-16, 2012 – Westin Bellevue
Coinstar, Inc is a leading provider of automated retail solutions offering convenient services that make life easier for consumers and drive incremental traffic and revenue for retailers. On Tuesday, May 15th and Wednesday, May 16, Coinstar, Inc hosted an Analyst Day for investors at the Westin in Bellevue, WA.
This year’s event featured demonstrations of the company’s “new ventures”, including Seattle’s Best Coffee kiosks, Gizmo (a kiosk that sells refurbished electronics), and StarStudio (an interactive photo studio).
Collaboration for Impact: 2012 Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference
Friday, May 4, 2012 – Best Western Executive Inn + Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Pacific NW Global Donors Conference is designed expressly for Northwest grantmakers and philanthropists active and/or curious about global philanthropy. The conference provides insights and education on today’s most significant global issues, explore best practices in international grantmaking, and connect participants with the growing community of global philanthropists in the Northwest.
The 2012 keynote speech was delivered by Laura Arriagalla-Andreessen, founder of SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund), Founder and Board Chairman of Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), a global research center committed to exploring ideas to create social change and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and author of Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World.
Thomas C. Wales Foundation’s “Night Among Heroes” + 10th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, April 27, 2012 – FareStart
The Thomas C. Wales Foundation celebrated its’ 10th anniversary in 2012 with their annual “Night Among Heroes” event, which recognizes ordinary citizens who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to improving their communities. The 2012 recipient of the Thomas C. Wales Award for Passionate Citizenship was Roy Prosterman, founder of Landesa. Honorees included Patrick Awuah, founder of Ashesi University, George Cheung of the Win/Win Network, Thomas Goldstein of The Washington Bus, and Lorena Gonzalez, attorney.
The featured speech was delivered by The Honorable R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy and former Seattle Chief of Police.
Prosthetics Outreach Foundation’s “Steps to Healing” Dinner + Auction
Saturday, March 23, 2012 – Sheraton Seattle
Prosthetics Outreach Foundation seeks to ensure that children and adults with limb loss or limb deformities in developing countries have access to high-quality orthopedic and physical rehabilitation services, so that they can enjoy lifelong mobility. To this end, POF works to strengthen the local capacity of developing countries to provide prosthetic care, orthopedic surgeries and the treatment of children with clubfoot through hands-on teaching and training. This includes assisting developing countries with the in-country fabrication of prosthetic and orthotic components (artificial feet, knee joints, shoe braces, etc.) to break dependence on costly component imports. At present, POF has programs in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Haiti.
The annual auction and dinner raised over $300,000 in support of POF’s programs! To read about and view photos from the event, please click here.
Coinstar, Inc + Childhaven’s “Season of Sharing” Holiday Movie Event
Saturday, December 10, 2011 – Central Cinema
On Saturday, December 10th, Coinstar, Inc employees came together with Childhaven families for a holiday movie event at Central Cinema. The event featured a reel of holiday cartoons, an appearance by Santa Claus who gifted out toys, books and art supplies that had been gifted and wrapped by the Coinstar employees in their annual toy drive. The families were also treated to an assorted popcorn bar featuring Kukuruza Popcorn, a dazzling array of candy, BINGO and other games and photobooth fun!
Seattle International Foundation’s “Women in the World” Breakfast
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – Four Seasons Hotel
The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) supports worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other activities, with a strategic focus on Central America. SIF was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy efforts from the Pacific Northwest. Since 2008, SIF has awarded more than $6 million to Washington state organizations working to alleviate global poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
SIF hosted over 250 women leaders from business, philanthropy, academia and the media to learn and celebrate Seattle’s role in advancing the economic and social empowerment of women worldwide. This year’s event featured Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. The Global Fund for Women is the largest publicly supported grant making foundation that advances human rights by investing in women-led organizations worldwide.
To read the press release announcing $159,000 in new grants made at the event, please click here.
To view photos from the event, please click here.
Statewide Poverty Action Network’s 15th Anniversary Celebration
September 8, 2011 – NW African American Museum
Poverty Action builds grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper. We envision a state where people of all income levels fully promote and participate in building the fabric of socially, politically, and economically just communities.
Poverty Action was joined by over 150 of friends, allies and members at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle to celebrate and acknowledge some of our greatest champions and the amazing work they have accomplished together. Awardees included State Rep. Tina Orwall, The Western States Center, and Poverty Action member, Pam Bailey.
Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum’s Annual Gala & Auction
August 4, 2011 – Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is the nation’s only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing. Formed in 1983, our mission is to preserve and exhibit important artifacts from the sport of hydroplane racing. The museum features an incredible collection of vintage hydroplanes spanning seven decades, including boats that have won 17 Gold Cups. The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is also the nation’s primary resource for historical and educational information on hydroplane racing. Their extensive collection of books, magazines, race programs, newspaper, photos, trophies, and other memorabilia dates back to the turn of the last century.
Giving for Sustainable Change: 2011 Pacific NW Global Donors Conference
April 1-2, 2011 - Red Lion Hotel
The Pacific NW Global Donors Conference is designed expressly for Northwest grantmakers and philanthropists active and/or curious about global philanthropy. The conference provides insights and education on today’s most significant global issues, explore best practices in international grantmaking, and connect participants with the growing community of global philanthropists in the Northwest. The keynote speech was delivered by Greg Carr- entrepreneur, human rights activist and philanthropist who recently committed $40 million to the restoration of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The closing speech was delivered by Margaret Larson, host of New Day Northwest on KING 5 Television.
Read about the conference by visiting the conference website and the following articles:
- “Nonprofits examine climate-change roles” – Kristi Heim, The Seattle Times (4/2/11)
- “We Are the Solution: Women’s Farm Organizations Thrive in Africa” – KBCS radio segment (4/7/11)
- “Reflections from the Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference” – George Durham, Microsoft Unlimited Potential blog (4/17/11)
- “What We’re Learning: Pacific NW Global Donors Conference” – Kara Palmer, Pangea’s newsletter, Spring 2011
- “Giving For Sustainable Change in the Pacific Northwest” – Betsy Brill, Alliance Magazine, (4/12/11)
Fighting Stigma, Finding Solutions: A Symposium on Mental Health in our Community
March 4-5, 2011 – University of Washington – Kane & Mary Gates Halls
The Thomas C. Wales Foundation is dedicated to the promise of ordinary citizens actively helping to create a more livable and fair society. The objective of the Foundation’s symposia program is to bring together experts, community leaders and ordinary citizens in open-minded discussions of key public issues. By convening expert panelists with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, this program gives the public a chance to weigh for themselves divergent but well-reasoned points of view.
The purpose of the two-day symposium was to “destigmatize” mental illness and to have a frank discussion of the impacts of cutbacks in funding, while examining ways our local community can better respond to the treatment needs and recovery of individuals who suffer from severe mental illness and support their families and friends. Issues addressed included: access to treatment; community safety; youth and education, and the workplace.
Speakers included: Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jessie Close (Bring Change 2 Mind), the Honorable Judge Harry McCarthy (King County Superior Courty), Dan Satterberg (King County Prosecuting Attorney), Sue Rahr (King County Sheriff), Amnon Shoenfeld (Director, King County Mental Health), Susan Dreyfus (Secretary, DSHS), and more.
Read about the event on the Fighting Stigma blog and in the following articles:
- Real Change News: “Putting a new face on mental illness“
- Puget Sound Business Journal: “Mental health: needs grown, experts to convene in Seattle“
- Crosscut: “Addressing the stigma associated with mental illness“
- Capitol Hill Times: “Finding ‘normal’: Arts serve as a remedy for bipolar disorder“
Coinstar Analyst Day
February 16, 2011 – Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA
Coinstar, Inc is a leading provider of automated retail solutions offering convenient services that make life easier for consumers and drive incremental traffic and revenue for retailers. On February 16, 2011, Coinstar, Inc hosted an Analyst Day for investors at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, CA.
Making Connections That Matter: HAI’s Annual Dinner
October 15, 2010 – Museum of History & Industry
Health Alliance International promotes policies and supports programs that strengthen government primary health care and fosters social, economic and health equity for all. On October 15, HAI brought nearly 200 supporters together for their annual event which featured marimba music, a raffle, dessert auction and keynote presentation by Therese Hansen, the U.S. liaison to Africa Health Placements.
Coinstar/redbox Nonprofit Scavenger Hunt
September 29, 2010
The Nonprofit Scavenger Hunt was the culminating event of the Coinstar/redbox annual Leadership Summit. 120 executives raced through two routes in Seattle’s Capitol Hill & First Hill in a competitive tour of the local nonprofit community. This event was also a benefit for Childhaven: each team of 8 was responsible for crossing the finish line with toys, books, and outfits for their assigned Childhaven client. For more information, please read the article from the Puget Sound Business Journal, and the blog posts by featured nonprofit organizations Northwest Harvest and Solid Ground.
Pacific NW Global Donors Conference
March 19-20, 2010 – Red Lion Hotel
The inaugural Pacific NW Global Donors Conference brought 200 philanthropists and grantmakers together to provide education on today’s most significant global issues, to identify best practices in international grantmaking, and to network the regions growing international grantmaking community. Keynote speakers included Kavita Ramdas, Executive Director of the Global Fund for Women, and Bill Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Delivering on Change: Social Justice Fund’s Annual Dinner
Featuring Sister Helen Prejean, keynote speaker
Event Coordinator (staff)
September 26, 2009 – Washington State Convention Center
Social Justice Fund NW brought 300 supporters together to the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in September of 2009 in support of grassroots organizing for social change. Event components included a dialogue with over 20 leaders of faith in the Seattle community, a VIP reception, general reception, awards presentation and keynote speech by Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. For a full recap of the event, click here!
The Economic Crisis and Communities of Color
The People of Color in Philanthropy Network
Event Coordinator (staff)
May 8, 2009
On May 8th, POCPN hosted a forum about the current economic crisis and its affects on people and communities of color. The primary goals of the forum were to: 1) understand the economic crisis and its impact on communities of color, and 2) identify strategies and best practices to better support communities of color. The event included a keynote presentation on the racial dimensions of the economic crisis, a panel of community leaders who talked about impacts on communities of color, and speakers from the philanthropic community who discussed the implications for funding.
Social Justice Fund’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
Featuring Dr. Cornel West, keynote speaker
Event Coordinator (staff)
October 18, 2008 – Marriott Seattle Waterfront
Social Justice Fund invited Dr. Cornel West to Seattle to help celebrate 30 years of progressive grassroots social change in the Pacific NW. Event components included a VIP reception, general reception & grantee fair, awards presentation, and dessert auction.
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy is a national organization whose mission is to strengthen the next generation of grantmakers in order to advance effective social justice philanthropy. We organize unique Networking opportunities for our constituents through local chapters and national meeting spaces (both virtual and in-person).We develop the Leadership skills and analysis of our members for successful engagement in the workplace and the broader philanthropic field. And we build an Advocacy voice for our generation aimed at transforming philanthropy, and strengthening the pipeline for young people into social change careers.
The network is governed by a national Board of Advisors composed of our constituents and partners. Each chapter is governed by a Steering Committees of local volunteers.
The Service Girls are a group of 12 women who meet monthly for a service call with a local nonprofit organization. Each woman is assigned a month of the year and is responsible for organizing the call and sending out the information to the group. Service calls allow us to be engaged in our community and to learn about great organizations in a hands-on way. For more about the Service Girls, or to start your own group, contact me!
Seattle Arts & Lectures
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ mission is to spark the imagination through programs that connect people and ideas. In addition to presenting today’s foremost fiction and nonfiction writers, Seattle Arts & Lectures’ events and courses illuminate arts, culture, and a world of ideas. Programs include a literary arts series, special events, a poetry series and more. Volunteering with SAL allows me to be connected to Seattle’s amazing literary community and to hear great speakers and meet great authors!
Women’s Funding Alliance
Event volunteer, Art of Dining
Women’s Funding Alliance is the leading foundation in Washington state that invests in and advocates for women and girls. By strategically supporting organizations that promote progressive change for women and girls, they have a dramatic impact on the overall health of our community. When women and girls thrive, the entire community benefits.
Reading Tutor, Emerson Elementary School
January – June 2010