Foundation Programs

Intersect: Join the Conversation (2017) Audio Recordings

Our annual fall education program, previously known as Discovery Days, got a new face and format in 2017.  Just as WA Women’s Foundation pivoted toward more transformational influence and impact in our state, we moved from two days of discovery to a single intense day of engaged and interactive conversation in the program called Intersect.  Building upon our 2016 program centered on race and gender, the 2017 Intersect Planning Committe invited speakers, panelists and attending members and guests to engage in conversations around the societal forces that overlap and intersect in ways that often marginalize and hamper people, ideas and actions.  Together we explored how our very intentional philanthropy can be more inclusive, responsive and constructive in addressing the most compelling needs of the communities we seek to serve.

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Introductions and Morning Focus Speaker: Sarah Tran, Nonprofit Assistance Center - Beth McCaw, President & CEO, Washington Women's Foundation; Carol Nelson, Pacific Regions Sales Executive and Market President, Keybank; C. Davida Ingram, Public Engagement Programs Manager, Seattle Public Library; Nicole Resch, Intersect Committee Chair; Sarah Tran, Executive Director, Nonprofit Assistance Center (1 hour, 6 minutes)

Breakout Session: Mindful Community Engagement (1 hour, 4 minutes)
Aneelah Afzali, MAPS-AMEN Muslim Association of Puget Sound
Janeen Comenote, National Urban Indian Family Coalition
Aiko Schaefer, Front and Centered
Moderator: Trish Keegan

Breakout Session: Justice in Theory & Practice (1 hour, 12 minutes)
Bookda Gheisar, King County Office of Equity and Social Justice
Patricia Lally, Seattle Office of Civil RIghts
Rich Stolz, One America
Moderator: Cedra DuFlon-Heide

Equitable Grantmaking (54 minutes)
Lindsay Hill, Raikes Foundation
Ike McCreery, Resource Generation
Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Philanthropy Northwest
Moderator: Dr. Gary Kinte Perry

Audience Open Mic Reflections (30 minutes)
Beth McCaw, President & CEO
Grace Chien, Board Chair
Susan Heikkala, 2018 Pooled Fund Grant Committee Chair
Liz Choy, Intersect Committee Vice Chair

Special thanks to 2017 Intersect Planning Committee: Chair Nicole Resch, Vice Chair Liz Choy, Past Chair Amy Michael, Cedra DuFlon-Heide, Maura Fallon, Patricia Kiyono, Trish Keegan, and Ginny Trethewey.

Special thanks to event sponsors: Carol Nelson, Keybank; The Seattle Public Library Foundation

Discovery Days 2016: Community Conversations on Race and Gender Audio Recordings

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Opening Day 1 - Beth McCaw, President, WA Women's Foundation, and Amy Michael, Discovery Days Planning Committee Chair (11 minutes)
November 3, 2016

C. Davida Ingram, Public Engagement Programs Manager, Seattle Public Library (23 minutes)
November 3, 2016

Panel Discussion 1 (42 minutes)
November 3, 2016
Mauricio Ayon, Political Director, Washington Community Action Network
Megan Bang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Washington
Rebecca SaldaƱa, Executive Director, Puget Sound Sage
Moderator: Kim Powe, Principal, 3E Integrity

Sili Savusa, Executive Director, White Center Community Development Association (25 minutes)
November 3, 2016

Panel Discussion 2 (43 minutes)
November 3, 2016
Amy HyunAh Pak, Founder and Executive Director, Families Of Color Seattle
Gordon McHenry, President & CEO, Solid Ground
Sarah Tran, Executive Director, Nonprofit Assistance Center 
Moderator: Michelle Osbourne, Race and Social Justice Manager, YWCA of Seattle/King/Snohomish

Jourdan Imani Keith, Founder and Director, Urban Wilderness Project (13 minutes)
November 3, 2016

Closing Day 1 - Martha Kongsgaard, Chair, Washington Women's Foundation Board of Directors (9 minutes)
November 3, 2016

Opening Day 2 - Beth McCaw, President, WA Women's Foundation, and Amy Michael, Discovery Days Planning Committee Chair (11 minutes)
November 9, 2016

Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington (40 minutes)
November 9, 2016

Panel Discussion (36 minutes)
November 9, 2016
Kaaren Andrews, Principal, Interagency Academy
Thatcher Bailey, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation
Valerie Curtis-Newton, Professor, Head of Performance, Directing, Acting, University of Washington School of Drama
Moderator: Laura Close, Founder of the Women's Intelligence Project

Ralina L. Joseph, Ph.D., Director, Center for Communication, Difference and Equity, University of Washington (30 minutes)
November 9, 2016

Closing Day 2 - Martha Kongsgaard, Chair, Washington Women's Foundation Board of Directors (14 minutes)
November 9, 2016

Special thanks to 2016 Discovery Days Planning Committee: Chair Amy Michael,  Vice Chair Nicole Fiset Resch, Past Chair Rosalie Gann, Joan Affleck-Smith, Elizabeth Choy, Maura Fallon, Catherine Gelband, Kerry Hodges, Trish Keegan, Sarajane Milder, Gale Picker, Page Pless, and Ginny Trethewey

Special thanks to event sponsors: Martha Kongsgaard & Peter Goldman, Whittier Trust Investment & Wealth Management

We present a broad spectrum of learning opportunities, such as educational forums, philanthropy skill-building programs and workshops, issues discussions, and “hands-on” grant making through site visits and committee work.   Below are a few of our hallmark events:

  • Intersect: Join the Conversation is our signature educational event, featuring expert speakers on critical and emerging needs in our community.
  • Member Discussions:  Engage with fellow members in discussions that feature a timely article or book on the topics of community needs and philanthropy.
  • Education Forums and Gatherings: We offer many educational forums featuring speakers on topics related to community issues and philanthropy.  Gatherings highlight the work of a fellow member or the work of a nonprofit.
  • Outings: Visit and learn about the work of nonprofits in our community, or former grant award winners.
  • Workshops: Attend workshops on varied philanthropic topics, such as planned giving, nonprofit financial training, measuring impact, and much more.
  • Our Pooled Grant Award Celebration in June celebrates our five Pooled Grant Award Winners, and provides an opportunity for members to hear firsthand about the work of the projects we fund.


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