Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

As staff members, managers, leaders and volunteers, we all spend time in meetings. We recognize that a strong leader creates a meeting environment where team members have ownership and involvement in the process, trust each other and make good decisions. When we are called upon to be leaders, how can we better ensure that we will facilitate effective meetings?

Strengthening your meeting management and effective facilitation skills better enables you to effect change, move ideas forward, build stronger teams and demonstrate leadership. These are skills in high demand at all levels of an organization, in all sectors (public, private, nonprofit) and in professional as well as personal settings.

This workshop features Sue Bennett, Senior Leadership Director of Leadership Tomorrow, a program that cultivates, inspires, connects and engages an effective community of leaders. Prior to this, she was Senior Learning Manager at Philanthropy Northwest. Sue has worked for corporations, foundations and nonprofits, and as an independent consultant for over a decade. She founded and facilitated Parent Peer Groups for schools throughout the Seattle area for ten years. Sue has facilitated hundreds of meetings and believes that whether you have run a few or a thousand meetings, there are always new things to learn.

 

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the 5 facilitator roles
  • Learn and/or review tools for effectively facilitating discussions and decision-making
  • Feel more comfortable in the role of facilitator

WWF members and guests welcome! Please register if you plan to attend.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

Do you have questions about how you can get involved at the Foundation? Do you have ideas for the Foundation’s future? Have you ever wondered what our Director of Member & Donor Relations works on each day?

Please join Emily Feicht at this informal gathering over coffee to share your ideas and ask questions. All members welcome!

Thursday, May 7, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Please attend a special grant award celebration and learn about the work of WWF’s Emerging Issues Partner Grant Committee. Through an advanced and accelerated grant making curriculum, the committee has researched and visited nonprofits working in the area of girls' empowerment. At this Showcase, the committee will award a $15,000 grant to one of these nonprofit organizations.

This Showcase offers an advanced learning opportunity to all members. We will hear from our "partner" in the grant making process, Liz Vivian (Executive Director, Women's Funding Alliance). Liz will share her deep experience and broad perspectives on funding needs to empower women and girls in our community. WWF's Emerging Issues Partner Grant Committee members will highlight key insights gained through evaluating proposals and conducting site visits.

WWF members and guests are welcome!

About WWF Emerging Issues Partner Grant: WWF's Emerging Issues Partner Grants recognize special interest topics and emerging needs in our community, and allow our members to learn about innovative solutions. Building on the best practices of our well-established Pooled Fund grant process, these initiatives provide an advanced curriculum of hands-on grant making to our members, and enable an accelerated, nimble response to critical needs. To read more about the Emerging Issues Partner Grants, and other advanced grant making initiatives, please click here.

This year, the Emerging Issue Partner Grant Committee focused on the issue of girls' empowerment. After much research and discussion, the committee has requested proposals from five organizations, and will announce their finalist organization to receive the grant at this Showcase.

Friday, May 8, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Waterfront Space | 1400 Western Avenue, Seattle 98101

Join Friends of Waterfront Seattle and Maggie Walker at Waterfront Space on May 8th for a special presentation on the progress of our central waterfront's transformation. The presentation will include updates on the seawall replacement and future waterfront park, including new details about its environmental benefits. Following the presentation, guests will tour select sites along the waterfront. 

Waterfront Space is the official project showroom for Waterfront Seattle, created and operated by Friends of Waterfront Seattle. Locate at 1400 Western Avenue, the Space features exhibits and events that showcase our central waterfront’s fascinating past and exciting future. It is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and welcomes an average of 600-700 visitors per month.  Learn more about this project here.

WWF members and guests welcome! Please register if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

The Grant Committee will report on the 15 Site Visits made - it's a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge about our finalist nonprofit projects, as well as the most critical needs in our community.

Please note that we ask only WWF members to attend this event due to the confidential nature of the reports. Guests are welcome to celebrate at the Grant Award Celebration on June 10.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
 
Please join us for a casual information session about the Foundation and membership. We invite all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective grantmaking!  
 
To WWF members, please pass this opportunity along to friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about what we do.
 
Please register if you plan to attend.  We will have light refreshments and coffee available.
 
We look forward to seeing you!
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Times vary
Locations vary

Washington Women's Foundation members are invited to attend these United Way governance workshops, designed to give board members the foundational knowledge needed to be effective in their role. All trainings listed are $45.

It's Your Turn: How to Be an Effective Board Chair 
April 7, 8:30-11:30 am
Amanda Madorno
Participants will learn about the role and responsibility of the board chair in strengthening and improving the leadership work of the board as a whole. We will focus on the role of the board chair, how to run effective meetings and how to manage conflict and group process.

Serving Your Community Without Being Served a Summons: Governance Responsibilities of Not-for-Profit Boards
May 14, 9:00-11:30am
Washington Women's Foundation President Beth McCaw
Are you aware of your legal obligations and areas of potential liability for your organization? Designed for both new and experinced board members, you will learn the legal obligations of serving on a nonprofit board, how to build a more effective board, and how to train your board to think and govern like leaders, not managers.

Click here for more details and more training offerings.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

It is precisely at those times when communication is most vital to achieving our goals that it can break down most dramatically. Before these moments occur, it is essential to strengthen the communication skills that can help others to hear your truth, and to listen non-defensively so you can hear others' truths. Having authentic conversations will help you to achieve shared goals, build better relationships and feel in integrity with yourself. In this session, we will explore how to:

  • Build effective and collaborative relationships responsibly.
  • Speak your truth with integrity.
  • Receive the views of others respectfully.

This workshop features Jeaneen Schmidt, Executive Coach & Conscious Business Facilitator for Linkedin. Having spent 15 years as a leader and executive productively building businesses and inspiring staff to create success for themselves and their organizations, Jeaneen leveraged her years in the corporate world to launch her private executive coaching practice in 2000. She has been recognized as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier executive coaches, serving both high potential, rising star professionals and senior leaders alike. Read more here: Read more here: www.jrscoaching.com

Jeaneen was trained by Fred Kofman, author of the book Conscious Business and described by Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In as a teacher who "changed her career and her life." Click on the name of the video below to preview the ideas Jeaneen will explore:

Difficult Conversations with Fred Kofman, Philosopher of Leadership and Organizational Development at Linkedin

WWF members and guests welcome! Lunch will be served. Cost for WWF members is $10, and cost for guests is $15.

A portion of the costs of this program have been underwritten, thanks to a generous contribution from the Lewis Greenwood Foundation, made possible by WWF member Toby Donner. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle 98144

Strong board leadership is not just about checks and balances; it is about creating the circumstances that will allow the missions of strong nonprofit organizations to be achieved. Nonprofit board members are the community leaders that decision makers need to hear from to ensure progress can be made. Board members serve as powerful champions and can bridge differences in opinion, turn ideas into solutions, and make positive change happen.

Please join us for a conversation around a new national campaign entitled Stand for Your Mission on how advocacy can enhance your role as a board member for a nonprofit organization. The Campion Foundation, in partnership with BoardSource, is leading the charge to change the culture of board rooms to include this critical piece of the puzzle.

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • What is advocacy and why it matters
  • How to begin a conversation around advocacy in the board room
  • Tools available to boards looking to expand their participation in advocacy

Sonya Campion, trustee of the Campion Foundation and 26 year veteran of nonprofit fundraising, will lead a discussion on why this is important and why funders should look for advocacy in the organizations they partner with.

WWF members and guests welcome! Please register if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
2100 Building | 2100 24th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98144
 
Please join us for a casual information session about the Foundation and membership. We invite all women who want to make an impact through focused, collective grantmaking!  
 
To WWF members, please pass this opportunity along to friends and colleagues who may be interested in learning more about what we do.
 
Please register if you plan to attend.  We will have light refreshments and coffee available.
 
We look forward to seeing you!