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Women + Power: Seattle 2018

Leaders of women’s and girls’ funding organizations gather together to connect, learn, and share ideas around collective action, leadership, change management, and embedding racial equity in their gender equity work.

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“I am so appreciative to be part of WFN – and wanted to tell you that the gathering you organized in Seattle was one of the best events I have attended in years.”

“The event changed my perspective on how I think about the work my organization is doing in the world.  I especially appreciated the focus on WHO is leading the organizations in which we choose to invest our funds.”


This event is exclusive to CEOs and EDs, or their designated representative of current members of Women’s Funding Network. For more information, or for assistance in renewing your membership, please email


Breakfast & Registration
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Light breakfast provided

Welcome & Native American Blessing
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Cynthia Nimmo, President and CEO, Women’s Funding Network
Collen Echohawk, Pawnee/Athabascan, Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club; Founder, The Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness; Principle, Headwater People Consulting, and Co-Founder, The National Confderence on Equity and Public Space

Overview of the Day
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Tuti Scott, Founder and President, Imagine Philanthropy

Looking Inward: Diversity, Equality, Inclusion within the Women’s Funding Movement
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Melanie Brown, Senior Program Officer for U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Atlantic Fellow, London School of Economics International Inequalities Institute
Teresa Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation
Cat Martin, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, Pacific Northwest & Utah, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Facilitated Group Conversation
10:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Lunch and Networking Breaks Included

Leadership Development/Succession Planning
Collective Action
Personal Voice/Organization Voice
Change Management

Conversation Starters
Kathy Andersen, Executive Director, The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade
Amanda Brock, Executive Director, Spark
Laura Garcia, Executive Director, Fondo Semillas; Board Member, Women’s Funding Network
Leela Bilmes Goldstein, Executive Director, Women’s Fund of Hawaii
Donna Haghighat, CEO, The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
Musimbi Kanyoro, CEO, Global Fund for Women
Paulette Senior, President and CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation
K. Sujata, President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women; Board Member, Women’s Funding Network
Liz Vivian, President and CEO, Women’s Funding Alliance

Review Learnings from the Day
3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Closing Circle
4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Tour of The Discovery Center
5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Optional & Self- Guided
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation*
440 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA

Uniting in Courage
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Women Moving Millions Cocktail Receptiion
Atrium, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation*
*Business casual. Please bring identification. 

Liz Vivan, President and CEO, Women’s Funding Alliance
Katrin Wilde, Executive Director, Channel Foundation