WDN Connect 2018

Motif Seattle Hotel • Seattle, WA • November 8-11

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In 2018, WDN Connect is heading to Seattle, a hub of progressive activism and innovation. We’ll explore issues of race, gender, and equity, and the role of women donors in this critical moment in our nation’s history.

Join us for three days of collective learning and action as we connect with local and national leaders, organize and network with our WDN community, and build a progressive future.

Speakers

Sen. Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

Rep. Pramila Jayapal
U.S. Representative, WA 7th District

Lateefah Simon
Akonadi Foundation

Dani Marrero Hi
Neta

Rachel Gilmer
Dream Defenders

Brenda Choresi Carter
Reflective Democracy Campaign Director

Deb Haaland
Former Tribal Administrator, San Felipe Pueblo

Danica Roem
Virginia House of Delegates

Kirsten Harris-Talley
Progress Alliance of Washington

Cherie Brown
National Coalition Building Institute

Joyce Shabazz
National Coalition Building Institute

Additional speakers to be announced.

Session Highlights

MOBILIZING OUR COLLECTIVE POWER

INSIDE THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION AND THE URGENCY OF NOW
As we gather two days after the election, we’ll get an inside look at the politics of protest and power and the fight for our democracy. We’ll kick off our conference with an intimate conversation featuring Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and President & CEO Donna Hall.

WE CHOOSE US: REFLECTIVE DEMOCRACY IN ACTION
WDN’s Reflective Democracy Campaign is changing the conversation on the demographics of power in our country. In this session led by Campaign Director Brenda Carter, we’ll look at what a reflective democracy means for key progressive issues: climate justice, healthcare, gun violence and police accountability, and centering the voices of communities in the political process.

TRANSFORMATIVE MOVEMENTS, TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE
From #MeToo to #FamiliesBelongTogether, hear from leaders who are doing more than resisting — they are dreaming up a future we can believe in and organizing for solutions. We will discuss how social movements uplift our humanity and power transformative change.

CAPSTONE WITH SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS
On Sunday afternoon, Senator Harris will join us for a capstone address where she will lay a path forward for all of us who value representation, opportunity, and a safe and sustainable future for all. She will share lessons from Washington, her progressive vision for our country, and ignite a call to action for 2019 and beyond.

SPOTLIGHT ON SEATTLE

Considered a hub of progressive activism and innovation, Seattle will be our focus on Friday afternoon. We’ll kick off with framing remarks by Kirsten Harris-Talley of Progress Alliance of Washington, and then move into breakout sessions with local leaders to learn more about how they are tackling critical issues, building coalitions, and connecting movements to good policy.

BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

ANTI-SEMITISM, RACISM, AND BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES IN DIVISIVE TIMES
How do we create inclusive communities and become better allies? Our Sunday morning program will offer a chance to dig deeper into important topics of inclusion, featuring a plenary session and breakout discussions led by Cherie Brown and Joyce Shabazz from the National Coalition Building Institute.

OPTIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS

Native Women’s Leadership and Stories of Resilience
Thursday morning, 9 am – 12:45 pm 
Join us for a special pre-conference program at the University of Washington’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House*, a gathering space dedicated to serving the university’s Indigenous community. Through interactive discussions, we’ll hear powerful stories of Native women’s leadership and resilience. We’ll close our program with a shared lunch featuring traditional foods.

*The traditional name for wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House comes from the Luhshootseed language and is phonetically pronounced “wah-sheb-altuh.”

WDN Action Election Debrief
Thursday afternoon, 2 pm – 5 pm
Join WDN Action, our c4 sister organization, for an afternoon of post-election analysis from leading organizers.
Separate registration is required for this WDN Action program. Register online here.

Special Events

PROGRESSIVE POWER HAPPY HOUR
Enjoy time to connect with each other and local leaders in our opening night reception at the Motif’s Frolik Kitchen+Cocktails. 

REEL IMPACT: CONFERENCE FILM FEST
Watch important documentaries together at the WDN Connect Film Fest! Films and screening schedule to be announced.

SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY with DJ Mixxtress
Celebrate our community at a fun evening of dinner and dancing, with music provided by DJ Mixxtress, a member of Seattle’s female DJ collective.

NETWORKING AND CONNECTION
Throughout the conference, we’ll offer time for connection and networking in informal breakfast meet-ups, small group discussions, and breakout sessions.

Registration

SCHEDULE

The conference begins on Thursday, November 8, with registration and an opening reception at 5 pm, and concludes on Sunday, November 11 at 1 pm, with a closing lunch and capstone address. Optional pre-conference events offered on Thursday, November 8, prior to the opening reception.

CONFERENCE POLICIES

Registration for the conference is open to WDN members and prospective members. All sessions and meals are limited to registered conference participants or invited conference contributors. Please respect WDN’s non-solicitation policy.

CONFERENCE COSTS

The conference meal package for all attendees is $1250 and begins with an opening reception on Thursday afternoon, November 8, and covers all meals and snacks through lunch on Sunday, November 11, with the exception of Friday’s lunch on the town, which is not included in the meal package and is the responsibility of each attendee.

The registration fee for current members is included in annual membership. The registration fee for prospective members is $750 if received by September 15, or $850 thereafter. The registration fee for Next Gen philanthropists is $250 if received by September 15, or $350 thereafter.

MEMBER RATE: $1250 (meal package only)

PROSPECTIVE MEMBER RATE: $2000 if received by September 15, $2100 thereafter (meal package plus registration fee)

NEXT GEN PHILANTHROPISTS*: $1500 if received by September 15, $1600 thereafter (meal package plus discounted registration rate)
*This rate is available to women (cis, trans, or genderqueer) donors under 35 who are new to philanthropy.

OPTIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS

Native Women’s Leadership Pre-Conference Program (Thurs., 9 am – 12:45 pm): $170
Includes lunch and transportation.

WDN Action Election Debrief (Thurs., 2 pm – 5 pm): $225
Separate registration is required for this WDN Action program.
Register online here.

CANCELLATION FEE AND REFUND POLICY

The conference meal package fee of $1250, as well as 50% of the registration fee for prospective members and Next Gen philanthropists, will be refunded if notice of cancellation is provided to WDN by October 8, 2018.

Accommodations

Motif Seattle
1415 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 971-8000

Room Rate (King or Double): $245 plus applicable city and state taxes.

Reserve online or call (855) 515-1144 and refer to the WDN Annual Conference to receive the conference room rate, subject to room availability. Make your reservation early for the best room selection.

Accessibility: Motif Seattle has several different room types that cover all ADA compliant room categories. The main entrances are wheelchair accessible for both guest rooms and meeting spaces. There are preferred vendors if guests require assistance with rentals. Please let us know about any additional accommodations you may require when you register.

For more information, call 415.814.1333 or email info@womendonors.org

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