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

Thenjiwe McHarris
Blackbird

Dani Marrero Hi
Neta

Rachel Gilmer
Dream Defenders

Amanda Nguyen
Rise

Brenda Choresi Carter
Reflective Democracy Campaign Director

Deb Haaland
Former Tribal Administrator, San Felipe Pueblo

Danica Roem
Virginia House of Delegates

Aramis Ayala
State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit, Florida

Kirsten Harris-Talley
Progress Alliance of Washington

Cherie Brown
National Coalition Building Institute

Joyce Shabazz
National Coalition Building Institute

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 • Co-hosted by Women’s Funding Alliance
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. We will hear from three incredible Seattle-based leaders as they share stories of resiliency and power. We will focus on the rich history and present-day experiences of urban Native women. Lunch provided by The I-Collective.

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

Speakers 

Susan Balbas
Na’ah Illahee Fund
Cherokee/Yaqui descendant

Colleen Echohawk
Chief Seattle Club
Pawnee/Ahtna Athabasca

Tracy Rector
Longhouse Media
Choctaw/Seminole

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. Speakers: Tory Gavito, Way to Win (moderator); LaTosha Brown, Black Voters Matter; Marisa Franco, Mijente; Arisha Hatch, Color of Change; and Andrea Dew Steele, Emerge America.

Special Events

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

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

CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND: DINNER WITH BESTIES
Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow of the hit podcast, Call Your Girlfriend, will join us for a fun evening of politics, pop culture, and the power of women’s friendship.

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.

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

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