Announcing our 2023 Convening Panelists

Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF) is excited to announce our panelists for Convening 2023 on September 21st. The Convening, held from 9am to 4pm at Town Hall in Seattle, will feature three panel discussions on our 2024 funding themes: Housing and Hunger, Arts and Community Culture, and Law, Justice, and Incarceration.

​​The Convening is a call to action that brings together speakers, writers, thinkers, community leaders and essential nonprofit directors to educate the WaWF community on the most pressing concerns within our annual funding and learning themes. Our themes for Convening 2023 are Arts and Community Culture; Housing and Hunger; and Law, Justice, and Incarceration.  

The morning panel will discuss Law, Justice, and Incarceration,  moderated by Camerina Zorrozua of The Way to Justice with insights from Abigail Scholar of Central Washington Justice for our Neighbors, Judge Veronica Galvan of the King County Superior Court, Virla Spencer of The Way to Justice and David Heppard of the Freedom Project.

After lunch, we will hear from unique perspectives on Arts and Community Culture. This conversation will be moderated by Vivian Phillips of Arte Noir and enhanced by the ideas of Kathy Hsieh of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Asia Tail of yehaw, Thomas Grant Richardson of Center for Washington Cultural Traditions and Ginger Ewing of Terrain.

The last panel will discover the creative work being done in Housing and Hunger in Washington State. This will be moderated by Alison Eisinger of the King County Coalition on Homelessness, with insight from Marley Hochendoner of NW Fair Housing Alliance, Lindsay Goes Behind of the Chief Seattle Club, Tye Reed of House Our Neighbors, and Christina Wong of Northwest Harvest!

​Convening 2023 is a crucial first step in determining our 2024 grantmaking and learning priorities. Convening features a variety of speakers, with deep knowledge of our three themes, who are reflective of and embedded in the communities they serve. Together, we will learn from these experts, changemakers, and community organizers driving equitable, transformative solutions to Washington’s most pressing challenges. 

​After the Convening, all attendees are invited to share suggestions for priorities within each of our three themes, so we encourage the wider community to join us and help shape our grantmaking and education for next year!  

Convening 2023 will be held in person at Town Hall, with virtual access, from approximately 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The Convening will include three ninety-minute panels with time for discussion during the day. Lunch is included and we hope you’ll join us for a reception afterwards. The event is open to the full WaWF membership and the public, free of charge.  

Register here for 2023 Convening!

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