Morning/Opening Plenary: 8:00 - 9:00 am

"The Hero's Journey: Remembering who we are and finding courage for the work ahead" with Colleen Echohawk

headshotThe non-profit world is populated with heroes.  Heroes who give their all, who generously self-sacrifice, who truly empathize with the most marginalized; superstars who believe in the good of humanity and know that they are making a difference.  Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee/Athabascan) will help us remember why we do the work and how to sustain it – offering stories of leadership and service, through the lens of the indigenous values of community, service, love and reconciliation.

Colleen Echohawk is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. 

Ms. Echohawk is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club, a nonprofit dedicated to the needs of Native American and Alaska Native people who are experiencing homelessness in Seattle. Chief Seattle Club provides a safe and sacred place to rest, revive and nurture the spirit of urban Native people. They serve approximately 100 urban Native people a day, 7 days a week, providing services such as hot meals, clothing, laundry, showers, resources for sobriety and wellness, and cultural programming. Municipal League of King County named Chief Seattle Club organization of the year in 2016. Crosscut awarded Ms. Echohawk their annual Courage Award for Public Service, also in 2016.

As the founder of the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness, Ms. Echohawk is committed to homeless advocacy. The coalition is a first of its kind to respond to the trajectory of Native American and Alaska Native people living away from reservations in urban places and experiencing homelessness. Ms. Echohawk is interested in creating systems and structures that help facilitate wellness, and encourage kindness and courage. Her education has been focused on organizational development and leadership; helping brilliant people do better work for the greater good. She is the co-founder and principal at Headwater People Consulting Group. 

Ms. Echohawk serves on local boards such as KUOW (National Public Radio member station,) All-Home Coordinating, Metropolitan Improvement District, and Pioneer Square Preservation. She is also the board chair at Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre. 

In her spare time, she loves to read, sing karaoke, listen to National Public Radio and cook delicious food for her friends and family. Ms. Echohawk is a proud mom to two children and is married to Matt Hayashi. 

 Luncheon Plenary/Panel: 12:00 - 1:15 pm

Lunchtime Reading with
Angel Gardener, Seattle Art & Lectures Youth Poet Laureate

Angel Gardener is 20 years old and has been writing forAngel_039 ten years now, on her own and as a youth ambassadorwith the Pongo Teen Writing Program. She believes that the best types of creative writing is the kind without barriers and makes you shift and sweat. Her community advocacy includes work with the Mockingbird Society and New Horizon Ministries, organizations that support youth experiencing homelessness through advocacy and working towards systemic change. She is the current reigning Youth Poet Laureate with Seattle Arts & Lectures and her book will be released this spring. She plans to keep writing well after her time as poet laureate is finished.

 

Organizational Leaders on Building Equitable Organizations Panel

Angela Powell, Founder, Imago, LLC (Moderator)
Mozart Guerrier, Executive Director, 21 Progress
Sally Pritchard, Vice President of Community Impact, Spokane County United Way
Susan Mask, Board Member, YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish
Cecilia Gonzalez, Children’s Program Coordinator, La Casa Hogar

What is the role of nonprofit organizations in promoting social equity?  How do we serve our clients more effectively, and extend opportunity to those who most need it?  How do we ensure that our organizational practices are equitable and align with our values?

Equity is an important value for many nonprofit organizations, but different organizations define the word and place their emphasis differently.  In this panel discussion, nonprofit leaders who have led a sustained effort to make their organizations more equitable will discuss how they have focused their efforts and what they have learned along the way.

Angela Powell, MA of Imago, LLC has been organizing effective change efforts since the 3rd grade, when she instigated a school-wide anti-smoking campaign that empowered kids to support their parents in kicking the habit. Since then, she has gained over 25 years of consulting and service experience working with for-impact organizations, earning her M.A. in Organizational Development from Bastyr University in 2001. She has served as Adjunct Faculty with Seattle University’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program, and works with leaders on issues ranging from executive coaching and thought partnership to strategy development and research design. She has particular interest and expertise in supporting people and organizations to navigate the nuances of quickly changing environments. You can learn more at www.imagorevolution.com.
 
Sally Pritchard has served as Vice President of Community Impact for Spokane County United Way since 2008.  She oversees Spokane County United Way’s community investments and community capacity building strategies.  She has spent her career working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector.  Prior to joining the staff of Spokane County United Way in 2003, she spent almost 20 years working for legal services organizations in Massachusetts and Washington State, and worked briefly for the Children’s Alliance when they had an office in Spokane.  She has served on a number of boards including the YWCA of Spokane, SNAP, West Central Community Center and the Chase Youth Commission.  She is a 1975 graduate of Williams College with a B.A. in History.  She and her husband have four amazing adult children.
 
Susan Mask is a Co-Founder and Principal of Trillium360 Consulting, a management consulting firm in Seattle.  She is an attorney who has practiced employment law and advised senior executives on legal issues, including human resource matters, and diversity and inclusion strategies in higher education and corporate settings.  Before co-founding Trillium360, Susan served as in-house counsel with Washington Mutual.  Committed to contributing to the community, Susan has served on the Board of the YWCA since 2002 and was Chair of the Board through the adoption of the YWCA’s current mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women.”  Susan is also a Trustee at Children’s Hospital and an active member of The Links, Incorporated.  Susan is married and has two adult children.
 
Cecilia Gonzalez moved from Mexico, where she was working in accounting and technology, to Yakima with her husband. She found out about La Casa Hogar and took classes and became involved in parent education. Soon, she was a volunteer. She found herself telling everyone she knew about La Casa and how it could help them develop their skills. One day, her husband said, "It seems like La Casa is paying for you to be their spokesperson!" Cecilia thought that was a good idea and asked the director at the time if she could work with the La Casa team. Cecilia began working for La Casa Hogar in 2008. In the same way she advocated for herself, she advocates for the families at La Casa Hogar. Now, the Early Learning Center Coordinator, Cecilia is trained in the Foundations of Early Literacy, the Creative Curriculum, conflict resolution and much more. Cecilia likes to know that one way or another "I’m contributing to the educational development of children and accompany mothers during their journeys." Cecilia is a mother of two children; her son is enrolled at UW and is in the Marine Corps, and her daughter is in middle school. 
 
Mozart Guerrier serves as Executive Director at 21 Progress. He has spent over ten years working on social justice issues as a project manager, organizer, social worker, and teaching artist. He was most recently the co-founder of a collective impact initiative called Healthy Neighbors at Upstate Medical University, focused on developing leaders in public housing who addressed health disparities in their community. Prior to Upstate, Mozart was the community manager at Aunt Bertha, a software firm backed by Unreasonable Institute, TED, and Code for America. Aunt Bertha’s mission is the transformation of access to need-based programs in the United States for youth and families.  His career has focused on supporting grassroots leaders and social justice through technology, storytelling, organizing, and systems thinking. 
 

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