February 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the February 2014 issue of the Global Washington newsletter. If you would like to contact us directly, please email us.

IN THIS ISSUE

Member Recognition

Founder of Global Washington member Splash recognized in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “People to Watch in 2014”

Last month, The Chronicle of Philanthropy named Eric Stowe one of its “People to Watch in 2014.” Congratulations to Eric and the entire Splash team – actively ensuring safe water for over 200,000 children daily.

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy…

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Eric Stowe,
Founder of Splash

Eric Stowe, founder of Splash, a charity that brings clean water to schools, hospitals, and other institutions in developing countries, is a proponent of warts-and-all nonprofit transparency. Unlike the static figures used by many charities on their websites, the number of children that Splash reports serving has fluctuated on its Proving It website, indicating new water systems that have been built and others that have gone offline for repairs. The charity also provides water-quality reports, user reviews, and service records simultaneously to the group’s leaders and to the donors who support the various projects. Mr. Stowe says donors appreciate the organization’s candor, and so far only one person has pulled support in response to news of setbacks.

Original link:

http://philanthropy.com/article/People-to-Watch-in-2014/143731/

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The Role of Business in Development: In the UK, Working Together Trumps Working in Parallel

By Katie Wollstein

At a Devex Impact meeting of government, NGO, and business representatives, Erinch Sahan, Private Sector Policy Adviser at Oxfam UK, said, “At the intersection of business and development, it’s very attractive to look at places where business is going to make more money…but business can do that on its own—it doesn’t need development actors to show them where they can make more money.” So what is the rationale for business and development partnerships?

KPMG, a professional services firm, supports a ‘Millennium Village’ on the island of Pemba, Tanzania, with $1.6 million from member firms. Lord Michael Hastings, the firm’s Global Head of Citizenship, said in a Devex interview, “We have no business on the island, and seek no financial return.” The motivation? Simply a sense of responsibility and, “enlightened self-interest to proactively contribute to our world being a better place.” Conversely, Robert Meloche, Director of Visa Corporate Responsibility, argued to Devex, “While Visa is prepared to invest in pilot projects in small markets like Rwanda, the company is not about to offer preferential treatment to developing country clients.” Perhaps more relevantly to the discussion of business and development, Meloche pointed out that Visa cutting out payments from the poor would not only be unsustainable, but also “paternalistic.”

Weaning countries off of aid dollars and avoiding this paternalistic default got some attention in late January. In order to reduce the aid dependency of fragile economies, the UK Department for International Development (DfID) has championed developing the business sector. On January 27th, Justine Greening, British Secretary for International Development, announced that DfID, along with its 29 partner countries, will partner with leading companies and spend £1.8 billion (nearly $3 billion USD) on emerging economies to improve business conditions in Africa and South Asia.  Several months ago, Greening had encouraged businesses to join the government’s development efforts by reducing trade barriers, developing the private sector, and boosting investment. She elaborated on three pillars in her keynote speech at the London Stock Exchange in January.  Some of DfID’s actions will include:

Partnering with 12 UK high street names to improve working conditions and job opportunities for more than 700,000 workers and smallholder farmers in Kenya, South Africa, and Bangladesh.

De-risking business investment in frontier economies by backing investment insurance in fragile, emerging economies. A £20 million investment in the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency—an arm of the World Bank in charge of promoting foreign direct investment in developing countries—will enable it to support up to £270 million of new private investment in fragile countries including Burma, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Nepal.

Novastar—the “missing rung of the capital ladder”—helping to finance early stage businesses that have the potential to grow rapidly. The East African venture capital fund will be the first beneficiary of a fund managed by the Commonwealth Development Corporation to support small and medium social enterprises across the region and will receive up to £9 million to help entrepreneurs provide low-cost schooling, health care, energy, housing, and safe water.

These actions will more than double Britain’s investment in growing emerging “frontier” economies and give people, through shared ownership, a stake in economic growth.

Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian banker, economist, and philanthropist, has expressed a similar goal for Africa, a continent that attracts investment more than aid.  Elumelu transformed a struggling Nigerian commercial bank into one of the largest Pan-African financial services providers spanning 20 countries.  Now, he’s committing to prepare Africa’s next generation of business leaders.  The Tony Elumelu Foundation, a non-profit which seeks to enhance and facilitate the competitiveness and growth of Africa’s private sector, is soon opening an institute to help build the capacity of African entrepreneurs so they can establish pan-African companies.  In a keynote address at the Global Philanthropy Forum in 2012, Elumelu said, “There is a social and economic impact to be derived [in Africa]—with African leadership and with the private sector, rather than from a charitable orientation.”

To assist fragile economies in becoming more stable, there is a place for collaborative business and development relationships. In Greening’s words, “To the development community, ignoring the role of business in development is no longer an option. Don’t work in parallel with business when you can work together, and help businesses participate in the development push.” This is a great lesson for all of us working here in Washington State.

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Featured Organization

University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business: An Interview with Charlene Balick

By Gena Lux

What brings students from Pakistan and Uganda to Washington State? Fire extinguishers that fight flames while also notifying the nearest first responders, revolutionary water purification systems, or perhaps durable wheelchair ramps? These are in fact a few of the innovative ideas developed by students from around the world who will be competing at the 2014 Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition at the Global Business Center of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business on February 24th-28th.

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Charlene Balick, Assistant Director of the Global Business Center (GBC), sat down to talk about the Foster School of Business and its annual competition which draws the best young minds from around the world. Balick knows well the importance of a University of Washington (UW) education for anyone wanting a career focused on social change. Charlene received her Master of Business Administration from UW’s Foster School and knew at an early age that she wanted a career with social purpose that expanded beyond the borders of the U.S.

The Global Business Center helps students apply the knowledge from the classroom in a global context through study abroad, case competitions, local and international partnerships, and consulting opportunities, as well as opportunities to compete in various global competitions hosted by UW. The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) is an exceptional opportunity for UW students, as well as students from across the U.S. and the globe, to develop a social business plan and compete with other like-minded young people. The GSEC is a platform to develop solutions to global issues including poverty, health, and economic development. Teams that qualify in initial rounds of judging are accepted as semi-finalists and invited to Seattle to present their business plans to judges, mentors, and coaches in an opportunity to win prizes and recognition for their innovative prowess.

featured-org-uw-foster-3What stands out most to Balick about the GSEC is the community engagement and collaboration that surrounds the competition. Since its origination in 2005, many volunteers have remained committed year after year to donating their time to the success of this international competition. Local businesses and organizations are also integral to the competition. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, and the UW Department of Global Health are major sponsors of the event and have employees that volunteer as competition judges. The students themselves make a significant contribution to the community and the quality of the competition. The GSEC is an opportunity for dynamic, multi-disciplinary student teams from around the world to teach Washington State about the realities facing their home countries. International teams find out about the competition through their own searches, word of mouth, and encouragement from previous competitors in their home countries. The Global Business Center also turns to partner schools and local organizations such as Net Impact and GlobalWA to promote the competition to students and volunteers.

Out of the 160 teams that applied to this year’s competition, 20 teams from countries such as Uganda, Philippines, Bangladesh, China, Rwanda, Pakistan, and the U.S. have moved on to the semi-final round and will be competing on campus this month. The 20 semi-finalist teams stood out from the rest of the applicants because they were able to create viable and creative business plans that address a clear global development issue even when on a local level. Teams that win the GSEC often have a business plan which empowers disadvantaged populations to help themselves and improve their own lives. Business plans that represent a secondary or tertiary purpose also excel in the competition. For example, a team from Bangladesh received the Global Health Prize at the 2013 GSEC for their wildly innovative plan known as LifeChair. LifeChair is a wheelchair constructed of bamboo that utilizes rickshaw wheels. Not only is the bamboo wheelchair a less expensive option than wheelchairs currently available in Bangladesh, it is also designed for use in rural areas, allowing individuals with disabilities greater mobility around uneven landscapes.

featured-org-uw-foster-2Any student motivated to change the world for the better, whether it be locally or globally, should consider competing in the GSEC. Balick has some valuable advice for these young entrepreneurs. When composing a team, students can look to scholars from a variety of academic disciplines for guidance. It is also important that teams be very familiar with the issues facing their country or the country where they intend their business plan to unfold, including knowing the native language. Students can also take meaningful steps toward implementing social change by affiliating with their local Rotary Club, which provides an opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other individuals focused on social impact. Networking opportunities can also be a means for future GSEC teams to connect with previous GSEC finalists and ask them about their experiences during the competition.

Washington State is lucky to be home to so many organizations that focus on outreach efforts both locally and globally. Students, mentors, and others interested in global development have the opportunity to attend regular events hosted by Global Washington, its members, and many other local organizations, many of whom are so important to the success of the GSEC competition, like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Net Impact Seattle.

The Global Business Center at the Foster School of Business fully embodies the mission of the University of Washington to expand world views by combining the future cohort of social entrepreneurs with professors, community leaders, and experts. This, in turn, creates a platform for the implementation of ideas that will change our world for the better.

For individuals interested in volunteering for or supporting GSEC, please contact gsec@uw.edu.

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Changemaker

Manisha Kathuria, Associate Director, Non-Profits, at Russell Investments

Work hard, persevere and be grateful for all that you have received. There are many others who do not have the privileges you have. Be kind to others and find ways to pay it forward. Born and brought up in India, Manisha Kathuria grew up with these simple instructions her father emphasized all the time. “I still distinctively remember the bed time stories my father would narrate, and almost all of them had one of these lessons.”

changemaker-manisha-kathuria-1One of the traits Kathuria acquired directly from her father was questioning the status quo. She would never accept things that didn’t make sense to her, unless she could be convinced otherwise. And when she had any doubts or was afraid of standing up for what she believed in, her father would stand behind her and nudge her forward. Little did she know this trait would be the driving factor in major decisions of her life. Why was graduation more than enough for girls and not for boys? Why did being a girl mean not being able to go for evening tuition classes whereas your male counterparts had the freedom to step out from campus anytime? Why was leaving home at a young age to go study in a major city considered unsafe and concerning? Why was it almost impossible to think of studying overseas, given her family did not have the means to do so? Why was it the norm to get married right after graduation when she wanted to study more and build a career?

At the age of 16, Kathuria left the comforts of home to pursue higher studies. At the age of 18, she got a full scholarship to pursue her undergraduate studies in Singapore. At the age of 21, Kathuria was selected for an entrepreneurship study abroad program which took her to Stanford University. Kathuria graduated with Honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and then went on to receive her Master’s degree, both from National University of Singapore. She then completed her Master of Business Administration degree at Columbia University’s Business School in New York City. At every step of the way, her father’s motto stayed with her: work hard, persevere, be grateful and give back.

When Kathuria was in middle school, she tutored underprivileged children after school hours. In college she went on to become a Red Cross volunteer. During her exchange program at Stanford University, she contributed to the business plan of a social venture aimed at poverty alleviation by giving farmers access to information (farming, financial, health) through the use of information technology. More recently, at business school, Kathuria worked with various non-profit organizations on pro-bono consulting projects including: revisiting branding strategy; recommending a volunteer management strategy; and conducting financial analysis for a non-profit board, working directly with the CEO.  The latter was recognized as the “Most valuable project” as part of a non-profit board leadership program at Columbia Business School. These experiences helped shape her desire to leverage her education and skill set for broader social impact and development.

Kathuria found her way to GlobalWA member Russell Investments after business school. Her position on the non-profit team was a perfect fit with her professional skill set and her personal goals of giving back to the community. Russell’s mission of improving financial security for people resonated with her. Along with other members of her team, Kathuria works on leveraging Russell’s unique capabilities as a global asset manager to help non-profit organizations align their investment programs with their missions. Russell’s multi-asset approach, a unique combination of asset allocation, manager selection and dynamic portfolio management, is used by Kathuria and Russell’s Non-profit team to build portfolios for non-profits that target specific investment outcomes aligned with each client’s individual objectives. Working with different kinds of organizations gives Kathuria a broad exposure to the development world. It is hugely gratifying for her to go out into the field and see the impact Russell clients have in their communities across different development sectors: be it healthcare, education, community development, etc.

changemaker-manisha-kathuria-2One of the areas Kathuria is deeply passionate about is the intersection of investment management and impact. Without a doubt, philanthropy and government funding alone cannot solve the pressing problems in this world. There is an increasing need and impetus in encouraging private investor capital to supplement philanthropic funding in solving global development needs. To that end, some non-profits are coming up with unique ways to recycle their philanthropic dollars which then leads to a multiplier effect on the impact. In addition to traditional grant-making, some non-profits are using their investments in a manner intended to maximize the social impact of their total assets. This concept of using investments directly to further the mission of the organization is commonly known as mission related investing, and falls under the umbrella concept of sustainable and responsible investing. These creative approaches are not new, having been pioneered decades ago by leading non-profit organizations.

Outside of her work at Russell, Kathuria serves as a mentor at Seattle Girls School. She thoroughly enjoys engaging with her eleven year old mentee. The integrated collaborative curriculum at the school and the goal of empowering each girl to live to her potential resonates with Kathuria’s goal of paying it forward. A little nudge along the way can make a huge difference, as it did in her life.

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Good Reads

Raising Global Children

  • By Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan
  • Published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language

goodreads-raising-global-childrenInstilling a global mindset is one of the most important things parents can do for their children – and for the long-term success of our country – according to Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and Marshall S. Berdan, husband-wife coauthors of Raising Global Children (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL); 2013; $15.95). Highlighting the indisputable fact that globalization has created an interconnected world that demands that today’s children become globally competent adults to succeed, the Berdans provide the rationale and step-by-step actions on how to make it happen based on their own experiences and those of hundreds of other parents and educators who have raised global children.

They identify a significant disconnect:  As U.S. business and government leaders clamor for workers and citizens with greater global skills, academic research demonstrates that American college graduates are woefully unprepared to operate in the global marketplace. They advocate the necessity of developing a global mindset in children as early as possible for the greatest benefits, and the book serves as a call to action for parents and teachers to work together to increase global education in our schools.

The authors posit that since globalization is here, now, and shaping how we live, work and play, the earlier parents and teachers bring global messages to children the better. This hands-on guide details how to start today, with targeted sections for young children, school-age students and teens with activities that won’t break the bank.

Written by parents for parents, the authors surveyed more than 1,000 globally successful professionals, parents seeking to raise global children and globally-minded young adults. Insights from those surveys, deepened by more than 50 follow-up interviews, bring the text to life with dozens of quotes and real-life stories.

One astounding research finding is that 98% of survey respondents recommended that children learn a second language – and as early as possible – to help develop a global mindset. This advice contradicts the reality in American schools today: Only 16 states have any kind of foreign language requirement for graduation with most instruction beginning after age 13 or 14, precisely when research shows that the ability to learn foreign languages begins to decline. Other research insights include the need for developing curiosity, open-mindedness, flexibility, resilience and self-reliance.

The Berdans give some practical advice, including:

  • General parenting practices that are especially relevant to global-mindedness, such as encouraging curiosity, empathy, flexibility and independence
  • Hows and whys of foreign language education, including advocacy strategies
  • Entertaining and easy-to-implement ideas for exploring culture through books, food, music and friends for any family and on ANY budget
  • Detailed recommendations on making the most of  travel with kids – domestically and abroad

Raising Global Children offers a rich resource for parents, teachers, education advocates and anyone concerned with the future of our nation and our ability to maintain our economic leadership position in an increasingly global world.

About the Authors:

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is an international careers expert and award-winning author. Based on her work in more than 50 countries, she counsels companies on global issues, and speaks frequently on college campuses. www.stacieberdan.com

Marshall S. Berdan is a free-lance travel writer who has been to more than 60 countries. He is a former high school English teacher and business journalist who has lived and worked in Stockholm and Hong Kong.

About the Publisher:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. www.actfl.org

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Welcome new members

Please welcome our newest Global Washington members. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with their work and consider opportunities for support and collaboration!

Advocate Members

Big Water Consulting: Big Water Consulting is a consulting firm located in Seattle, Washington which specializes in assisting tribal, governmental and nonprofit clients in the fields of survey and needs assessment design and implementation, data collection and utilization, mapping and geospatial analysis, policy development, technical network development and capacity building, and comprehensive project management and coordination. http://bigwaterconsulting.net/

Collaborative Impact :Collaborative Impact is a social enterprise partnership established to develop and manage highly effective cross-sector and multi-stakeholder partnerships that address major social and developmental challenges. Our goals are to improve the quality of partnership design, management and implementation, and helping to increase effectiveness in addressing the major challenges humankind faces. http://www.collaborativeimpact.net/

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Upcoming Member Events

Eastern Washington University // Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research: HIV/AIDS and Women in Prostitution: What’s Human Rights Got to do With It?

In this presentation, Bipasha Biswas, PhD, School of Social Work, highlights “structural violence” experienced by women living in the poorest regions of the world.  Research information and experiences of women in India working in prostitution who are affected with HIV/AIDS will be shared.  The discussion will include topics such as facing death in the context of HIV/AIDS-related stigma, and discrimination against and denial of care for women. Find more information here.

Date:
February 11, 2014

Time:
12:00pm-12:50pm

Location:
Monroe 207 – EWU campus


Trade Development Alliance // Roundtable Discussion with Germany: Why 2014 Is the Year to Increase Business between Germany and Washington State

As one of the world’s leading industrial nations and one of the three largest trading nations, Germany is a promising business partner for the state of Washington. In 2012, Washington exported $1.87 million in goods to Germany, 2.5% of its total exports. Washington also imported $807 million in goods from Germany, 1.7% of its total imports. Considering these established trading relations and shared clusters like aerospace, clean energy, and information and communication technology, there is significant potential for business between the two markets. You can register here.

Date:
February 12, 2014

Time:
8:00am – 9:30am

Location:
Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
Downtown Seattle


Seattle Chamber of Commerce // IN-NW Conference 2014

If you are in the worlds of Social Media, Digital Marketing, PR, Small Business Management, Consulting (or you just dig all this stuff), the 2014 IN-NW: Social Media & Digital Marketing Conference has been crafted JUST FOR YOU!

Produced by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, UW’s Communication Leadership program, and 206 inc, IN-NW is not your standard-issue social media conference. Rather, it is crafted to bring an array of thought-leaders, doers and participants together to talk shop about social engagement. We’ll take a look at exactly what’s happening in the world of digital media today, and together, set our sights on what’s to come in future. IN-NW 2014 will:

  • Bring together powerhouse brands to share best practices
  • Gather local, digital marketing gurus to share their success stories
  • Stir the pot by allowing engagement between attendees, speakers and presentations

Find more information here.

Date:
February 12, 2014

Time:
9:00am – 5:00 pm

Location:
Showbox SoDo, 1st Avenue South, Seattle


Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies // Rural Institutions and Household Economic Behavior in China

People living in rural households in China face a variety of unusual institutional constraints on their economic choices, ranging from insecure property rights to restrictions on the markets in which they can sell the grain they produce. This lecture will provide an overview of new research in economics that analyzes how households are affected, and will address some policy questions that have the potential to be crucially relevant to future economic decision-making in China. Presenter Jessica Leight received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at Williams College. Her research focuses on the relationship between institutions and household economic behavior in developing countries, with a particular focus on China, as well as household decision-making around health and human capital investments.

Date:
February 13, 2014

Time:
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Location:
Thompson Hall 101
University of Washington, Seattle campus


UW Center for Global Studies // (Avoiding) Islamic Law (in order) to Promote Security in Islamic States

Join the UW International Security Colloquium for the second UWISC talk of 2014! Matthew Nelson, Reader, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of African and Oriental Studies (London, UK) will speak on “(Avoiding) Islamic Law (in order) to promote Security in Islamic States.” For more information, please contact tleonard@uw.edu.

Date:
February 14, 2014

Time:
12:00pm – 1:20pm

Location:
Gowen 1A
University of Washington, Seattle campus


Seattle University // Search for Meaning Book Festival

Join 40+ authors, including Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling authors Isabel Wilkerson and Katherine Boo as keynote speakers. Book signings and interactive experiences are offered throughout the festival as participants from all walks of life spend a day reflecting on their own ability to contribute to a more just and humane world.  Please go here for tickets and for more information.

Date:
February 15, 2014

Time:
8:00am – 5:00pm

Location:
Seattle University campus
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies // “Abajo Los Chinos:” Race and the Public Sphere in Revolutionary Mexico

When the Mexican republic erupted in revolution in 1910, its competing leaders often used the language of mestizo nationalism to rally supporters. Historians have attributed the success of revolutionary Mexican nationalism to state ideologies of mestizaje and populist agrarian reforms. However, the history of Mexico’s anti-Chinese politics reveals that racism has played an unappreciated role in the creation of a public sphere in which the common good of mestizos became thinkable. Dr. Chang details the ways that racial violence, anti-Chinese organizations, and racist policies contributed to the expansion of mestizo nationalism. This revisionist history highlights the ways that race was an essential technology of state formation that undergirded the transformation of rule and consent after the revolution.

Date:
February 19, 2014

Time:
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Location:
Communications Building 120
University of Washington, Seattle Campus


Engineers without Borders // Kenya Microgrid Muhuru Bay

During this meeting, we will discuss the latest developments on Muhuru Bay Community Microgrid, on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. Our volunteers are planning and designing a microgrid and a charging station powered by solar and wind energy. The microgrid will provide electricity to the local elementary school (Kristy’s Cape Academy), and the residents of the community will be able to charge their portable battery kits at the charging station on the school grounds. Please join us every other Thursday and see how you can contribute. The meeting is open to everyone. Event contact: vinc1968@gmail.com.  For more information, please go here.

Date:
February 20, 2014

Time:
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Bannan Engineering Building – Room 215
Seattle University campus


Shoreline Community College // African Identities and Worldview

A conversation about the many cultures and worldviews found in the more than 40 countries that comprise Africa, with a particular focus on Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya. Guests include Onum Abbey Esonu, Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle and Dr. Omara Bejamin Abe, Anthropology Department, North Seattle Community College.  Cosponsor: African Chamber of Commerce PNW. Find more information here.

Date:
February 20, 2014

Time:
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Room 9208 PUB
Shoreline Community College campus


Community Colleges for International Development // 38th Annual Conference

The CCID Annual Conference is our signature event and is the only international conference dedicated fully to the advancement of global engagement at the community college level. CCID seeks participation of those international education professionals from institutions who are just starting to internationalize to those who are forerunners of campus internationalization efforts.  The CCID Annual Conference is where like-minded leaders in community and technical colleges, and further education from around the world convene to share knowledge, form new partnerships and develop solutions to the ever changing work-force demands of a globalized economy. Go here for more information and registration.

Dates:
February 21-24, 2014

Location:
Red Rock Resort
11011 W Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89135


Sister Schools // Swing for Success

Don’t miss the second annual Swing for Success dance to benefit our scholarship program. Mark Kihara, internationally-known and locally-loved Swing dance instructor, will teach one of his high-energy, everyone-can-do-it lessons followed by plenty of time for free dancing.  All of our advanced-level scholars have asked for extra tutoring during their holidays this year to maximize their chances of going on to university. In addition, we’d like to reinstate an annual picnic for students and their families, something we had to drop during tight financial times. Proceeds from Swing for Success will help underwrite those expenses, as well supporting students whose sponsors have had to drop out or reduce their donations. Come early and eat at the restaurant. Make a reservation for 10 and enjoy a delicious banquet! Tickets are available at the door or online.

Date:
February 21, 2014

Time:
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location:
China Harbor Restaurant
2040 Westlake Ave North
Seattle 98109


Building Amazing Non-Profits: A Roadmap to Breakout Success

Come learn the latest, most innovative methodology on creating and sustaining high-performing non-profits.  It is clear, simple, robust: the current state-of-the-art on how to manage, sustain and grow a 501(C)3.  The workshop will be presented by Donald Summers, Director of Altruist Partners, a national non-profit management consultancy with a long track record of helping a wide variety of non-profits achieve dramatic gains in program impact and revenue growth.  Altruist Partners is a partner of GlobalWA member VenturScale.

Date:
February 24, 2014

Time:
10:00am – 12:00pm

Location:
220 & Change – 3rd Floor Learning Lab
220 2nd Ave. S
Seattle, WA  98104


Global Business Center at the Michael G. Foster School of Business // Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition Celebration Dinner

Join the UW Foster School of Business for an evening of innovation and awards in the tenth annual celebration of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC). Students from around the globe create innovative, commercially sustainable businesses to address poverty in the developing world. Learn more.

Date:
February 27, 2014

Time:
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101


NPH USA // Carnival for a Cause masquerade ball

The Associate Board of NPH USA Northwest proudly presents our first Carnival for a Cause masquerade ball. Join us for a night of dancing, drinks, and celebration! Bring a mask or get one at the event and show it off in the photo booth! Network with Seattle’s best-dressed young professionals, check out our inspiring displays, and dance the night away—all in support of the 3,300 children NPH raises in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is a 21-and-over semi-formal event. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Date:
February 28, 2014

Time:
8:00pm

Location:
Melrose Market
1532 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Prosthetics Outreach Foundation // Steps to Healing Dinner Auction Gala

Join our 25th Year Anniversary Honoring Founder Dr. Ernest Burgess including a Multi-Course Dinner and Delicious Wines. Featuring Gansango Dance Company, Auctioneer Graham Crow, and KOMO’s Keith Eldridge. Please go here for more information and registration.  POF seeks to improve the mobility and independence of physically disabled children and adults in developing countries.

Date:
March 1, 2014

Time:
5:00pm

Location:
Meydenbauer Convention Center
11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004


Global Family Travels // China Tours Information Night

This Global Family Travels’ tour emphasizes authentic cultural experience to give you a true taste of China. Besides visiting some of its best-loved destinations, such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, you will also have the chance to immerse yourself in the local customs and culture of the Qiang minority people of Maoxian County and work with wildlife in a Sichuan panda sanctuary. Take an evening stroll down Jinli Street, learn Chinese handicrafts from a local artisan, work side-by-side with Chinese veterinarians in Bifengxia. Whether you find yourself drinking tea and playing Mahjong with the locals, joining in a morning Taiji practice, or making dumplings with a local family, this tour offers plenty of opportunities to “do as the locals do.” Find more information here.

Date:
March 2, 2014

Time:
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Location:
Language Link office,
1507 Queen Anne Ave.,
N, Seattle


Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies // Steven Heydemann: Authoritarian Governance and the Arab State in an Era of Mass Politics

Steven Heydemann serves as special advisor for Middle East initiatives at United States Institute for Peace. Heydemann is a political scientist who specializes in the comparative politics and the political economy of the Middle East, with a particular focus on Syria. His interests include authoritarian governance, economic development, social policy, political and economic reform and civil society. From 2003 to 2007, Heydemann directed the Center for Democracy and Civil Society at Georgetown University. This lecture series, “The U.S. in a Changing World” is free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged.  Learn more here.

Date:
March 4, 2014

Time:
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Kane Hall, Room 210
University of Washington, Seattle campus


World Affairs Council // Local Heroes, Global Impact: World Citizen and World Educator Award Ceremony

Join the World Affairs Council to celebrate our 2014 World Citizen and World Educator Award Winners! The evening will also include a special guest appearance by photojournalist Micah Albert, 1st prize winner of the World Press Photo contest on contemporary issues featuring his work in Dandora. Program VIP Reception starts @5:30pm, doors for general public open @ 6:30pm, and public program starts @ 7:00pm. Please go here for registration and more information.

Date:
March 4, 2014

Time:
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Seattle BioMed // Passport to Global Health Celebration

Our tenth annual Passport to Global Health Celebration will be a dynamic and inspiring event to support infectious disease research breakthroughs that are leading to new solutions against malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other devastating diseases. We are thrilled to welcome Jason Beaubien, NPR Global Health and Development Correspondent, as this year’s keynote speaker.  Please send your questions related to the Passport to Global Health Celebration to passport@seattlebiomed.org.  Click here for registration.

Date:
March 5, 2014

Time:
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location:
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
307 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98109


World Affairs Council // International Women’s Day Speed Mentorship

You are invited to the 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Speed Mentorship event, hosted by City University. This year’s event will feature the same concept and many of the same fantastic mentors as last year, with a different spin. Participants will rotate through mini-7 minute mentorship sessions with powerhouse female leaders from the Seattle business, non-profit, tech, and entrepreneurial communities, during which they are invited to exchange business cards with mentors they would like to follow up with. The event will provide one-on-one mentorship for future leaders, expose participants to different businesses, vocations, and opportunities, and provide tailored mentorship for each individual. More information and registration can be found here.

Date:
March 8, 2014

Time:
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Location:
City University of Seattle
521 Wall Street
Seattle, WA 98121


Habitat for Humanity // Annual Benefit Luncheon

We are excited to announce that Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County’s 2014 annual benefit event will be a luncheon! Please mark your calendar and spread the word! Registration opens at 11:30am, program is from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Join us for an inspirational lunch to celebrate the impact of Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County in your community. Hear heartwarming stories of Habitat homeowners who have been personally touched by Habitat’s work and help us raise valuable funds to support the effort to provide everyone with a decent place to call home. More information and tickets here.

Date:
March 18, 2014

Time:
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location:
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101


Woodland Park Zoo // Thrive

Join Thrive Co-Chairs, Maryanne Tagney-Jones and Margaret Wetherald, and Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO, Dr. Deborah Jensen, for breakfast to learn how Woodland Park Zoo is helping to protect animals and their habitats through the Living Northwest program right here in our own backyard. Find more information here.

Date:
March 19, 2014

Time:
7:30am – 9:00am

Location:
Sheraton Downtown Seattle Hotel


Landesa // Annual Seed the Change Luncheon

Please join Landesa in welcoming Academy Award-winning director Megan Mylan for a special preview of her new documentary short, After My Garden Grows.

Register.

Date:
March 21, 2014

Time:
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Location:
Four Seasons Hotel
99 Union St.
Seattle

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Announcements

A Compassionate World: A Dinner to Benefit Village Health Works

Village Health Works is delighted to announce its first Seattle-area fundraising dinner: A Compassionate World. Deo Niyizonkiza, the executive director of VHW who gave the keynote talk at Global Washington’s 2013 Annual Conference, will just have been awarded the Dalai Lama’s Unsung Hero of Compassion prize. He will be at the event to provide an update of the remarkable work in Burundi. Dinner will be served, and seats are $150 each. Questions? Or, interested in purchasing a table for 10? Please contact VHW Seattle member Sharon Howe at 206-949-5136 or showe59801@gmail.com. We would be honored if you could join us! To register, please go to http://j.mp/VHWSea14

Date:
March 6, 2014

Time:
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Milgard Leadership & CSR Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility

This one-day conference for business professionals and nonprofit leaders will explore the interplay between an organization’s leadership and their corporate citizenship, sustainability and social responsibility. Panel discussions, an inspiring keynote luncheon address and moderated roundtable sessions will leave participants inspired with practical ideas for taking their CSR initiatives to the next level. Keynote Speaker Keynote speaker KoAnn Skrzyniarz, CEO and Founder of Sustainable Brands will inform and inspire us with her global perspective. For more information and the full conference schedule, please go here.

Date:
March 6, 2014

Time:
7:00am – 7:00pm

Location:
Hilton Seattle Airport and Convention Center
17620 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188

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Career Center

Highlighted Paid Positions

Coordinator, Aid Effectiveness Team  – Oxfam

Director Network Engagement and Business Development – Initiative for Global Development

Associate, Spanish Speaker – FSG


Highlighted Volunteer Positions

Outreach Research Volunteer – Facing the Future


Highlighted Internship Positions

Social Media Strategy Intern  – Global Partnerships

Bill Stafford Internship – Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle


For more jobs and resources, visit http://globalwa.org/strengthen/careers-in-development/

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GlobalWA Events

February 13
ED Monthly Roundtable

February 20
Networking Happy Hour with Friends of GlobalWA & Humanosphere

March 6
Regional Global Social

March 12
New Member Orientation

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Contributors: Gena Lux, Katie Wollstein