Upcoming Global Washington Events

Global Washington hosts numerous trainings and educational events each month, ranging from small workshops on topics like communications, fundraising and nonprofit management, to larger speaker events, to VIP events with policymakers. Additionally, our annual conference convenes the international development community on the west coast, including top NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists and others working on global issues.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Conference

Feb 1: Women in Global Health and Development Professions


Event Description

Women working in global health & development at different points in their careers will likely need to navigate issues of gender politics, practicalities of international travel, in-country cultural and social attitudes and practices specific to women, and varying security risks. Join Global Washington and WGHA for an afternoon of getting to know and learning from women with deep experience in global health & development.  Women leaders share their professional journey, focusing on the challenges they encountered, how they maneuvered them, and what they learned along the way.  Learn from presenters, meet other women in your field, and leave with a fresh perspective on long-standing professional and personal challenges.

SPEAKERS

Emily Bancroft
President
VillageReach

As President, Emily is responsible for the strategy, oversight, and management of all VillageReach programs across our three key areas of work: health systems; information systems; and social business. Emily is also responsible for building new relationships and opportunities to help bring VillageReach innovations to scale and sustainability through strategic partnerships and relationships with governments, donors, and implementing partners. Emily joined VillageReach in 2010, leading the design and development of VillageReach innovations for the health systems team. Emily has fifteen years of experience in building successful health systems interventions both domestically and in sub-Saharan Africa, including specific expertise in program development, assessment and management, monitoring and evaluation, health informatics, advocacy, and human resources for health.

Prior to joining VillageReach, Emily worked with the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH), Physicians for Human Rights, and NPower. In January 2012, Emily was appointed as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Services of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Emily has an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and a BA from Princeton University.

Willa Marth
Vice President of Equity & Global Programs
Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands

Willa Marth, MAT, serves as Vice President of Equity & Global Programs at Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI).  She leads PPGNHI’s global program focused on providing capacity building with a focus on working with adolescents, LGBTQ inclusivity, and abortion services. PPGNHI is currently engaged with partners working in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and Malawi.  Additionally, Willa leads PPGNHI’s racial equity initiatives across Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, and Washington.

Fatema Sumar
Regional Deputy Vice President, Europe, Asia, Pacific and Latin America
Millennium Challenge Corporation

Fatema Z. Sumar is the Regional Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America (EAPLA) in the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Department of Compact Operations.

Previously, Ms. Sumar was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State responsible for regional affairs, senior professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.

Ms. Sumar has a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She studied abroad at the American University in Cairo.

Andrea Voytko
Deputy Director
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Andrea Voytko is a Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  Andrea joined the foundation in 2006, serving as Chief of Staff to the first two CEOs – Patty Stonesifer and Jeff Raikes. In 2014, Andrea worked with the current CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann to launch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Alumni Network – which now includes 1400 former foundation staff who are doing incredible things across the globe.

Prior to her work at the foundation, Andrea held a number of leadership positions at Group Health Cooperative over 18 years, including Chief of Staff to the CEO and Executive Director of Strategic & Capital Planning.  Andrea is a graduate of the UW School of Public Health, MHA Program.  She serves on three Seattle boards  – Seattle Arts & Lectures, YouthCare, and the UW School of Public Health, MHA Alumni Board.

Who:
Everyone

When:
Thursday, February 1
3:00pm – 4:30pm

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Registration & Networking
3:00pm – 4:30pm: Program
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Reception

Where:
Global Washington
Westlake Tower
1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

Price:
WGHA or GlobalWA Members: $25
Non-Members: $35
Email pratima@globalwa.org for member code

REGISTER NOW


Event Details

Who:
Everyone

Where:
Global Washington Event Space

Date:
2018-02-01

Time:
2:30pm - 5:00pm

Address:
Westlake Tower - 1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900
Seattle WA 98101

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $35

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Feb 12: Women and Children Refugees


Event Description

Over half of the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18, and women and girls constitute 50% of the refugee population. Women and children disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict and natural disaster due to the unequal access to health care, education and jobs, and an increased risk of domestic and sexual assault. With displacement comes the breakdown of societal and familial protections and when this is coupled with the economic vulnerability of refugees, the risk of gender-based violence is heightened.

Despite the magnitude of the problem, Global Washington members such World Relief, International Rescue Committee, and Extend the Day have invested in several critical areas to help women and children refugees both here and abroad. They provide safe shelter and secure access to basic needs such as light, food, water, sanitation and cooking fuel. These organizations also work to ensure women and children have equal access to services, including health care, education, and economic opportunities. Join us February 12 to hear Executive Directors from each of these organizations talk about what it takes to get this crucial work done and provide first-hand insight to the refugee crisis around the world.

SPEAKERS

Chitra Hanstad
Executive Director
World Relief

Chitra began as Executive Director at World Relief Seattle in January 2017. Prior to this, she spent time in India consulting for Justice Ventures International (an anti-trafficking organization) on strategic planning and fund development and as a Philanthropic Advisor for the Seattle Foundation. While her career started in corporate advertising, public relations and media relations, she has spent most of the last twenty years working for local and international non-profits. Chitra has a passion for seeing at-risk communities thrive. She has served on many boards including Covenant World Relief & Urban Impact, and volunteers with The Stability Network.

 

Jo Lonseth
Executive Director
Extend the Day

Jo co-founded Extend the Day in November 2011. Moving from her job at Microsoft, she started as Executive Director in the summer of 2016. Having traveled over 80 countries, Jo noticed one common world wide need of clean, safe, light. This is the thought that spurred the start of Extend the Day, to provide children with out access to electricity a safe, clean solar light to study and read past sunset. The projects range all over the world, but one of the newest and largest projects is with the Rohingya Refugee Camps in southern Bangledesh. Jo has had the incredibly opportunity to be in the camps. Hearing and experiencing just a little of the horrific deeds done, the journey across the boarder and the struggles of setting up their new lives within the camps.

Nicky Smith
Executive Director
International Rescue Committee

Nicky Smith is responsible for establishing and managing new country programs for the IRC. Her areas of expertise include emergency preparedness and response, country-program management, refugee policy and advocacy, and strategy and change planning.

Nicky joined the IRC in 2003. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the IRC’s Washington, D.C. office, working to educate policy makers and the public about the importance of providing resources for humanitarian and development assistance in Africa and Asia, and promoting programs that prevent violence against women and girls. From 2003 to 2007, she worked in some of the organization’s most sensitive situations, including managing the IRC’s single largest country program, Sudan, and serving as the IRC country director in Liberia during a key moment in the peace process. Before joining the IRC, Nicky worked for Doctors Without Borders and Children’s Aid Direct in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan and Nepal.

Who:
Everyone

When:
Monday, February 12
3:00pm – 4:30pm

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Registration & Networking
3:00pm – 4:30pm: Program
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Reception

Where:
Global Washington
Westlake Tower
1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

Price:
GlobalWA Members: $25
Non-Members: $35
Email pratima@globalwa.org for member code

REGISTER NOW


Event Details

Who:
Everyone

Where:
Global Washington

Date:
2018-02-12

Time:
3pm - 4:30pm

Address:
1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900
Seattle WA 98101

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $35

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Feb 22: Networking Happy Hour with Friends of GlobalWA and World Affairs Council


Event Description

Join us for the first Happy Hour of the year in a new venue! Meet others in the Seattle area who are engaged with or interested in international development. No registration required!

FREE to attend.

Who:
Everyone

When:
Thursday, February 22
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:
Old Stove Brewing Co.
1525 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Event Details

Who:
Everyone (no registration required)

Where:
Old Stove Brewing Co.

Date:
2017-02-22

Time:
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Address:
1525 First Avenue
Seattle WA 98101

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Mar 7: Learning to Leap – Educational Advancement in the Digital Age


Event Description

Mona Foundation and Global Washington will co-sponsor a session with Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director of Brookings Institute Center for Universal Education on Wednesday March 7th, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. By 2030 50% of the workforce, particularly the poor and women, will not have the skills they need to economically prosper in our changing digital and AI- driven economy. Rebecca will speak to her most recent research and report, “Can We Leapfrog? The Potential of Education Innovations to Rapidly Accelerate Progress,” on innovation and the potential to “leapfrog” education systems around the globe to provide breadth of skills for all learners.

SPEAKER

Rebecca Winthrop
Senior Fellow and Director
Brookings Institute Center for Universal Education

Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education. She is the former head of education for the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid NGO. Her research focuses on education in the developing world, with special attention to the skills children need to succeed in life, and improving quality learning for the most marginalized children and youth, including girls and children affected by extreme violence.

Dr. Winthrop works to promote equitable learning issues for young people in developing countries. She advises governments, international institutions, foundations, and corporations on education and development issues, and provides guidance to a number of important education policy actors. Prior to joining Brookings in June 2009, Dr. Winthrop spent 15 years working in the field of education for displaced and migrant communities, most recently as the head of education for the International Rescue Committee. There she was responsible for the organizations’ education work in over 20 conflict-affected countries. She has been actively involved in developing the evidence base around and global attention to education in the developing world.  In her prior position she helped develop global policy for the education in emergencies field, especially around the development of global minimum standards for education in contexts of armed conflict and state fragility.

Who:
Everyone

When:
Wednesday, March 7
10am – 12pm

Where:
Global Washington
Westlake Tower
1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

Price: $25

REGISTER NOW


Event Details

Who:
Everyone

Where:
Global Washington Event Space

Date:
2018-03-07

Time:
10am - 12pm

Address:
Westlake Tower - 1601 Fifth Ave, Suite 1900
Seattle WA 98101

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $25

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