Nov 29: GlobalWA Annual Conference – Renewing Global Leadership

Some see our increasing global interdependence as a necessary driver of economic growth, peace, and stability. For others, however, it is a source of increased conflict, economic inequality and social strife. What type of leadership is called for? What are the roles of international non-profits, global companies, leading academic institutes, philanthropists and our U.S. government?

With this year’s conference theme Renewing Global Leadership, the conference will examine these questions from a multi-stakeholder approach and a common vision of creating a more equitable, healthy, and prosperous world. Conference sessions will highlight the economic, political and cultural impact of globalization, as well as the growing need for global leaders to adapt to an evolving global order.


Wednesday, November 29 // 8:00am – 5:00pm

Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

$250 (members) // $350 (non-members)
Email for member discount code.


Nov 2: Financing Sustainable Agriculture

There are an estimated 2.2 billion people around the world who make their livelihoods through farming small plots of land. Yet, access to finance for smallholder farmers is limited due to the perception of high credit risk and the longer timeframe for yields. Climate change, droughts and natural disasters increase the vulnerability of farmers in developing countries. Please join us for a conversation about innovative financing mechanisms, including crop insurance, impact investing and cashless banking to create a more sustainable financial model for farming and increasing economic opportunities.


Matthew Arnold
Global Head of Sustainable Finance
JPMorgan Chase

Matt is Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase. In that role he leads the firm’s client engagement on sustainability across all sectors globally. JPMorgan Chase helps clients navigate environmental and social risks, engages stakeholders and partners in advancing environmental and social progress, and structures targeted impact investment funds. The firm supports sustainable development through initiatives in global health, natural capital, the future of power, carbon asset risk and sustainable agriculture.

Matt was a Principal and leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC and a founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd, acquired by PwC in December 2008.

He was Chief Operating Officer and acting President of the World Resources Institute and a founder of the Management Institute for Environment and Business, which merged with the World Resources Institute in 1996.

Matt is a Trustee at The Nature Conservancy’s New York Chapter and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.

Matt holds an AB degree in Psychobiology from Harvard College, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Steve Hollingworth
Grameen Foundation

Steve Hollingworth’s commitment through 30 years of work in international development has been to ensure that the delivery of financial services benefits the world’s poorest people and fulfills its promise of alleviating poverty.

Prior to joining Grameen Foundation, Steve was President of Freedom from Hunger for 6 years. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for CARE, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing the organization-wide strategy and was responsible for direct-line management of global operations and programs with a total of 13,000 employees and a budget of $650 million. He has also held senior field positions in Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), Africa (Lesotho) and Latin America (Bolivia), building collaboration between practitioners, technical assistance providers, donors and government agencies.

Steve’s roots in financial services for the very poor go back to early days with CARE-Bangladesh, the largest CARE mission in the world.  Based on his leadership in the financial services sector, he also served for many years as a member of the Microfinance CEO Working Group. His areas of expertise include microenterprise and microfinance, education, agriculture, health and civil society strengthening.


Brady Piñero Walkinshaw

Brady brings a strong commitment to social justice, deep knowledge of environmental challenges and solutions, and years of proven leadership. A former Washington state legislator, he fought for affordable housing, criminal justice reform, better transit, environmental action, and was called “gutsy and effective” by national columnist and political commentator Dan Savage.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he founded a nonprofit in Honduras that fosters youth leadership and prevents urban violence. The Princeton University grad brought his dedication to empowering the world’s poorest and advocating for food justice to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for many years before entering politics.


Thursday, November 2
7:30am – 9:00am
Doors open at 7:00am

Rainier Club
820 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104


Oct 26: Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good

Inland Northwest

Conference for the Greater Good

Nonprofits. Philanthropy. Together

You work hard every day to carry out your organization’s mission. So hard, in fact, that you may not remember the last time you stepped back to reflect on your progress, connect with your peers, and consider new ways to increase your impact.

The 2017 Inland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good is your chance to do just that. This annual conference creates intentional space for nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers to learn, connect, and be inspired. You’ll explore practical ways to build powerful networks, raise funds, rally your board, and improve your services. Join us on October 26, 2017, at the Spokane Convention Center to recharge your passion, refresh your energy, and reconnect with your “why.”


Thursday, October 26
8:00 am – 4:30pm

Spokane Convention Center
334 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201

Register by September 15 to receive the discounted rate.

GlobalWA members – contact for code for discounted rate.

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Sep 21: Networking Happy Hour with Friends of GlobalWA and World Affairs Council

Meet others in the Seattle area who are engaged with or interested in international development. No registration required!

FREE to attend.


Thursday, September 21
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Elysian Bar
1516 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101