June 21: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

@Haru1 via Twenty20

Read our June newsletter on this topic: http://globalwa.org/2018/06/june-2018-newsletter/

In the best of circumstances, when companies purchase their raw materials from developing countries, the people living in those countries can reap enormous benefits – increasing their incomes, improving local services, growing their food security, and much more. However, when sourcing done by companies does not account for the local environmental and social needs, results can be catastrophic, both to local ecosystems and affected communities.

Protecting people and the environment, while also creating opportunities for sustainable economic growth, ensures shared prosperity for all people in developing countries, as well as long-term responsible stewardship of the planet.

Come join the conversation about sustainability in corporate supply chains, and reflect on how non-profits and for-profits together can lead the way to a more equitable, healthy and prosperous world.

This event is in partnership with Final Mile Logistics Seattle Working Group.


Thursday, June 21
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
4:30-5:30 p.m. Reception

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

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



Robin Barr
Global Director
The Forest Trust

Robin serves as a Global Director with The Forest Trust (TFT) with over 15 years international experience developing and managing successful projects for poverty alleviation, community empowerment, environmental conservation and fulfillment of Human Rights in some of the most challenging and remote regions of the world. Robin is the Global Director of the Center for Social Excellence, an initiative of TFT aimed at training social practitioners to work with companies, governments, and civil society organizations.

Prior to becoming a Global Director, Robin served as Regional Lead for the Americas, Country Manager for TFT U.S., and Social Specialist in TFT’s SE Asia and Indonesia operations. Her work with TFT has focused on coaching multi-national corporations to address social challenges in their own operations and their supply chains, especially at the farm and forest level. She has worked extensively with smallholders and large-scale producers across SE Asia, North America and Latin America, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, USA and Brazil.

Prior to joining TFT in 2004, Robin has lived and worked in Kenya, Belize and India. She holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Margaret Henry
Director, Sustainable Agriculture

Margaret grew up on a dairy farm in the rural U.S. and has woven together a varied career in government, NGOs and the private sector around making global food systems more sustainable. She currently oversees PepsiCo’s sustainable agriculture work for North America focusing on rolling out the Sustainable Farming Initiative and implementing the Performance with Purpose commitments. She previously came from the Sustainable Food Lab, a network coalition of businesses and NGOs. Before that she spent 6 years as Director of Sustainability & CSR for Sodexo managing North American sustainable sourcing. Margaret also previously worked at USAID and World Wildlife Fund.

She has a BA and BS from Brown University, training from Massachusetts Institute for Technology in System Dynamics and Master’s Degree from Princeton University in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.

Ed Brooks
Advisor, Agriculture and Rural Markets
 Mercy Corps

Ed Brooks is a Mercy Corps Agricultural Advisor on its Technical Support Unit, with executive-level agricultural production, marketing (including brand management), financial, logistics, and project management experience, both US domestic and international.

Ed has worked in 45 countries on five continents, and his experience includes extensive developed and emerging market business development, including analyzing and exploiting business opportunities in conflict zones and challenging environments.

His background includes an extensive MBA and post-MBA education, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Washington; and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.


James Bernard

James Bernard is an internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships with more than 25 years of experience. He is currently the director of technology for development at Resonance, a consultancy focused on partnerships in international development. In his role, James advises clients on developing partnerships to apply appropriate technologies for emerging market contexts across a range of sectors.

Prior to joining Resonance, James was senior director of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Education group at Microsoft, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies, NGOs, and multilateral organizations. Prior to that role, James held positions at Microsoft working on consumer technology products and digital access programs in emerging markets.

James is a frequent speaker on issues related to public-private partnerships in international development and ICT4D. He serves on the board of directors of Pact, a global NGO working on health, livelihood and environmental projects in 35 countries, and is an adjunct professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.



June 27: Up in the Air: Preparing for a Bumpy Ride in Global Travel

What does the travel ban mean for your organization? Will the new State Department travel classification impact your ability to work around the world? Travel risk management has become a high priority for organizations over the past few years due to a rise in incidents and security risks around the world. Join Global Washington and Key Travel for an informative panel discussion with risk and travel experts on how to mitigate travel risk.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
5:00 – 5:45 p.m. reception

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

Non-Members: $25
GlobalWA Members: $20
Email doni@globalwa.org for member code



Joe Gleason
Director, Risk Management
 AHT Insurance

Joe Gleason is AHT’s Director of Risk Management where he works directly with AHT clients to develop, refine, and maximize the efficiency of their global risk management systems. From initial risk strategy planning to continual risk management process and service examination, Joe’s expertise is a completely unique asset to AHT and its clients.

Joe joined AHT in 2015 with over 17 years of experience in operations and global security roles at a large NGO where he provided direct support for 60+ field offices in complex and developing countries, conceptualized and built the organization-wide security management function, and negotiated contracts and managed relationships with security, crisis support and medical assistance providers. In this role he managed the organization’s response to a range of crises and incidents, coordinating the effective employment of both internal and external resources.

Through is career, Joe has been a member of professional risk and security organizations including the Overseas Security Advisory Council International Development Working Group, the International NGO Safety and Security Association and the American Society of Industrial Security. A recognized thought leader on NGO risk management and duty of care, Joe has spoken on a range of topics including evacuation, crisis management and duty of care with InsideNGO, the Non Profit Risk Management Center, the Worldwide Broker Network and others.

Cassie Walker
Business Development Manager
International SOS

Cassie Walker leads Business Development in the Pacific Northwest for International SOS; informing and educating global organizations about various travel health, safety and security risks, as well as helping develop recommendations to help mitigate those risks. Cassie comes to International SOS with a strong passion for and background in travel and tourism, combined with a global mindset.

Cassie has been responsible for the growth and development of business for Egencia, Expedia, and zulily LLC. She led the various activities to drive each company’s bottom line, working in completely diverse industries. She has a strong understanding of global operations to foster overall growth. Additionally, her experience gives her an understanding of the multiple aspects of Duty of Care and the importance of protecting a mobile workforce.

Cassie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism and is an active member of the local chapters of the Global Business Travel Association and GBTA LADDERS.

Dustin O’Quinn
Shareholder, Immigration Team Chair
 Lane Powell PC

Dustin O’Quinn counsels clients of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, in all areas of immigration law with a focus on the technology, energy, design, and financial industries. He develops immigration programs for startup companies in the technology industry and counsels clients on corporate structure, funding and investor relations. He also advises large corporations on the immigration implications of mergers and acquisitions, I-9 compliance, and government audits.

Dustin has significant experience representing employers in H-1B, H-2B, H-2A and L-1 visa matters, as well as uncommon classifications, including investor and extraordinary-ability visas, and maritime immigration matters.

Chambers® USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and its sources have stated that Dustin “stands out for his honest and humble demeanor, as well as his inclusive approach,” and for “his willingness to answer all questions.


Eric Klunder
Senior Account Executive
 Lynden International

Eric is a Senior Account Executive with Lynden International and has been involved in global logistics efforts for over 25 years both in first hand final mile oversight overseas as well as building stakeholder teams to complete projects and programs.  He has done extensive work with multinational corporations, business startups, USAID, the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, UN agencies, international NGOs and other organizations operating worldwide.  Eric’s roles have spanned from project lead on cargo charter flights to contract manager for large aid programs.  In 2016, he initiated the Final Mile Logistics Working Group in Seattle to bring together the northwest community in a networking and learning forum to encourage capacity-building partnerships. Eric is a graduate of James Madison University and the University of Virginia and is passionate about how world travel makes global champions.




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 pratima@globalwa.org for member discount code.