8:30 – 9:30 am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Marketplace of Ideas
9:30 – 9:40 am

Harbor Room

Opening Remarks

  • Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
9:40 – 10:00 am

Harbor Room

Fast Pitch: SDG Surprise

In rapid-style, GlobalWA members will have two minutes to share the most surprising thing about the Sustainable Development Goals their organization is advancing.

  • Susan Bornstein, Global Director, Institutional Partnerships & Influence, World Bicycle Relief
  • Jenifer Botch, Director, Individual Philanthropy, Fair Trade USA
  • Chelsie Noel Chan, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Foundations, Tearfund USA
  • Alexis Chavez, Founding Director, Einstein Rising
  • Will Forester, Director of Marketing & Development, Friendly Water for the World
  • Katie Hultquist, West Coast Director, OutRight Action International
  • Kimberly Davies Lohman, Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability, Resonance
  • Janet Lotawa, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Rise Beyond the Reef
  • Cliff Schmidt, Founder & Executive Director, Amplio
10:00 – 10:45 am
Harbor Room
Opening Plenary Panel: Using multimedia storytelling to inspire social change

  • Sohini Bhattacharya, President & CEO, Breakthrough
  • Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising
  • Ted Richane, Senior Director of Engagement and Impact, Vulcan Productions
  • Moderator: Hanson Hosein, President, HRH Media Group LLC
10:45 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 – 12:10 pm
Concurrent Panels
  Food Security, Peace, and Justice: Building institutions to address intractable causes of hunger

The last mile of global efforts to end hunger face especially difficult challenges. While the world has made great strides in reducing the rate of hunger in the past century, reaching SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) requires tackling systemic problems such as fragile states and climate change, which have led to increased food insecurity for millions of indigenous peoples and ethnic groups in their traditional farming lands. This session will look at institutional approaches to address these issues at scale and describe systemic ways to reduce and prevent hunger at the Last Mile.


  • Christine Anderson, Attorney and Land Tenure Specialist, Landesa
  • Aisha Jumaan, Founder & President, Yemen Relief & Reconstruction Foundation
  • Christabell Makokha, Director, Strategic Learning, AgriFin Accelerate, Mercy Corps
  • Moderator: Suzanne Mayo Frindt, President & CEO, The Hunger Project
  Gender Justice: Transformative approaches to ending gender-based violence

Gender equality and ending gender-based violence are at the heart of human rights and integral to a just society. The lives of millions of women and girls, who make up half of the world’s population, are affected by the violence they experience in everyday life, hindering their full participation in society, and their stability, health, and economic prosperity. Women, girls, and people of all gender identities have the right to play an equal role in society and live a life free from damaging oppressive norms and cultures that perpetuate gender inequality and violence. In the last few decades, we have seen some positive changes in the struggle to end gender-based violence through increased international and national policies and legislation, although challenges remain with implementation. Working to achieve SDG 5: “Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls,” in concert with SDG 10: “Reducing inequality within and among countries” can address gender-based violence in a comprehensive way. Through varied activist and philanthropic perspectives, this panel will explore critical questions and effective interventions globally.


  • Puja Dhawan, Director, Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women, NoVo Foundation
  • Rebecca Hope, Founder and Executive Director, YLabs
  • Zainab Ali Khan, Founding Working Group Member, Every Women Treaty
  • Moderator: Kirsten Gagnaire, CEO, Kati Collective
  Migration and Human Rights: How civil society organizations can protect the rights of Central American migrants

One of the targets of SDG 10 is to “facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people,” and SDG 16 promotes the rule of law, equal access to justice, and the protection of fundamental freedoms. In recent years, large numbers of people have migrated from Central America, spurred by poverty, violence, and natural disasters. Many of them are seeking refuge in the United States. However, instead of facilitating safe and orderly processes that respect international standards, governments have stripped migrants of protection and criminalized them. At the same time, the U.S. has stopped most assistance to Central America, cutting projects aimed at reducing violence, promoting local economic opportunities, and ensuring food security in the wake of a changing climate. Although the responsibility to act lies with governments themselves, civil society actors can help protect migrants’ rights, and address “push factors” for migration.


  • Vicki Gass, Senior Policy Advisor, Central America & Mexico, Oxfam America
  • Dustin O’Quinn, Shareholder, Immigration Team Chair, Lane Powell PC
  • Mirte Postema, Project Manager, Seattle International Foundation
  • Moderator: Tony Lucero, Associate Professor, Chair of Latin America & Caribbean Studies, UW Jackson School
  Education and Refugees: How technology, education, and livelihood skills can ensure opportunities and resiliency in refugee youth

The scale of the ongoing refugee crisis requires multi-faceted responses that incorporate multiple SDG focus areas. This session will discuss the challenges faced by refugee youth, and how technology, education, and livelihood skills can help them rebuild their lives and pursue new economic opportunities whether they live in a refugee camp, urban settings, or their new country of resettlement. In particular, we will explore how the SDG framework can help companies and non-profits better coordinate interventions that cross multiple SDGs, including SDGs 4, 8, and 10: Quality Education, Decent Work, and Reduced Inequalities.


  • Amy Ibold, Senior Technical Advisor, Adolescent Girls and Youth, Mercy Corps
  • Curtis Romjue, Co-Founder and President, First Aid Arts
  • Anita Chandramohan, Senior Career Development Coordinator, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Co-moderators: Majd Baniodeh, Global Social Impact & Public Policy Specialist; and Justin Nelson, Program Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies
  Productive and Decent Jobs: The future of work in developing countries

Emerging technology and evolving industries are changing the concept of work around the world at a time when productive and inclusive employment is vital in helping the remaining 736 million people living in extreme poverty today. This session will examine the intersection of SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 1(No Poverty) to explore the responsibility of both the social and private sectors to ensure access to productive and decent jobs in developing countries. Panelists will discuss how to identify and nurture job- creating industries while preparing the next generation of workers for a changing job landscape.


  • Carol Weis, Co-founder, Remote Energy
  • Sachi Shenoy, Co-founder and Chief Impact Officer, Upaya Social Ventures
  • Monika Aring, Senior Technical Advisor, FHI360
  • Moderator: Jordan Fabyanske, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors
12:10 – 12:45 pm

International Promenade

Lunch Service
12:45 – 1:45 pm

International Promenade

Lunch Program

  • Keynote: Raj Kumar, Author, President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex
  • Presentation of the 2019 Global Hero Award to Celeste A. Mergens, Founder & CEO, Days for Girls International
1:45 – 2:05 pm Break
2:05 – 3:15 pm Concurrent Panels
  Data tracking for the SDGs (closed session for CEOs/Executive Directors)

Now that we have 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 169 targets, and 232 indicators, how will we know we are making progress? Country by country data is being collected, but major data gaps remain. NGOs, companies, and foundations are now tracking their work that is advancing the SDGs to increase their impact and define critical gaps in service delivery. What are the opportunities and challenges in data tracking for the SDGs and what can be done to overcome obstacles. CEOs and Executive Directors will have a roundtable discussion to share experiences and determine solutions.

Discussion leads:

  • Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Justice Project
  • Erik Arnold, CTO, Microsoft Tech for Social Impact
  • Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
  Clean Water and Sanitation: Integrated solutions to menstrual health needs

Millions of women and girls lack access to adequate products, disposal systems, and information about menstruation. In addition, over 2.5 million people lack access to improved sanitation, a trend that disproportionately impacts women and girls in low- and middle-income countries. While menstrual health is not explicitly included in the SDGs, this crosscutting issue is connected to multiple goals, including good health and well-being, quality education, gender equity, clean water and sanitation, decent work and economic growth, and responsible consumption and production. This panel will explore approaches to supporting menstrual health for women and girls from leading NGOs in the sector and from a philanthropic perspective. It will look at delivery models, integration of menstrual health information and solutions into education and WASH programming, and opportunities for investment in menstrual health. Ultimately, this panel aims to increase awareness and collaboration on this critical and timely topic.


  • Stephanie Drozer, Chief Program Officer, Days for Girls International
  • Alyse Schrecongost, WSH Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kara Cherniga Uhl, Deputy Director for Project WISE, Splash
  • Moderator: Alanna Imbach, Strategic Partnerships Consultant, WaterAid
  Scaling Health Solutions: Best practices in transitioning to government

While social impact organizations can develop and test new solutions to help achieve global health targets (SDG 3), sustaining impact at scale often requires incorporating those solutions within government systems. This panel will explore the role of government actors in integrating new solutions, how social impact organizations can develop the path to scale through government partnership from the outset, and how donors can adopt behaviors that will improve the likelihood of success.


  • Liz Diebold, Principal, Impact Investment and Social Entrepreneurship, Skoll Foundation
  • Upile Kachila, Program Manager, VillageReach
  • Michael Kollins, Director of Programs, Splash
  • Moderator: Nosa Orobaton, Deputy Director, MNCH Program Strategy Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  Global Health and Climate Change: Environment, health, and cross-sector collaboration

Today’s greatest sustainable development challenges can only be solved if we work together more effectively across the global development, health, and environmental communities. Experts and practitioners are currently developing best practices, policy frameworks, new programs, and innovative approaches that combat the worst effects of climate change, but often these efforts exist in silos. This session will bring together leading voices from academia, the private sector, energy, and global health to share best practices and offer advice on how to work together successfully to achieve SDG 13 (Climate Action).


  • Jeremy Hess, Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington
  • Katharine Kreis, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Lead for Nutrition Innovation, PATH
  • Savitha Reddy Pathi, Deputy Director, Climate Solutions
  • Moderator: Kristie Ebi, Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington
  Responsible Consumption and Decent Work: Building transparent supply chains

As companies begin to think beyond just meeting compliance requirements, leveraging new technologies and approaches can help them and their customers better understand the origin of the materials in their products, as well as the social and environmental impacts. However, true transparency is difficult to achieve for many reasons, including the complexity of inputs, the cost of detailed tracking, and incentives for working conditions. Additionally, many social and environmental impacts are not calculated. This session will explore recent successes in transparent supply chain pilots and practices, as well as ongoing challenges.


  • Surabhi Agrawal, Senior Manager, Coffee Traceability, Starbucks
  • Tonette Lim, Global Sustainability Supply Chain Manager, Costco
  • Parker Townley, Senior Manager, Fair Trade USA
  • Moderator: Katelin Kennedy, Senior Manager, Resonance
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:15 pm
Harbor Room
Afternoon Plenary Panel: Data tracking for the SDGs

  • Erik Arnold, Global CTO, Social Impact, Microsoft
  • Ben Combes, Co-founder, Innovation & Sustainability Practice, PwC UK
  • Diana Fletschner, Senior Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Landesa
  • Moderator: Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
4:15 – 4:50 pm

Harbor Room

Afternoon Keynote Conversation

  • Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
  • Alex Reid, Deputy Director, Head of Goalkeepers, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4:50 – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks

  • Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception