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.

GlobalWA will be doing all events in a webinar format for the foreseeable future. Please check our past events page for past topics and check back here for our future weekly webinar topics. For more information on COVID-19, check out GlobalWA’s Resource Page.

Upcoming Events

Education and COVID-19 in the Global South


Event Description

Photo credit: Girl Rising

COVID-19 has caused the biggest disruption in history to education systems around the world. Globally, 94 percent of students have been impacted by school closures – 99 percent in low- and lower-middle income countries – and experts are warning that global education has been pushed back to levels not seen since the 1980s.The start of the school year is upon us, and many countries, districts and institutions are still grappling with the best way to re-open schools amid a global pandemic. It is simultaneously critical that schools do their part to suppress transmission of the virus and continue to provide an education, which is not only a fundamental human right but also a key driver of long-term progress for every country. Join GlobalWA members working on schools and education around the world for a discussion on what education during a pandemic looks like, what challenges and obstacles they face, and ideas on how to adapt to a new way of learning.

Who:
Everyone

Where:
Zoom Webinar

When:
Friday, August 21, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am PT

Cost:
GlobalWA Members: Free (email Pratima@globalwa.org for member code)
Non-members: $25

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SPEAKERS

Judithe Registre
VP, Programs
Girl Rising

Judithe is a global gender equity (and equality) champion, with nearly 20 years of leadership experience, including 12 years in conflict and post-conflict communities and emerging economies. She has made tremendous efforts to advance equality for girls and women throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, building programs in complex environments such as Democratic Republic of Congo with Women for Women International and leading girls’ rights campaigns in the US with Plan International USA. She observes the world from an expanded global perspective, developing effective solutions that value human dignity and honor our stories individually and collectively. She specializes in listening and connecting narratives to promote dignity and respect for all. Her passion for storytelling/story equity stems from her conviction that we must first transform the narrative by creating spaces and opportunities for people to speak for themselves. Judithe holds a B.A. in philosophy from Boston College and a master’s degree in philosophy and social policy from American University, Washington, DC.

Hillary Carey
Executive Director
Rwanda Girls Initiative

Hillary Carey joined RGI in November of 2016. As Executive Director, Hillary leads fundraising, strategy development, partnership development and stewardship, communications, finance, as well as supporting other aspects of operations for the organization.

Prior to joining RGI, Hillary was the CEO of Camp Korey, a non-profit dedicated to providing support to children and families with serious medical conditions. As the first employee of Camp Korey, Hillary helped establish the nonprofit, building out is programming, operations, partnerships, and fundraising. During her time with the organization, Camp Korey served over 19,000 children.

Hillary serves as the Co-Chair of the Amara Board of Directors in Seattle and was named 40 under 40 by PSBJ in 2013. She lives in Seattle with her two children and her husband.

Ginna Brelsford
Executive Director
Sahar Education for Afghan Girls

Ginna Brelsford is the Executive Director of Sahar. Ms. Brelsford brings over 20 years of experience in government, business and the non-profit world of international development. Ginna’s commitment to gender equality and access to education began with a focus on literacy in Brazil and spanned two decades of work in Russia, Latin America and Asia. A graduate of Brown University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Ms. Brelsford is currently enrolled in the Harvard Global Mental Health and Refugee Trauma Program.

A former executive director at Pura Vida Coffee Company, Ginna is known for her ability to blend social entrepreneurial innovation with poverty eradication. She has served at the gubernatorial level as well as worked with the Russia America Foundation on a number of USAID projects promoting civil society and economic development.

A strong advocate for women’s empowerment, she authored a book on women leaders in Alaska and toured with Bono to eradicate HIV/AIDS for the One Campaign at World Vision. An explorer of frontiers, Ginna was among the first woman to ski across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska.

Ms. Brelsford’s diverse experiences have led her to the conclusion that education and literacy acquisition are key to poverty eradication. A lack of education is the root of many issues in the developing world, and she feels privileged to direct an organization that helps solve them by giving more girls the opportunity to learn.


Event Details

Who:
Everyone

Where:
Zoom

When:
August 21, 2020

Time:
10:00am - 11:30am

Cost:
Members: Free
Non-Members: $25

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Final Mile Event: Kicking off a US chapter of the International Association of Professional Health Logisticians (IAPHL) and the COVID-19 work of Restart Partners


Event Description

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Uncertainty in demand and supply, budget constraints, and rapidly evolving product needs during the COVID-19 global pandemic have resulted in unique supply challenges. However, while these challenges may be new to the US Health system, they are not unfamiliar to public health supply chains in low and middle income countries (LMIC). In looking to support our local supply chain response, we drew inspiration from the expertise, networks and tools developed in Global Health in the last 20 years. Rather than reinventing the wheel, Restart Partners, a newly formed PNW area non profit, sought to connect local and international communities. They recognized that we could learn a lot from Global Health experts in LMIC and sought to set up mechanisms for us to do so. This webinar discusses how we plugged into experts at the International Association of Public Health Logisticians and WHO to connect with US partners in the public, humanitarian, University, NGO and commercial sectors. They will also present some examples of their modeling work and refer to work by WHO and MIT.

Who:
Everyone

Where:
Zoom Webinar

When:
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Cost:
Free, but registration is required

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SPEAKERS

Chelsea Greene

Chelsea Greene is currently a third-year PhD student in Industrial & Systems Engineering with a focus on Operations Research at the University of Washington. Her research is focused on developing mathematical optimization models for supply chain and global health applications that are dynamic to changes over time and robust to uncertainties. She has four years of experience working in the public and non-for profit sectors in disaster management, supply chain and logistics. She hopes to apply what she has learned in practice and education to develop innovative optimization models that are approachable and usable in industry contexts.

David Sarley

David Sarley is volunteering his time to advise Restart Partners, bringing his 18 years of experience in global public health supply chains alongside his prior international consulting experience. He has a background in modeling and its application to public policy making. He has served on several not for profit boards as well as working in Industry and for Government, NGOs and Academia. He currently works for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Senior Program Officer. He volunteers with Restart Partners outside of his work for BMGF.

Richard Tong

Richard Tong is Co-Founder of Restart Partners. He has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, technology, operations, and management in a wide variety of business settings. Most recently, Rich co-founded a computer vision and machine learning startup that was eventually sold to Lear, a $15B automotive supplier. Prior to this, he co-founded venture capital firms in Seattle and China with an aggregate of $6B under management. At Microsoft, he was vice president of marketing for Windows, Office and server products in an era where sales increased by over 20x to $15B in revenue. He received an MSEE and an MBA from Stanford University and a BSE EECS summa cum laude from Princeton University where he was a GM Scholar. His technical interests include computer vision, artificial intelligence, IoT devices, and cloud computing and has been granted 14 patents in those areas. He is co-author of The Marketing Playbook and has lectured at the University of Washington, Stanford, Berkeley, and Tsinghua University. Today, he divides his time between helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams and social investing in saving lives, a long-term resilient economy, and self-sustaining norms and beliefs.


Event Details

Who:
Everyone

Where:

When:
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Time:
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Cost:
Members: Free
Non-Members: Free

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