Philanthropy’s Role in Justice, Equity, and Love in This Age of Change

Intersect is the signature annual educational program hosted by Washington Women’s Foundation. Our goal is not only to increase our knowledge but to build relationships with, and a greater understanding of, those most impacted by injustice, lack of access to resources, and multiple forms of discrimination and marginalization.  Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this year, we will explore what it means to bring about systemic change rooted in the ideals of equity, justice, love, and belonging. Together, we can resolve to champion and support the work that builds Beloved Community.

Recordings available below

Monday, November 9, 2020 – 9 AM to 11 AM PST

  • Building Beloved Community

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – 9 AM to 11 AM PST

Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST

Friday, November 13, 2020 – 9 AM to 11 AM PST

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Monday: Building Beloved Community

Due to speaker request, the recording of Day 1 of Intersect 2020 is now available for WA Women’s Foundation members only.  Members can access this video recording in the Members Area of the WA Women’s Foundation website.


Join us for an opening mediation led by Foxy Davison, Facilitator, Mindfulness & Compassion Program for Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

Next, be inspired to pursue justice for all by our opening keynote, Austin Channing Brown.  Austin is a speaker, writer and media producer providing inspired leadership on racial justice in America. She will offer insights based on her book, I’m Still Here…Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and address the current realities of systemic racism and the everyday actions which allow racism to thrive. Austin evokes thought, feeling, and action as she celebrates Blackness and the possibility of justice in our organizations and communities.

Marsha Morgan, Chair of Community Investment Network, will moderate an audience Q&A following Austin’s remarks.

Tuesday: Education as a Foundational Element of Beloved Community


What does it take to have an educational system no one wants to escape from?

We will  hear the perspectives of Angelique Davis, JD, Associate Professor of Political Science at Seattle University; Lindsay Hill, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Raikes Foundation; Brenda Leaks, Head of School, Seattle Girls’ School; and Mia Williams, EdD, Executive Director of the Department of African American Male Achievement, Seattle Public Schools.

Wednesday: Health and Safety for All in Beloved Community


What does it take to ensure everyone’s health and safety as communities grapple with the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism and the disproportionate impacts on communities of color, especially Black and brown folk and women?

Our featured speakers Janeen S. Comenote, Founder & Executive Director, National Urban Indian Family Coalition; Mary Le Nguyen, Executive Director, Washington CAN; and Nikkita Oliver, Creative Justice will discuss with The Seattle Times social justice columnist, Naomi Ishisaka.

Thursday: Climate Justice for All in Beloved Community


What is the connection between Climate Justice, Food Workers’ Rights & Food Justice? How can empowered grassroots organizations create lasting systemic change to achieve justice for all?

Our featured speakers Danielle Nierenberg, Co-Founder & President of Food Tank; Ahmed Gaya, Field Director for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy; and Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley, will discuss with the Deputy Director of Climate Solutions,  Savitha Reddy Pathi.

Friday: Philanthropy’s Role in Building Beloved Community


How can we be “in community” with grassroots organizations and leaders? What was considered impossible in the past is now considering possible.  How can we envision bold next steps that lead us toward systems change through philanthropy and activism in partnership with the nonprofit sector?

Our featured speakers Cynthia Renfro, CEO of Civis Consulting, and Vanessa Daniel, Founder & Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, will discuss with Mijo Lee, Philanthropic Consultant and former Executive Director of Social Justice Fund NW.

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Upcoming Events at WA Women's Foundation

WA Women’s Foundation hosts over 40 educational programs and events each year, offering opportunities for our members and the community to learn and engage in conversation around philanthropy, equity, and our community.  These events are free and open to the public, and will be hosted on Zoom as we observe public health safety guidelines.  To see our latest upcoming events, please head to the Programs & Events page of our website.


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