Speaker Date Topic
Ana Mari Cauce Jan 21, 2021
University of Washington President Cauce
University of Washington President Cauce

As the president of one of the world’s great public universities, Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation.

A member of the UW faculty since 1986, Cauce became interim president in March 2015, having previously served as provost and executive vice president, and the UW Board of Regents selected her to become the UW’s 33rd president at a special meeting Oct. 13, 2015.

Throughout her career, Cauce has championed access to higher education, including through the Husky Promise, which provides full tuition to eligible Washington students who otherwise could not attend college. As part of her strong belief in ensuring access to higher education for all, just one month into her role as interim president she engaged students in an honest discussion about race and equity, launching an effort to create a more just and diverse community.

Dr. Ayanna Gore Feb 04, 2021
Summit Sierra Public School
Summit Sierra Public School

Dr. Ayanna L. Gore was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. With a long line of preachers, Sunday school teachers and teacher aides in her family, education has always been a focus despite the fact that she earned a college degree before any siblings or her parents. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice from Loyola University - Chicago. She entered education after joining Teach For America as a high school science instructor and continued her work in education for the last 13 years. Her passions lie within mindset coaching, classroom management, curriculum/instructional development and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the school system. She graduated with her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul University this past Spring.

Her motto is, "Where teachers learn, students learn!".

Assunta Ng Feb 18, 2021
Northwest Asian Weekly
Northwest Asian Weekly

Northwest Asian Weekly is the only weekly English-edition newspaper serving Washington’s Asian community. The Northwest Asian Weekly has one simple goal: To empower the Asian community.

Tucked near a Chinese restaurant in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District is a newsroom that represents a cultural lifeline in an often unfamiliar land. The newsroom is home to the Northwest Asian Weekly and its sister paper, the Seattle Chinese Post.

Publisher Assunta Ng says that before she founded the Seattle Chinese Post in 1982, immigrants “had to go to a billboard in Chinatown to find out what was going on.” Now, Ms. Ng’s newspaper tells them about community events and news in a regular weekly paper. The newspaper was a relatively early participant in what has become a significant trend – the proliferation of Asian-language media in the United States. The growth is fed by demographics, since Asian and Pacific ethnic groups make up the fastest-growing segment in America’s population.

Kim Arent Mar 04, 2021
The Max Foundation
The Max Foundation

In 1997, The Max Foundation was established in honor of Maximiliano (Max) Rivarola and his legacy inspires our vision for a world where all people facing cancer live with dignity and hope. Max’s family brought him from Argentina to the United States for treatment, where he lived courageously with a kind of blood cancer known as chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) for three years. With his passing, Max’s family was determined to help other families in Latin America with children diagnosed with leukemia, and that was our original mission.

What began as a grassroots organization with several volunteers has evolved into a specialized team of more than 50 professionals. We carry out our work with team members based in Seattle at our headquarters and in many targeted low and middle income countries. Through the years, we have expanded our mission. The Max Foundation now has a full range of programs and services, all focused on serving people living with cancer around the world.

Mike Sellars Mar 18, 2021
Boxers with Parkinson's Association and Research Project
Boxers with Parkinson's Association and Research Project

Mike Sellars, a 6-Year Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017. Mike became a Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s affiliate opening boxing programs in King, Pierce and Thurston Counties. Recognizing the need for research on exercise therapy for Parkinson’s, Mike formed Boxers with Parkinson’s, a nonprofit Association, Research Project, and Home of Sweaty Bucks. 

Mike, President of Boxers with Parkinson's Association and Research Project, will focus on boxing for Parkinson’s research, early results and BwP’s long-term research strategy and goals.  He will also talk about BwP’s strategy for financial self-sufficiency thanks to Sweaty Bucks.

 

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