CRFE Credits: 5 (APPROVED)

Topics and speakers subject to change.

Morning Speaker

REVISING Partnerships for Community Impact

Leslie K. Cherry-Knight
Vice President, Market Leader
Bank of America, Pacific Northwest Region

How can partnerships REVISE how we work in our communities? Find out in this session about funder and non-profit partnerships. Leslie will be co-presenting with Nicole Sims from the Nisqually Indian Tribe on how their partnership’s program on financial literacy created both lasting and evolving change in a native community.


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Centering Community: Democratizing Impact in the Era of Accountability and Co-Creation

George Zeno, Principal, New Creole
Speaker Bio

Jennifer Li Dotson, MSC, Fundraise Up (Moderator)

This very experiential and interactive workshop invites attendees to design a prototype of community centric strategy.  Using “co-opetition” to achieve the interconnected wellbeing of whole South Sound. This is a challenge to hold ourselves accountable to create change for a more sustainable and just society.

Afternoon Speaker

birgit burton smith

Crisis Communication & REBOOTing Boards: The Changing Role of Governance in Nonprofits

Birgit Smith Burton, Board Chair, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global

Founder / Executive Director, AADO (African American Development Officers Network)

Speaker Bio

In this first public event, the AFP Global Chair will address head on the experience of anti-Black racism within an AFP Chapter. This recent true story of crisis communication eventually led to a necessary REBOOT of the Chapter’s entire governing board.

Lunch Speaker

Alice Fong speaker photo waves with a bright smile.

Self Love: Health & Wellness

Alice Fong, CEO, Center for Ethical Leadership
Speaker Bio

Easy to say to others, and hard to commit to for ourselves, selfcare will be our lunch topic by speaker, Alice Fong.


Innovative Solutions from Local Nonprofits

Our panel will delve into a lively discussion on “How are people in our community impacting society in big ways?” This will include audience questions to our panel filled with community leaders out there “doing the work”. Panelists are still being confirmed for this Summit favorite.


Stacey Crnich, CEO, Bonney Lake Food Bank
Speaker Bio
(tech and service innovation, human centeredness)

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Sherri Jensen, Executive Director, Valeo
Speaker Bio
(big service innovation to meet big community need)

Tamar JacksonTamar Jackson, Sr Dir. of Com. Engagement, Workforce Central Speaker Bio
(for-profit partner leads and innovates in outreach / engagement)

Ysenia Gonzalez

Yesenia Gonzalez, Development Organizer, Latino Community Fund
Speaker Bio

(innovation from the funder’s perspective plus community trends)

Megan Sukys, Panel Moderator, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Speaker Bio

Many thanks to our Champion Sponsor.

Bank of America logo

Many thanks to our Presenting Sponsors.

Sponsor Logo Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

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