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State of Womxn of Color Summit

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The Collective Seattle

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This summit presents a unique opportunity to include the voices of womxn of color that are critical to shaping workplace policies.

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Women of Color are the Future of Work

Women of color are shaping our country’s economic and social climate, and increasingly significant as national demographic trends continue to shift toward women of color becoming the majority among all women. Today women of color comprise 37% of our nation’s female population and approximately 20% of the entire U.S. population, and carry $2 trillion in purchase power.

Women of color have made incredible strides in educational attainment as the largest growing segment of degree holders and in the workplace—especially in entrepreneurship—yet their earnings and net wealth still pale in comparison to white peers. They lag behind in leadership positions, holding just 3% of C-Suite and corporate board roles, and face unique workplace disparities.

Future for Us’s mission is to change this.

As our region grows more diverse, we believe companies have an opportunity to leverage the skills and experiences of phenomenally talented women of color. This summit presents a unique opportunity to include the voices of women of color that are critical to shaping workplace policies and practices that affect their lives.

Who is the Summit for?

The Summit is designed for decision makers, DEI (diversity, equity, & inclusion) practitioners, and ERG (employee resource group) leaders of companies seeking to accelerate the advancement of women of color. This event is open to people of all age, race, ethnicity and gender. Learn more about the program here.

Goals of the Summit

1. Build awareness of the unique needs and experiences of women of color at work, grounded in data

2. Discover best practice policy solutions, to create an enabling environment for women of color at work

3. Gain tools for building a robust pipeline to advance women of color, increase retention and representation of women of color in leadership roles.

Why Future for Us?

Future for Us is hosting this critical convening given the lack of a platform to support women of color in our region. We are dedicated to the advancement of women of color, focused on early to mid-career professionals. Our focus on early and mid-career women of color professionals is based in the need to create interventions early in the careers of women of color, uncover bias in hiring, and provide solutions to address challenges with retention of mid-career professionals.

Our work supports individuals and companies build awareness, alongside solutions, to accelerate the growth of women of color professionals to close the leadership gap across all industries.

Within six months of launching in the Greater Seattle Area, Future for Us produced over a dozen townhall-style events, was featured in over 2 dozen media outlets including Forbes, The Seattle Times and Geekwire, and grew a community of 5,000+ womxn of color professionals.

Future for Us’s community offers unparalleled diversity in our region.

Opening Keynote

Marilyn Strickland is the president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Recognized by leaders throughout the Seattle metro area for her principled, collaborative, and forward-thinking style, Strickland champions a regional approach to address our most pressing issues, including housing affordability, transportation, and economic opportunity. She is the first person of color and second woman to hold this role in the 136-year history of the organization.

Strickland served as Mayor of Tacoma from 2010-2017, where she forged new ground on transportation, education, international investment and economic development. Prior to elected office, she held marketing communications positions in both the private and public sectors. She serves on the steering committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and is a trustee for the Urban Land Institute and Annie Wright Schools. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Strickland holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University.

Closing Keynote

Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel are the hosts of KUOW's Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace podcast. Jeannie Yandel and Eula Scott Bynoe break down how sexism works in the modern workplace. And with help from some badass experts, they bring their listeners real tactics you can use to fight back.

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