At the two-part Navigating Sustainability in a Time of Great Change Conference, you will hear from key national and regional leaders, and engage with others to address the question of regional sustainability and resiliency.

Working cooperatively, participants will provide critical insight to create a Blueprint for Regional Resiliency and assess its implications for how we continue to grow and build our communities.

July 23rd  & August 12th 9:30am-12:00pm
Registration Deadline: Monday, July 20
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Speaker Highlights

Governor Jay Inslee

Washington State Governor

Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

President Fawn Sharp

President, Quinault Indian Nation and President, National Congress of American Indians

Christine Gregoire

Challenge Seattle CEO, former Washington State Governor and Attorney General

Dan Evans

Former U.S. Senator and Washington State Governor

Gary Locke

Former Ambassador to China, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Washington State Governor

Ana Mari Cauce

President, University of Washington

Enrique Cerna

Senior Correspondent, Crosscut & KCTS 9

Isha Sangani

Founder, Earth Strategy


At key moments in our history, communities across the Pacific Northwest have come together to chart new paths forward. The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a painful and past due awakening to the racial injustice across our country is another such moment. Notable is the glaringly disproportionate impact of public emergencies, like climate change, on the people of color and the least affluent among us. 

The conference will explore our experience of managing during and through the COVID-19 crises, taking stock of what regional leaders have learned regarding the resiliency of their lives, their organizations and the region. We will consolidate this hard won information into a Blueprint for Regional Resiliency and assess its implications for how we continue to grow and build our communities.

Conference Structure

The conference will be totally virtual and limited to ~4.5 hours over two days. Conference participants will be encouraged to think broadly and deeply, considering the following questions:

• What adjustments have we made that we should continue?
• What challenges have been exposed that we still need to address?
• What have we learned from this experience that will help us work toward equity and advance environmental justice?
• What are the long term implications from this experience for the way our region, its landscapes and communities continue to evolve?

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Individual Contributors 

Nick Hanauer

Ron Sher

Maryanne Tagney

Maggie Walker

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