12:00PM - 1:00PM

Lunch + Learn: Your Next Step on a Journey Toward Racial Equity

Take a moment to check in with yourself and your business or organization.

What is racial equity? What is at stake when you authentically commit to racial equity?What steps can you and your business do to support racial equity? What are the costs of not taking that next step?

In this Lunch + Learn you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of the word equity
  • Reflect on what you are currently doing that supports racial equity
  • Learn action steps that you can do (or stop doing) to support racial equity
  • Take away local and national resources to continue your learning and action

Racial equity, inclusion and diversity have become buzz words. Corporations, government and non-profits use these terms in a desire to not be racist. What implications does the term “racial equity”carry? Do these institutions take the actionable steps required to create equity and end racism?Please join us if you want to learn more about racial equity and wish to briefly reflect on the progressyour organization or business has made on the way towards racial equity and ending racism.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please feel free to bring along your own lunch.


About the Presenters:
Annie Von Essen is a strategic and organizational development consultant, executive coach, and social worker. She holds an MSW and an MPA from University of Washington’s School of Social Work and Evan’s School of Public Affairs. She serves on the board of Arts Corps in Seattle and was a part of the national youth facilitation team with the White Privilege Conference for five years, an annual anti-racism conference. Annie is the founder of Vessel Strategy & Consulting, where she supports nonprofit and small businesses inthe creation of engaged teams, efficient systems, practical strategy, and clear communication, so theycan implement powerful community change. For more information: www.annievonessen.com

For the last 15 years, Roberto Ascalon has worked as a motivational coach, social emotional learning coach, group facilitator and veteran master teaching artist with schools, arts programs and non- profit agencies across Seattle. He specializes in facilitating healthy intercultural dialogue in non- profit leadership settings. In 2007 he co-founded local nonprofit FEEST: the Food Empowerment Education Sustainability in West Seattle. Ascalon graduated from the Evergreen State College with a bachelor of the arts in Intercultural Communications. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Washington.


Quick Info

  • October 24, 2018
  • 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • equity, Lunch + Learn,
  • TBD