32 Northwest Leaders Unite for Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service

Registration for this three-day experience now open

SEATTLE| Mar 6, 2017

Points of Light announced today that a dynamic group of influential Pacific Northwest leaders will serve as Host Committee members for the annual Conference on Volunteering and Service to be held June 19-21 in the Emerald City. Convened by Points of Light, the event provides the singular opportunity for nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders to learn, connect and shape the future of volunteerism, and draws approximately 3,500 participants from 37 countries, including the United States. Each year, this gathering sparks new ideas, collaborations and fresh jolts of civic energy that are unique to and amplified by the host city, its leaders and its citizens.

This year’s convening will feature a new, re-imagined format that will offer attendees a three-day experience full of carefully curated content. The opening session – the Service Unites Summit – will take place in the heart of downtown Seattle at the renowned Benaroya Symphony Hall and will feature a series of inspirational talks from movement leaders. Additional sessions and workshops will take place at the Washington State Convention Center, and registration is now open at www.volunteeringandservice.org.

Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light, noted the unprecedented interest from all sectors in unleashing the power of active citizens to solve tough problems, build resilient communities and enliven vibrant participatory societies. Each year, Conference sponsors include some of the most trusted brands and respected Fortune 500 CEOs, and an impressive collection of local, corporate “hometown hosts.” For the fourth year in a row, UPS is the event’s title sponsor.

“Founded in Seattle and headquartered in Points of Light’s hometown of Atlanta, UPS is a very special title sponsor of the 2017 Conference and we are so grateful for their stalwart support,” said Hoover. “UPS’s active corporate citizenship and commitment to service has spurred tremendous growth across the entire changemaking sector, and its leadership has galvanized the company’s global workforce to contribute more than 20 million hours of service by 2020 to solving tough problems.”

Business and community leaders from across the Pacific Northwest will spearhead the Conference Host Committee. They will share their time and talents to help navigate a path to success that adds value to the attendee experience and to the community. In addition, Host Committee members will assist in developing service opportunities for attendees based on the greatest needs in the surrounding community; and in identifying and cultivating high-quality speakers and engaging attendee experiences. The conversations and content are unique and profoundly relevant because the entire experience is shaped by local experts, leaders and influencers.

The following individuals will serve as Host Committee members, with others expected to be named later:

  • Suzanne Allbee, convention services manager, Visit Seattle
  • Simon Amiel CEO, Mentoring Works Washington
  • Pamela Banks, president and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
  • Liahann R. Bannerman, director, volunteer center, United Way of King County
  • Adam Barley, corporate responsibility lead, Slalom Consulting
  • Karen Bergin, director of employee engagement, Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Joseph Braham, president, UPS Northwest District
  • Gina Breedlove, singer, healer and activist
  • Diane Douglas, executive director, Seattle CityClub
  • Kat Holmes, field organizer, Washington Conservation Voters
  • Mari Horita, president and CEO, ArtsFund
  • Steve Johnson, CEO, Impact Hub Seattle
  • Cat Koehn, program officer, The Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Junelle Kroontje, manager of the King County Employee Giving Program and chair of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Puget Sound
  • Jan Levy, executive director, Leadership Tomorrow
  • Rick Lynch, Lynch Associates
  • Sandra Madrid, PhD, former special assistant to the vice president of minority affairs/vice provost for diversity, University of Washington
  • Cat Martin, corporate responsibility, PNW Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Jennifer Moore, state program director, The Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Carol K. Nelson, Pacific region sales executive, president, Seattle Market, KeyBank
  • Ariel Novick, Steering Committee, Volunteer Administrators Network, Pacific Northwest
  • Jon Ramer, CEO, Compassion Games
  • Ben Reuler, executive director, Seattle Works
  • Joel Ryan, executive director, Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP
  • Debbie Schuffenhauer, executive director, Serve Washington
  • Anthony Shoecraft, senior policy advisor, City of Seattle, policy and innovation, Office of the Mayor
  • Paul Shoemaker, founding president, Social Venture Partners
  • Blair Taylor, CEO, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance
  • Kim Vu, senior vice president, EBCE market manager, Bank of America
  • Sam Whiting, director, Global Corporate Citizenship
  • H.S. Wright III, chairman and founder, SHWorldwide
  • Maria Chavez Wilcox, CEO, YWCA (Seattle, King, Snohomish)

For more on the 2017 Conference, visit www.volunteeringandservice.org.


Amber Gowen,
Points of Light,
[email protected]

About Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service

Points of Light’s Conference on Volunteering and Service is the world’s largest service-related convening of nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders. With UPS as the title sponsor, the 2017 Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service will be held June 19-21 at the Washington State Convention Center. Registration is now open. For more information, go to www.volunteeringandservice.org.

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.

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