Monday, March 31, 2014

Chapter Meeting April 14th: Human Trafficking: Exploitation on a Global and Local Scale

Human Trafficking: Exploitation on a Global and Local Scale

Robert Beiser will present on the global and local impacts of forced labor, commonly called human trafficking, discussing how this critical issue impacts sustainable economic development. Robert's work in the sector began with the "Slave-Free Seattle" campaign to clean up the sourcing of apparel worn by City of Seattle employees. Since that time he has worked on campaigns addressing labor exploitation on the Thai-Burma border, child trafficking in the West African cocoa trade, and local labor and sex trafficking in the Seattle area. Come ready with questions about global supply chains, root causes of trafficking, and how individuals and businesses can impact the lives of others.

Robert Beiser is the Executive Director of Seattle Against Slavery. After several years at Microsoft Corporation, he left the tech world to work in the non-profit community as a social justice advocate. Robert is currently earning his Master's of Public Affairs from the University of Washington and is co-chair of the Demand Reduction subcommittee for the Statewide Coordinating Committee on Trafficking.

We will meet again from 6:30 - 8pm, at Sightlife: 221 Yale Ave. N. Seattle WA 98109

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 

The Seattle SID Team.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Event: William Easterly at Town Hall - Tuesday, 3/25 @ 7:30pm

Easterly is professor of economics at New York University, director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute, and author of The White Man’s Burden. He is at Town Hall to discuss his new book –THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (Basic Books; March 4, 2014)
In THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS, Easterly looks at traditional approaches to global poverty and why attempts at a solution have not only been unsuccessful, but harmful. The “experts” of the world — politicians, relief organizations, and others — are solving immediate effects of poverty, but not addressing the root cause. The book outlines the history of the fight against poverty, highlighting how these efforts have (and have not) made an impact.
William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and a director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute.  The author of The White Man’s Burden and The Elusive Quest for Growth, he lives in New York City. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First Ever Seattle Society for International Development Happy Hour!!

Due to popular demand, the Seattle chapter of SID wants to set aside time for meeting and networking with all those interested in international development! Next month we'll change our normal meeting to focus exclusively on spending time with all of the amazing and interesting people who always come to SightLife as we continue to help connect people across sectors. 

Therefore, our March 10th meeting will be held at Paddy Coyne's, an Irish bar near SightLife, from 6.30-8.30pm. Usually we all leave our SID meetings marveling at the cool people we just met and would love to get to know more, so this is our chance to dedicate some time to what makes SID such a welcomed organization: its people.

We are all very excited to see you in a few weeks and look forward to the opportunity to spend some time getting to know this truly inspirational community of development practitioners in a setting quintessential for people working in the developing world: an Irish pub!

Let us know if you have any questions and we will see you on Monday, March 10th!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Chapter Meeting February 10th: Cate Goethals

6:30 - 8pm at Sightlife (221 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109).

Our speaker is Cate Goethals, adjunct professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. She will be talking about business principles, and women's leadership and empowerment as a solutions to poverty. 

Cate Goethals' Bio:

Passionate about the power of women and business to make the world a better place, Cate Goethals is the founder/director of three global programs. “Half the Sky” Women’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship inspires undergraduates to make a difference through meetings with dynamic leaders and role models all over India. The MBA Global Consulting Program is a win-win initiative that pairs teams of MBAs with the grassroots managers of the Self-Employed Women’s Association, helping them to scale their collective businesses. The students are able to expand their skills, SEWA obtains high-level strategy advice. The Woman to Woman program connects U.S. professionals with grassroots business professionals in India for mentorship relationships.

Consultant and a longtime adjunct professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Cate has served as an MBA Leadership Coach and created more than a dozen classes focused on women’s leadership, culture and communications, international business and, most recently, global health and development. Cate’s “Women at the Top” course was named as one of the 10 Most 
Innovative MBA courses of 2010 by Forbes. Cate also redesigned and led the MBA Global Business Forum for four years, hosting dozens of sessions on commerce around the globe and bringing together MBA students and more than 200 global business leaders. A significant focus of the forum was the intersection of business and global development.

An award-winning writer and teacher, Cate holds two passports and has worked in five countries. In the U.S., Cate’s clients have included Boeing, Microsoft and Russell Investments. In the UK, she directed the Economy of the Imagination and Music and Technology programs for the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), where she is a Fellow. Among other community work, she chairs the Advisory Board for ICONLeaders, an organization connecting the high-level skills of graduate students and professionals in the U.S. with projects in Panama and other countries. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for Collective Changes, a vast global network of women mentors.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bi-coastal Meeting on Social Enterprise Details

Seattle Society for International Development (SSID) 
in Partnership with 
Society for International Development Washington, DC Chapter 
A bi-coastal simulcast discussion about the lessons learned for global development from successful social enterprises. 

Guest Speakers 

Rashmir Balasubramaniam, Founder of Nsansa Consulting, a firm dedicated to unlocking creative, entrepreneurial and servant leadership potential 

Brian Howe, Founder of the Hub Seattle, a shared workspace and community for inspiring entrepreneurs, change makers and raconteurs 

Kate McElligott, Sr. Manager, Thought Leadership and Strategic Partnerships at the Grameen Foundation 

Jennifer Pryce, President and CEO of Calvert Foundation, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), providing community development financing and services to underserved communities in the US 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 
12:30pm sharp – 2:30pm (Light Refreshments will be served
Registration starts at 11:30am 
WHERE: SightLife Headquarters 
221 Yale Ave. NE, Suite 450 
Seattle, WA 98109 
COST: $10 for SID members & students, $20 for non-members – 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bi-coastal Meeting on Social Enterprise - Hype and Promise

Bi-coastal Meeting on Social Enterprise Hype and Promise
Society for International Development Seattle and Washington, DC Chapters
January 22, 12-30 2:30
Sightlife 4th Floor, 221 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA (across from REI)

Social Enterprises - businesses whose primary purpose is serving the common good - have grabbed the attention of the global development community because of their promise for helping people meet their most pressing development challenges at scale and in ways that are financially sustainable.  New business models bring financial services to underserved populations, deliver health services to the poor, develop technologies that connect people with higher learning and economic opportunities outside formal university degrees, and use supply chains to transform lives in communities where products and materials are sourced. Through these pathways, new private sector actors - impact investors, business incubators, entrepreneurs, foundations, and global corporates, among others - are emerging as voices for international development.  

Please join us January 22nd for SID Bi-Coastal Meeting when we will bring experts from Seattle and Washington, DC to help us review some of the experience to date and explore what we can learn for global development from successful social enterprises.  We’ll look at how social enterprises help communities and countries meet their development challenges and explore how much is hype and how much is promise.  We’ll explore to what extent social enterprises affect and possibly supplement donor investments in developing countries, and implications for skills that development professionals need to bring to the table.  We’ll explore the conditions that create a healthy ecosystem for social enterprises - from idea to scale.


Seattle - Seattle is known as a center of innovation excellence, and home to environmentally and socially conscious consumers and investors who pursue the triple bottom line.  Whether small companies that are tackling social issues, or global companies that are transforming their businesses to do good and well in their markets, Seattle is home to a growing number of successful social enterprises.   Who are they, what are the challenges they're tackling, and what has been their impact locally and globally?  What can we learn from their experience? 

Rashmir Balasubramaniam (Founder of Nsansa Consulting)

Rashmir has over 20 years of experience across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and across a variety of industries. She spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led an initiative on private sector engagement and market-based solutions across the Global Health & Global Development programs. She drove strategy development and managed a diverse portfolio of grants for the foundations Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program. She has worked with a wide range of organizations at global and local levels, including: International Planned Parenthood Foundation, PATH, Technoserve, and the World Bank. She has also worked in investment banking and finance in London with Ernst & Young, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Rashmir is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Foster School of Business, University of Washington and Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She teaches and mentors in a variety of other schools and programs, including Middlebury College, the Indian Institute of Sustainable Enterprise, and Fledge, a conscious company incubator. She co-developed and ran #SocEnt Weekend with the founders of Fledge and Hub Seattle. She is a Director of Sightline Institute, a sustainability thinktank, and Humanosphere, a global health newsblog.

Brian Howe (Founder of Seattle HUB):

Brian Howe helps people launch ventures worthy of their humanity. He is the founder of Hub Seattle, a shared workspace and community for inspiring entrepreneurs, changemakers and raconteurs. Brian helped found and advises (a conscious company incubator), Arts Aftercare and SVP Fast Pitch (“Shark Tank” for social innovators). He previously founded Vox Legal PLLC, a law firm specializing in advising unique business structures, including one of the largest nonprofit venture capital funds to invest in Indian start-ups, a hybrid model for interplanetary commerce on behalf of NASA and many others. He likes rooftops, building things and wrestling with his nephews.

Washington DC –
Kate McElligott, Sr. Manager, Thought Leadership and Strategic Partnerships, Grameen Foundation

Kate McElligott is an experienced international strategy executive focused on business development and marketing at Grameen Foundation. She is responsible for managing key global corporate relationships and developing a comprehensive thought leadership strategy.  Prior to joining the Grameen Foundation she was Director of Development for the Microcredit Summit Campaign, where she secured financial support and sponsorship for global summits in Bali, Indonesia and Cartagena, Colombia.  She holds a Masters in Social Enterprise from the American University School of International Service with a focus on innovation in emerging markets. Kate currently serves on the board of Prosperity Catalyst, a social enterprise start-up with operations in Haiti and Iraq. Kate is an avid runner and yoga enthusiast.

Jennifer Pryce, President and CEO of Calvert Foundation

Jennifer brings nearly 20 years of finance and community development work to her role as the President and CEO of Calvert Foundation. Since arriving at Calvert Foundation in 2009, Jennifer has risen from the position of U.S. Portfolio Manager to Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, then Chief Strategy Officer and now President and CEO. In her role as Chief Strategy Officer, she led the organization’s Strategic Initiatives team on raising capital, developing new products and initiatives and marketing and communications. Jennifer has also overseen Calvert Foundation’s wholly owned Community Investment Partners subsidiary, which offers fund and asset management services for institutional clients.  Jennifer’s teams anchor their work around the development of initiatives that combine a social issue with the power of impact investing, such as the Women Investing in Women Initiative. WIN-WIN, the only retail impact investing product available to U.S. residents that is focused on supporting organizations empowering women, was launched by the Strategic Initiatives team under Jennifer’s leadership. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a MBA from Columbia University. She serves on the Boards of Hitachi Foundation and Groundswell.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Seattle SID Board

Monika Aring - President
Monika Aring works with donors, policymakers, governments, business leaders, NGOs, and education institutions on designing policies, programs and partnerships that build human capital for sustainable economic growth. Aring has worked in 42 countries and speaks five languages.  A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Aring is highly skilled in helping countries develop effective human capital development strategies.  Most recently, Aring assisted the IDB with helping Costa Rica learn about what human capital strategies work in terms of helping countries rapidly transform their economies, recommended policies for employment and skill development in the 10 ASEAN nations in preparation for their becoming a common market in 2015, and is assisting the International Labor Organization, (UN) with developing a way to help arrest the hemmorhaging youth unemployment in Greece. Aring has led multi-country stakeholder forums in Latin America, Africa, and India, and trained donors on how to build more strategic partnerships with the private sector to achieve shared goals. Her work has been published internationally and featured in the Journal of the Society for International Development, International Herald Tribune, National Public Radio, Fortune Magazine, New York and Los Angeles Times, and various technical articles and books.

Sumi Bhat-Kincaid - Vice-President
Bio coming soon.

Frances Walker-Dudenhoefer - Strategy Co-Chair
Frances serves as the Seattle-Puget Sound Chapter Strategy Co-Chair in partnership with Caroline Clarke.  She has a diverse background - initially studying French in Paris, then working as a Global Travel Director in Europe and North America.  For the past fifteen years she has worked on a range of health issues for the public and private sectors, with several years in global health.  This includes consultancies with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and the William J. Clinton Health Access Initiative.  Frances holds a Masters degree in International Affairs and an MBA in Sustainable Business.  With a broad perspective on global development, her areas of interest include gender, racial and social equality; health equity; human trafficking; and sustainable economic development.

Caroline Clarke - Strategy Co-Chair
Bio coming soon.

Elizabeth McNeilly - Finance Chair
Elizabeth McNeilly serves as the finance chair for the Seattle-Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for International Development. Elizabeth is currently working towards CPA candidacy and will be joining Deloitte’s Audit practice in early 2014. Elizabeth recently worked as an economic research assistant to Martha Choe, Chief Administrative Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Elizabeth graduated in June 2013 from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs with a Master of Public Administration and certificates in Accounting and International Development Policy and Management. Throughout her MPA, Elizabeth was a Finance Fellow with Lumana, a microfinance organization for women in Ghana. She received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.  

Preston Thompson - Marketing Chair
Bio coming soon.

Jeff Halvorson - Members Chair
Jeff is in his 2nd year at the University of Washington, where he is finishing his Masters of Public Affairs degree. After spending a number of years working and living abroad as Project Leader and Program Director for experiential education and leadership development firms, he is returning to the world of development through two exciting approaches: shared value and public-private partnerships. 

Lotte Mulder - Communications Chair
Lotte Mulder recently moved to Seattle after getting her Ed. M. at Harvard University, where she focused on leadership and group development. She is now running the Northwest office for a life coach and academic consulting company while also helping with the creation of two new charter schools, one based in Seattle and the other in Los Angeles. Before going back to school, she took high school and college-aged student to the developing world for semester long cultural immersion programs.