Highlights from 2017 Leadership Luncheon

“This is hard work. But we can do this. If we need to train people, then let’s train them. If we need to motivate people, then let’s motivate them. In the end, the winner will be our communities and our nation.”

— Geoffrey Canada, Thrive Luncheon, April 4, 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s luncheon! Five hundred of us celebrated the importance of early learning, raised essential funds to support Thrive’s statewide work and left inspired to do so much more for early learners.

Special Video Interview w/ Geoffrey! Before the luncheon, Geoffrey Canada sat down with Thrive board member and Rainier Valley Radio founder Tony Benton for a 15-minute interview. Geoffrey talked about the power of early learning, the need for high education expectations, and the effects of generational poverty.

Please enjoy this video and feel free to share it widely.

We also want you to have the video we showed during the luncheon about Wenatchee’s work to create a community-wide commitment to early learning and Thrive’s continued partnership in accelerating this work.

Thank you again to our 2017 luncheon sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor



Silver Sponsors

BEZOS_logo_RGB1 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Sustaining Sponsors

CfC logo350 Microsoft

Supporting Sponsors

Seattle Children’s
Washington Dental Service Foundation
YMCA of Greater Seattle

Table Sponsors

Alaska Airlines
Association of Washington Business Institute
Tony Benton
Casey Family Programs
Patrick & Susan Dunn
Educational Service District #112
Peggy Gray
Haggard Nelson Childcare Resources
Edie Harding
Leah Hausman
Lauri Hennessey
Gov. Jay Inslee & Mrs. Trudi Inslee
Beverly Jacobson
State Representative Ruth Kagi
Kirlin Charitable Foundation
Carmen & Julien Loh
Janet Levinger & William Poole
Matisia Consultants
Jim & Jayne McCarthy
Northwest Childrens Museums
RBC Wealth Management
Save the Children
Smith & Stark
Tabor 100
United Way of Chelan & Douglas Counties
University of Washington College of Education
Sam Whiting
Charles E. Wright, Jr.

Nonprofit Table Sponsors

Cedarmere Foundation
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Washington STEM