2015 Leadership Luncheon

Thank you to our luncheon sponsors, donors and attendees for making our 2015 Leadership Luncheon a huge success!

Nearly 500 people joined us on Friday, May 15 to celebrate the importance of early learning and the work Thrive and our partners are doing to help ensure all children in Washington state have the opportunity to get a great start in life.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors, we raised more than $215,000 to support early learning throughout Washington state.

Their investment in the first years of life will help create a future where every child in Washington state is ready to succeed in school and in life.

We extend our deepest thanks to 2015 Leadership Luncheon co-chairs Beverly Jacobson and Dan Kranzler for their leadership and dedication to Thrive and early learning.



Highlights from the luncheon include:

  • Megan shared how home visiting is helping her be the best mom possible to 15-month-old Bentley Watch video
  • Thrive CEO Sam Whiting promised that Thrive will be the “fortitude in Washington’s pocket” as we all keep working together to make sure every child gets a great start Read Sam’s Speech
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talked about how she and her San Francisco-based pediatric practice are altering the way society responds to kids exposed to significant trauma and toxic stress. Panelists Annett Bovent, Antony Chiang, Geof Morgan and Quen Zorrah followed with a look at what Washington state is doing to integrate research about Adverse Childhood Experiences into programs and create healthier communities statewide.

Watch more videos from the luncheon.


Platinum Sponsor

BoeingSilver Sponsors

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sustaining Sponsors


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Supporting Sponsors

Casey Family Programs
Laird Norton Wealth Management
Seattle Children’s
Washington Dental Service Foundation
YMCA of Greater Seattle

Table Sponsors

Alaska Airlines
Comcast Spotlight
Patrick Dunn
Early Learning Public Library Partnership
Empire Health Foundation
Haggard Nelson Childcare Resources
Leah Hausman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Cynthia Huffman and Ray Heacox
Representative Ruth Kagi
Lynn Kessler
King County Library System
Kirlin Charitable Foundation
League of Education Voters
Janet Levinger and Will Poole
Jim and Jayne McCarthy
Clara Miller
Seattle Colleges
Smith & Stark
Tabor 100
United Way of King County
University of Washington I-LABS
Sam Whiting