Reaching Out Luncheon 2020 | Hopelink Hopelink

Reaching Out Luncheon

Join us as we kick off Hopelink’s 50th year for a discussion about how we can all help change inequitable systems that drive multi-generational poverty across our region and disproportionately affect Black, indigenous and other communities of color. The arrival of COVID-19 has since highlighted and amplified the impact of such disparities.

Our panelists include award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, NBC News and MSNBC contributor Brittany Packnett Cunningham and United Way of King County CEO Gordon A. McHenry, Jr. They will join us to discuss these critical issues facing our region and nation today. The panel will be facilitated by Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas.

For questions, please email or call 425-897-3703.

Reaching Out Luncheon: A Virtual Event
50 Years of Hope
Monday, October 19, 2020

Virtual Event
Live Stream Begins: 12 Noon
Live Stream Ends : 1 pm



Soledad O'Brien

Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multi-platform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues and a thought leader whose public engagement garners wide attention. O’Brien has had national impact with her books and speeches and her presence on the nation’s op-ed pages as well as on social media, particularly Twitter where she has more than 1 million followers.


Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Cited by President Barack Obama as a leader whose "voice is going to be making a difference for years to come," Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, and writer. Her 2019 TED Talk on Confidence has garnered nearly 3 million views worldwide. She is the author of the forthcoming book, We Are Like Those Who Dream, with One World. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is an NBC News and MSNBC Contributor and former Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics exploring social change and intersectional activism. She served as an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision-making tables and through national and international media.


Gordon A. McHenry, Jr.

Gordon McHenry, Jr. is president & CEO of United Way of King County. United Way is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to give, volunteer and take action to help people in need and solve our community’s toughest challenges. Prior to his current role, McHenry served as president & CEO of Solid Ground, Executive Director of Rainier Scholars and as corporate counsel and a variety of executive leadership roles at The Boeing Company. McHenry, a lifetime resident of King County has served on a variety of boards involved with education, social service and environmental issues, and currently serves as Chair of the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice, and as a member on the boards of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.




Thank You To Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

Advocate Sponsors