Reaching Out Luncheon 2021 | Hopelink Hopelink

Reaching Out Luncheon

Save the Date: Oct 18, 2021

Thank you for joining us in 2020!

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we interact, but it hasn’t changed our commitment to community, or to each other. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Hopelink’s virtual Reaching Out Luncheon where we all learned how to begin eradicating racism and other forms of bias as we build a more equitable community free of poverty.

Together, we raised more than $700,000 to advance Hopelink’s critical work in the community!


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.




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