Reaching Out Luncheon 2022 | Hopelink Hopelink

Reaching Out Luncheon

Tracee Ellis Ross
Special In-Person Guest Speaker

Monday, October 17, 2022
12 - 1:15 pm
In Person & Virtual


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Hopelink's 2022 Reaching Out Luncheon! We appreciate your support.

Golden Globe Best Actress, NAACP Image Award winner, and CEO of PATTERN Beauty, Tracee Ellis Ross, joins us as our in-person guest speaker at Hopelink’s 27th Annual Reaching Out Luncheon!

The annual Reaching Out Luncheon is Hopelink’s signature event, with a goal of raising $1 million to provide services to families and individuals in north and east King County, Washington. Held at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, the event gives our guests more in-depth information about Hopelink’s nine programs that support our community and offers the opportunity to partner with us as we build a community free of poverty. Whether you join us in-person or attend via livestream, you will come away inspired!

Former guest speakers include Dr. Jill Biden, Queen Latifah, Soledad O’Brien, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Hasan Minhaj and others.

For questions, please contact or call 425.897.3703.

Special Guest Speaker: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross is an award-winning actress, producer and CEO. She recently starred in ABC’s "black-ish,” which ran for eight seasons on ABC. Ross won a Golden Globe Award for her role on the series and garnered five Emmy nominations. Previously, Ross starred in “Girlfriends” for eight seasons. Ross has won nine NAACP Image Awards for “black-ish,” “Girlfriends,” and BET’s “Reed Between The Lines,” which she starred in and produced. Recently, Ross starred in feature film “The High Note,” for which she recorded five original songs.

Ross recently signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature under her production company, Joy Mill Entertainment. The production company’s debut project, “THE HAIR TALES,” is a docuseries is about Black women, beauty and identity through the distinctive lens of Black hair. Ross will serve as executive producer along with “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” author Michaela Angela Davis and Oprah Winfrey. The docuseries will air on OWN and Hulu in the US and on Disney+ internationally.

Additionally, Ross will star in and serve as executive producer of the adult animated comedy, “Jodie.” “Jodie” is a series spinoff of MTV’s iconic “Daria” franchise. Ross will voice the title character, Jodie.

Ross is CEO and Founder of PATTERN —the award-winning haircare brand she created in 2019. It is the #1 Black-owned brand and #2 curl brand at ULTA Beauty and is also sold at Target in the US, at Sephora throughout the US and Canada, and on Amazon. With PATTERN, Ross has created a groundbreaking ecosystem that allows Black women to feel seen and celebrated. Ross advocates for joy, self-acceptance, inclusivity and equity. In 2018, she became the first Black woman to open the TED Conference. Ross was recently awarded “Changemaker of the Year” at the Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Inc. Awards for her work as ULTA Beauty’s DE&I Advisor. Ross’ larger mission is to create fundamental change that allows safety, equity and freedom for everyone, with a particular emphasis on supporting and uplifting Black women and girls, and to dispel the myth that Black haircare is a niche market.

Ross received an honorary Doctorate degree from her alma mater Brown University.



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