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Lean In Seattle: Foundation & Movement: Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


An entire ecosystem of experts in the area of diversity and inclusion, and a wide spectrum of conversations, training topics and toolkits exists to help individuals, teams and corporations approach D&I.

Join us this month for our “Foundations & Movement” theme: A rich dialogue about the resources available and personal experiences in diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Our conversation will take a macro / micro approach to providing context about diversity and inclusion that will demonstrate how this is absolutely a conversation for everyone. We’ll zoom out to look at the purpose of D&I globally and to understand efforts surrounding gender equality and decreasing inequalities through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And we’ll zoom in to discuss why this conversation is so critical in Seattle, a metropolitan area that will be a minority majority and how we can develop intentional inclusive best practices a decade before other places in the country.

Bring a friend who may be looking for a positive D&I experience to engage in!

The event will have two main parts:

Part 1 – Foundations: Unpacking Identity & Diversity and Developing Positive Narratives

This is a training for everyone! In this segment we’ll unpack identities by learning more about who we are when we remove visible and socially constructed labels that may define us. We’ll address the discussion of diversity and develop positive narratives using our own language. There will be great opportunities for critical analysis, storytelling and networking.

Part 2 – The Movement: Intentional Inclusion – Panel Discussion & Networking

Proactive and intentional inclusion is a mindset, collections of actions and a movement that everyone can contribute to within our community. Seattle has set some benchmarks for equality, and we are going to dive into learning more about how industry leaders are incorporating intentional inclusion into their daily lives and into the intentional actions of their organizations to meet the goals of a more inclusive Seattle. We will open the floor for people to share their intentionally inclusive efforts, and share resources about opportunities for everyone to get involved in.

This event is free and wheelchair accessible, all are encouraged to bring a friend who may benefit from the conversations – please RSVP so that we can have enough volunteers on-site to assist with checking in, and there will be gender neutral and wheelchair accessible restroom access. The room we will be in will have a sound system that will amplify the presentation for anyone who has a difficult time hearing. We will also share the video of the event for anyone who can not attend in person.

9:00 am – Doors Open

9:30 am – Event Kickoff / Part 1

11:00 am – Part 2

12:00 pm – Event Wrap



Ashlea brings a level of noticing and dialogue to the conversation about diversity and inclusion to the Lean In Seattle chapter. She promotes dialogue about complex identities, dimensions of difference and inclusion and ways to promote belonging for all members. Ashlea graduated from the oldest women’s college in the country, has worked in social justice advocacy and been teaching and training groups for more than a decade. She has committed the last five years of her life to serve to humanity and the United Nations Millennium Development and Sustainable Development goals. She currently holds leadership positions with Lean In Seattle, JCI (Junior Chamber International) and the United Nations Foundation.


February 4
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


111 South Jackson Street
Seattle , WA 98104 US