People Matter

People matter.

In our increasingly divided country, good leadership requires us to build authentic relationships with those who are both like us and who differ from us in fundamental ways. Our capacity to skillfully navigate difference while celebrating our common humanity is what is needed in order to create the world we’re all working toward.

Stories are what make us human – they contain our histories, our current realities and our dreams of what will come. Central Washington is home to people native to the land and to people who have come from near and far over the course of time. Come prepared to listen to the stories of your colleagues and partners and to tell a bit of your own. Let us create a narrative and a vibrant picture of the future and take strong next steps in making that a reality.


Akaya Windwood

Akay Windwood
Akaya Windwood, Windbridge

AKAYA WINDWOOD is internationally recognized for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit and social benefit sectors. She is a Partner at WiseBridge, a global transformative advising, training, and consultation group. She is formerly the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute, and is a partner in the Opportunity Collaboration, which convenes an international conference that brings together leaders working to end poverty. She is on faculty for the RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Fellowship and directs the Mycelium Fund, which makes small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness. She is one of Conscious Company’s 30 World Changing Women of 2018, and has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the New Zealand Philanthropy Summit conferences. She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. Akaya lives in Oakland, CA where she reads science fiction and relishes growing enormous squash in her garden.


Breakout session

Learn what you need to know to succeed.

There is a lot you need to know to thrive as a nonprofit. That’s why we have invited local and state-known experts and practitioners to come and share knowledge, tools, and action steps to take you to the next level. Click here to read more about conference workshops.

Angela Beard

City University of Seattle

    Nonprofit Money: Strengthening the Fundraising – Finance Relationship

    Heather Carrie

    Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM)

      Rainbow Health: How to build strong collaborations

      Cecilia Gonzalez

      La Casa Hogar

        Marco de Referencia de Los Factores de Proteccion de Fortaleciendo Familias

        Debra Hansen

        WSU Extension, Stevens County

          Ripple Effect Mapping: How to capture your impacts, outcomes, and compelling stories

          Katie Howard

          KH Consulting

            Generosity & Gratitude: The Art of the Ask

            Deb Miller

            Community Choice

              Rainbow Health: How to build strong collaborations

              Akaya Windwood


                Caring for myself as I care for others

                Meg Fallows

                Kadlec Regional Medical Center

                  The Volunteer Cycle

                  Melanie Lockwood Herman

                  Nonprofit Risk Management Center

                    The Risk Bow Tie: Mastering Risk Assessment in 5 Easy Steps & Passing It On: How to Keep Organizational Knowledge from Walking Out the Door


                    Getting your board engaged breakout session

                    Connect with resources designed for strong nonprofits.

                    There are a lot of organizations, agencies, and businesses who have your back. The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good is where you get the chance for “one stop resource gathering” as you visit exhibitors ready to answer your questions.  Want to be a sponsor or exhibitor? More information here. We will be posting exhibitors by March 25, so make sure you check back!

                    SPECIAL FEATURES

                    Explore new ideas. Share and hear new stories.

                    The day after the conference should be different than the day before it. You have had to chance to explore a new idea, hear a new story, or gain a new skill. You have connected with others to hear their stories. We are pleased to partner with Yakima Valley Libraries and IRIS for two “pop up” opportunities centered on learning and community. Learn more here.


                    Participants at the Central Washington Nonprofit Conference

                    Experience the collaboration that makes it all happen.

                    This conference happens because a lot of partners and funders come together around one mission: strong nonprofits serving their communities. Led by Washington Nonprofits in close partnership with the Central Washington Nonprofit Network, this conference is where those working for the greater good come together to shape what’s next for our communities.

                    PRESENTED BY



                    Premera Blue Cross
                    City U of Seattle

                    This conference is sponsored by organizations, agencies, and companies committed to strong nonprofits ready to serve their communities. If you would like to sponsor the conference, exhibit at the conference, or support our scholarship program, please learn more about Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities or contact Nancy Bacon at Washington Nonprofits.