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Leadership Snohomish County (LSC) is a nonprofit that connects, ignites and develops county-specific sustainable leaders to strengthen our communities. Each year, we help experienced and emerging leaders in Snohomish County gain an understanding of the critical issues affecting the region and the stewardship capabilities needed to resolve them. Through our nine-month Signature Program and Young Professionals Program, we work in small teams with the business, government and nonprofit sectors as Community Impact Project Partners. LSC features more than 700 alumni who remain strongly invested in Snohomish County.

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On April 26th, 2019 Leadership Snohomish County is hosting its 3rd annual STEP UP: Moving Racial Equity Forward Conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. STEP UP has become an integral day for LSC to continue to build capacity of our leaders and communities and support change across all sectors as we work towards undoing structural racism in Snohomish County and surrounding areas. Please join us!

This year we have tiered pricing for our event. Please pay what you can to help support Leadership Snohomish County in this important work. We thank you!

For our Keynote speakers this year, STEP UP: Moving Racial Equity Forward we welcome Michael Benitez & Chris Cass

Michael Benitez -The Conviction Behind Race Work: Facing and Acting Against Divisionary Discourses of Racial Violence

A highly sought out speaker and workshop leader at colleges and conferences nationwide, Dr. Michael Benitez, Ph.D., is a nationally-acclaimed scholar practitioner and educator with extensive experience with diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. He is known for his down-to-earth, insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues ranging social justice education, leadership and identity development, intersectionality, race and ethnic relations, anti-racism, knowledge production, and critical pedagogy and practice in higher education. Dr. Benitez has authored book chapters and articles on student identity, hip hop culture, cultural centers, cultural and ethnic studies, institutional research and campus climates. 

Part of his success lies in his ability to speak heart-to-heart while bridging theory and scholarly inquiry with everyday life and peoples’ lived realities, his use of accessible language that multiple audiences can relate to, and his deep knowledge and practice of innovate equity and inclusion based strategies an approaches to address some of higher education’s more pressing campus climate issues of today, providing multi-context and issue frameworks for empowerment and transformation.

Chris Crass - Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation

Chris Crass is one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice.  He’s a social justice educator who writes and speaks widely on courage for racial justice, feminism for men, lessons from past movements, and creating healthy culture and leadership for progressive activism.  He works with community groups, schools and faith communities to develop leadership and momentum for social justice action.  

He was a founder of the anti-racist movement building center, the Catalyst Project, and helped launch the national white anti-racist network, SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice).  Rooted in his Unitarian Universalist faith, he works with congregations, seminaries, and religious activists to build the Spiritual Left.  He is also the author of Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis, and movement building strategy and Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter.  You can learn more about his work at www.chriscrass.org.


Dr. Kimberlee Armstrong - Lead In, Lead Out: Grow Your Cultural Proficiency

Regent Brown - Liberated Gatekeeping

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, PhDc - Alo-Hā: An Indigenous Epistemology to Engage in Healing Conversations

Dr. Nicole Ferry & Dr. Joel Domingo - Silence Will Not Protect You: Talking Race in the Workplace

Ivan Gaskin - The Answer is Love

Karena L. Hooks, MSW & Bernardo Ruiz - Transformational Leadership for Racial Equity

Shawnti Johnson & Michele Domingo - Undoing Racism and Teaching Equity to our Children

Imam Khalid - A closer look at racial equity from an Islamic perspective

Fleur Larsen - HR and Equity: implementing inclusion with people and policies

Anita Garcia Morales & Bernardo Ruiz - Changing the Narrative: Healing from Internalized Racism

Michelle Osborne & Sarah Grey - Developing a Sustainable Process for Obtaining Client Voice: Adventures and Lessons Learned

Fran Partridge & Alyssa Pagan - What does "Whiteness" look like in our organizations and how do we interrogate and interrupt it?

Dr. Pamela Taylor - Healing Racism and Restoring Humanity with Talking Circles: Changing How We Talk About Race

Theresa Shelodon

Scott Winn - Leading with a Racial Equity Lens to Achieve Equity for All

City of Lynnwood Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commissioners:

Jon Waters, Naz Lashgari, Jared Bigelow, Jaaziel Sanchez Rivera, Michelle Winters, and Ihab Bouanani

Panel Discussion: How Can I Be The Change?

Sponsored by: Premera, City of Lynnwood, Tulalip Tribes, Verdant, Sno-Isle Libraries. In-Kind Support: The Herald, Whole Foods