Around the Table: Retail Lockbox, Microsoft, Fred Hutch, PNNL, & Starbucks

Sharing leadership advice

Craig Dawson, President and CEO of Retail Lockbox, spoke on The Leadership Playbook podcast at Seattle University about how he is leveraging his experience as a Black business owner and leader at the Roundtable and Washington Employers for Racial Equity.

Supporting COVID-19 efforts

Microsoft is partnering with EvergreenHealth, Overlake Medical Center & Clinics, and Public Health – Seattle & King County to offer a community COVID-19 vaccination site at its Redmond headquarters. Microsoft will cover the clinic’s costs, tech support, and staffing while Starbucks will help keep the clinic running efficiently. About 20% of Fred Hutch researchers have active projects related to COVID-19; recent research about coronavirus evolution and immune escape is detailed here.

Researching future energy needs

A new study from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory projects that the U.S. will need an expanded power sector to satisfy expected electricity demand tied to rising temperatures. Learn more here.

Around the Table: Seattle Foundation, McKinstry, Kaiser Permanente WA

Addressing policy challenges

Seattle Foundation recently participated, along with Challenge Seattle and United Way of King County, in a GeekWire virtual event centered on tackling public policy challenges during a COVID economy. Tony Mestres will step down as President and CEO of Seattle Foundation in May to begin his next professional chapter. During his time as President and CEO, Tony focused on advancing racial equity and economic opportunity through policy change and strategic grantmaking, including the Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund.

Committing to social and environmental responsibility

McKinstry recently released its social impact summary highlighting its focus on equity, sustainability, and community through increased charitable giving, community engagement, climate-focused philanthropy, and more.

Responding to COVID-19

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute is testing an experimental booster shot designed to protect people against a new COVID variant. Learn more here.