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.

Letter of Support for a 2021 State Transportation Funding Package

The Washington Roundtable is among the 100 organizations representing business, labor, environment and transit advocates, and local governments that signed a March 29 letter urging state legislative leaders to pass a comprehensive transportation funding package this year. A bold infrastructure package that funds highways, bridges, and transit systems will support job creation and an equitable economic recovery in Washington state. Investing in transportation will put folks to work, move goods more effectively and efficiently, and ensure mobility for our essential workers. In addition, action this year will help address our state’s transportation funding gaps.

Read the letter here. Learn more about Keep Washington Rolling – a statewide coalition of business leaders, labor unions, local governments, and environmental and transit advocates – here.

Around the Table: Mariners, PEMCO, Fred Hutch, & more




Responding to COVID-19

The Seattle Mariners are partnering with UW Medicine and have provided $2 million in funding to help COVID-19 vaccines reach underserved communities. In addition, the Mariners have outlined health and safety measures that will be in place at T-Mobile Park when games begin again in April. Stan McNaughton of PEMCO, which transitioned to a work-from-home model about a year ago, reflects on learnings from the past year in a Seattle Business article.

Sharing science

At its upcoming Science Says event, Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Tom Lynch will facilitate a conversation about the future of cancer research. Teri Foy of Bristol Myers Squibb shared her experiences pursuing a STEM career with Tacoma Urban League students at a virtual event.

Helping communities

As part of its commitment to invest $5 million in nonprofits serving Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) youth, The Starbucks Foundation announced its first group of grant recipients.

Advancing equity

A new report examines how racial economic inequality affects the city of Seattle. It also spotlights statewide data regarding inequities in employment, business ownership, home ownership, and education attainment. This profile is one of the first steps taken under the Building High Impact Nonprofits of Color project, funded by JPMorgan Chase. The project aims to advance best practices and strengthen resources for nonprofits of color to better address racial economic equity.