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New Programming 2020 and Beyond

Last year, we celebrated ALF’s 25th by activating and engaging Senior Fellows at five unique events.  We want to keep that momentum going!

It’s a new year, and the ALF Senior Fellows Committee is working hard to create opportunities that allow all of us to put our creative and courageous leadership skills to work.

We have a full slate of activities and many different ways to engage, from our trusty standbys like First Friday breakfasts and the annual Senior Fellows Retreat to newer offerings like ALF @ Night, Table For Eight, Affinity Groups, Census 2020, and Political Perspectives Dialogue Circles.

Here's a sneak peak of some of the new ways we will engage Senior Fellows to continue to promote a strong, connected community.

Table For Eight: Gather with eight other Senior Fellows to break bread and engage in an undisciplined or lightly facilitated conversation. The concept is simple: we make a reservation for 8 at a local restaurant and, every once in a while, suggest a topic. You buy your own meal, show up ready to meet other Senior Fellows, and enjoy!  Tables for Eight are being planned at restaurants on the Eastside, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, and Lakewood. The first Table of Eight is scheduled for Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Macaluso’s Italian Restaurant in Ruston.  THIS EVENT IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION. 

ALF @ Night: ALF Senior Fellows will dive deep and explore the “why” of current issues during these dynamic facilitated conversations. ALF @ Night will convene conversations rooted in the ALF Cornerstones. Expect lively conversation, a glass of wine or beer, and light snacks. The first ALF @ Night Conversation will be held on Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 p.m. in the KNKX Living Room.  It is a follow-up conversation to the free production of Evolve about the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color which seeks to stimulate conversation, helping us to bridge a seemingly intractable divide.  THIS EVENT IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION. 

Affinity Groups: Defined as a group of Senior Fellows that come together, formally or informally, through a common interest or goal. We will offer a diverse selection of affinity groups that focus on different areas and issues, both personal and professional, and would love to help you find one that is a good fit.  Groups might include civic engagement, life/work transitions, education, wellness, environment and sustainability, nonprofit CEO diversity, equity, and inclusion  - the possibilities are endless!  ALF staff will assist with scheduling convening's and suggesting new members for maximum diversity and connection across classes. Joining an affinity group is a great away to build your network and find like-minded Senior Fellows who want to have deep dialogues and find solutions to problems in our communities and beyond.  Stay tuned - the first Affinity Groups will launch soon!  If you have an idea for a possible Affinity Group, please email Beth.

2020 Census: A series of discussions on one of the most consequential activities of 2020: taking part in the Census. Hear about what’s at stake for our communities if we are not counted accurately and what we can do to educate ourselves and our communities about this important civic moment. THIS EVENT IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.

Political Persepectives Dialogue Circles: A cohort of approximately 10 – 14 Senior Fellows with diverse political perspectives will have the opportunity to spend 2 hours together once a week for 6 weeks to discuss politically controversial topics.

Why:  Vitriolic hate speech and divisive politics have created schisms in our country and across the globe.  Dialogue is a superior method for resolving gridlock. Dialogue can highlight our common ground, help us understand our differences, and encourage us to reserve judgment until we have considered a variety of ways to approach controversial issues. Through conversation we can practice the art of transformative dialogue, a key tool that brings communities together.  Core to our beliefs and curriculum, ALF encourages dialogue and creates a network where trust and candid conversations thrive. 

Each cohort will be led by Senior Fellow co-facilitators and will follow a course outline.  A Study Guide will be provided in advance to each participant that gives background information on each of these sessions and topics.

We have even more planned, including another Senior Fellow Encore Program! Stay tuned for more on these unique offerings – they will be all be launched soon.

We think this is a spectacular slate of programming, and we’re excited to see how and where you’ll show up. There’s never been a more important time to bring together our collective wisdom and creativity to help uplift and celebrate our community.

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