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Crosscut Courage Awards



Waldron recently sponsored a table at the 2016 Crosscut Courage Awards breakfast. This event highlighted keynote by best-selling author and Harvard visiting fellow Qasim Rashid, Rashid’s latest book, #TalkToMe: Changing the Narrative on Race, Religion, & Education, is a non-fiction memoir on how the power of dialogue can overcome racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and violence. Rashid’s impactful keynote was followed by a moderated discussion with former SPD Chief Norm Stamper and Crosscut staff reporter David Kroman on the role of trust, community, and communication in Seattle police reform.

Award recipient highlights included:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Martha Choe, former Seattle City Councilperson, CAO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development

Courage in Business Award

Richard Romero, CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, who has reached out to immigrants and other underserved populations

Courage in Culture Award

Friends of KPLU, raised $8 million in less than six months to save the public radio station from a purchase by the University of Washington

Courage in Public Service Award

Colleen Echohawk, executive director of the Chief Seattle Club

Crosscut is the Pacific Northwest’s independent, reader-supported, nonprofit news site, Crosscut strives to provide readers with the facts and analysis they need to intelligently participate in civic discourse, and to create a more just, equitable and sustainable society.


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