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Building Community around the World with Doreen Cato

  • June 18, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Smart Building Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144


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Building Community around the World with Doreen Cato

How do you build communities with people who are very different from yourself?

Join Dr. Doreen Harden-Cato as she shares how she used, as her foundation, Marvin Weisbord’s Future Search and brought it to Ethiopia along with two interpreters; and to a rural community in Washington. In the first case the goal was to initiate a change. In the second, it was to develop a solution to a problem.

She will illustrate this approach through a group exercise followed by a debrief and two stories. The first story took place in Meliyu, Ethiopia located in the Goba mountainous region on the borders of southern Somalia and the Northern part of Kenya. The second story takes place in Southwest Washington, in a county with less than 75,000 people.

About Your Presenter

Dr. Doreen Harden-Cato has 45 years in the field of education, nonprofit management, fund development, organizational and community development. She is currently co-founder and Executive Director for Grays Harbor Youth Works.  Dr. Cato received her Masters from Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) in Applied Behavioral Science, Doctorate in Educational Leadership and an Honorary Ph. D in Humanities. She helped to establish an Early Learning Center in Meliyu, Ethiopia. Besides teaching K-12 in Inkster and Detroit, Dr. Cato was adjunct professor at Antioch University Seattle, LIOS-City University, and Western Washington University. She has received numerous awards for her work and recognized statewide, nationally and internationally for her advocacy in education, housing, homelessness, and work with children, women, and poverty-stricken families in Detroit, Seattle, Kenya and Ethiopia. She was appointed to state and county commissions by three governors and King County Executive. She was Executive Director and Principal of First Place, a free private school for homeless and low-income families, for 15 years before retiring in 2012. During that time she served on King County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and many state and local boards. Dr. Cato was elected to the North Beach School District Board of Directors. However, she believes her greatest accomplishments are her children Barron, Christina, and grandchildren Mya and Benjamin.

 Join us for networking starting at 6 pm!


$15 Members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Non members when pre-paid & pre-registered

$20 Walk in rate for members

$25 Walk in rate for non members

$10 for students pre-registered or walk in

We are not able to offer refunds after the Friday prior to the meeting.  Substitutions are welcome.


6:00 - 6:30 pm  We gather – Arrival, Registration & Opening (Refreshments served)

6:30 – 8:00 pm Topic Presented

8:00 – 8:30 pm We wrap up, evaluation, & closing announcements

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