Virtual Leadership Breakfast 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined our Virtual Leadership Breakfast Fundraiser! It was a beautiful, inspiring morning, and we are so grateful to have been able to share that with our supporters. If you were unable to join us, you can click the “play” button below to listen to an audio recording of the event.

Virtual Leadership Breakfast 2020

Opening/closing remarks: Candice Wilson, Executive Director of Lhaq’temish Foundation

Musical performances: Thunderbirds Raised Her

Second speaker: Jennifer Hoover, YWCA Board President

Masters of ceremonies: Kirsten Barron, partner at Barron | Smith | Daugert PLLC, and Flo Simon, Deputy Chief with the Bellingham Police Department


The Virtual Leadership Breakfast is a fundraiser to support programs of the YWCA Bellingham, including critical emergency and permanent supportive housing for women experiencing homelessness. We look forward to hosting an engaging event that you and your loved ones can enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

Our keynote speaker this year will be Monica Alexander, Division Manager of Advanced Training for the WA State Criminal Justice Training Commission. She will be presenting her talk titled This Moment in Time: Confronting Bias in Law Enforcement and Our Nation.

Monica was the first African American woman to be promoted to Captain in the almost 100 year history of the WA State Patrol’s existence. Her passion led her to establish the missing and murdered indigenous women’s project, culminating in a 36-page report. She also worked to highlight the 32-year backlog of over 10,000 sexual assault kits, eventually helping push through legislation that funded an $11 million lab facility in Vancouver to complete work on the backlog.