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Friday, October 6 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Looking Forward, and Reaching Back

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Come listen to a discussion from seven former inmates who surmounted great odds and formed dynamic companies and organizations working to empower people just like themselves. "Looking Forward, and Reaching Back" will highlight each panelist’s unique story and examine the challenges that they faced as they built organization designed to help and empower prisoners. This is a look into an unfamiliar world that will likely surprise and challenge the audience member. Do not miss this opportunity.

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Grace Novacek

Investments and Partnerships Officer, Prison Scholar Fund
Grace is the Investments and Partnerships Intern at the Prison Scholar Fund. An Illinois native, she is in her fourth year at the University of Washington, studying Biology & Law, Societies, and Justice. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, read poetry, and draw. She is... Read More →

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Christopher Beasley

Assistant Professor, UW Tacoma
Chris Beasley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT). As a community psychologist Dr. Beasley conducts community-engaged applied research to strengthen communities while also participating in grassroots organizing to support such settings and helping... Read More →
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Eugene Dey

Owner, Outside Solutions Consulting
Eugene Alexander Dey is a formerly incarcerated activist who received a three strikes life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense in 1998. This injustice lit a fire and Eugene chose to resist through literary and litigious activism. He became a well-known jailhouse lawyer who filed... Read More →
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David Israel

Founder & CEO, BFY Food Group
Founder & CEO BFY Food Group and Culinary Co. U.S. Vegan Food, Founder Pop Gourmet Foods David is a serial entrepreneur and has been self-employed since he was 19 when he bought interest in the nightclub he managed.In July 1993, David founded the regional financial services company... Read More →
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James Jackson

Game Changer Leader & Facilitator, Civil Survival
Mr. Jackson is a justice involved individual having served eight and a half years on a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.  After his release from federal prison, he enrolled at Highline College where he held many student leadership positions including Student Body President. While... Read More →
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Zak Kinneman, JD

President, Board of Directors, What's Next Washington
Zachary Kinneman is an entrepreneur, small business owner, a former lawyer and prison reform activist. Zak came to the Northwest in 1973 from New York to attend the University of Puget Sound, earning a BA in Urban Studies in 1976.  He began his working career in sales and sales management... Read More →
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Michelle McClendon

Community Outreach, Civil Survival
Michelle has experienced the challenges of incarceration first hand which propelled her to engage in her community as an organizer, a social justice advocate, and a public speaker. Michelle is the founder of L.O.V.E Talks (Ladies of Vision and Empowerment), a support group for women... Read More →
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Dirk Van Velzen

Executive Director, Prison Scholar Fund
Dirk is passionate about prisoner education. While incarcerated, he earned two business degrees, graduating in the top of his class at Penn State. Seeing that others would walk a similar path, Dirk founded the Prison Scholar Fund (PSF) and from behind bars supported 110 incarcerated... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
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