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Thriving Leaders Forum: Reimagining Pay Equity in Youth-serving Nonprofits

April 22, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The term “pay equity” is trending right now – but what does it mean in our current context? Where is our sector now when it comes to compensation, and where are we going? 

We are two years into a global pandemic. The past decade has brought dramatic cost-of-living increases and alarming racial disparities in wealth and health in King County. With the “Great Resignation” or “Great Reshuffle,” people are rethinking what they do for work, how they want to be compensated, and what makes them feel of value. In our County, some organizations have grown dramatically while others have shrunk, and most of us have been in a constant state of adaptation and reaction since 2020. Everything has been turned on its head – and yet, has anything in our sector changed? 

Do any of the following resonate with you? 

  • You’ve settled for the scarcity of resources brought on by the non-profit industrial complex, and feel powerless to change the system 
  • You’re passionate about youth development but you’re hesitant to stay in the field unless the status quo changes 
  • The mission and service to community are the reason you’ve stayed in the field 
  • You’re worn out by frequent turnover and are seeking ideas to recruit and retain staff for the long run 

Whatever your experiences, you may find that what we share is an interest in strengthening our field and supporting the leaders within it. So – if we have an opportunity to radically reimagine how our sector functions, what role can our organizations and we as individuals play in influencing that change?  

Join us in this collective learning forum as we redefine pay equity within our current context and engage in the movement for system-wide change. We will discover a wide array of approaches nonprofits are taking to facilitate change within their own organizations and the sector. You will have an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and express concerns. We seek to look at this issue from multiple angles and areas of focus – wages, benefits, relationships with funders, government policies, and more. 

We encourage our member organizations to attend with teams who are working on compensation within their organizations, such as Executive Directors and others in senior roles, Human Resources managers, hiring managers or Development leaders, Board members, and anyone who is advocating for change. 

Check out the Announcing Our Presenters blog post for up-to-date details on our keynote panelists, conversation topics, and community conversation facilitators.


Time & Date

Friday, April 22, 2022

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Schedule will include a keynote panel and community building (9:30-10:45 a.m.) and facilitated community conversations (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

While portions of this event will be in a presentation format, participants will be strongly encouraged to participate actively through the chat box and group discussions, when applicable. We seek to cultivate a learning space where diverse perspectives are valued, as progress does not happen without discomfort and curiosity. 

Location: Zoom (virtual event) 


Pay-What-You-Can Scale:
In order to make this learning event accessible to all, we offer a scale of fee options from $0 to $40. With consideration for the topic of this event, please consider your own class privilege and access and/or organization’s access to resources as you choose a ticket, and then choose the fee that is meaningful and possible for you at this time. 

  • Rate A – Individual $40 
  • Rate B – Individual $25
  • Rate C – Individual $10
  • Rate D – Individual $0 



At YDEKC we seek to provide events that are accessible and welcoming to all. Here is a list of some of the ways we are making this event accessible: 

  • Inviting registrants to share accommodation requests when they register, at least two weeks before the event; 
  • Sharing participant expectations in the event description — such as whether there will be breaks, breakout rooms, and types of engagement; 
  • Encouraging our presenters to incorporate accessibility into their presentation materials;
    Providing multiple ways to join virtual events — for example, via computer or phone; 
  • Automated closed captioning will be available during the sessions (excluding breakout rooms) via Zoom’s Live Transcription feature; 
  • Registrants will receive access to session recordings and materials or resources offered by presenters. 


April 22, 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Anne Arias