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The Learning Conference 2019

Hosted in partnership with Philanthropy Northwest, The Learning Conference 2019 is designed to help you make the leap from knowledge to action and to integrate learning into all aspects of your work. This experience will offer you a range of perspectives and new ideas to go beyond the basics and support you in engaging in more intentional learning practices both inside and outside of your organization.

Event Details

Through a mix of session formats, speakers from inside and outside our sector, structured networking, and informal discussions with peers, participants will explore ways to design and implement evaluation and learning approaches that generate stronger information, decisions and performance.

Start: Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 AM Pacific

End: Thursday, May 30, 2:00 PM Pacific

Our Regional Partner

Philanthropy Northwest

We are hosting the Learning Conference 2019 in partnership with Philanthropy Northwest

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Registration Closed

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 Learning Conference. We are currently sold out.

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Program and Networking Opportunities


The Learning Conference 2019 will offer you a range of perspectives and new ideas to go beyond the basics, identify ways to weave new elements into your learning, and take home actionable tools that will help you turn your learning into action. The conference program will feature a mix of session formats, structured networking and time for informal conversations with peers including:

  • Breakout Sessions: Participants will choose from 14 breakout sessions designed by members of the GEO community, covering topics such as the role of evaluation in social change and reciprocal learning
  • Plenary Sessions: Participants will hear from grantmaker and nonprofit speakers on topics related to equitable evaluation and intersection of the neuroscience of learning and creativity
  • Short Talks: These energizing, succinct, 20-minute keynote style sessions will offer fresh perspectives from thought leaders within and outside philanthropy.


2019 Learning Conference Program

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Networking Opportunities

Make new connections and join up with old friends in activities throughout the conference that will get you moving and networking with other participants. From the Peer Coaching Program to the Welcome Reception, you will deepen your conference experience and leave with peer support to turn new knowledge into action at home.

Peer Coaching Program. Our Peer Coaching Program is a dedicated opportunity to get support and input from a peer on a particular question you have related to learning. It’s also a great opportunity to deepen your networking and build new connections. You can register for this program as you register for the conference.

Welcome Reception. Join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, food and fun.

Peer-Hosted Events. Join your fellow participants in peer-hosted conversations taking place during unprogrammed portions of the conference. These discussions are posted in the online program and conference app and are updated regularly. If you’d like to host a discussion, please contact

Early Arrivers Happy Hour. Start your networking early by joining your fellow conference participants for drinks and conversation. Whether you’re a first-time GEO conference participant or have attended multiple GEO events, this is a great opportunity to connect with your peers and to meet the GEO staff and conference planning and host committees!

Networking Breaks. The conference schedule offers informal and formal networking breaks throughout the three days so that participants have ample time to schedule meetings or simply catch up with peers.

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How to join us

There's a lot to see and do in Seattle, and we're excited to see you there.

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Members chat at GEO's 2016 National Conference

Participant Roster

The GEO community will come together in Seattle to learn with and from each other. To see who will be participating, please download a copy of our participant roster. The roster is current as of April 23, 2019 and will be updated once registration closes.

Click here to download the participant roster

Conference Policies

Before you attend The Learning Conference 2019, review our conference policies.


The Learning Conference 2019 Conference Policies

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Conference Planning Process

Interested in GEO's conference planning process?


Conference Planning Committee

  • Ify Mora, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (chair)
  • Nadia Alia, The Tow Foundation
  • Stephen Chan, The Boston Foundation
  • Tracy Costigan, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Lori Fuller, The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Raquel Gutierrez, Hispanics in Philanthropy
  • R. Mimi Iijima, Pennsylvania Humanities Council
  • Arani Kajenthira, Walton Family Foundation
  • Solomé Lemma, Thousand Currents
  • Cheryl Milloy, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Anjana Pandey, Philanthropy Northwest
  • Cindy Rizzo, Arcus Foundation
  • Dimitra Tasiouras, Circle of Service Foundation
  • Stephanie Teleki, California Health Care Foundation
  • Erik Torch, Northland Foundation

Conference Host Committee

  • Paul Beaudet, Wilburforce Foundation (chair)
  • Kiran Ahuja, Philanthropy Northwest (partner)
  • Audrey Haberman, Philanthropy Northwest (partner)
  • Anjana Pandey, Philanthropy Northwest (partner)
  • Michael Brown, Seattle Foundation
  • Sarah Buhayar, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kathleen Edwards, Cedarmere Foundation
  • Melanie Matthews, Campion Advocacy Fund
  • Jennifer Teunon, Medina Foundation
  • Gunner Scott, Pride Foundation
  • Dave LaSarte-Meeks, Vadon Foundation
  • Bonnie Medina, Raikes Foundation
  • Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation
  • Marty McOmber, Casey Family Programs
  • Mike Quinn, Washington Statewide Capacity Collaborative
  • Kathleen Steffen, Seattle International Foundation
  • Luz Vega-Marquis, Marguerite Casey Foundation


Thank you to our conference supporters!

Additional Supporters

Akilah Massey


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