Building an Economy that Works for Everyone

Join Us for EOI’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
5:30 PM

Your presence is requested – please join us at our 20th Anniversary dinner!
The evening will feature delicious buffet dinner and drinks and an exciting program. We’ll honor our shared victories, be inspired by community allies working for change, and shine a light toward future successes. Your support will help make Washington State a more equitable and just place for everyone to live, work, play and raise a family.



Thursday, September 20th, 2018
5:30 p.m. Social Hour; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center ** Please note this year’s new event location!
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109


All tickets include our fun social hour (complete with games, music from DJ Riz Rollins and a photo booth!), a delicious buffet dinner and dessert (GF and vegetarian options available) and an educational, inspiring program.

Premium: $250 Includes complimentary parking, premium event seating, take home gift, and special recognition at the event
VIP: $150 Includes special recognition at the event
General admission: $100
Can’t attend? You can still support our work with a regrets donation!


Our program will feature speakers Ijeoma Oluo and Senator Karen Keiser, the first ever recipients of the Aubrey Davis Visionary Leadership Award and the Aubrey Davis Lifetime Achievement Award. Our Master of Ceremonies will be EOI Board President and owner of Plum Bistro Vegan Restaurant Makini Howell.

  • Senator Karen Keiser, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient 
    During her tenure representing Washington State’s 33rd Legislative District, Senator Karen Keiser has played a key role in advancing equity for working people. Her policy wins include passing and implementing health care reform prior to, and under, the Affordable Care Act, Paid Family and Medical Leave in 2017, the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, and a package of laws protecting workers from sexual harassment in 2018. Sen. Keiser is passionate about helping working families and improving women’s economic security.
  • Ijeoma Oluo, Visionary Leadership Award Recipient
    Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.
  • Makini Howell, Master of Ceremonies
    Makini Howell is the Economic Opportunity Institute’s Board President and is the creator and owner of Seattle’s Plum Restaurants, which include Plum Bistro, Plum Burgers, Plum Pantry, Plum Chopped, and Sugar Plum. Her work popularizing vegan cuisine through her restaurants and her cookbook “Plum” has earned her national recognition. Makini is also a champion for progressive workplace policies, and was a leader in the campaign for paid sick days and the $15 minimum wage in Seattle.


Parking is available in all Seattle Center lots or on the street. The closest garage is the 1st Avenue North garage, which puts you about 1.5 blocks away from Fisher Pavilion at the corner of 2nd and Thomas. Additional garages are on Mercer Street near McCaw Hall and on 5th Avenue and Harrison.The Seattle Center is accessible by bus, monorail, bicycle, and foot!

Parking is included with the purchase of a Premium Ticket.

Click here to download a Seattle Center map.


Disabled Parking: With a disabled parking permit, you may park all day in a one-hour or two-hour parking spot, of which they are several near the corner of Second and Thomas near the church and on the south side of Thomas Street behind the Seattle Center Pavilion.
Drop Off Locations: Gate 2/3 at the corner of Second and Thomas
Accessible Entries: East elevator and front (north) doors
Elevators/Ramps: East Elevator
Accessible Restrooms: Each restroom has an ADA stall. There are also accessible water fountains inside at both the east and west ends of the building


Event sponsors and table captains power our movement for equity! For more information, contact EOI Development Director Sam Hatzenbeler via email or by phone at (206) 529-6375.

























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