2018 Food for Thought Series

Thursday, February 22: Anger Into Activism: What To Do Next

Been on the Women’s Marches and want to know what to do next? Feeling the passion to take real action? Ready to resist? Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option!

Join us for an interactive and creative evening with Mona Das as she shares thoughts and actions about how to come together and chart a course for our future that is powerful and inclusive.

Mona is a community leader who recently ran a strong campaign for Washington’s 8th Congressional District. Her bold leadership and fresh approach to solving tough problems comes from listening and learning to what’s really needed on the ground.

Bring your questions and visions for where to go next. We’ll workshop ideas and develop concrete plans toward our next steps. And we’ll enjoy a tasty dinner together while we’re at it.

Join us Thursday, February 22 

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

1105 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101


One of the core values of the Center for Women and Democracy is sharing new ideas in a fun way. And what could be better than doing that over a delicious meal with interesting women from all around our community?

We have an exciting season planned in 2018 with topics critical to advancing women’s leadership, participation, and representation. We want to hear your voice, so reserve your spot today and get some food for thought!

 About Mona:

Mona Das was born to Indian parents who immigrated to America when she was 8 months old with $6 in their pocket, and an unfailing desire to build a better life for their family. Both of Mona’s parents imbued her with courage, determination, and a strong work ethic.

Mona attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned a BA in Psychology helping her to excel in early roles within the tech industry, both internationally and domestically. In 1996, Mona moved to Portland Oregon, where worked in tech before launching MOXY Mortgage in 2004.  Mona’s passion for helping people who were underserved by other home loan providers helped grow the company into  a 50-state lender.

In 2012, she earned an MBA in sustainable business from Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School). Her commitment to equality—for immigrants, women, and anyone in our society who needs a stronger voice—motivates her to hold leadership positions for several organizations, including Women’s Business Exchange, Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, Presidio Graduate School, Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability & Innovation and A Social Ignition.

  • General Admission: $50
  • We offer a discounted rate of $25 to ensure that those of all incomes can join us
  • And if you are able, please become a sponsor for $75. This includes your dinner ticket, plus CWD will ensure another woman can take a seat at the table.
Get Your Tickets Here!

About Food for Thought 

Every month we gather together over food and drinks, then invite community experts to speak. We’ve had fascinating dinner-time presentations featuring Washington State Supreme Court Justices, fourth-wave feminists, women on corporate boards, farm-sourced food, STEM education for girls and women winemakers—a wide range of engaging and inspiring topics.

The Center is committed to supporting the participation of women in leadership locally, nationally and globally while respecting the political, economic, and social diversity in cultures worldwide. Food for Thought is designed to:

  • bring women together to share perspectives and foster cross-cultural awareness;
  • share the research and accomplishments of women making unique and influential advances in their respective fields; and
  • foster intergenerational conversations around hot topics, while building a strong network of women who can help one another advance at any stage of life.

We usually meet the third Thursday of the month. Dress is business casual. We start off with a social gathering at 5:30 p.m., then convene from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for food, drinks, speakers and a lively conversation.

Bring your voice, your ideas and your inspiration. We look forward to sharing food for thought with you.


Chief Seattle Club Executive Director Colleen Echohawk
Bao-Tram Do, Leadership Institute Graduate
The Wilson Center’s Gwen Young
Burlesque for the Boardroom‘s Cat Cuevas
King 5’s Natalie Brand
Lynda Mapes, Author and Journalist
Aiko Schaefer, Front and Centered
Sarah Myhre,  University of Washington
Stephanie Holthaus, Nature Conservancy of Alaska
Bonnie Juneau, Tulalip Tribal Council
Robin Diangelo, Author and Trainer