YWCA Inspire luncheons happen every Spring. Below are the 2018 speakers. Stay tuned for information on the 2019 speakers this coming Spring.


YWCA Inspire Luncheon: Snohomish County 20th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett

NAOMI TUTU Human rights advocate & daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

International activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Naomi Tutu is a human rights advocate who pulls from her experience growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa. In addition to public speaking, Rev. Tutu has established Nozizwe Consulting, whose guiding principle is to bring groups together to celebrate their differences and acknowledge their shared humanity. She has taught at several U.S. universities and is the recipient of four honorary doctorates from universities and colleges in the U.S. and Nigeria.


YWCA Inspire Luncheon: King County

30th Anniversary
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

ALFRE WOODARD –  Oscar-nominated actor and activist

Alfre Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmy Awards, seventeen Emmy nominations, three SAG Awards, and a Golden Globe. In 2009, she was appointed by Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and The Humanities, where she was an active advocate for the arts in education. Currently, Woodard plays villain Mariah Dillard in the Marvel television series, Luke Cage, and will star in Netflix’s Juanita coming in 2018. She is a longtime activist and a founder of Artists for a New South Africa, an organization dedicated to ending apartheid and advancing democracy and equality.